You know, even though the campaign is over, those arms are still flexing their mechanical muscle.
In November, we reported that animator Sae Okamoto successfully funded the production of original anime project Mecha-Ude on Kickstarter. The project raised $67,918 across 999 backers, with an average contribution of $67.99 per backer.
In early February, Okamoto took to the Kickstarter’s campaign page, and started publishing “Weekly Illustration Update” posts. Each post contains a single piece of production art, from a character design sheet, to a colored model piece. You can check these out below:
The fifth Weekly Illustration Update hit on March 5.
According to the Mecha-Ude Kickstarter page, Okamoto hopes to ship the film by December 2017.
Sae Okamoto will make her directorial début with the project, which is being produced by Trif Studio. Previously, she provided background art for Sushi Police. In addition, Okamoto’s worked as an animator on several projects, including Tenkai Knights and Danchi Tomoo.
Other team members attached to the project include:
- Compositor: Tatsushi Momen (Sushi Police, Director)
- Music: Narasaki (Deadman Wonderland, Paradise Kiss)
- Sound Engineer: Seiji Toda / S.O.L.I.D Sound Lab (Armored Trooper VOTOMS, Code Geass, Gundam Build Fighters)
Okamoto describes Mecha-Ude as:
Hero was a high schooler living an ordinary life.
One day, he meets a very strong and intelligent mechanical arm named “Mecha-ude”. After a strange turn of events, the “Mecha-ude” started living inside Hero’s hoodie and the two’s life full of trouble begins.
As the boy and his “Mecha-ude” fights together and strengthen their bonds, the two also meets new friends who also fights along with each of their own unique “Mecha-ude” partners.
Out of those, one of the heroine has two “Mecha-ude” which appears out of her skirt. An active girl with a totally opposite characteristics from hero himself, he gradually becomes attracted to her.
But the two are confronted with other “Mecha-ude” users who are in search of the secret of “Mecha-ude” relentlessly.
The campaign reached its funding goal on October 15.
Okamoto released a short teaser as part of Mecha-Ude‘s Kickstarter pitch, as well as an extended trailer. You can check both out below: