Kenji Itoso, an apprentice of master director and Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki, has added his name to crowd-funding startup Anipipo as he tries to get support for his personal anime project. Since signing up with the beta company, he has already raised 5,400 dollars for him to be able to fulfill his dream project.
Itoso’s project is one of four currently up on Anipipo. Founder Hiroaki Taira, a graduate of Tokyo Polytechnic University with a background in animation, launched the site just a few weeks ago, and has already crowd-funded around 6,100 dollars for the various up-and-coming anime artists and their projects. The goal for the startup this year is to fund around 500,000 dollars, but the eventual long-term goal is to fund an Academy award-winning project someday. They also want to be able to provide adequate funding to create and enhance animation in the country, as well as connect it with anime fans from around the globe.
Taira says that a lot of anime creators are now experiencing financial difficulties, as their kind of work does not pay that much. They also want to gain fans outside of Japan but do not have the proper channel to do so. He hopes Anipipo will be that vehicle to get both funding and gain fans in advance, even before the project is finished. Just like with other crowd-funding platforms, Anipipo also takes a 15% cut as their fee for promoting the project and bringing it to a wider audience.
[ via Tech in Asia ]
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