— Escaflowne originally started airing in 1996. Akane: Wow, it’s already been that long. Twenty years, huh. — Wasn’t Kawamori Shoji the one who put the original plan into action? Akane: Yes, but, looking back don’t think it could have been any other director. I had just entered Sunrise and was working closely with … Continue reading Animage Aug. 2016, Escaflowne’s Director Akane Kazuki
So, this is part 12 of an ongoing Gundam Orphans spinoff series in Animage. I am translating them out of order because I am receiving them out of order. I apologize and will order them nicely somewhere, eventually. So, don't read if you don't want to be spoiled, I guess! "Where are you going, … Continue reading Orphans On 3rd Squeak (Pt.12)
It’s easy enough to hear about the horrible state of the anime industry nowadays, and most of the time it’s not something that viewers, especially those outside of Japan, can easily help to solve. However, the NPO Animator Supporters is now, for the third year, raising money to help fund young animators living expenses with … Continue reading Helping the Anime Industry: The Animator Dorms and Its Residents
The Twilight AXIS site has put up a series of interviews with the main cast (in order of the picture above: Masuda Toshiki, Shimizu Risa, Sakaguchi Shuuhei, and Ono Daisuke) that initially was released on the Gundam Fanclub app. I've formatted the interview a bit differently than they originally appeared. Since each of the cast was … Continue reading Q&A: Gundam Twilight AXIS Main Cast
Q. As someone not good at getting things done, how to I learn to be more productive? Tokyo Metro • Hanako • 23 I’m really hung up on something that’s been plaguing me. I got a job last spring, but all the task assigned to me don’t end up getting done within the day. I’m … Continue reading Ask Tomino: Q.02 How Do I Be More Productive?
The second and final part of the interview with Kotani Kyoko, an animation director for Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Kuroko no Basket, and Uta no Prince-sama and many others, as well as a key animator for shows such as Durarara!! and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. If you missed it, be sure to check out part one of the interview! The original … Continue reading A Female Animator’s Take On The Current Anime Industry Pt. 2
I mentioned in my Tomino X Araki interview that a book collecting a section of Animage called "Ask Tomino" had been released not too long ago. I finally got around to translating them, and while they generally have nothing to do with anime, it is interesting to watch a well-known outspoken director, such as Tomino, … Continue reading Ask Tomino: Q.01 How Do I Become More Decisive?
Original article from NetLab (Netorabo) found here. In recent years, the chance of seeing a woman's name rolling during the ending credits has been increasing. We decided to ask one of these animators for their thoughts on chief animation directors, airing issues, the difference in the quantity of work in the past versus now, and … Continue reading A Female Animator’s Take On The Current Anime Industry Pt. 1
To Io and Daryl’s new stage — The 2nd season of Gundam Thunderbolt has already started. Ogata: This was the plan from the start. We wanted to let the fans soak in the 1st season and then start up with the 2nd not long after. The staff already had the know-how and workflow established, so … Continue reading Newtype May 2017, Gundam Thunderbolt’s Producer Ogata Naohiro: The New Battlefield, Earth
Yoshinari You is the director and creator of both the Little Witch Academia films, and now returns to direct the TV series. In this interview with Animage (May 2017), Yoshinari takes a look back on the first cour of this magical series! Like Akko, the staff gives it their all when they're struggling. — At … Continue reading Animage May 2017, Yoshinari You on the Starting Trials