Animated by Studio 4C, adapted from the three-volume seinen manga series of the same name by Taiyo Matsumoto, which was originally serialized between 1993 and 1994 in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Spirits and first published in English as Tekkonkinkreet: Black & White. The story takes place in the fictional Treasure Town and centers on a pair of orphaned street kids: the tough, canny Black and the childish, innocent White, together known as the Cats, as they deal with yakuza attempting to take over the city of Treasure Town. —Wikipedia
Michael Arias (born 1968) is an American-born filmmaker active primarily in Japan. Though Arias has worked variously as visual effects artist, animation software developer, and producer, he is best known for his directorial debut, the anime feature Tekkonkinkreet, which established him as the first non-Japanese director of a major anime film.
Michael Arias’ early filmmaking career is marked by stints in both the U.S. and Japan, working in VFX, CG production and software development, and as a producer of animated films. In 1995, after establishing himself definitively in Tokyo, Arias was introduced by a friend to Taiyō Matsumoto’s manga Tekkonkinkreet (鉄コン筋クリート Tekkon Kinkurīto), a work that profoundly affected him. Tekkonkinkreet (Tekkon) is a metaphysical coming-of-age story concerning two orphans, Black (クロ Kuro) and White (シロ Shiro) and their struggle to survive in a pan-Asian metropolis, Treasure Town (宝町 Takara-machi), beset by evil. Of first discovering Tekkon, Arias recalls… read more