It seems that even anime are turning to the fans for funding.
TriF Studio recently started a Kickstarter campaign to find the money for producing their pilot of the original anime MECHA-UDE. Their first target was $25,000 and the funding will last until November 5. A few days ago they managed to reach their goal.
The leading character is an ordinary high school student who meets the other-wordly MECHA-UDE, a sentient mechanical arm. We’ve heard of sentient swords before, but not of an arm. It’s an interesting concept. The arm is extremely powerful and the leading character along with other MECHA-UDE users will have to defend them from those who want to use them for evil purposes.
The 25-minute anime will have Japanese audio with English subtitles. The KICKSTARTER page had already released the character sheets, an illustration of its worldview and an image board. They also have some amazing GIFs and a PV you can check in this article.
Trif Studio is an anime production company located in Fukuoka. MECHA-UDE is a project started by Sae Okamoto who has worked on an original short anime called 11:08, as a background artist in SUSHI POLICE, and as an animator in TV anime Danchi Tomoo and Tenkai Night.
Kickstarter campaigns reward the fans with various perks according to the donation tier. There are eight tiers from $5 to $1000. For $5 you get a digital wallpaper. The pilot episode becomes available at the $25 tier (limited to 300 people). The more money you donate the better the perks: you can have your name appear on the ending credits, you may receive Blu-ray/DVD image software, a soundtrack, a mini book. or even figures. At the last tier, you will have the opportunity to dine with Sae Okamoto and have her draw your favorite character on an A2 sized poster (limited to 2 people).