What You Need to Know:
- Kenichi Sonoda, the creator for classics like Gunsmith Cats and Riding Beans has launched a crowdfunding project to create his next new work, Bean Bandit.
- The official page, which can be found here, is looking to raise about 15 million yen (~135,000 USD). That money will go to create a five minute animation. However, his real goal is to create a full 20 minute full animation with an opening. Everything is going to be available in both English and Japanese, and finally, the Blu-ray will have higher quality art per his statements on the page. At the time of this article being written, over 11,200,000 yen has been raised meaning he is more than two-thirds of the way there!
- Sonoda says he was inspired when a friend told him about crowdfunding and he realized that there were fans out there hungry for more. He decided that he wanted to be free to create his art in the way he wanted, so created the kickstarter. He announced it at Anime Central last weekend and the goal is to one day have this become an anime or even a movi! Be sure to also head on over to the page where Sonoda has revealed character designs for Bean Bandit, Rally Vincent, and Minnie May. The project also has revealed many staff who are anime industry veterans as well, so be sure to check that out too when you go to support him!
Source: Official Kickstarter Page
Ahhhh this is so cool! And he did it all in both languages. He's smart. I wonder if I donate enough, can get a cameo?
Hold your horses Bee-kun. Let the man create and let's cheer him on by donating first.