Under the Dog Kickstarter Reaches Goal for Live-Action Short, Music Video

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Project ended on Friday after raising US$50,673

Japanese music company Exit Tunes' Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a new Under the Dog live-action short and music video ended after reaching its goal of US$50,000 on Friday. The campaign launched on October 20 to fund the two projects and a special edition release of the original anime. The project met its goal on the final day of the campaign and raised a total of US$50,673.

The live-action short, titled Overture to Under the Dog, will feature a voiceover by Asami Seto, who voices Anthea in the anime. Atsushi Isoyama (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, Tamako Market planning) is directing and writing the short and producing the music video. Shoko Omori (K-On! theme songs) is writing the lyrics for the new ending theme song "Our Melody," and Seto is performing the song.

The staff plan for the two new projects to accompany Japanese theatrical screenings and web streams of the original 30-minute anime short Under the Dog Episode 0. The total runtime of this special edition will be about 54 minutes. An international Blu-ray Disc and DVD release will follow. The premiere screening is slated for between January and April 2018.

The Kickstarter page notes that the staff consider the project to be the "next step" toward creating an Under the Dog television anime series.

Episode 0 was released in August 2016. 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) directed the anime based on a story by Jirō Ishii (428: Shibuya Scramble, producer on Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors). Yuusuke Kozaki (Fire Emblem: Awakening) designed the characters, Kinema Citrus was in charge of animation, and Orange Co. (Ghost in the Shell Arise) was in charge of 3D CGI.

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