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Hiroyuki Ohashi's 'Ongaku' Anime Launches Crowdfunding to Finish Film

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Project seeks to raise 3.5 million yen to finish, edit film

Hiroyuki Ohashi launched a crowdfunding campaign on the Makuake website for the anime film adaptation of his "Ongaku" manga on Wednesday. The campaign seeks to raise 3.5 million yen (about US$31,000) to finish and edit the film by next year. The campaign will end on September 28.

Backer rewards include a 32-page side story for the original manga; DVDs of the previous anime adaptations of Ohashi's "Yama," "Tarō wa Mizu ni Naritakattanda," and "Kawa," manga; and the opportunity to voice a character in the final film. If the campaign reaches the 5 million yen (about US$44,267) stretch goal, the film will get theatrical screenings, and better audio work to prepare the film for the screening.

Ohashi announced the film project in 2012. Kenji Iwaisawa is directing the film. Iwaisawa is previously known for his animated shorts such as "Fukurai-cho, Tunnel Roji no Otoko" (below) and "Big Boss." Ohashi is responsible for the work's character designs and for overall supervision.

Ohashi originally self-published "Ongaku" in 2005, and it tells the story of young delinquents who decide to start a rock band despite never having touched instruments before. Ohta Publishing later printed the manga in its 2009 Ongaku to Manga collection of Ohashi's work.

Ohashi's manga short story series City Lights previously inspired a live-action film adaptation titled Chōnōryoku Kenkyū-bu no 3-nin (ESP Research Club's 3 Members) in December 2014.

Source: Ongaku film's Twitter account, Makuake page, Comic Natalie

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