Short Peace is an anime compilation unlike any other – a unique mix of Japanese entertainment that gathers four short films and a video game in one disruptive package:
- Possesions, directed by Shuhei Morita
- Combustible, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo (the father of Akira)
- A Farewell to Weapons, directed by Hajime Katoki
- Gambo, directed by Hiroaki Ando
- Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day, a fast-paced 2D side-scrolling action game directed by the famous Goichi Suda (Suda51) of Grasshopper Manufacture. With direction and design by Tokyo Jungle director Yohei Kataoka at Crispy’s and a soundtrack by Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka.
We talked to Suda and Kataoka about the launch of Short Peace in Europe.
Suda: All four short films from ‘SHORT PEACE’ share a central theme: Japan. Each of them focuses on a different time period of Japan, but since there was no film that focused on modern Japan, we decided to use this as a theme.
Kataoka: I have concentrated on creating a game that matches the other films…the whole play through time needed to finish the game is not too long, to match the concept of a ‘short piece’.
Suda: I was told that Katsuhiro Otomo was involved in the project. His work is like the bible for my generation, and so I remember answering “Yes” immediately [to becoming a part of the project] […] I was able to spend more time on the story part and animation part of the game. There are more than 20 minutes of animation, and if you include the ending it will be more than 25 minutes in total length.
The overall project is truly a masterpiece of Japanese animation, and available now exclusively on PlayStation 3. Stay tuned to http://www.facebook.com/namcobandaigames.europe for a chance to win copies of the game and artbooks.