Academic support company Z-Kai posted illustrator looundraw‘s Futari-bun no Shomei (“A Proof for Two”) anime short on Friday. The company describes it as a “concept film” to encourage admission test takers.
Along with the design of the characters, looundraw directs, writes, storyboards, animates and manages the color script. Apartment Studiothe studio looundraw established in 2019, is animating. Internationally known pianist Akira Kosemurawho worked on the soundtrack to looundrawhis directorial debut Summer ghostcomposes the theme song “Ahead of Us”.
The story follows three friends who struggle with school, studies and relationships. Kouki Uchiyama will play Takuya Amano, a boy who will move to Hokkaido after finishing junior high school. Yui Ishikawa plays Haruka Kishi, Takuya’s childhood friend. Daisuke Fujita plays Tsubasa Miyake, a mutual friend of Takuya and Haruka who attends the Eikoh Seminary school.
The new anime marks the second time looundraw has entered into cooperation with Z-Kai. Z-Kai streamed Ichiban Chikakute Tooi Hoshi (“The Closest Yet Furthest Star”) short in February 2021. It is set in the same world as Summer ghost. Z-Kai streamed a “new version” on May 30, featuring a song of the same name performed by Junko Iwao.
looundraw commented on the new collaboration: “I feel very grateful to have another opportunity to work with Z-Kai after the last time last year. Last time I made a film called Summer ghost, which was about ideals and reality, about what you can achieve and what you can’t. Although I’m older now and my goals are different, it was a difficult time that reminded me of when I was studying for entrance exams. That I was able to finish the film despite everything is undoubtedly due to my friends working with me with the same goal. Even when you are alone, you are never alone. Apartment Studio is now at the point where we can convey it through our illustrations. Thank you very much for your support.”
The Summer ghost short opened in Japan on November 12, 2021.
The short is part of Project Common, a multimedia initiative “to express the truth looundraw.” The illustrator said last summer: “Unchangeable at all times; I want to find my steadfast self. This project is a challenge to find the true ‘looundraw‘ with myself and everyone.” The project’s website included the English text “real or fake? The way he thinks, the way he draws. These all become “one.”
looundraw drew the original character designs for Tsuki gave Kirei TV anime series and provided the original character designs and cover illustration for Yoru Sumino‘s I want to eat your pancreas novel. The novel has inspired an anime film using his original character designs.
He also drew the character designs for an animated promotional video based on Yusuke Yamada‘s Boku wa Robot Goshi no Kimi ni Koi wo Suru (I’m falling in love with you through a robot) novel. The novel is also getting a complete animated film adaptation.
Source: Z-Kai‘s YouTube channel