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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Monday, September 5, 2005

10:00:00 pm , 355 words, 1050 views     Categories: Animation

Yutaka Nakamura in Eureka Seven 20

The mecha animation of Eureka Seven 20 was nice thanks to Ken Otsuka's work as mecha AD and the animators involved, including the small handful of figures other than Mitsuo Iso that come to mind when I think of RahXephon - Takashi Tomioka, Hiroki Kanno, Yoshiyuki Ito. But the cake was taken by the last few shots by Yutaka Nakamura. It's been a while since I've seen anything by him, though most recently he worked on Wolf's Rain. I remember perusing his work on FMA and being impressed by how his work had changed since Bebop. It was so much more polished, condensed, fuller. Otsuka himself mentioned that Nakamura animated this section, but even without that tip it's fairly obvious just from seeing the section. It's in a league of its own. Stylistically one thing I've noticed about his work all the way back to Bebop is that the timing is often very fast. There was one shot in a sequence he did for Bebop where the main character runs onto the screen from the left into the distance. It's a rather amusing shot because the absurd rapidity with which he attains the distance is obviously a little overdone. It all happens in a split second and uses only three or four drawings. Even Nakamura admits he missed that one a bit. But the enthusiasm he put into the sequence is palpable and makes it a catchy piece of fast-footed action. Nowhere else was there that kind of tension. Also Nakamura has a very organic and flowing way of treating form, viz the elastic animation of the robot at the end of his sequence. Nakamura is one of the small handful of active TV animators whose work feels worth following. Other than that I liked the one shot of missiles right at the beginning of part B - Tomioka?

The trailer for Satelight's new show Noein is certainly interesting. The animation looks nice and dynamic, the forest scene particularly. Takahiro Kishida's designs are unusual, as usual. This being a Satelight production, it should come as no surprise that Norio Matsumoto is reported to be heavily involved.