EXCLUSIVE: Anime streamer Crunchyroll is releasing a docu-series about renowned Japanese animation creator Studio Bones.
The platform has been working silently Bones 25: Dreaming Forwardwhich will be released tomorrow (February 13), synchronized with the release of the studio's latest series, Metallic Redand its 25th anniversary.
Bones 25 will consist of four 24-minute episodes about the studio, which is behind anime titles like Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven's Door, My Hero Academy It is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. The studio currently has more than 30 specials and series on Crunchyroll, including Bungo Stray Dogs, The Vanitas Case Study, Eureka Seven It is SK8 the Infinite.
Sony-owned Crunchyroll and French producer DeltaRocket have teamed up for the series. DeltaRocket founder Jace, who is behind more than 40 French TV docs, is the director.
Filmed entirely in Japan, Bones 25 will be divided into four parts: 'The Story of Bones', 'Style and Originality', 'Successful Adaptation' and 'Metallic Rouge: The Future of Bones'.
The docs will explore the creation of Studio Bones and its most iconic series, from manga adaptations to the development of original animated stories. More than 30 personalities are featured including those with Studio Bones president Masahiko Minami Psycho Mafia 100 author One, director Shinichiro Watanabe, Kafka Asagiri, conceptual author of Metallic Red Yutaka Izubuchi and Motonobu Hori, who directed the series.
“We wanted to build a place where we could find new forms of expression, new genres and new themes through creation,” Minami said. “Looking back, it was with great joy and gratitude that I rediscovered the work we have created with our wonderful friends.”
“Studio Bones is behind some of the most iconic anime of a generation,” said Asa Suehira, chief content officer at Crunchyroll. “It's only right that anime fans want an unprecedented look at their creators and studios. To give fans this look, we partnered with a great documentary storyteller at DeltaRocket to turn the camera around and highlight one of Japan's great anime storytellers.”
Jace launched the DeltaRocket in 2021. He had traveled and filmed in Japan for 20 years before that, making docs. The manga and anime devotee works directly with cinematographers, cinematographers, translators and fixers based in Japan to create shows for the French market.