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I rewatched the old video for Ayumi Hamasaki's Connected recently. What a peculiar video. The bizarre mechano-sexual imagery is amusing. I'm not imagining the homage to Akira, right? I was surprised to notice some of the animation was obviously by Shinya Ohira. I don't remember noticing that the first time I watched it, and I've never heard anyone mention this, so I thought I'd point it out. I haven't seen the credits, but it's one of those times when it seems pretty obvious just looking at it. It's a bizarre combination - this kind of crude CGI and somewhat generic anime-style designs, all of a sudden shifting to Ohira's animation. The faces of some of his shots appear to have been corrected, so it's not as obvious as it might have been, but some of them seem more 'pure'.
Also, note that I'll be out for the next two weeks on a little pre-holiday season vacation, so it will probably be quiet here. I'll be seeing Midori-ko and other movies this weekend in LA at the Animation Festival International. Looking forward to that. And the warm weather.
Hope you enjoy Midori-ko; I’ll be there as well. Do be sure to stick around for REDLINE right after. Of all the theatrical work done this year, it’s the one movie I think is a must see for all sakuga fans. And if you don’t mind a bit of a drive and you’re in the area starting December 10th, you can head over to Covina to check out Summer Wars on the big screen. Otherwise, maybe you can catch it somewhere else during the theatrical run. Feel free to say hello at the Festival if you spot me!
I’ll be at the REDLINE screening this Sunday Ben, so if you’d like to meet in person, send me an email and say hi! ;)