We've seen Mirai Suenaga animated in anime guest appearances such as Twin Angel and Mayo Chiki but finally we get to see her animated in her own anime series called Mirai Millennium - and before I forget - this 2560px x 1440px wallpaper lives here.
Those of you who read the earlier post will have seen the making of the opening sequence that I've produced with JC Staff. The opening sequence was produced in about 4 weeks of intensive work on a very tight budget. The first version that we see has been modified to be the opening of Culture Japan Season 2.
The character design of the anime versions are created by Kazunori Iwakura who is also responsible for titles like Railgun, Toradora, Sky Girls, Kimikiss, Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Shakugan no Shana, Hidan no Aria and more.
Here we see our 4 main characters (from left to right) Haruka Suenaga, Mirai Suenaga, Eiji Seiun and Kanata Hoshikawa. Detailed design references in the Mirai Millennium Design post and character profiles currently live here.
And here are some of the screenshots from the opening. JC Staff done all the character animation cells and I produced the rest with Pinax. Budget for the OP was taken from the Culture Japan production pool which is not a lot in the first place - this is why you will notice that we've reused a lot of elements in the various cuts.
The whole OP was originally going to be a single looping walking sequence but seeing that I was asking JC to do just the animation, I could cut costs by doing the rest myself and asking JC to do different cuts.
Folks who are interested in producing anime can do so on a tight budget by leaving just the animation to an anime production company - then do the backgrounds, editing and sound yourself - from all those skills you picked up from Google Sensei.
If I asked JC Staff to do the whole thing then it would have cost at least 4 times more. But even if I did have the cash, doing it alone is always the preferred choice which is required to pick up experience. One can pick up skills for free from the Internet but experience is something that you need to sacrifice your own time and money for.
The priorities for 2012 are:-
1. Online expansion
2. Mirai Products
3. Culture Japan Season 3
3. Mirai Millennium
In that order - but will try to do them all at the same time ^^;
And for folks constantly asking about Chinka - I'm hands off that project as I focus on my own IP.