Anime Mirai (2013)
Death Billiards, Little Witch Academia, Arve Rezzle, Ryo
1 (for each series)
March 2, 2013
Madhouse, Studio Trigger, Zexcs, Gonzo
Game, Psychological (Death Billiards), Comedy, Fantasy (Little Witch Academia), Mystery, Sci-Fi (Arve Rezzle), Comedy (Ryo)
Little Witch Academia is one of the four anime works that each received 38 million yen (about US$480,000) from the "2012 Young Animator Training Project." Just like in 2010 and 2011, the animation labor group received 214.5 million yen (US$2.65 million) from the Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs, and it distributed most of those funds to studios who train young animators on-the-job.
So far I've watched Arve Rezzle and Death Billiards. The first was rather average, with an unusual artstyle and an okay story. The episode probably would make better for a whole series, as the mystery couldn't possibly get solved/resolved in one episode and thus it's more of an okay introduction than a satisfying one episode special.
Death Billiards on the other hand was really impressive. A interesting story, really good animation and likeable + interesting characters. It succeeds were Arve Rezzle failed - to make one enjoyable episode, with a satisfying and conclusive ending and still maintaining some of it's mystery. Definitely Madhouse in all it's glory.
I don't think Ryo is subbed yet so I will watch Little Witch Academia next~