Crunchyroll is releasing an exclusive four-part documentary about BONES, the iconic animation studio behind titles like My Hero Academia.
As detailed in a recent press release, Crunchyroll is partnering with a French production company called DeltaRocket to produce BONES 25: Dreaming Forward, a new series chronicling BONES’s gradual evolution from a fledgling production house becomes an animation giant. The film celebrates the studio’s 25th anniversary as well as the release of its latest original anime project, Metallic Rouge. Crunchyroll will begin streaming the docuseries on February 13, coinciding with the release of the sixth episode of Metallic Rouge.
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Bones’ anime titles include classics like FMA to the ongoing MHA
Since its inception, BONES has produced a number of iconic works, including Mob Psycho 100, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Bungo Stray Dogs and Sk8 the Infinity. It also directed a film version of Sunrise’s sci-fi Western hybrid Cowboy Bebop. Bones 25: Dreaming Forward consists of four 24-minute episodes chronicling the studio’s founding and providing insight into its unique approach to anime creation. Throughout the series, more than 30 prominent figures in the anime and manga industry share their insights, including BONES President Masahiko Minami, Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop), Mob Psycho 100 creator ONE and director Performing Metallic Rouge’s Motonobu Hori.
DeltaRocket founder Jace directs BONES 25: Dreaming Forward. Throughout his career, this veteran documentary filmmaker has produced more than 40 documentaries for French television. An avid anime and manga fan, Jace’s knowledge of Japanese culture stems from over 20 years of experience traveling and filming in Japan. Asa Suehira, Chief Content Officer at Crunchyroll, discussed why his company partnered with Jace on this project: “Studio Bones is behind some of the most iconic anime of a generation. It’s fitting that anime fans would want an unprecedented look inside their series.” creators and studios. To give fans that look, we teamed up with an amazing documentary storyteller at DeltaRocket to turn the camera and highlight one of Japan’s great storytellers.”
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BONES’ new sci-fi anime, Metallic Rouge, premiered on January 11. Set in the distant future, the series revolves around a female android named Rouge Redstar, who lives in a world where Robots live alongside humans. One day, Rouge is ordered to destroy a mysterious alliance of robots known as the “Nine Immortals” that are threatening the human-run government. With her partner Naomi, Rouge sets off to Mars to track down rogue robots. Toshizo Nemoto (Steins;Gate) and Yutaka Izubuchi (Star Blazers 2199) collaborated to write the series’ script.
BONES 25: Dreaming Forward will begin streaming globally on February 13. Including Metallic Rouge, Crunchyroll currently offers over 30 different works from Studio Bones and plans to add more in the future.
Source: Press release