Crowd-Funding Puts Japanese Anime ‘Corners’ Into Production  

To All the Corners of This
Courtesy of Futaba Publishers Ltd.

TOKYO – “To All the Corners of This World,” a WWII-era anime feature that has raised a significant chunk of its budget from crowd-funding, is heading into production.

The number of contributors — 3,374—is a Japanese record, while the $290,000 raised on the Makuake crowd-funding site is 80% above the JPY20 million ($161,000 ) target.

Crowd-funding is becoming increasingly popular in Japan, but it is still uncommon for movies to raise major money from this source.

The film is based on Fumiyo Kono’s eponymous comic, serialized in Weekly Manga Action magazine in 2007, about a young woman who marries and moves from her home in Hiroshima to the bustling port of Kure during World War II.

Anime specialist Genco is producing and the Mappa animation house is making the film, with Sunao Katabuchi (“Mai Mai Miracle,” TV’s “Black Lagoon”) directing. The distributor is Tokyo Theater, with a 2016 nationwide release set.

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  1. Ken Gold says:

    Crowdfunding is the future for all of the talented men and women who cannot penetrate that thick “glass” door to the offices of the major studios and funding sources. Social media is the “new” gauge opening the eyes and ears of decision makers as to we what the people/fans want…listen to them!

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