24th Animator Expo Short Is 'Rapid Rouge'

posted on by Karen Ressler
Daisuke Onizuka, Mahiro Maeda's short to debut 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 24th short will be "Rapid Rouge" ("Shinsoku no Rouge").

Animator Expo describes the story:

An era where wars over oil have given way to wars over water.
The sub-countries of Yatsushima, a land blessed with abundant water resources, have intervened and made a puppet out of the Yatsushima Shogunate.
Distribution of water resources now torments the people.
So begins the Yatsushima revolution, a battle with vocal young people at its center.

Daisuke Onizuka (Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance CGI director) is directing the short off an original work and image boards by Mahiro Maeda (Gankutsuou). Kazuya Tsurumaki (Evangelion Rebuild films) drew the original character designs and Syūichi Iseki is adapting the designs for animation and is serving as animation director.

The short will debut on Friday. "Rapid Rouge" was not originally listed when the season titles were announced. The two remaining titles that were listed for the season are "2 of killers of 2" by Kazuto Nakazawa and "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, The Diary of Ochibi by Moyoco Anno and Masashi Kawamura, Kazuya Tsurumaki and Hajime Ueda's I can Friday by day!, ME!ME!ME! CHRONIC feat.daoko / TeddyLoid, "(Making of) evangelion:Another Impact," Ikuto Yamashita and Kazuhiro Furuhashi's Iconic Field, Tadashi Hiramatsu and Ren Sakaki's Ibuseki Yoruni, and Moyocco Anno's Memoirs of amorous gentlemen.

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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