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I.G, Tatami Galaxy's Yuasa Raise Funds for Kick-Heart Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Ghost in the Shell studio, Kaiba/Mind Game helmer plan love story of 2 wrestlers

Director Masaaki Yuasa (Kaiba, Mind Game, The Tatami Galaxy) announced on Monday that he and Production I.G are running a Kickstarter fundraising program for Kick-Heart, a 2D animated short that will be about 10 minutes long.

The program's page describes the story:

Kick-Heart is a love story between Romeo, a successful pro-wrestler, and Juliet, a nun who lives a secret double-life as a female pro-wrestler. Romeo's secret is that he enjoys taking a beating in the ring, while Juliet feels invigorated when facing her opponents as a wrestler. When the two meet in the ring, the fireworks fly. Their story is set in the colorful backdrop of the professional wrestling world. Will Juliet reveal her true identity to the one she loves? Will Romeo be able to share his secret to the world?

The project lists Mamoru Oshii as a project consultant. Animator Michio Mihara is designing the characters, and Eunyoung Choi is the color key artist. Kevin Aymeric is handling the backgrounds.

The project aims to raise US$150,000 by October 31 at 12:00 a.m. EDT.

Thanks to Justin Leach and Ian Kragh for the news tips.

Update: Higher-resolution video added and typo corrected. Thanks, jrnemanich.

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