Anime Mirai was launched in 2010 by the Japanese Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) with 214.5 million yen (about US$2.27 million) from the Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs to foster the talent of young animators through on-the-job training by annually funding the production of shorts such as Trigger's 2013 Little Witch Academia and Death Parade predecessor Death Billiard
Last April, JAniCA announced that they will no longer be running the initiative.
Now run by the Association of Japanese Animations industry group, proposal for Anime Mirai 2015 projects were accepted through June 27, 2014. The four shorts selected to be funded were announced last July, with a screening planned for March 2015 at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2015.
New previews of the shorts have now been posted
Aki no Kanade
By J.C. Staff:
Director: Youhei Suzuki (HENNEKO)
Producer: Yuji Matsukura
Animation Director/Character Design: Yaegashi Yohei
Assistant Animation Director : Kajiya Mitsuharu
Production Producer: Yuji Matsukura
Happy ComeCome (formerly Robot Kaa-san)
By Synergy SP:
Director: Yumiko Suda
Producer: Kenichiro Hayafune
Animation Director/Character Design: Sonomi Aramaki
Assistant Animation Director: Tomomi Shimazaki
By Studio Deen:
Director: Ken’ichi Ishikura (D.C.III ~Da Capo III~ )
Producer: Norimitsu Urasaki
Animation Director/Character Design: Majiro
Original Character Design: QP:flapper
Screenplay: Kana Yamada.
Kumi to Tulip
By Tezuka Productions:
Director: Makoto Tezuka (Black Jack)
Producer: Yoshihiro Shimizu
Production Producer: Mitsuaki Oiishi
Character designs: Akio Sugino
Animator Director: Michinosuke Nakamura
Art Director: Jirou Kouno
Assist. Animation Director: Shinji Seya
Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.