18th Animator Expo Short Is Moyocco Anno's 'Diary of Ochibi'

posted on 2015-04-13 20:30 EDT by Karen Ressler
Crowdfunded stop-motion short to premiere on Friday

Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, revealed on Monday that the 18th short will be Moyocco Anno and Masashi Kawamura's "The Diary of Ochibi" (Ochibisan).

Moyoco Anno crowdfunded "The Diary of Ochibi," a stop-motion feature based on her The Diary of Ochibi-san (Ochibi-san) manga. Kawamura wrote and directed the short that Animator Expo describes as "a journey during the four seasons with Ochibi."

The Diary of Ochibi-san (Ochibi-san) is currently running in the Monday edition of Asahi Shimbun. Crunchyroll published The Diary of Ochibi-san online.

The short will debut on Friday.

This season's remaining shorts include:

  • "I can Friday by day!" by Kazuya Tsurumaki and Hajime Ueda
  • "Ibusekiyoruni" (On a Gloomy Night) by Tadashi Hiramatsu and Sakaki Sazanami
  • "Guzou Sen'iki" (Idol Warzone) by Ikuto Yamashita and Kazuhiro Furuhashi
  • "2 of killers of 2" by Kazuto Nakazawa
  • "Bikachō Shinshi Kaikoroku" (Memoirs of an Amorous Gentleman) by Moyoco Anno and AЯTRA entertainment
  • "Hammerhead" by Ōtarō Maijō and Mahiro Maeda

This season's previously streamed shorts include Kanón by director Mahiro Maeda, Sex and Violence with Mach Speed by Studio Trigger's Hiroyuki Imaishi, Obake-chan (Little Ghost) by Shigeto Koyama, Tsukikage no Tokio by Suda51 and Takanobu Mizuno, and Three Fallen Witnesses (Sanbon no Shōgensha) by Satoru Utsunomiya.

Hideaki Anno himself is serving as executive producer of the entire project 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. The shorts mostly feature the voice talent of Ranma ½ and Cowboy Bebop co-stars Kouichi Yamadera and Megumi Hayashibara.

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