AKARI is a Japanese tokusatsu kaiju proof-of-concept short film directed by Takeshi Yagi and written by Yagi, Todd Silverstein, and Jordan A. Y. Smith. It is the end result of a tokusatsu film production course taught by Yagi for the online subscription service Narō. Though only about 6 minutes of footage was cut together and shown at Tokyo Comic Con on November 24, 2022, Yagi and his crew intend to put proceeds from course subscriptions toward getting AKARI made as a feature film or television series. The short stars Akari (played by Kanon Miyahara), a woman turned giant by alien technology who must fight off the berserk cybernetic monster Pythagodon (played by Kazuki Hamatani). The two were designed by prolific monster artists Matt Frank and Akihiko Iguchi, respectively.
2076. Tokyo. Technology has flourished, but the powers of governments world-wide have waned. Parts of the city have become “free (lawless) zones,” and a secret branch of weapons manufacturing company, TEPPO CORP, has taken advantage of these zones to conduct risky research on neural-hacking, DNA engineering, and semi-automated giant animal soldiers.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Takeshi Yagi
- Written by Takeshi Yagi, Todd Silverstein, Jordan A. Y. Smith
- Produced by Takeshi Yagi, Todd Silverstein, Jordan A. Y. Smith
- Music by Darin Dahlinger
- Cinematography by Alexandre Bartholo
- Edited by Niko Lanzuisi
- Production design by Yuji Terai
- Assistant director Yuichi Kikuchi
- Stunt coordinator Tatsuro Koike
- Practical effects by Yoshinori Muraishi
- Tokyo visual design by Mad Dog Jones
- Akari designed by Matt Frank
- Pythagodon designed by Akihiko Iguchi
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Japan - November 24, 2022 (Tokyo Comic Con)
- Canada - July 22, 2023 (Fantasia International Film Festival)
Akari concept art by Matt Frank
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