Tokyo Animation Business Accelerator

TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT

Tokyo Animation Business Accelerator | Support for animation production companies aspiring to succeed in the international market

Tokyo Animation Business Accelerator:
Project Outline

Tokyo is home to a thriving animation industry, but much of its highly creative output is unknown outside of Japan.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government wants to change all that. And that's why we have been supporting the efforts of these very creative teams and promoting the Tokyo animation industry to join MIFA.

We can open the door to an entire rainbow of Tokyo talent that is not represented in the global animation market. Unique and technically outstanding, they have so much to offer. We do hope you'll take this chance to work with them!

Tokyo Animation Pitch Grand Prix: Outline

Results from the 10th of Feb, 2022

In the Tokyo Animation Pitch Grand Prix, participants showcased the advanced know-how and skills, that had acquired through a series of seminars and workshops.

Entrants competed for prize money and the opportunity to exhibit their animation work in overseas markets. The winning companies have now taken their first steps toward gaining global recognition.

Top Prize Winner

Name of Company Address Project/Production Title
Studio Selfish LLC Suginami-ku Sunny Side Ups

Prize Winners

Name of Company Address Project/Production Title
Artworks Hachioji-city Timid Muumuu
EKURA ANIMAL.Inc. Nishi-Tokyo-city The last diviner, Hana
Kanaban Graphics, Ltd. Nakano-ku BYTHEWAY, an adventuring alien
Memi FEE Shibuya-ku Cup of Love

(Note) Companies are listed in the order of Japanese syllabary.

Works of Prize Winners

Top Prize Winner

Prize Winners

Top Prize Winner

Sunny Side Ups

Image: Sunny Side Ups

Synopsis

A five-year-old girl, Emmy, is an alien who looks exactly like an Earthling. She comes to Earth, she's always dreamed of. Whenever Emmy encounters something new and interesting, she transitions to “pretend play” with her friends, employing her special imaginative capacity.
Doing this pretend play with Emmy is so thrilling that it becomes a whole new world!
Emmy and her friends ride banana boats, play on a giant apple peel slide, and work together to tame a pineapple monster.
The children come from various backgrounds and each is unique. They sometimes clash with one another, but they enjoy Emmy’s world of “pretend play” with its freedom of imagination and variety of ideas.
This is a comedy series, full of imagination in which children enjoy “encountering new happenings” from a child’s perspective.

Comment

This is a delightful story which stimulates and encourages the creative imagination of children. Since Emmy is an alien, it is easy to accept her outlandish attitudes and “differences” in values. Through this story, you will feel that “uniqueness is wonderful”, “being different is interesting”, and “having friends” is fun.
This project is intended to build a foundation for enjoying diversity while watching and laughing at the animation.

Credit

Planning: Taka Kato, Emi Ozawa
Director / Character design / Art director: Taka Kato
Production Partner: Flying Ship Studio, Inc.
Producer: Emi Ozawa
©Studio Selfish LLC

Creator Profile

Studio Selfish LLC

Studio Selfish LLC is established in December 2021 and represented by Taka KATO (Takako KATO), participates in projects both in Japan and abroad, focusing on planning and producing animations and stories, picture books and character design, aiming to bring “small happiness” to children around the world.
Achievements under the name, Taka KATO: Baby TV [Rocco] (director and designer), HTB [On-chan] (director). “Doggy Bones in Twinkle Winkle Somewhere Land” won the Tokyo Anime Award 2009.

Company Contact

Studio Selfish LLC
214, Wakore Ogikubo
5-14-5 Ogikubo, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
http://studio-selfish.jp/WP/

Prize Winner

Timid Muumuu

Image: Timid Muumuu

Synopsis

Muumuu, the main character, who lives by a forest, is a very scared and sensitive five-year-old kitten.
He is scared of many things around him. Sometimes they are shadows, sometimes they are plants, sometimes they are creatures.
However, the truth is that most of Muumuu's feeling of fear come from what he doesn't understand.
Muumuu overcomes his fears by learning from the "little experts" around him who are a little bit more knowledgeable about science and living creatures.

Comment

The concept of this animation series is "knowledge is kindness”.
As Muumuu acquires knowledge, he is able to overcome his fears and becomes kinder. At the same time, I wanted to create an animation project that could widen the horizons of viewers and encourage them to be kinder.

Credit

Director, Planning and Character Design: Rika Asakawa
Production: Artworks

Creator Profile

Artworks

Our concept is "to make what is difficult interesting”.
Artworks is the sole proprietorship of Rika Asakawa and undertakes creative projects such as animation and manga production for audiences ranging from children to adults.
"The Edge of Memory" was nominated for a film award, is now being distributed nationwide through a streaming service.

Company Contact

HP: https://rika-asakawa.art/

Prize Winner

The last diviner, Hana

Image: The last diviner, Hana

Synopsis

The story is set at the end of the Edo period in the late 19th century.
Hana KADEI, lives with her father, a failed “on-myo-ji” (diviner), for the imperial house in a mountainous area of Kyoto.
One day TSUCHIMIKADO, the head Kyoto on-myo-ji, summons Hana and her father to join him in battle to protect the Emperor.
TSUCHIMIKADO’s intention is to recover the authority of on-myo-ji, which had been lost for many years. As the head of the KADEI family after her father passed away from illness, Hana is assigned responsibility for guarding the Imperial Palace,
Nevertheless, because she is a woman, she is looked down upon by male on-myo-ji and samurai. But she even engages in battle with powerful, enemy on-myo-ji who have joined the Shogunate forces (a countervailing power to the Emperor).

Comment

For the past three years, I have been going to Kyoto to research on the last days of on-myo-ji.
The theme of the story is diversity. Initially, the tradition of the on-myo-ji, which lasted for a thousand years, is only seen from one angle by the protagonist.
Her experiences with different people enable her to understand how diverse the on-myo-ji are. Through this story, I want to convey the idea that humanity is rich in diversity.
Moreover, I hope the story of Hana, who survives in the male-dominated society of on-mayo-ji, will inspire women in Japan to work for women’s social progress.

Credit

Producer: Hitomi TOYONAGA, Toshiya KUSANO, Hiroki TANIGUCHI

Creator Profile

EKURA ANIMAL.Inc.

The company has produced animation series such as "Anpanman," and "Like the Wind" and "CHARA-MARU-kun and DOKU-MARU-kun" as its independent productions. Our aim is to promote Japanese animations to the world and to "nurture kindness and imagination" in the hearts of children.
The company is actively participating in various events in Nishitokyo City such as monthly trash pickups in towns, eco-cap collection, blood donation campaigns, and creating animations with elementary school children in their classes.

Company Contact

https://anime.or.jp/
info@anime.or.jp

Prize Winner

BYTHEWAY, an adventuring alien

Image: BYTHEWAY, an adventuring alien

Synopsis

A slapstick comedy following the life on Earth of a shark-shaped, dancing alien named “BYTHEWAY”.

BYTHEWAY came to Earth from a distant galaxy. Full of curiosity, everything he sees on this strange new planet is an exciting adventure.

Skateboards, popcorn, and even rain are new to him. BYTHEWAY doesn’t know anything about Earth rules and customs, so his actions are sometimes outrageous and cause trouble, but through these experiences he gradually grows up on his new planet.

When he feels happy or sad, he expresses his feelings by dancing. The kids watching will be as curious as he is and will learn how to interact with the world through their involvement. Also, there is no doubt that kids will enjoy dancing along with BYTHEWAY!

Comment

The concept of this anime is simple. Be happy to see BYTHEWAY! Through his lovely personality, adventures and dancing, we aim to create an animation that brings joy and happiness to the kids. We also want viewers to enjoy sharing the new experiences as BYTHEWAY grows up on Earth.

Credit

Author: Satoshi Tomioka
Original Character Design: Aguri Miyazaki
Director / Screenwriter / Art Director: Atsuhito Seki

Creator Profile

Kanaban Graphics, Ltd.

Kanaban Graphics is a CGI animation studio known for a wide range of work such as “Usavich”, “Yan Yan Machiko”, “Inazma Delivery”, commissioned TV series, games, and commercials. The studio’s expertise ranges from planning, script writing, staging, storyboarding, and art direction, to the entire process of CGI production. The studio has successfully negotiated numerous licensing and distribution contracts in Japan and abroad.

Company Contact

Kanaban Graphics, Ltd.
Daishin NS Building 9F, 1-13-18 Honcho, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0012
http://www.kanaban.com

Prize Winner

Cup of Love

Image: Cup of Love

Synopsis

Hey there! I’m M-size Coffee Cup. Isn’t it weird I’m talking to you? Well, not really! We coffee cups have emotions too, you know. We laugh, we cry, we get angry or depressed, and sometimes we feel…just...empty. In this series, we explore the lives of Tokyo’s coffee cups. From the cool and stylish coffee float glass, to the small but powerful espresso cup, we learn more about these unique personalities and their dramatic daily adventures. Just like that first coffee in the morning, discovering this series will immediately brighten up your day!

Comment

Of course, Tokyo’s cafes are a place of fun, laughter and chatter. But sometimes, they can also be a place of quiet reflection. When I first began working full-time in the city, I would regularly visit my favorite coffee shop to think and to work through the stresses of the day. This series is inspired by that experience. Those small moments with just my thoughts and a cup of coffee were so valuable to me, and I want to share that joy with as many people as possible!

Credit

Direction / Scenario: Memi FEE

Creator Profile

Memi FEE

Memi FEE worked for many years in New York, USA, as an illustrator and graphic designer. Since returning to Japan, she has used her rich experience living abroad and her English skills to develop activities in different media, and she has started to produce animations. Her four-frame comic strip "LOL New Yorker," which depicts her life in New York, is currently being serialized in a local magazine (2022).

Company Contact

Memi FEE
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
memi1129@me.com
https://www.memiart.com/

Our exhibitors in 2022