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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Sunday, June 19, 2005

12:40:59 pm , 295 words, 2245 views     Categories: Animation

Stormy Night

There's now a page in English about Gisaburo Sugii's new movie, as well as an official page in Japanese, where you can see a high-quality trailer. The trailer is kind of short and equivocal, but I'm still looking forward to it. I thought the whole thing sounded alarmingly similar to Ringing Bell, and in fact there's a direct connection in that the art is being done by ex-Sanrio Films art head Yukio Abe. Group Tac head Atsumi Tashiro is there again as the producer as he was in Night on the Galactic Railroad, but this time he's not the audio director. Too bad, as I loved his work in the previous film. Marisuke Eguchi is again the character designer, as he was in said film, and Tsuneo Maeda is again the animation director. I've always been confused about exactly how the drawings were handled in the previous film because of the unusual combination of titles used, but I think basically in Night Eguchi was the character designer and animation director in the typical sense, correcting the drawings to his designs, and Maeda was more the line director. I don't know whether it's the same deal here or they've mixed things up this time.

One of the most unusual things about the film I think I forgot to even mention. They're actually using CELS. At least, that was the gimmick they were touting at the beginning. I don't know if they really went through with it. It's an interesting thing to do, because they've gone back to cels, but they've combined it with state-of-the-art CG. The screen looks very rich and warm in the preview. It's been a while since I've seen a large-scale film like this from Japan totally outside of the bounds of business-as-usual.