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Archives for: April 2006, 22

Saturday, April 22, 2006

07:58:38 pm , 315 words, 2815 views     Categories: Animation, Animator

Koichi Arai

新井浩一

Just what I've been able to gather about an animator I've always been curious to know more about, Koichi Arai. I've seen his name in a lot of high-profile places but never been able to pinpoint his work on my own. I want to go through his past work to see if I can figure out the common thread. He seems to be of the Toshiyuki Inoue master craftsman mold, without a strong personal style but with tremendous technical skill and the ability to adapt himself flawlessly to the style of the production at hand. It's probably why he seems to appear in just about every other major new anime film. I remember the original 3x3 Eyes being one of my favorites from the early days, so I'd be curious to revisit it now that I know a bit more about his subsequent work.

1988
Sakigake! Otokokabe → all op KA, #1, #10
Gegege no Kitaro: Jigoku Hen #7
Vampire Princess Miyu #2-4

1989
Akira → Kaneda & Kei heading to the baby room
Crying Freeman → AD

1990
Hanaichi Monme: Sonosuke no Hanashi → all KA

1991
Roujin Z → Bed escaping
3x3 Eyes → AD/CD

1993
Ninja Scroll

1994
Fatal Fury
Macross 7 TV → all op animation
Phantom Quest Corps

1995
Golden Boy → op animation (w/Norimoto Tokura)
Ghost in the Shell → Spider tank being destroyed after Ayako rips her arms off
Memories → Miguel walks through oily water and strums piano
Macross Plus movie → Sharon with wings

1996
Rurouni Kenshin #2
X

1997
Voogie's Angel #3
Ghost in the Shell Game op
Detatoko Princess #2 → Oni girl electrical attack

1998
Perfect Blue → rape scene
Lain #6 (scene design) #12

1999
Mahou Tsukai Tai! TV #1
Digimon Adventure
Blue Submarine No 6 #2

2000
Digimon Adventure 02: Hurricane
FLCL #4 → mouse playing with small Haruko

2001
Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven's Door

2002
Millennium Actress

2004
Koikaze op → AD
Steam Boy → Old man trying to kill his son
Innocence
Windy Tales op

2005
Beck #25
Eureka Seven op 2 and 3
One Piece: Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima → Lily being shot