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Creative Intelligence Arts, LLC, the team also responsible for the squad-based RTS video game, Project Phoenix, finally achieved their Kickstarter goal for their most recent anime project, “Under the Dog,” a sci-fi action thriller exploring the depths of what it means in how one lives and dies while “testing the limits of all we hold dear.”

It was only recently that they achieved their $580,000 Kickstarter goal with a total of $693,279 with 40 hours to go. Director of Kojima Productions, Hideo Kojima, announces his endorsement of the project saying, “Coming with the permeation of the internet [in our daily lives], “creating” and a production’s “financing” structure have changed significantly.”

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Now, new methods of “creating” are being put to the test, where direct communication between the creator and the global user has become the norm and the creator is not bound by the former traditional investor or clientele. In such circumstances right now, a writer with remarkable talent, Jiro Ishii, who brought to the world numerous renowned adventure games during his “salary man” days, has now taken up the torch in order to challenge the traditions and establish this new future of “creating.” This is “Under the Dog,” the crowdfunding effort for an indie anime based on Jiro Ishii’s original story.

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One cannot help but pay close attention to this project. One cannot help but cheer on this project. In particular, how can this creator who garners cult-like popularity catalyze a new chemical reaction [in the industry] by putting an emphasis on “creating,” which stands apart from the typical commercial oriented projects? One cannot help but look forward to this succeeding.

Jiro Ishii’s indie challenge will not only change the path for “creating,” but at the same time declare the answer for the question: Can game designers be accepted by the world as storytellers in [other mediums] as well?”

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The Kickstarter officially ends on Sun, Sep 7 2014 8:53 AM PDT.

Check their Kickstarter page for more info here.

 

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