The Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada screened Saku Sakamoto’s Aragne: Sign of Vermilion (Aragne no Mushikago) film, as well as Shin’ya Sugai’s “Walking Meat” short anime on July 15, 2018. The screening of Aragne: Sign of Vermilion at the festival was the film’s world premiere.
Sakamoto directed the film based on his original concept and script. He also personally produced the animation and music for the film. Film director and author Osamu Fukutani supervised production.
Kana Hanazawa voices the film’s heroine Rin. Other cast members include Ayana Shiramoto as the mysterious girl Nasuha, Yousuke Itou as folklore researcher Tokiyo, Fukujurō Katayama as the shaman Saion, and Shōgo Batori as Mikaya, a young man with secrets.
The staff ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to help fund the anime on the Japanese crowdfunding platform Makuake. The project met its 2 million yen (about US$17,800) goal in March 2017. The staff then ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for an English translation and funds to screen the film at festivals. The campaign ran from September to October 2017.
Sakamoto began working as a freelance anime creator in 2002. He directed NHK’s Minna no Uta. He also worked on 3D computer graphics for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and created a tourism anime short for Matsuyama City in 2014.