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Inspired by the wonders of Genesis and other ancient Hebrew texts, Gabriel and the Guardians is an epic anime fantasy that tells the journey of Gabriel, a Celestial being from an unseen realm, who collides with mortals and battles dark giants to stop the forces of chaos that seek to destroy creation.
Anime is currently one of the most popular genres in the world and Gabriel and the Guardians hopes to be the first crowd-owned anime-influenced series and manga book series.
Many popular anime series today have overly dark themes and sexual content that objectifies women, Gabriel and the Guardians is a story where a mustard seed of hope, faith and truth can outshine the darkness and prevail over evil.
Gabriel and the Guardians will blend the wonder and world-building of Avatar: The Last Airbender with the fun and adventure of Dragon Ball and the themes and values of The Chronicles of Narnia.
The filmmakers behind this series have worked on some of Disney’s biggest blockbusters including The Lion King, Mulan, and Tarzan.
The series already has a lineup of recognizable voice actors signed on to the project: Johnny Yong Bosch (Trigun, Bleach, Persona 4, Power Rangers) will star as Gabriel, with James Arnold Taylor (Ratchet & Clank, Final Fantasy X, Star Wars:The Clone Wars) as Malachros and Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ultimate Spider-Man), as Nok.
If you’re unfamiliar with the cultural phenomenon of anime, let us enlighten you. Anime is a style of Japanese film and television animation that has swept the globe. Think Pokemon, Dragon Ball, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. The recent surge in anime popularity is thanks to the pandemic blockbuster Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train, which grossed $504 million worldwide. According to Parrot Analytics, global demand for anime has grown 118 percent within the past few years, making it one of the fastest-growing genres ever with a total market value of $22 billion. In 2021, over half of all Netflix subscribers worldwide watched anime content and 9 out of 10 Gen Z kids watch anime.
Not only is Gabriel and the Guardians an anime series, but it will be published as a manga book series as well. The rise of manga—Japanese comics—has skyrocketed in popularity within the last few years, with 15% growth globally and even higher in the United States. Some experts predict that the global manga market will be just as big as the global anime market by 2032. According to data, the manga market has grown 27 times faster than the print book market since 2019, propelling it to an $11 billion industry.
While manga and anime once appealed to a niche fan base, there's been a global embrace and demographic shift in anime culture, particularly in the United States. Notably popular among teens, anime’s dynamic storytelling, world-building, and creativity has finally found a home in mainstream media. Our hope is that Gabriel and the Guardians will add to the momentum.
Between the incredible growth of both the anime and manga industry, this could be a great time for a series like Gabriel and the Guardians to take off and take hold of hearts around the world.
While many of the most popular anime series right now are thematically dark and somber, Gabriel and the Guardians is a breath of fresh air in the anime world due to its themes of light and goodness. Inspired by the Torah, the first five books in the Old Testament, this anime-style series tells the story of a group of Celestial heroes who fight to protect humanity from the forces of darkness.
Gabriel and the Guardians combines the best of anime-style action and adventure with deep wisdom and hope that will captivate audiences of all ages, especially teenagers. Drawing inspiration from classics like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, as well as modern favorites like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Avatar: The Last Airbender, this series is a unique blend of fantasy and adventure. Gabriel and the Guardians brings together the best of both worlds, offering a thrilling and action-packed ride that also has something important to say.
With stunning animation, unforgettable characters, and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Gabriel and the Guardians is the perfect show for anyone who loves anime, fantasy, and Biblically inspired storytelling.
Unleash your spirit of hope with Gabriel, who with unyielding optimism, never backs down and inspires all with his unshakable identity.
Watch as Gabriel’s inspiring influence ignites hearts, leading him and his friends on an enchanting adventure of truth and self-discovery. Brace yourself for a captivating journey where his transformative power of belief leaves you cheering for the hero within. Get ready to be uplifted in this epic animated series!
Johnny Yong Bosch stands as a titan in the world of anime, his illustrious career a testament to his outstanding talent and versatility. Born on January 6, 1976, in Kansas City, Missouri, Bosch has etched his name into the annals of anime history with iconic roles that have left a
profound impact. Perhaps most notably, he breathed life into Ichigo Kurosaki, the fiery protagonist of "Bleach," a character whose determination and depth were expertly conveyed by Bosch's voice.
Furthermore, his portrayal of the enigmatic and strategic Lelouch vi Britannia in "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion" solidified his status as one of anime's premier voice actors. Bosch's contributions extend far beyond these, including memorable performances as Vash the Stampede in "Trigun," Renton Thurston in "Eureka Seven," and Kaneda in "Akira." His ability to imbue characters with emotion, depth, and authenticity has endeared him to legions of fans worldwide, firmly establishing Johnny Yong Bosch as an anime legend.
Meet Nok, bold and boastful, who has a desire to be faithful in the ways of the Bekohrah Clerics, but vengeance consumes him. Nok’s path entails discovering the true purpose of his people’s light—to illuminate the world beyond their borders. As Nok learns that he can’t let his past trauma dictate his choices, he uncovers a destiny that transcends his personal vendetta and embarks on an epic journey of growth, redemption, and the revelation of a radiant truth in a world filled with wonder and discovery.
Matt Lanter is undeniably a shining star in the world of entertainment. Born on April 1, 1983, in Massillon, Ohio, Lanter has become a familiar and beloved voice in the industry. His most prominent animation roles include Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," where his portrayal brought depth and authenticity to the iconic character.
Additionally, Lanter has lent his voice to Aquaman in "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis" and Red Tornado in "Justice League: The New Frontier," showcasing his versatility and ability to breathe life into both heroes and villains alike. With his remarkable talent and dedication to the craft, Matt Lanter has left an indelible mark on the world of animation, captivating audiences with his incredible performances.
Malachros will be the main antagonist of Season One. We don't want to give away too much right now but here's a secret hint... Chaos Giants... shhh.
James Arnold Taylor is a towering figure in the world of animation, known for his remarkable versatility and ability to bring a myriad of characters to life with his distinctive vocal talents. With a career spanning over three decades, Taylor has graced countless beloved animated series and films. His most iconic roles include the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," where he masterfully channeled the wisdom and heroism of the legendary character.
Taylor's work as the ever-optimistic and lovable Johnny Test in "Johnny Test" further showcased his range, while his portrayal of Ratchet in the "Ratchet & Clank" video game series became an enduring fan favorite. Taylor's boundless energy, creativity, and uncanny ability to embody a vast array of animated characters have solidified his status as one of the industry's most celebrated voice actors, leaving an indelible mark on animation history.
Meet Namay’ah, the cunning alchemist and princess of Qayinara. Longing to mend her fractured family, she faces the darkness in search of her lost brother and must make a crucial choice: embrace the shadow of her royal lineage or surrender herself to the hope of truth. Discover her journey in this captivating animated series, filled with magic, loyalty, and self-discovery. Join Namay’ah and unlock a world of enchantment and adventure!
The Voice of Namay'ah will be announced on a future livestream. Follow us on social media to be the first to know who will play Namay'ah!
Members of the team behind Gabriel and the Guardians have a combined impressive portfolio of past projects that showcase their talent and expertise including films from Disney’s renaissance era.*
*Includes projects that current contributors of Gabriel and the Guardians have worked on.
Jason Andrew Moody
As the Animated Series Creative Director for Sid Roth’s Supernatural Sid, Jason started his career as an indie comic book creator with the miniseries Scarlet Veronica, releasing nationwide where comics are sold.
Moving into the innovative tech and learning space, Jason has over 15 years of experience working in interactive media and UI, web apps, virtual/augmented reality and innovations, working with companies such as JP Morgan Chase, 5Wits, Epic Games grant winner Lunar Lunchbox and more.
David Evan Cunningham
David has 8 years of experience in animation development and production with over 50 screen credits on such shows as Superbook, GizmoGO!, and The Wingfeather Saga. Over his career, he has worked through all stages of production from pre-production to post-production. David has written episodes, voiced characters, supervised numerous departments, managed large teams of artists, and co-created GizmoGo!
In 2017, David received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Regent University and served as a judge for BEA Festival of Media Arts between 2019 and 2022. In 2021, David published his debut fiction novel, “Marco Swift and the Mirror of Souls”, to stellar reviews.
Albert has 33+ years of experience in television, feature film and visual design experience. This includes 14 years of experience in traditional 2d animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios. During his time there he worked during Disney’s second golden age of animation on the following titles, The Prince and the Pauper, Trail Mix Up, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Runaway Brain, Mulan, Tarzan, How to Haunt a House, John Henry, Lilo and Stitch, The Little Match Girl, and Brother Bear.
He has also worked for eleven years in episodic television while contributing to five seasons of the Superbook television series as well as two years on the television series GizmoGO!
Alice Dizon Manuel
Alice has more than 30 years of experience in the animation industry. She started her career in Fil-Cartoons Philippines, a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting at that time and then traveled to India and Malaysia, and became one of the pioneers for the animation industry in these countries.
She helped studios deliver global quality animation and be competitive in the international marketplace. She has produced thousands of hours of animation shows and her screen credits include shows for Cartoon Network, Disney, Warner Bros, Hasbro, Tencent, Pocket.watch, Oddbot, among others. Also, she was a Juror for Animation, at the International Emmys, in 2018 and 2019.
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A native of central Ohio and a 1982 graduate of The Ohio State University, Brad’s background includes advertising, counseling and small business ownership. After several years in media and advertising sales, his interests turned toward financial services in 1992, and he became a founding partner at Ascend Advisory Group in Dublin, Ohio. In 2009, he started providing business management services to global touring and recording artist, Twenty One Pilots.
In 2011 Brad founded Sound Capital Management LLC, and today has its offices on Music Row, working with a few select bands, artists, and songwriters.Brad has also served on various non-profit boards for the past 20 years, including Housing Services Alliance, Inc, VisionTrust International, and Blood:Water Mission in Nashville.
Unlike nearly all existing anime series that are inspired by eastern scripture, including Asian mysticism, Buddhism, and Taoism, Gabriel and the Guardians is one of the first anime series whose storytelling is rooted in Judeo-Christian philosophy. Inspired by the Torah and the morals found in ancient Hebrew texts, this series emphasizes justice, goodwill, and charity and aims to instill a sense of indomitable hope in the rising generation.
Amidst the streaming boom, there are very few shows based in scripture and designed to inspire teenage audiences. Gabriel and the Guardians hopes to remedy this deficit by inspiring viewers with its underlying themes of identity, destiny, and the power of choices, encouraging audiences to reflect on their own lives and embrace their own potential for greatness.
We’ve observed a steady track record of the anime genre's performance over the years. TV Series like Avatar: The Last Airbender, Dragon Ball Z, and Attack on Titan have achieved significant financial returns*. These kinds of series often become classics, proving the test of time, and creating more downstream revenue for years to come. We will bring this epic animated series to life in a way that traditional Hollywood has never done before, utilizing the innovative model of Angel Studios.
While many of the Angel Studios projects have not provided profits to investors at this time, Angel Studios has proven that profits are possible and several Angel Originals have already resulted in investment returns for audience members who invested in the projects. The Chosen commenced a 120% distribution of their investors’ original investment, and, most recently, His Only Son and Sound of Freedom both began paying back their respective P&A debt investors a 120% return.*
*Success in other projects does not guarantee success of Gabriel and the Guardians. Investing in these early-stage companies involves a high degree of risk including the possibility of the total loss of your investment, and there is no guarantee of any return. You should consult with your advisors prior to making an investment decision. Additionally, we are characterizing The Chosen, His Only Son, and Sound of Freedom as successes because of the number of views they received and because of the revenue they generated, not based on profit. These projects are 3 of the 15 projects that have raised money through Angel Funding to date. The success of these projects does not guarantee the success of this project.