We learned about the anime project called Sol Levante last September and it’s now gone live on the service with its full four-minute running time. It’s coming from Production I.G. and is something of an experimental project between the two as it’s the first hand-drawn anime with 4K HDR quality. With its arrival, Netflix has also added a five-minute behind the scenes making of-piece for the project that you can see below.
The project has Akira Saitoh directing it and most of it is obviously in Japanese with Japanese captions but there’s some English in there as well. I’d expect a US Netflix release of the promo soon.
“Born from an experimental project between Netflix and Production I.G, Sol Levante is one of the world’s first 4K and HDR native hand-drawn anime shorts. In this video, Director Akira Saito, Animation Technical Director Hisashi Ezura, and others, detail their motivations behind new generation animation-making, as well as provide a close look at the behind-the scenes footage up to the completion of the film.”
Plot Concept: A young warrior and her familiar search for the sacred place said to fulfill wishes. It’s best not to anger the ancient guardians and spirits.