In 2011, a man named Jin heard a Gumi song on Nicovideo, thought it sounded nice, and went out to buy a copy of her but bought Miku instead. He made a song called Jinzou Enemy, and one of the people who commented on it was a man named Shidu, who said it was pretty cool.
The two started to work together and Shidu did the artwork for Jin’s second song, Mekakushi Code. After that, he made a third song, named Kagerou Daze. This song got relatively popular, and a fan of Jin’s named Wannyanpu made an unofficial music video for it. Jin loved the video, so he recruited her as well.
The songs became part of Jin’s multimedia project, Kagerou Project. The project told the story of a group of youths with extraordinary powers coming from their eyes, calling themselves the Mekakushi Dan and how they used those powers to make the world a better place. A manga and novel series started as well, also telling parts of this story.
On August 15th, 2012, Jin released a single for his song, Children Record. It served as an opening theme for the project as a whole. In the booklet included with the single, Jin announced that an anime of the project was in the works.
Cut to August 15th of the next year. At that point, there were two albums released (finishing off the music’s role of the story), two volumes of the manga, and three novels released. Jin held a live concert with many guest vocalists (including MARiA, the vocalist for the second Kill la Kill opening), and at the concert he announced that the anime, titled Mekakucity Actors, would be done by Studio SHAFT (Madoka Magica, Bakemonogatari, etc) and air early 2014.
Starting on January 25th, 2014, previews for the anime were posted on a weekly schedule, announcing voice actors for each of the main characters. On April 5th, the first preview to show actual animation was aired, and on April 10th, a full PV was released.
Tomorrow, episode one of Mekakucity Actors will be airing. It’s also being aired on Nicovideo, the site that brought Jin his fame to begin with. It’s being subtitled officially on Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and Hulu, so that a worldwide audience can enjoy it as well.
Not bad for what started out as one man accidentally buying the wrong software.
Accent theme by Handsome Code