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Archives for: August 2004, 16

Monday, August 16, 2004

09:11:11 pm , 493 words, 2695 views     Categories: Animation, Animator

Samurai Seven #7

A rather interesting episode has appeared in this series. Hiroyuki Okuno (奥野浩行) directed, storyboarded and was animation director of the episode, making it one of those rather rare one-man-orchestra episodes. Furthemore, there are only two key animators listed (the rest was 2nd key animation): Hisashi Mori and Hiroyuki Okuno himself. The fact that Mori is listed first suggests that he handled the first half key animation and Hiroyuki Okuno handled the second half key animation.

If I didn't have the credits to go by, and were to judge purely based on style, I would have guessed that the first half was done by Shinya Ohira. A search on the internet in Japanese turns up virtualy no hits for the name Hisashi Mori, suggesting that it may in fact be a pen name for Shinya Ohira. I've never heard of Ohira using a pen name before, which is why at first I thought Okuno had done the first half, and had become a disciple of Ohira. Not having seen much of his work, I'm unable to judge for certain what the case is, and so I'll leave it up in the air until I can find confirmation from somewhere.

If it's Ohira, as seems likely, then this is one of the longest sequences Ohira has animated in the last few years, and furthermore it is big news because it is the first TV animation he's done in fifteen years. Stylistically it falls in line perfectly with what we've seen in the past in terms of the deliberately wobbly quality of the line and the very, very unique realistic movement. Think Ghiblies 2 dance, skateboard chase in Animatrix, cat moving around in FLCL 2, father fighting the thugs in Kill Bill. Ohira is without any doubt the most daring and original animator active today in anime, and it's good to see that he continues to be prolific.

If it's not Ohira, I would be very surprised. Ohira is the only person in Japan who draws drawings like this and comes up with this kind of movement. But it's possible. I haven't seen enough of Okuno's style to be able to say for sure. Maybe this Hisashi Mori person is in fact real. I'm really not on firm ground here. So for now I'll leave it at that. While we're at it, here's a partial filmography for Hiroyuki Okuno.

1983 - Votoms #15, 19, 24, 30, 34, 38, 44, 48 (key animation)
1987 - Mister Ajikko #10, 19, 24, 26, 28, 33, 37, 38, 43, 48, 53, 59, 64, 69, 74, 99 (KA)
1989 - Madoo Granzort #22, 30, 36 (KA with Tadashi Hiramatsu)
1990 - Nadia of the Blue Seas #11, 15 (KA)
1992 - Super Zugan #4 (animation director)
1995 - Sailor Moon SS #10, 16, 21 (KA)
1995 - Jusenshi Galkiba #18 (AD) #3, 7, 11 (KA)
1991 - Genji Tsushin Agedama #1, 6, 14, 20 (KA)
1992 - Oishinbo #127, 132
1994 - Metal Fighter Miku #13 (KA)
1995 - Zenki #33 (animation director)
1995 - Jura Troopers #14 (KA)
1996 - Yusha Shirei Daguon #17 (KA)
2000 - Mashranbo #2, 9, 20 (animation director)
2001 - Mutekio Trixenon #5 (director) #11 (storyboard)
2001 - Virgin Night OVA (director, storyboard, KA)
2001 - Yoru ga kuru! OVA (director)
2001 - Digimon Adventure 02: Diabolomon no Gyakushu (KA)
2002 - Rizelmein #5 (director, storyboard)
2003 - Last Exile #21, 23 (animation director)


Monday, August 16, 2004

07:15:49 pm , 430 words, 1465 views     Categories: Animation

Sherlock Hound

I just wanted to take a memo of the staff on the early Miyazaki episodes of Sherlock Hound. Apologies if this is already listed somewhere in English, because I haven't checked. This is one of those tapes I pull off the shelf and rewatch every once in a while when I'm feeling in need of a booster shot of exhiliration. This may very well be my favorite Miyazaki anime (well, after Conan) because of the dream team that made the episodes. (list is in production order)

3: A Small Client

Script, Storyboard, Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Animation Director: Yoshifumi Kondo
Key Animators: Kazuhide Tomonaga, Tsukasa Tannai, Nobuo Tomizawa, Masako Shinohara, Koichi Maruyama, Atsuko Tanaka
友永和秀,丹内 司,富沢信雄,篠原征子,丸山晃一,田中敦子

5: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

Script: Sunao Katabuchi
Storyboard, Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Animation Director: Yoshifumi Kondo
Key Animators: Kazuhide Tomonaga, Toshio Yamauchi, Yoshinobu Michihata, Yoko Sakurai, Masaaki Endo, Makiko Futaki

9: Treasure Under the Sea

Script: Sunao Katabuchi
Storyboard, Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Animation Director: Tsukasa Tannai
Key Animators: Kazuhide Tomonaga, Masako Shinohara, Yoshinobu Michihata, Junko Tsutsumi, Chie Uratani, Yoko Tsukada
友永和秀,篠原征子,道籏義宣,堤 純子,浦谷千恵,塚田洋子

11: The Sovereign Gold Coins

Script: Toshiya Ito
Storyboard, Director: Nobuo Tomizawa
Animation Director: Yoshifumi Kondo
Key Animators: Kazuhide Tomonaga, Masako Shinohara, Atsuko Tanaka, Koichi Maruyama, Yoko Sakurai, Makiko Futaki

4: Ms. Hudson is Taken Hostage

Script: Sunao Katabuchi
Storyboard, Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Animation Director: Yoshifumi Kondo
Key Animators: Tsukasa Tannai, Masako Shinohara, Yoshinobu Michihata, Chie Uratani, Masanori Ono, Yoko Sakurai
丹内 司,篠原征子,道籏義宣,浦谷千恵,小野昌則,桜井陽子

10: White Cliffs of Dover

Script: Sunao Katabuchi
Storyboard, Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Animation Director: Yoshifumi Kondo
Key Animators: Atsuko Tanaka, Koichi Maruyama, Yoko Sakurai, Masaaki Endo, Masako Shinohara, Makiko Futaki

Never realized until now that Katabuchi was the screenwriter for all the Miyazaki episodes (but one), nor that one was in fact a Tomizawa episode. (Or have I even seen that one?) For those who don't know who Tomizawa is, he's one of the major Telecom animators of the period alongside Kazuhide Tomonaga (he is still an important figure there), and the team of Kondo/Tomonaga/Tomizawa are responsible for what I personally think is the best Telecom anime ever, the first Nemo pilot. We really see how, from top to bottom, this is the same team that made the late Lupin III Part 2 episodes and then Cagliostro. We also see many of the female animators who went on to continue working at Ghibli. Interesting to find Masaaki Endo here, an animator with whose work I'm familiar from the building destruction animation he drew in Akira. Another Akira animator is there, I just noticed: Hitoshi Ueda, in episode 21. (he did the part where Kaneda and the clown boss play chicken)

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