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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Director Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Equivalent Exchange: Funding For A Sweet But Short Anime

There’s no denying that the second animated adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist was nothing short of a masterpiece, with many regarding it as the greatest anime ever created. Now the director behind it all, Yasuhiro Irie, is asking fans for help over on Kickstarter, all in the hope of turning his own manga, Halloween Pajama in Seattle, into a twenty minute anime.

According to an article on Anime News Network

Anime director Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodScorching Ping Pong GirlsCode:Breaker) has launched the Kickstarter campaign for his “Halloween Pajama in Seattle” anime project.

As previously announced, the project seeks to raise 20 million yen (about US$178,600) by December 5 to fund a 20-minute anime plus opening and ending sequences. The production is expected to finish in December 2018 if the campaign is successful.

The planned anime is based on the “Halloween Pajama in Seattle: The Dream Catcher” chapter of the manga, and it will be a musical that features characters singing. Irie has made the chapter available in English on Kindle and PDF

The backer rewards listed include a thank-you message; the completed anime accessible via streaming; a subscription to a backer-exclusive magazine; a digital soundtrack; the original manga in Japanese and Italian or English; a Kindle download for a rough sketch book for the manga; the backer’s name in the ending credits sequence; a download of the anime materials (storyboards, key frames, in-betweens, photography, backgrounds); a copy of the anime on physical DVD; a tote bag with original illustration by Irie; signed shikishi; illustrated T-shirts; invitations to attend a kick-off event for the production in Tokyo, a private screening, and the after-production party; an appearance in the anime as a character for a total of 10 cuts; and an appearance in the anime as a key character. The campaign also includes backer tiers specifically for companies seeking to fund the anime’s production.

It sounds like an oddly entertaining dream project that is well on its way to completion, but what will the end result be?

If you want to back the production of Halloween Pajama In Seattle: The Dream Catcher, then be sure to visit Yasuhiro Irie’s Kickstarter Page. 

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