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Khara, Dwango's 1st Japan Animator Expo Short Posted With English Subtitles

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Evangelion's Hideaki Anno presents "The Dragon Dentist" by novelist Ōtarō Maijō

Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full first short titled “The Dragon Dentist” on Friday.

The eight-minute video is streaming with English subtitles. In the linked page, select "EN" at the top right corner for the English version of the page, and make sure the "English subtitles" link below the video is active.

The first short premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival last month with novelist Ōtarō Maijō (as the short's creator/writer/director), animation director Kazuya Tsurumaki, character designer Yasuyuki Kosaka, and animation character designer Yoshimichi Kameda. The short features the voice talent of Ranma 1/2 and Cowboy Bebop co-stars Kouichi Yamadera and Megumi Hayashibara, and Dan Kanemitsu translated the short on behalf of Khara.

The rest of the staff includes:

Scanning And Inspection: Yasuhito Murata
Color Design/Color Coordination Inspection: Akemi Nagao
Special Effect: Shin Inoie
Art Supervision: Kentarō Akiyama
Art Director: Yuka Kawai
CGI Director: Hiroyasu Kobayashi
Cinematographer: Toyotoku Yamada
Editor: Hidemi Li
Music: Yoshitaka Koyama
Sound Effect Director: Toshiharu Yamada (sound team DonJuan)
Sound Effect: Tōru Noguchi (anime sound)
Producer: Tomoyuki Ogata

Anno himself is serving as executive producer of the initiative with Dwango President Nobuo Kawakami, and he also designed the image character mascot "(Tor)-kun." Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki created the title logo, and fellow Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki colored it.

One new short will stream every week for a planned total of 30 shorts, ranging from original projects and spinoffs to promotional videos and music videos. Each episode will be streamed for free via a dedicated iOS/Android app and on the web. There are no plans for a commercial release at this stage.

In addition to the first short, the project is holding a contest for opening animation sequences.

Image © 2014 Ōtarō Maijō/nihon animator mihonichi, LLP

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