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Kurayukaba animation project will be fully produced

The production team for Shigeyoshi Tsukahara and Twiflo’s long-running animation project, Kurayukaba, announced that the production of the entire project has been approved. A new promotional image was posted to commemorate this announcement.

Kurayukaba is a steampunk detective fantasy whose concept is set to last over 40 minutes. The fundraising campaign for the project raised a total of 15,700,364 yen (about 142,600 US dollars) through two campaigns in 2018 and 2020. Its pilot film made with the funds from the first round of crowdfunding was posted on YouTube at April 2020.

The feature film’s prologue, made with funds from the second round of crowdfunding, was then successfully completed as well, and is being screened at the Ikebukuro Free Cinema hall in Tokyo from August 13 to 26, 2021, along with the films. Tsukahara’s previous films and the pilot film.

Production team

  • Shigeyoshi Tsukahara (Hashi no Mukou, Kotatsu Neko, Oshie to Tabi Suru Otoko, Arms Rally) is directing the project at Pancake Studios, as well as writing and supervising the scripts.
  • Kazunori Minagawa (Macross Delta, Tokyo Ravens, Yuruyuri, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled) is in charge of character design, while Pochi is in charge of settings.
  • Akatsuki Chota (Hashi no Mukou) is in charge of the composition of the soundtrack.

Kurayukaba Synopsis

Our story unfolds beneath the surface of the great metropolis, below the Ogi-town district, in a realm of dreams floating in a haze of purple lignite smoke. A network of roads stretches underground, hiding bandits at every turn. An armored train winds its way through the impending darkness: the Sokore 463 steel-clad train is equipped with a 75mm mountain cannon that can blow a target to pieces. In command is the mysterious girl Tanne. What awaits her and her companions?
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From the winding alleys of Akegata (at dawn) to the deep underground world of Kuragari (in darkness), a daring adventure unfolds.
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