Initially daily but now sporadic blog about anime and world animation with a specific focus on the artists behind the work. Written by Ben Ettinger.
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Thursday, November 4, 2004

05:10:27 pm , 319 words, 1545 views     Categories: Animation, Animator

Masayuki

Though lacking the brash stylistic unity of Hiroyuki Imaishi's first episode, the third episode of Re: Cutey Honey was in good form, a big Gainax finale, as was expected from the fact that Masayuki was in charge. Anno co-directed, which perhaps accounts for familiar elements like the subtitles. Hiroyuki Imaishi is probably the one who did the early sequence that looks like an homage to Masayuki's early manic animation, which similarly tended to have lots of tricky movement with people flying all over the screen in strange poses (the joined feet thing comes from the similarly-inclined Yamashita Masahito), though Masayuki's work was more fluid and less limited. It's the only sequence that lived up to the level of excess I was expecting, though otherwise the film was a nicely enjoyable romp with lots of quality work.

I haven't followed Masayuki's career closely, but I know that he was an intriguing animator creating the sort of hyperactive movement that falls, chronologically and stylistically, about midway between Yoshinori Kanada and Hiroyuki Imaishi. Remember Thundercats (1985)? The opening was animated by Masayuki, and it's the best representative of his style that I know of. It's one of the few, actually. Apart from that I know little about his work as an animator. One of the more famous gigs of his early period was the 1982 TV series Sasuga no Sarutobi, for which he did highly accentuated animation in about ten episodes. Then in 1985 came Thundercats; for Honneamise in 1987 he did a lot of highly regarded work; and for Gunbuster in 1988 he animated the opening. After that he played other roles in a number of projects, though he recently returned with animation for FLCL and now this episode.

I ran across an impressive film called Hello from Kislovodsk (2000) by a person named Dmitri Geller on the OpenArt site. Recommended. I also liked Yukihiro Tsujita's films on the same site.

Studio 4°C x N*ke = ?

Thursday, November 4, 2004

01:25:54 pm , 89 words, 1392 views     Categories: Misc

Drawing Reality

There's a new meme in town, and it's called Sketch Crawl. It started in San Francisco, and it's spreading at an alarming rate: There's one scheduled in scenic Kyoto two and a half weeks from now. Check out John Grillo's new blog Logical Explosion, which will be examining the concept of pop culture in Japan, to learn more about the upcoming event. Also be sure to have a look at the wonderful results of the original Sketch Crawl of San Francisco by the originator of the idea, Enrico Casarosa.