19th Animator Expo Short 'I can Friday by day!' Streamed

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Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full 19th short film "I can Friday by day!" on Friday.

Kazuya Tsurumaki (Evangelion Rebuild films) directed and helmed the storyboard for the short, and Hajime Ueda (Q-ko-chan) was in charge of planning. Take (Katanagatari) designed the characters, Sushio (Kill la Kill) directed the animation, and Toshiaki Ihara (Full Metal Panic) was in charge of mechanical design.

Japan Animator Expo describes the story:

A diary. Purikura stickers. Blue-white 3rd Planet Administration Treaty Army. 7:00 am. Triangle situation. Camouflage pattern. The secret toasted bread. 1088th Independent Mobile Platoon. SaHa E233. Type Otsu Foreign Legion. Beast-vehicle. "Hi, guys." Campfire. Pan-galactic rare crystal Ikemeshium. Tears.

This season's remaining shorts include:

  • "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, Three Fallen Witnesses (Sanbon no Shōgensha) by Satoru Utsunomiya, and The Diary of Ochibi by Moyoco Anno and Masashi Kawamura.

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.

Image © nihon animator mihonichi LLP

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