Hiroshi Matsuyama is talking business and mechanical arms in a special message to fans.
Yesterday, the Mecha-Ude Kickstarter page updated with a video message from CyberConnect2 President Hiroshi Matsuyama. In the 90-second video, Matsuyama discusses his reasons for joining the Mecha-Ude project, as well as his role as General Supervisor on the project.
At the end of the segment, Matsuyama explains that his favorite character is Aki, and presents an illustration, which you can check out below. The subtitled promo is also being used in the project’s ongoing Campfire crowdfunding campaign.
The Campfire campaign is being used to raise funds to hire additional staffers and increase overall production quality. As of press time, the project stands at 723,800 yen ($6,532.64 USD) of its two-million yen ($18,050.95 USD) goal.
The Mecha-Ude project is currently targeting a June 2018 launch, following a delay from 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.
CyberConnect2 President and CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama is attached to the title as a General Supervisor. Matsuyama will be in charge of planning and direction supervision, in addition to supervising the scripts and setting for the project.
Musician Eve will perform opening theme song Ambivalent. AZLiGHTZ will perform ending theme song Alone.
Other confirmed crew members 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)
- Sound Director: Takeshi Takadera
- Supervision (Planning, Script, Setting, Direction Supervision): Hiroto Niizato
- Script Cooperation: Yasuhiro Nakanishi
- Art Director, Mecha-ude Design: Nurikabe
- Animation Team: Chiaki Kanno, Mitsunori Murata
- CGI and Composite Director: Shōta Kawamura
- Production Manager: Kenji Satō
- Sound Production: HALF H·P STUDIO
- Planning: Shūichi Asō
The series will star the following:
- Hikaru Amatsuga: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
- Arme (Hikaru’s Mecha-ude): Tomokazu Sugita
- Aki Murasame: Yu Shimamura
The roles for Sinis & Dex (Aki’s Mecha-udes), as well as villain Jun Kagami will be announced at a later date. Visuals for the main characters were also unveiled, which you can check out below:
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, 2017, and went on to raise $67,918 across 999 backers.