On 10 March 2017, Polygon Pictures’s J CUBE Inc. began the distribution of their anime production tool Maneki. This same software was also to create the anime movie Blame!, which will be released in Japanese cinemas on 20 May 2017.
Maneki will help make contents for the next generation efficiently, as it is an all-in-one rendering tool for HD/4K anime. With our current technology, it has been difficult to display complex pictures with more shadows, since during the rendering process only one angle of light can be processed. That’s where Maneki is different; it simulates light realistically and can instantly add the shadow of ‘cel-look’ CG – making it almost look like the picture was drawn by hand.
The anime movie Blame! used Maneki to create graduation and add color depth to the movie. That’s how they made the cel CGs look less flat and have the characters look better and three dimensional. The program was also used for the test movie of Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine.
Polygon Pictures is an anime production company founded in June 1983. Including their base in Malaysia, Silver Ant PPI Sdn. Bhd., and J CUBE, they employ more than 400 creators. J CUBE is conducting research-services on 3DCG production as well as consulting. Headed by the Italian Paolo Berto Durante, the development team creates tools that make it possible to produce high quality videos.
Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine