Yamakan’s Dark Fantasy Anime Project ‘Magical Girls’ Stalled Due to Lack of Investors – Interest
controversial director Yutaka Yamamoto (otherwise known as “Yamakan”) returned from its self-imposed hiatus from the anime industry in 2019 with the goal of crowdfunding her anime project “Mahō Shōjotachi” (lit. Magical Girls). According to a March update on its blog, however, the project stalled due to difficulties finding investors.
Yamakan explained that he spoke to all the producers he knew in the industry in hopes of putting together a production committee. However, although he found companies willing to invest some money, he was unable to find a company willing to be the management company. (The management company manages the budget and oversight, and bears the greatest financial risk.)
Yamakan blamed COVID-19 for stalling negotiations and claimed that because a large number of anime original movies have struggled at the box office in recent years, it is now difficult to secure funding from original anime.
Nevertheless, the director swears he will persevere with the project, saying the script has already been written and revised. “The more I think about this project, the more I realize the importance of creating a work like this in today’s world. Even if it’s not ‘Mahō Shōjotachi’, if a work like this one is not released soon in the world, I seriously predict that Japanese animation will really come to an end.” He urged anyone interested in the project to show their support.
Yamamoto started a Campfire crowdfunding page for a pilot film for the anime project tentatively titled “Mahō Shōjotachi” (lit. Magical Girls) in September 2019. $92,700) goal. Yamakan launched an additional campaign in July 2020.
The campaign site describes the project as “Yamamoto Rises… A huge storm has swept over the devastated world of anime. In order to open the door to a new era, I am offering a new original anime titled ‘Magical Girls!’ ”
The key visual for the project shows a girl in a school uniform with angel wings surrounded by a blazing fire. Yamamoto refers directly to the Animation of Kyoto arson as the motivation behind the project. He said the crime made him angry and he couldn’t forgive the anime’s evil “madness” that caused the loss of a friend.
“It’s an ugly battle. As long as I’m an anime director, I have to ‘defeat’ it through anime,” Yamamoto wrote. He added that he appeals to everyone involved in the anime and that he wants to “change the anime” so that there are no more victims.
Yamamoto described “Magical Girls” as a dark, violent fantasy that he hopes to turn into a feature film. The length of the pilot film will depend on how much money the campaign is able to raise, but Yamamoto estimated it will be between two and five minutes long. All additional funds raised will go directly to the feature film.
Yamamoto first attracted attention after the Animation of Kyoto arson when he responded to your name. and grow old with you director Makoto Shinkai on Twitter. Shinkai wrote on July 18, “Everyone from Animation of Kyoto Co., be careful.” Yamamoto replied to the tweet with, “Shut up.”
Yamakan had previously worked at Animation of Kyoto and had directed several episodes of The melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. He was series director of Good star until replaced by Yasuhiro Takemoto from episode 5. Animation of Kyoto left a message on his website (archived here) stating that Yamakan “didn’t have the skills to be a director yet”. Despite his departure from the company, he remained friends with some of his employees who would later come to work on his Fractal animated series with him.
the old Good star The director has been volatile on social media in the past, which led to the suspension of his LINE blog and his previous Twitter account. He launched a new Twitter account and a blog on Ameba Blog following the suspensions. He found himself embroiled in further disagreements in 2019 and filed for personal bankruptcy on March 4, 2019.
the Animation of Kyoto The fire was a devastating tragedy that claimed 35 lives and injured 34 when it broke out on July 18, 2019. The studio said 20% of its employees died in the attack.