News Release

  • Press Release
  • Mar.09, 2017

J Cube Releases All-In-One Anime Solution Maneki,
Used in Anime Feature Film BLAME!

Polygon Pictures ("PPI," President and CEO: Shuzo Shiota, Head Office: Tokyo, Japan) is proud to announce the development and release of Maneki, by Polygon Pictures' subsidiary J Cube Inc.

Maneki is an all-in-one anime solution designed for efficient rendering of next-generation high-quality content in HD/4K. This software was a core technology in the production of the animated feature BLAME! created at our studio, which will begin showing at cinemas nationwide from May 20th, 2017.

Previously, creating realistic, complex shadows and gradations had been difficult: only a single light was used and the look was then built in compositing. However, with Maneki, global lighting can now be simulated accurately to create cel-look shading quickly from physically-based results, without compositing.
In the animated feature BLAME! Maneki has been used to add complex gradations and subtle colors, alleviating the characteristic "flatness" of cel-look images. This allows us to create characters that are more real and visually appealing than ever before while still honoring all traditional elements of anime design.

Maneki Official Site:

Maneki Inquiries:
J Cube Inc.: support@j-cube.jp

Maneki Japan Reseller:
Crescent, Inc.: http://www.crescentinc.co.jp/Maneki

About J Cube Inc.

J Cube is a Polygon Pictures group company, providing computer graphics R&D and consulting services. Italian Paolo Berto Durante heads a dynamic team of visual developers in designing a modern pipeline for shading, lighting, rendering, and compositing that allows us to achieve stunning imagery while keeping systems portable and agile.