Our story is set beneath the surface of the great metropolis, below the district of Ogi-town in a realm of dreams that floats in a haze of purple lignite smoke. A network of roads stretches away underground, concealing bandits at every turn! An armored train snakes through the looming darkness: the steel-clad train Sokore 463 is equipped with a 75mm mountain gun that can blow a target to smithereens! In command is the mysterious girl Tanne. What awaits her and her comrades? From the winding alleys of Akegata(dawn) to the deep subterranean world of Kuragari(dark), a daring adventure unfolds!
Director Shigeyoshi Tsukahara has been working on the idea behind Kurayukaba since his days as a student. This adventure-filled animation is his defining lifework, and presents an alternative Tokyo. As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics approach, rather than presenting Tokyo as a huge metropolis, Tsukahara focuses on the place where he was born and raised. He hopes the animation conveys a palpable sense of Tokyo's northeast.
Director: Shigeyoshi Tsukahara
Character Design: Kazunori Minagawa
Producer: Yuki Sakoda
Twiflo, LLC produces, plans, and creates animations as well as digital and interactive initiatives. While making the most of Japan’s 2D animation strengths, Twiflo harnesses a digital approach in order to create a new impact that goes beyond the confines of existing media and platform frameworks.
Tokai is always glued to his smartphone. One day, he’s sucked into a clamshell fossil at a museum and transported back to prehistoric times. He ends up on Dinosaur Island, a place where humans and dinosaurs happily coexist. In this place with no phone signal and no batteries, Tokai meets the energetic Volca, a girl who’s in a band with her dinosaur friends. Unable to use his beloved smartphone, Tokai faces many daunting challenges, but through song, Volca cheerfully shows Tokai that there are all sorts of ways to get by.
The key message of this work is: life is fine without a smartphone. The main theme is nurturing children’s excitement for life. These days, children are directly impacted by the fact that they are inseparable from their electronic devices. We want children to appreciate the ingenuity that humans have cultivated over the centuries, and to see the importance of sharing an understanding of the workings of nature. We decided to use songs and CG characters to convey these ideas simply. We hope that Volca’s voice will reach children across the world, so that they start to sing along with her.
Producer/Director/CG Supervisor: Kohei Kajisa
Art Director: Hiro Ueno
Character Design: Takuya Imamura
Technical Design: Chujou Chou
Production company: Volca inc.
Volca inc. is a CG studio with a special focus on game engines. Using the Unity and Unreal Engine game engines, the studio produces videos and real time content. Volca inc. has a great reputation for its work using Unity in particular. The studio also focuses on creating original content aimed at children.
Krocchi the Streetcat
Krocchi is a feisty, charismatic stray cat who lives downtown near Domineco Street. He looks tough on the outside, but he has a strong sense of justice and a kind heart. While he doesn't have a home or a family, he spends every day living life to the full. Constantly stalked by the dangers posed by cars, accidents, illness and hunger, Krocchi just loves knocking feeble pet cats into shape. He makes cowardly Shiratama faint with fear, he sprinkles fleas to prompt an unpopular old cat to get some exercise, he pesters pampered Giovanni. This is the touching story of how the thoroughly curious and well-meaning busybody Krocchi interacts with the members of the Domineco neighborhood, including people, stray cats, pet cats, crows, little birds, and other small animals.
The ultimate aim is a world without poverty or war. Through various stories, our message to children is that as long as they are compassionate, sincere, and care for those around them, they can help make the world a better place. That's why we decided to use as our messenger Krocchi, a street cat who displays the necessary vitality and empathy. Harnessing the charisma and unique personality of Krocchi, along with the power of animation, we want to convey to the rising generation of children around the world that they can find ways to move forward in life without conflict.
Character Design/Author: Karinyan
Executive Producer: Ian Tsutsui
Production company: NURUE Inc.
Director: Mari Hamamoto
Animation: Masato Ota
Assistant Director: Maiko Aida
Director/Composite/Editing: Kenichi Otaki
Producer: Shigetaka Mochizuki
Production company: asaura film co., ltd
Music: "Gioca con me" von CD "Stella stellina" von "...e la luna?"
Composition: Martin Klenk
Lyrics: Eva Spagna
Vocals: Eva Spagna
Cello: Martin Klenk
Guitar: Holger Schliestedt
NURUE Inc. created the animations The Animal Conference on the Environment and Krocchi the Street Cat as part of The Animal Conference on the Environment project it has been developing since 1997. The Animal Conference on the Environment is an edutainment work that encourages children around the globe to imagine that they are animals and then to think about the future. In 2010, the terrestrial channel NHK Educational broadcast the first series nationwide in Japan. In 2016, agreement was reached to develop a second series as a Japan-Canada collaboration. The Animal Conference on the Environment won the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety Award in Japan's Kids Design Awards 2017. Krocchi the Street Cat is a work that conveys the importance of compassion and friendship in the building of a better world.