Production I.G announced on October 24 that its B: The Beginning animated series won the Jury Prize in the TV & Commissioned Films competition category at the 20th Bucheon International Animation Film Festival (BIAF) in South Korea.
The first episode screened at the festival on October 20 and October 21. It competed against 17 other works, including director Takuto Katayama’s four-minute animated music video “LoTus.”
Netflix began streaming the 12-episode first season worldwide simultaneously on March 2, and it will get a second season.
Netflix describes the story:
In a world powered by advanced technology, crime and action unfold in the archipelagic nation of Cremona. Koku, the protagonist. Keith, the legendary investigator of the royal police force RIS. A mysterious criminal organization. A wide variety of characters race through the fortified city as it is beset by the serial killer, Killer B, and a chain of crimes in this suspense drama by director Kazuto Nakazawa and Production I.G.
Kazuto Nakazawa (Kill Bill‘s animated segment, Moondrive, Parasite Dolls) and Production I.G are listed as the original creators. Nakazawa and Yoshiki Yamakawa (Little Busters!) directed the series, and Nakazawa also designed the characters and served as key animation supervisor. Katsuya Ishida wrote the screenplay. Yoshihiro Ike (Rage of Bahamut Genesis, Tiger & Bunny) composed the music. The show’s theme song “The Perfect World” is a collaboration between Marty Friedman (song-arrange-guitar), MAN WITH A MISSION‘s Jean-Ken Johnny (vocals), KenKen (bass), and Kōji Fujimoto (arrange-programming).
Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.
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