Ponoc, the studio composed largely of Studio Ghibli veterans, has announced their latest project: a series of shorts helmed by various acclaimed anime directors.
As a whole, the project is called Ponoc Short Films Theater, and the first collection of shorts is titled Modest Heroes.
Modest Heroes will be made up of three different shorts:
- “Kanini & Kanino,” directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Mary and the Witch’s Flower)
- “Life Ain’t Gonna Lose,” directed by Yoshiyuki Momose (Space Station No. 9)
- “Invisible,” directed by Akihiko Yamashita (animation director for The Big O, From Up On Poppy Hill)
Each of the Modest Heroes shorts is about 15 minutes, and will debut in Japan August 24.
Ponoc released its first full-length animated feature, Mary and The Witch’s Flower, last year, and was clearly attempting to position itself as the spiritual successor to Ghibli, which had gone dormant. Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki threw a wrench into the works, however, with the announcement that he would be directing one more feature film.
We imagine that project is sucking up a lot of the talent Ponoc was counting on, but we’re glad to see they’re working on something new.