Keio University has announced that it has set up an online interactive site for anime creators and fans. The website, called “Node,” was created through Keio’s Graduate School of Media Design. Through Node, people who are into anime may be able get in touch with anyone in the anime community – professional, novice, or just a fan.
Node is operated by Space Project, which is under Keio Media Design . The website kicked off on July 7, a date with significance for the fans of famous mangaka, or manga artist, Ai Yazawa. Besides basic interaction between animators and fans, Japan’s top private university is also making feature interviews with people in the industry available. They may also be able to introduce current or up-coming works.
More than introducing works through Node, the website may also be used as a channel for the selection of popular works from manga, anime, drama, as well as novels. Such, according the website, will be given the priority for production. Node also features films for further promotion. As of now, Toshiko Hata’s “Rootless Heart,” which won the Shimokitazawa Film Festival and the Tokyo Student Film Festival, is in feature. Hata finished Animation at the Graduate School of Film and New Media from Keio’s rival school Tokyo University.
[via Asahi Shimbun]