Japan Animator Expo Streams Promo Video for 3rd Season

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New season featuring works by Sayo Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Okiura, more to premiere this month

The official website for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming a promotional video for the third season on Friday.

The site additionally announced that the project will host an exhibition at Wonder Festival 2015 at the Makuhari Messe event hall in Chiba on July 26, and it will feature key animations and other materials from the project.

The lineup for the third season of the project is as follows:

Title Director/Staff
Endless night (TBC) Sayo Yamamoto
Cassette Girl Hiroyasu Kobayashi
Kazuyoshi Katayama Project “Untitled” (TBD) Kazuyoshi Katayama
COMEDY SKIT 1989 Kazuto Nakazawa
THE ULTRAMAN Akitoshi Yokoyama
(To Be Determined) Hiroyuki Okiura
HAMMERHEAD Otaro Maijo × Mahiro Maeda
BUBU & BUBULINA Takashi Nakamura
Hibiki Yoshizaki×DAOKO Project “Untitled” (TBD) Hibiki Yoshizaki

The titles above are listed in phonetic Japanese order, and are not necessarily in the order of their scheduled release.

The some of the shorts will play a limited two-week engagement in 10 theaters throughout Japan, starting on Saturday.

The theatrical screenings will show all 12 episodes of the first season, plus three episodes from the upcoming third season — "Hammerhead," "Conte (Hitman) 1989" ("COMEDY SKIT 1989" or "Conte Koroshita 1989"), and "Bubu & Bubulina."

The third season was slated to begin in the middle of July, although the project has not yet revealed an exact return date. Once the third season returns, Japan Animator Expo will once again release a new episode every Friday. Two titles were listed for the second season but never released: "2 of killers of 2" by Kazuto Nakazawa and "Hammerhead" by Ōtarō Maijō and Mahiro Maeda. Daisuke Onizuka and Mahiro Maeda's "Rapid Rouge," a remix of the "ME!ME!ME!" music video, and "(Making of) evangelion:Another Impact" were released instead.

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.

[Via Minna no Eva Fan]

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