Japan can come up with some weird and wonderful things. This is a country where people can preorder their Christmas dinner months in advance from KFC have hotels with rooms that are slightly larger than coffins and have mascots for literally everything such as bottled water train lines and even prisons. And its not like the west doesnt have its fair share of weirdness either just take a look at wrestling. Throughout the history of wrestling there have been wrestlers such as Doink the Clown Xanta Claus who is an evil Santa Claus and Perry Saturn a man who fell in love with a mop that had a face on it. So naturally there would be some crossover. A demonstration of this is KickHeart. Kickheart came out in 2013 and is a short film produced by Production I.G. It was fully funded on Kickstarter and was the first anime to be fully funded by crowdfunding and open up the doors to many other anime projects. I was screened at several festivals and first aired on television on Toonami. The short film has some pretty good talent behind it. The director is Masaaki Yuasa the person who created Mind Game 2005 Kemonozume 2006 Kaiba 2008 and Tatami Galaxy 2010 and he went on to direct Ping Pong 2014 shortly after this. So there is a reason to be interested in seeing this short. Its a love story between two people that have a secret to hide one a prowrestler and the other a nun. There isnt much of a story to KickHeart beyond its initial premise since its about 12 minutes long and i dont want to spoil much of it so you can see it for yourself. It really doesnt need to be more complicated than it is. The short brings you in with its animation style and thankfully it has plenty of style. It shows off its animation talents proudly. Its animation is fast and energetic and suits the concept very well. Unsurprisingly this has a cult following. Surprisingly though it got an English fandub while the fans were waiting for the official English dub to get released. Whether its worth listening to is up to you but i imagine if you like something on the weirder side like KickHeart the fandub might up your alley. KickHeart is worth checking out for those who like the unusual side of anime that comes out of Japan. It definitely has a great weird energy to it and a unique style but its not for everyone so you have been warned.. Its only 12 minutes so you can watch it on your lunch break or if youre waiting for something and you need to pass the time.
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