Worlds Collide When West Meets East in Cannon Busters
Story Artist on the Nickelodeon show The Legend of Korra, supervisor Character Designer and Co-Director on Adult Swims The Boondocks, LeSean Thomas has spent several years honing his talent in Seoul South Korea working in animation production. With his added talent and years of experience under his belt it was only natural to expand his horizon and pitch his own concept to studios within the vicinity. Frightened his original vision would be restricted by the proposed changes studios asked of him, Thomas made a risky bet and decided to pitch his idea not to animation studios but to animation fans themselves. Based on a comic book Thomas made back in the year 2005, Thomas launched a kickstarter campaign hoping to get funds necessary to fund his pilot episode. With the support of thousands of backers, Thomas found success on Kick Starter for his dearly beloved project Cannon Busters.
Cannon Busters is a marriage between western culture and eastern animation with broad aspirations to capture both audiences. Unique projects like this don’t come very often in the anime world and this one hosts many influences that are outside the norm of eastern anime. With a broad range of talent working on the pilot for the show, Cannon Busters has contributions from the likes of whom have touched the Skull Girls video game, anime’s such as Space Dandy, and even comic books like Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men, Cannon Busters sets to deliver an experience by artists of diverse backgrounds. The contributions do not go unnoted when the anime sports unique character designs such as characters like Philly the Kid, Casey the Turn Buckle, and Locke, Cannon Busters has a character anyone can get behind. As for the story, the team behind the show describe it as an “…. animated adventure about the value of friendship and just how far one is willing to go to maintain it.” The pilot episode airs this Friday July 8th, 2016 exclusively for backers of the Kickstarter.