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Anime Tamago 2018's Shorts Reveal Cast Members

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Shorts debut at theatrical screening on March 10

The official website for the "Anime Tamago" (formerly "Anime Mirai") project has revealed the cast members for this year's shorts. Note: Character name romanizations are not confirmed.)

The cast for IMAGICA Image Works and Robot's "TIME DRIVER: Bokura ga Kaita Mirai" (TIME DRIVER: The Future We Draw) includes:

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Yūto Matsubara

Mikako Komatsu as Chibi Yūto

Miho Arakawa as Ai Minami/Chibi Ai

Tomokazu Sugita as Time Driver

Saori Ōnishi as Sphere

Tomoko Kaneda as Dark Matter

Other cast members include:

Director: Junichi Yamamoto (3D animator for your name.)
Producers: Akiko Isobe, Ryousuke Mamiya, Tomoya Iwasawa, Hideki Kanō
Story: Yūto Matsubara is a 27-year-old man who works in the sales department of a major toy maker, but he isn't able to pursue his dreams, and he feels hollow every day. He's even given up on love with his childhood sweetheart Ai. One day a "Time Driver" robot that runs on the power of dreams appears in front of him, and he is forced into the cockpit against his will. Inside is a 12-year-old version of himself. The two companies are also working together on the live-action/CG hybrid "Luna" project.

The cast for Studio Nanahoshi and Usagi.Ou's 3DCG Engimon (temporary title) include:

Ayaka Asai as Yamato Amanokawa

TARAKO as Haruo

Yuka Yamamori as Himi Amanokawa

Uko Tachibana as Kin-chan

Kappei Yamaguchi as Hebikura

Tetsu Inada as Chief Daruma

Kotori Koiwai as Koume

Kouzou Douzaka as Tarafuku

Takayuki Yamaguchi as Fukujirō

Aimi Tanaka as Kofuku

Other cast members include:

Director: Kōdai Satō (CGI director for Freedom, Hipira: The Little Vampire)
Producer: Kōta Yamaguchi
Story: In the children's room of the Amanogawa household in the neighborhood of Shichifukujin, there are five ENGImon: Haruo (a papier-mache dog), Kin-chan (a goldfish paper balloon), Hebikura (a bamboo snake), Chief Daruma (a daruma doll), and Koume (a Kokeshi doll). They are always watching over the siblings of the household, Himi and Yamato. One day, an Engimon from somewhere else appears, and Himi leaves the house to chase it. Haruo and his friends come alive, much to Yamato's surprise, and together they go to rescue Himi.

The cast for Tomason's "Milky Panic twelve" short include:

Taiten Kusunoki as Ippon

Youhei Tadano as Milking

Ami Naitō as Rabbirin

Akio Suyama as Dicte

Miyuki Satou as Cicica

Katsumi Toriumi as Daru

Mitsuaki Kanuka as White

Kenji Nomura as Mosa

Biichi Satō as Inochicchi

Atsuo Hasegawa as Chickento

Yūsuke Noguchi as Mondo

Minoru Shiraishi as Monki

Kōsuke Echigoya as Nyoro

Hiroshi Naka as Butler

Director: Shinnosuke Numata (sound director for Folktalkes from Japan, director and sound director for Furusato Meguri Nippon no Mukashi Banashi)
Producer: Tomonosuke Numata
Story: The town of Milky Town has a problem. All of the animals are drinking the milk from the company Milking, and are slowly turning into cats who have lost all motivation. The cat Milking hatched the evil plan in order to take over the world. By chance, Ippon, a tiger cowboy who used to work on the Charmy ranch, returns from his wanderings to Milky Town. There, he realizes the truth of what's happened to Milky Town, and works to save it alongside his friends.

The cast members for Picona's 3DCG "Midnight Crazy Trail" (temporary title) include:

Sumire Uesaka as Makina Markut

Toshiki Masuda as Shout

Kenichirō Matsuda as Crunch

Masayo Fujita as Dorothy

Tomotaka Hachisuka as Iluge

Other cast members include:

Director: Shinichi Watanabe aka "Nabeshin" (Excel Saga, The Wallflower)
Producer: Ken Yoshida
Story: Shout and Crunchy are "trash throw away-ers" who work in the dead of night. Makina is a 16-year-old witch who has come to the world of humans and to London to study for one year about how to become a proper bride. But Makina searches for Shout and Crunchy, and begs them to throw away her "Witch's Book." Truthfully, Makina wants to quit being a witch and become a normal girl, and the book is just a hindrance. But the book is not something one can simply just throw away.

All six companies involved in the 2018 projects are new to Anime Tamago. Half of the works will be 3DCG works.

This year's selection committee consists of:

As in previous years, the anime shorts will train young animators on-the-job part of the Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Affairs' "Young Animator Training Project." The shorts will debut at a theatrical screening at the Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas on March 10.

The Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Affairs launched its "Young Animator Training Project" in 2010 with the aim of fostering the growth of domestic animation studios, and tackling the concern that more of the Japanese animation process is being outsourced overseas. The project has spawned such works as Little Witch Academia and Death Billiards (which inspired the Death Parade television anime). The Anime Tamago 2017 shorts all screened in theaters in Tokyo last March and April.

[Via Otasuke]

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