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Typhoon Noruda Director Helms 'Natsu no Niwa' Anime Short

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Typhoon Noruda director and Penguin Highway character designer Yōjirō Arai created short anime movie for the Kagome juice brand's "GO!ME." project. The short is titled Natsu no Niwa (Summer Garden) and is the first anime produced by Arai's newly founded studio FILMONY.

The three-minute video features the song "HEY HEY HO" by Enjoy Music Club featuring singer and songwriter Sachie Hiraga. The story takes place in a city turned upside-down after a girl named Mea discovers a stuffed animal with a strange power. Hiraga voices Mea and Love Live! School idol project's Riho Iida voices Mea's mother. Enjoy Music Club band member Yūsuke Emoto voices Mea's father.

Animator Huang Chieh designed the characters for the short. Izumi Hirose (Yuri!!! on Ice) was in charge of the color design. Kunihiko Inaba (Fireworks) was the art director.

The GO!ME project sponsors "youth who are going their own way." The project's first video outlined some of its collaborations with dancers, musicians, tech innovators, and animators.

Source: Comic Natalie

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