Anime Mirai Returns as Anime Tamago, Announces 2016 Projects
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) announced on Tuesday that it has renamed Anime Mirai, the annual anime initiative that supports the training of young animators, as "Anime Tamago." As before, it is still part of the Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Affairs' "Young Animator Training Project." The project has opened a new website.
The announcement also revealed details on the studios that have been chosen to produce an anime short as part of the project. As in previous years, the anime shorts will train young animators on-the-job, though the exact amount of funding the project will receive from the Agency of Cultural Affairs has not yet been revealed.
The studios that will produce an anime short as part of the project include:
Signal MD (IG Port's new anime studio subsidiary)
Title: "Colorful Ninja Iromaki" (tentative)
Director: Kentarō Kobayashi
Producer: Yoshiki Sakurai
Title: "UTOPA" (tentative)
Director: Takahiro Tanaka
Producer: Tomoko Ogiwara (Harmony)
Title: "Fusuma no E-shi" (Sliding Door Artist, tentative)
Director: Fumihiro Yoshimura
Producer: Yoshihiro Shimizu
Production producer: Hiroshi Oosawa
Title: "Kaze no Matasaburō" (Matasaburō of the Wind, tentative)
Director: Yuki Yamada
Producer: Kiyohiko Takayama
Each studio will produce their respective anime shorts until March 2016. The shorts will premiere at an unspecified time in 2016.
The Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Affairs launched its "Young Animator Training Project" in 2010 with the aim of fostering the growth of domestic animation studios, and tackling the concern that more of the Japanese animation process is being outsourced overseas. The project has spawned such works as Little Witch Academia and Death Billiards (which inspired the Death Parade television anime). This year's Anime Mirai shorts screened at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival on March 22.