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A new series produced in Houston takes inspiration from anime

We talk with Karley Spray, the driving force behind “Outlier,” from Houston-based Studio Kane.

Promotional art for the upcoming series "Outlier."


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Houston has a special history with anime. Starting back in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, many anime titles were dubbed into English right here in The Bayou City. In that way, Houston has played no small role in introducing Japanese animation to Western audiences.

Today, anime is far from the niche genre it used to be as most folks recognize its unique art style. It’s so popular in fact, that you can even feel its fingerprints over many animated projects being produced here in the U.S. Many animators who grew up with it are taking inspiration from it and injecting its influence into their work.

Among them, are the folks at Houston-based Studio Kane, which is currently working on producing a new animated fantasy/adventure series called "Outlier," which draws on both Japanese and Western-style animation and storytelling.

In the audio above, we learn more about "Outlier" and the studio producing it, from series creator, director, and lead animator Karley Spray.