Okamoto Kitchen Food Truck's Webtoon Series Kickstarter Campaign Reaches Goal
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The Kickstarter campaign for Los Angeles based food truck Okamoto Kitchen to fund a 10-episode English-dubbed comic "webtoon" series reached its initial goal on Friday. The project has raised US$52,030 of its initial US$48,000 goal as of press time, with five days left in the campaign.
The company plans to create a Japanese dub of the series with English subtitles if it reaches a stretch goal of US$57,000.
Takuya Saito, Azusa "ASA" Saito, and PN 'Kotobukisuzu' are drawing the character designs. Takuya Saito previously designed the food truck's mascot character Haru-chan, who is the lead character in the proposed series. Cristina Vee voices Haru-chan. Musical duo Layla Lane are in charge of the music and also performed the theme song featured in episode 0. Mykal Williams and Rafael Hernán are penning the story.
Each episode of the planned series will be three to five minutes in length, and will have limited animation. The campaign's other stretch goals include extending the series to 24 episodes at US$98,000, extended episode length to eight to 10 minutes at US$149,000, and a 22-minute fully animated OVA at US$340,000.
Okamoto Kitchen is operated by Chef Chizuru Okamoto Abraham, her husband Gerald Abraham, and Shidosha Hodges. Chef Chizuru Okamoto Abraham graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles and has studied under celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa. According to Gerald Abraham, the staff "consists of hardcore anime fans and pro gamers." Gerald Abraham and Hodges met in the professional gaming community.
Okamoto Kitchen frequently attends anime conventions and events in the Los Angeles area, including the Anime Expo convention.
Source: Okamoto Kitchen's Kickstarter page