During a period of celebrating our Nation's Independence and Emancipation (not to mention the Reggae Girlz amazing accomplishment), the world was introduced to our very own anime called Jamaica No Duppy: Rise of the Conqueror. Why is this big news? Well, as it states right there next to this article under 'Author', I am lover of anime, and while the likes of Dragon Ball Z and Naruto played a huge role in my childhood, I always dreamt of a Jamaican anime that I could culturally relate to. We have seen passion one shots making an attempt over the years, but this project feels like the first real stab at it.
Sure, the plot doesn't seem like the greatest ever, and the art/animation could be smoother, but just seeing the likes Half-Way Three and Cross Roads in an anime filled me up with so much patriotic pride I never knew I had. Even hearing the good ole patois being spoken to the backdrop of Vybz Kartel's 'Ramping Shop' had my head spinning.
A special manga will be release before the anime.
So when can we watch it? Well...that part is tricky. Like so many other passion projects, it will need to be crowdfunding first. The head honcho of this project is a Vincentian named Tolga Akcayli, who is seeking to raise $120,000USD on Gofund Me to get this anime developed. At the time of this article, the donations sat at $2,540USD, a far cry from its target.
My original reactions to Jamaica No Duppy Debut Trailer
I am hoping for the best, however, as this could be the catalyst for our fledgling animation industry to truly take off. As a fellow Jamaican creator, I have no choice but to put my support to the likes of Jamaica No Duppy, Maroon Black and Mental Chung's Candy Man, as these projects may one day pave the way for future creators to excel on the world stage.
The Go Fund Me can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/jamaicananime
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Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.