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American/Japanese Anime Project 'Indigo Ignited' Streams Trailer


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The official website for "Indigo Ignited," first project for Japan-based, American-run animation studio D'Art Shtajio, began streaming a trailer for the upcoming five-minute pilot film on Thursday. The staff also announced the lead voice cast: Nathan Sharp (Luck & Logic, NateWantsToBattle) is voicing Kieran, Sean Chiplock (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) is voicing The Alderman, and Amanda Lee (Rio - Rainbow Gate!, LeeandLie) is voicing Galena.



The trailer reveals a planned August 8 release date. The staff plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign to release the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.


Henry Thurlow (animator on Sweetness & Lightning, Naruto Shippūden, Tokyo Ghoul) is directing the anime, Arthell Isom (A Letter to Momo, Blood-C, Gintama) is painting the backgrounds as art director, Yoshiharu Ashino (D.Gray-man Hallow, Azuki-chan) is serving as the storyboard artist, Asuka Tsubuki (Gugure! Kokkuri-san) is the animation director, Rejean Dubois is designing the characters, and David Butler is directing the musical score. D'Art Shtajio will be the main production studio, though the project was initially tied to Bang Bang Animation, where Thurlow previously worked. Bang Bang Animation is no longer involved with the project.


The anime is based on an independently published comic of the same name by Americans David Pinter and Samuel Dalton. The website describes the story:

Enter the world of INDIGO IGNITED, a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy anime. A shattered world sustained by bloodshed and built upon the remnants of an ancient order that was abolished in their conquest to rid the world of Fear. Driven out of their homeland, KIERAN and his comrades descend into a maddened environment driven by chaos in hopes of being the last ember of light within a darkened world.

Arthell Isom, his brother Darnell Isom (Avatar, Pacific Rim, TMNT), and Thurlow established D'Art Shtajio to act as a bridge between the Japanese animation industry and outside markets. In particular, the studio aims to assist foreigners seeking to produce anime-style videos from Japanese studios.

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