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28th Animator Expo Short is 'Endless Night' by Michiko & Hatchin's Sayo Yamamoto

posted on 2015-08-17 13:05 EDT by Karen Ressler
Also: title revealed for Hibiki Yoshizaki×DAOKO Project

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, announced on Monday that the 28th episode will be "Endless Night" directed by Sayo Yamamoto (Michiko & Hatchin, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine). The short will debut on Friday.

Atsushi Kamijo designed the characters for the short and Kenji Miyamoto handled choreography. Eiji Abiko served as key animation director.

Animator Expo describes the story:

Kenji Miyamoto, the one and only choreographer in Japan x Atsushi Kamijo, a cartoon artist x figure skating An animated work in very unusual collaboration!

The website also revealed the title and a promotional image (below) for the "Hibiki Yoshizaki×DAOKO Project" that will debut as part of the Animator Expo. The short will be called "GIRL" and it will be a music video of two of DAOKO's songs: "Samishii Kamisama" and "Yumemiteta no Atashi."

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
NEON GENESIS IMPACTS. Yūhei Sakuragi
(To Be Determined) Hiroyuki Okiura
HAMMERHEAD Otaro Maijo × Mahiro Maeda
BUREAU OF PROTO SOCIETY Yasuhiro Yoshiura
BUBU & BUBULINA Takashi Nakamura
GIRL Hibiki Yoshizaki×DAOKO

The titles above are listed in phonetic Japanese order, and are not necessarily in the order of their scheduled release. For the third season, Japan Animator Expo is once again releasing a new episode every Friday.

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. / TOY'S FACTORY


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