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Under the Dog Anime Project Streams New Trailer

posted on by Karen Ressler
Kickstarter-funded anime aiming for spring 2016 release

The official website for the Kickstarter-funded anime project Under the Dog began streaming a trailer on Monday. The anime is currently slated to debut in spring 2015.

Producer Koji Morimoto commented that the new trailer features some settings and backdrops that were changed from the original pilot trailer (below) in order to better fit the original ideas of story-writer Jirō Ishii.

The project aims to carry the tradition of older science-fiction anime titles such as Akira and Ghost in the Shell. The production team used Kickstarter in order to avoid the process of funding from production committees and therefore retain creative control of the anime. The project met its minimum US$580,000 goal on Kickstarter last September and eventually raised US$878,028 in Kickstarter pledges.

Masahiro Ando (Hana-Saku Iroha, Blast of Tempest) is directing the anime based on a story by Jirō Ishii (428: In a Blockaded Shibuya, producer on Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors). Yuusuke Kozaki (Fire Emblem: Awakening) is designing the characters, Kinema Citrus is in charge of animation, and Orange Co. (Ghost in the Shell Arise) is in charge of 3D CGI.

Kinema Citrus is now also managing the project after the departure of Creative Intelligent Arts (CIA) founder and CEO Hiroaki Yura, the original producer. Yura explained, "In order to comply with certain requests from members of the UTD creative team, and to deliver an unhindered product to our backers, CIA is hereby removing itself from the UTD project."

Thanks to Kagayaki for the news tip.

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