The show’s creator, Akio Morita, is an anime aficionado.
He’s spent the last two years trying to recreate a beloved series, and he says he’s never seen anything like it.
In 2015, Morita launched a crowdfunding campaign called Anime Charlotte, in which he asked fans to raise money to produce his latest series, Nekomonogatari.
It raised $1.5 million from over 600,000 backers in just three days.
Morita said the project was a “first for the genre,” but he hopes to do it again.
“Nekomonogata” follows the exploits of a young girl named Nekomaru, who goes to a fantasy world called Nekomono, where she meets and falls in love with the magical girl Nekomura.
Morino and his partner, Yoshikazu Sekiguchi, who created the characters, were both students of animation at Tokyo’s Kyoto Animation Studios.
Sekigumi had been working on a fantasy manga series, Sakura no Hana (The Last Sakura), and Morino had been making anime and manga in the same style, known as light novel or light novel/manga.
“I was fascinated with the idea of doing anime,” Morino told me.
“So I decided to make Nekomonogs a series for the whole world to see.”
When Morino first started, the show’s first episode was a trailer, showing a young Nekomaro walking down a street, making her way through a city.
It was the first time Morino got to show viewers the way a character in anime was made.
“It was really surreal,” Morini said.
“The first time I saw the trailer, I thought it was really weird.
The idea of a beautiful young girl doing something really weird, I just couldn’t believe that it could be true.”
Morino was surprised by the reaction.
“When I made the trailer for Nekomonos first episode, it was kind of strange to see the reaction,” he said.
Morini was inspired to make the show, but he wasn’t sure if people would be interested.
“Honestly, I was not expecting the reaction I got,” he told me, “but then again, I’ve been doing anime for 15 years and I’ve never seen something like this.”
The reaction was so strong that Morino felt compelled to make a sequel.
Morinos second anime series, which aired in October, has an even more ambitious story.
The show follows the journey of a woman named Shizuru, who is the head of a small Japanese city, Kumamoto.
The series is set in the early 20th century, and the setting has a Japanese flair.
“At first, I wasn’t interested,” Morinos said.
But then, the series got more popular.
Morina said he was “surprised by how many people were interested in this series.”
“It’s really exciting to see how many anime fans were interested,” he continued.
“Even the anime fans have become so much more accepting of it now.”
Morini’s first project, Nekomoros first season, sold more than 3 million copies, which was a record for an anime.
He also received a huge boost when the series premiered on Netflix in November, with more than 5 million viewers watching it.
“We started with a very small budget and a lot of passion,” Morinis first director, Katsuhisa Harada, told me in March.
“But we’ve grown and grown, and it’s been a pleasure to work with Akio.”
“Katsuhisa was the person who took care of the series from the beginning,” Morinis second director, Toshio Kawa, said.
The first season aired on Netflix on February 23.
Morininas second season premiered on May 14, 2017.
Morinese’s second season, NekoMoi, debuted on June 9, 2017 and Morinis third season premiered a month later.
Morinees popularity continues to grow.
“Our viewers have grown from a small group of people to a lot more,” Morinais second director said.
With fans becoming more tolerant of Morino, he has noticed that the fans are becoming more accepting.
“Now, it’s just an anime that people watch with their own eyes,” Morinese said.
That’s not to say Morino’s work hasn’t been influenced by his Japanese heritage.
“My family was Japanese,” Morine said.
“And now that I’m in America, I see that a lot. “
There were a lot people in my family who grew up in Japan,” he added.
“And now that I’m in America, I see that a lot.
I feel a lot closer to my family.”
Morinos success is only just beginning.
Morines next project, a short-form series called Natsumei, is