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Indie Outfit Studio Unagi opens in Montreal.

Animation veteran Guillaume Dubois has partnered with Ankama's Anthony Roux to launch Studio Unagi, a new animation studio based in the Canadian animation, vfx and games hotbed of Montreal.

The banner's inaugural projects include Bestial and Sacré Coeur, both of which are produced by Ankama, the studio behind adult-favorite animated film Mutafukaz and video game franchises such as Dofus and Wakfu. . Studio Unagi will specialize in creating 2D animation and Japanese-style animation, and will develop content for YouTube and video games.

'Bestial' is a new animated series set in the universe of Krosmoz, in the setting of Ankama's online video games “Dofus”, “Wakfu” and “Waven”. A character-driven action-adventure show, “Krosmoz” was written to tackle issues that matter to young people, such as animal abuse, survival and humanistic values. The protagonist of the play is Yrehn, a guardian and representative of nature, who is charged with protecting the last individual of a legendary species.

“Beastly”
Unagi Studios

'Sacré Coeur' tells the story of a brilliant 12-year-old inventor who encounters supernatural creatures across the picturesque landscapes of Paris. In each encounter, the child tinkers, invents or discovers a fantastic machine that helps repel evil forces and keep the French capital safe.

“Sacred Heart”
Unagi Studios

From its inception, the studio attracted a great deal of interest, receiving more than 700 spontaneous applications. Comprised of 90% Canadian talent and 10% international talent, the team is distinguished by a strong female presence: 75% of positions are held by women, including key roles in production and animation. Studio artists, mostly high profile, bring a high level of skill and creativity.

As a premium and independent boutique studio, Studio Unagi carefully selects its projects, ensuring real added value in every collaboration. This selective approach and its privileged partnership with Ankama make Studio Unagi a solid new player in the animation sector.

Guillaume Dubois, founder and president of Studio Unagi, explained in a release: “Our ambition with Studio Unagi is to combine the technical and artistic excellence of Japanese animation with the cultural richness and creativity of Montreal in order to create a competitive offering in North America . . We want to create works that resonate with anime fans around the world while providing a space where talent can flourish.”

Anthony Roux, founder of Ankama, added: “Our collaboration with Studio Unagi was born out of our shared passion for animation and our desire to push the boundaries of creativity. Drawing on their expertise, we want to bring a new dynamic to the industry and create compelling stories that honor the spirit and aesthetic of the Ankama universe and anime in general.”

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