Kickstarter-Funded Under the Dog Anime's Promo Reveals August 1 Release
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the Kickstarter-funded anime project Under the Dog began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals the anime's digital release date of August 1 for its Kickstarter backers.
While the staff had aimed for a release in May, Kinema Citrus said that "a bit more time is needed to create an episode that all our backers hope to see in Under the Dog." The staff will reveal more information about the schedule for reward shipments at a later date.
The anime's staff also revealed that they are in talks to attend this year's Otakon convention in Baltimore from August 12-14.
The cast includes:
- Asami Seto as Anthea Kallenberg
- Rumi Ookubo as Hana Togetsu
- Kouki Uchiyama as Shunichi Nanase
- Haruka Takahashi as Sayuri
- Naomi Ozora as Estella
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 in September 2014 and eventually raised US$878,028 in Kickstarter pledges.
Masahiro Ando (Hanasaku 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.