My Exercise is a short animated game for iOS, PC and Mac. Touch the screen or the space-bar to help a boy exercise with his dog. It's a simple, surreal game that tickles your senses. Softly sink into the dog’s body or comfortably rub your head against his fur. More animals join this festival of private comforts as it builds up to a climactic end. Repeat the exercise to unlock more animals. There are also other secrets, hidden delicately. Let's do sit-ups!
My Exercise is the first game by award-winning animation filmmaker Atsushi Wada. He has a hand for drawing chubby characters that find themselves in pleasant situations. Wada creates extraordinary worlds by timing movement and stillness based on the traditional Japanese concept of Ma. Ma could be described as the "tension produced between movements". My Exercise is based on a pilot episode from his upcoming series called Ikimono-san (Creatures). This animated short was developed into a short game in collaboration with independent Japanese developer Ryoya Usuha and the Playables team.
- Release Date: August 27th 2020
- Publisher: Playables
- Play time: between 15 – ∞ minutes
- Price: 2.99 $
Awards & Recognition
Fest Anca 2020
Animafest Zagreb 2020
Animafest Cyprus 2020
Born in 1980. Graduated from Osaka kyoiku University, Image Forum Institute of Moving image, and Tokyo University of the Arts. He began creating short animation works by himself in 2002. Wada likes to create comfortable movement. His animations are inspired by the Japanese traditional concept of “Ma”, the tension produced between movements. His films have been selected at the most prestigious animation festivals - among others, Zagreb, Annecy, Hiroshima, and Ottawa. The Mechanism of Spring (2010) premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and The Great Rabbit (2012) won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Born in 1981, Nobuaki Doi has worked in various fields of animation. Since 2015, he has worked as Festival Director of the New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival. In the same year, Doi founded the company New Deer. It distributes internationally renowned independent animated films in Japan, and produces short and feature films and indie games by Japanese independent animators. As A critic, Doi has published two books on animation: "Personal Harmony: Yuri Norstein and the Aesthetics of Contemporary Animation" and "An Introduction to the Animation in the 21st Century".
Ryoya Usuha is a Japanese digital artist, born in 1991. He graduated from Musashino Art University, Tokyo University of the Arts. His works range from meta video games to minimalistic computer animation. He also experiments with video and the possibility of becoming a cardboard box.
Mario von Rickenbach
Mario von Rickenbach is a Swiss game designer and developer. He uses technology to create playful experiences that tickle your senses. His award-winning works include the games KIDS, Plug & Play, Mirage, Krautscape, Drei, and Rakete.
Michael Frei is a Swiss filmmaker and artist. His projects Plug & Play and KIDS received numerous awards all over the world.
Production: New Deer
New Deer is the production/distribution company headed by Nobuaki Doi. The company has introduced internationally acclaimed independent animated feature films to Japanese audiences, and produced various international co-productions directed by talented Japanese independent animators, ranging from feature and short films to indie games.
Playables was founded by Mario von Rickenbach and Michael Frei. They previously worked on award-winning projects like KIDS, Plug & Play, Krautscape, Dreii, Il Filo Conduttore, and the Finger Simulator.
Concept and Animation
Ryoya Usuha, Mario von Rickenbach
Project to Support the Nurturing of Media Arts Creators 2017
Advisors: Gabin Itoh, Shiriagari Kotobuki
© Atsushi Wada, New Deer, Playables, 2020