Producer Yutaka Yamamoto, who is widely known for his work on The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star, has announced a new original anime movie project called Hakubo. He is currently seeking financial help through the fans by creating a crowdfunding campaign. He wants to release the new project in 2018.
The story will take place in Fukushima’s Iwaki. So far his works have been set in different prefectures. Blossom was set in Iwate’ Prefecture’s Otsuchi, and Wake up, Girls! was set in Miyagi Prefecture’s Sendai. ‘I didn’t intend to send a message or portray society in my works so far, I just want to show how boys and girls live their lives beautifully in modern Fukushima,’ said Yamamoto.
About the new production model, voice actress Kaori Fukuhara said, ‘It’s the first time for me to make an anime that way, so I am nervous. But I would be happy if we could produce a lovely anime together with everyone.’
It was also revealed that Koji Wada, CEO of Tsukasa Sekai, will help produce the anime. Tsukasa Sekai produces Japanese sweets and also works together with the store Animesugar to produce character cakes.
As it happens with crowdfunding campaigns, there are rewards depending on how much you donate to the production. You can get a message from the director (5,000 yen) or attend the preview or other events especially held for supporters (10,000-30,000 yen) or get to go to a dinner with the director and production staff (100,000 yen), go on a bus tour (200,000 yen) or name one of the characters (500,000 yen). The goal of the crowdfunding is 15 million yen and it seems it will gain a lot of attention from anime fans.