Animator Hanabushi’s Piggy One is being turned into a video game

Written by. Nick Mosier based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-05-29 16:50 JST)

Japanese animator Hanabushi has announced Piggy One Super Spark. While the game’s genre and supported platforms are currently unknown, the game is scheduled to release in 2023.

Piggy One Super Spark is being made as a collaboration between Hanabushi and hako life. In the trailer we can see characters designed by Hanabushi running through side-scrolling stages as they run away from incoming lasers and a giant boar. Despite only being roughly a minute long, the trailer features distinct animations and pixelated graphics.

The above images were captured from the trailer

Originally an animator and illustrator at Toei Animation, Hanabushi has acted as a character designer and animation director on a number of projects. Hanabushi also made music videos for the Japanese band Zutomayo and their songs “Kuraku Kuroku” (Darken) and “Obenkyou Shitoiteyo.”

hako life is a game developer and the brand manager of room6’s indie game label Yokaze. hako life and Yokaze released Unreal Life in 2020, and as of this writing, the game has received 544 user reviews on Steam, with 97% of them being positive giving the game a rating of “Overwhelmingly Positive.”

Through this collaboration, it looks like Piggy One Super Spark is delivering a fascinating world with an atmospheric graphic style and we can’t wait to see more.