Directed by D’ART Shtajio, CEO Arthell Isom, The XOGENASYS Anime Pilot follows the story arc of Darius Smith, a troubled teen trying to overcome adversity while providing for his family. The debut of the XOGENASYS anime is the core mission statement for D’ART Shtajio, bridging diversity with anime as the medium to tell impactful stories for underrepresented communities in entertainment.
XOGENASYS, originally a comic series hosted by Creative Agency, Noir Caesar is created by NBA Player Johnny O’Bryant, drawn by Nikolas A. Draper-Ivey, and originally written by Tre McIntosh. The comic currently spans over four chapters and is available on the Noir Caesar website.
“The future has grown into a decadent, overcrowded gang-ridden cesspool. If you’re not living uptown, you might as well be dead. Such is the case of Darius Smith, an artistic youth living in the hood, doing his best to avoid trouble and live life. Unfortunately, Darius has a hidden talent – he’s an explosive fighter! This makes him the target of many gangs and pits him in many brawls, landing him in the sight of the honorable Timothy Mustafa, a powerful prince, and owner of one of the most successful XOGeneSYS teams in the country. XOGenaSYS is a successful gladiator sport fought with powered exoskeletons, and Mustafa wants Darius to become the next new fighter! Can Darius become the next champion or will he fall like so many before him?”
XOGenaSYS is being adapted from comic to animation using traditional methods coupled with Toon Boom’s Animation Software. Utilizing Harmony to key most of our major sequences, D’ART Shtajio uses Harmony’s paper-based system to traditionally animate in the digital environment.
What is XOGENASYS?
In 2075, XOGENASYS is the most watched sporting event in the world. In the span of only 5-years, XOGENASYS has become a trillion dollar industry while its contestants are considered rock stars. Pulling in millions of dollars per fight, most of the XOGENASYS rosters are comprised of commuted convicts, former prisoners, and trained worldly professionals. Various tournaments are held all around the world with ﬁghters from all over. Every 4 years a Universal XOGENASYS Tournament is held on the moon showcasing the top 10 sponsored teams’ ﬁghters.
Fighters compete in their modiﬁed XO Armors called OVERAMPS. Swathed in the endorsement patches of each sponsor, the armor enhances the ﬁghter natural abilities while giving them superhuman capabilities. Fighters compete in a 6 round match where the winner is determined by Score or KO. Once a ﬁghter’s Armor reaches 0% he/she is considered KO’d.