What’s this? Wait, let’s go in order. What exactly Short Peace is? It is an anthology anime film by Katsuhiro Otomo, legendary artist and anime director, best known for his masterpiece Akira. By anthology we mean a collection of four short movies directed by different artists. Here’s the trailer for the movie.
Now, Short Peace itself is composed by four short movies, let’s say four pieces, all about “Japan” as a common subject, but there is one more. The fifth bit of the of the project is indeed a video game. And it’s out today (January 16) in Japan.
The game titles Short Peace Project: Tsukigime Ranko no Ichiban Nagai Hi (Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day), has been released by Namco Bandai exclusively PlayStation 3, and only in Japan. The game itself is a fast-paced 2D scrolling action, that serve as a fifth part of the Short Peace project.
Tsukigime Ranko no Ichiban Nagai Hi has been developed and designed by various game and anime artist, but overseen by not less than Goichi Suda (do we really need to make a list with all his games?) and Yohei Kataoka (Tokyo Jungle). Suda handled the game’s scenario, and Kataoka the game design and artwork. Other famous designer were involved in making the game, such as Daisuke Uchiyama (.hack series).
Obviously the game itself (that is rather a PSN-style game) wouldn’t justify a full retail price, so the PS3 disc contains also the 4 short movies, giving the player the full project in just one place.
Here’s the trailer for the game:
Obviously, you’re not gonna be able to enjoy the full project (unless you speak Japanese, in that case, nice one), but this little gem seams like something every anime and video game fan should have in his games room.