5 cm/s & Distant Star's Shinkai Makes Anime Ad
posted on by Egan Loo
Makoto Shinkai — the director of Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters Per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, and other anime — directed a 30-second animated commercial for the construction company Taisei. The commercial highlights the Bosporus Strait Tunnel that Taisei is building in Turkey.
Comix Wave Film produced the animation with Shinkai. Anri Kumaki, the singer of Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below's theme song, performed the music, and actress Mei Kurokawa (Gekijōban Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost, Minami no Shima no Chiisana Hikouki Birdy) narrates the commercial.
Shinkai has directed other ads in the past, including one for The Shinano Mainichi Shimbun paper from his hometown.
[Via Temple Knights]
Update: The Shinano Mainichi Shimbun commercial added:
Update 2: Comix Wave Film produced a previous commercial for Taisei's construction of the New Doha International Airport. However, Ushio Tazawa, not Shinkai, directed this earlier commercial:
Taisei is also streaming several making-of videos and an interview with Shinkai:
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