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WATCH: Makoto Shinkai’s short film spotlights civil engineering in ‘Your Name.’ style animation

/ 03:58 PM May 08, 2018

Image: YouTube/OfficeAugusta

Anime blockbuster “Your Name.” director Makoto Shinkai lent his trademark animation style to paint a different perspective of civil engineering.

Shinkai recently partnered with civil engineering firm Taisei and J-pop duo Sukima Switch to create a short animated film. The two-minute-long film highlights various civil engineering projects around the world on top of Sukima Switch’s new single “Mr. Kite.”

Takuya Ohashi (left) and Shintaro Tokita of Sukima Switch  (Image: Office Augusta Talent Agency official website)

Shinkai also called on the expertise of CoMix Wave Films, the same studio that handled the visuals for “Your Name.” The anime director regularly works with CoMix for various projects, as reported by Anime News Network.

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Taisei and Shinkai already collaborated in the past, with the director creating a 30-second-long TV commercial. This 2014 commercial was incorporated in the new short film along with a newer clip that featured a Japanese woman working on a subway line in Singapore.

As for Shinkai’s new feature-length film, the director has been quiet so far. In the meantime, one of his older works, “The Place Promised in Our Early Days,” or “Kumo no Mukō, Yakusoku no Basho (Beyond the Clouds),” has been adapted into a stage play, reports The Asahi Shimbun.

The play opened on April 20 at the Tokyo International Forum’s Hall C. It held seven performances and ran until April 24. Two additional performances were held at the NHK Osaka Hall on May 2.  Alfred Bayle /ra

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