Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Yay, another yuri anime! ^^ That, and the fact that the trailer is out already is good news.
Plus, only one person, freelance animator Ishikawa Naoya, directed, wrote, and animated it. It's nice to see a fresh face taking the initiative to produce an independent project. (With as many tasks as he has on his plate, I'm more forgiving than I would normally be of the fact that the art looks rough and unfinished.)
The not-so-good news is that Primastea, the studio releasing Kittsukiboshi, is the same studio that churned out Isshoni Training: Training with Hinako and Isshoni Sleeping: Sleeping With Hinako. (Not exactly the best pedigree.)
The story shown in the trailer, about "two girls' "risky" summer vacation together", doesn't look like anything that hasn't already been done to death (and that spit-trail was pretty "bleh"), but I'll check it out. According to the Amazon JP listing, it's 21 minutes long. It could be a cute fluff story. We'll see.
Part 1 of the story is coming out on August 16, and part 2 is coming out next summer. My biggest hope for Kittsukiboshi is that it will help pave the way for more independent yuri anime projects.
Edit @ 11:22 p.m.: I just finished talking on the phone with a friend who is a graphic designer, who also attended animation school for two years, and she was like, "He's doing 20 minutes of animation by himself!? And the writing and directing? Go easy on him. Etc..." In short, I have had the enormity of the amount of work Ishikawa is responsible for on this project soundly drilled into my brain. -_- I'll keep it in mind when I watch the final product.