Renowned Japanese pop culture writer, Patrick Macias, unveiled an extraordinary find on his TokyoScope blog: an unreleased anime film short titled “HYPERSONIC Music Club,” created by the late director and animator, Osamu Kobayashi.
This captivating seven-minute gem, produced in 2017, is based on Hiroyuki Takahashi and Macias’ webcomic of the same name. To honor Kobayashi’s memory, the full short is now available on Macias’ TokyoScope blog.
The film boasts an exceptional team of talents, including Takashi Mukouda, celebrated for works like “INU-OH” and “Haikyu!! To The Top,” as character designer and animation director. Additionally, esteemed animators Hisashi Mori, Mitsuo Iso, and Yoshimichi Kameda lent their expertise to the project.
The anime community mourned the loss of Osamu Kobayashi, who passed away at the age of 57 on April 17, 2021, following a courageous battle with kidney cancer. His illustrious career includes directing beloved titles such as “BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad,” “Paradise Kiss,” and “Gurren Lagann,” among others. As an episode director for prominent series like “Naruto Shippūden” and “Lupin III: Part IV,” Kobayashi left an indelible mark on the industry.
The “HYPERSONIC Music Club” webcomic served as a groundbreaking entry in Crunchyroll’s “Crunchyroll Originals” lineup. Collaborating with Japanese creators, Crunchyroll released this gripping, full-color comic for free in January 2015. Written by Patrick Macias and skillfully illustrated by the late Kyoto Animation animator Hiroyuki Takahashi, the webcomic embarks readers on a journey into a futuristic world where young cyborgs combat otherworldly monster girls, all vying for control of the enigmatic force known as “The Mystery Frequency.”
Macias’ creative prowess continued to shine as he collaborated with Mugi Tanaka on the webcomic “PARK: Harajuku Crisis Team,” serialized on Crunchyroll in May 2015. This sensational work inspired the acclaimed television anime “URAHARA,” captivating audiences in October 2017.
Sources | Press release, TokyoScope (Patrick Macias)