Saku Sakamoto's Solo Anime Film Project Aragne Casts Kana Hanazawa
posted on by Karen Ressler
The staff launched the Kickstarter campaign on September 20 to fund an English translation and entry fees to foreign film festivals. The project met its initial goal of US$4,000 within two days, and has since crossed its first stretch goal of US$10,000 for a special illustrated poster to be distributed to backers. If the project raises US$100,000 by the October 31 deadline, the film will get an English dub. As of press time the project has raised US$10,272.
The staff already ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to help fund the anime on the Japanese crowdfunding platform Makuake. The project met its 2 million yen (about US$17,800) goal in March.
Sakamoto is directing the film based on his original concept and script. He is also personally producing the animation and music for the film. Few anime productions of more than 60 minutes have been produced by one person in the past. Film director and author Osamu Fukutani is supervising production.
The film's story is set in a huge apartment building that is known as a place where spirits dwell. An 18-year-old female college student named Rin moves and happens to visit the building. Rin finds herself involved with strange events as she uncovers the truth of the building.
In addition to Hanazawa, the cast includes Ayana Shiramoto as the mysterious girl Nasuha, Yousuke Itou as folklore researcher Tokiyo, Fukujurō Katayama as the shaman Saion, and Shōgo Batori as Mikaya, a young man with secrets.
According the the Kickstarter page, the film is now slated for release in 2018 or 2019 in Japan.
Sakamoto began working as a freelance anime creator in 2002. He directed NHK's Minna no Uta. He also worked on 3D computer graphics for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and created a tourism anime short for Matsuyama City in 2014.
Thanks to Usagi-kun for the news tip.