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I have belatedly discovered an "interview" with Eiko Tanaka from the NYAFF screening of Mind Game, available here. (It's more like a general write-up interspersed with a few interview snippets.) Hopefully someone will conduct a nice interview with Masaaki Yuasa tomorrow evening in Montreal, at the Canadian premiere.
We've seen a lot of up-and-coming animator Tetsuya Takeuchi lately, with some impressively dense and nuanced acting animation in Koji Masunari's latest endeavor, Kamichu, which characteristically takes a fresh approach to an otherwise pedestrian concept, infusing it with new vitality, and a bit of animation at the beginning of the latest ending of Pierrot's Bleach, all coming quite soon after his impressive feat in Honey and Clover. We're beginning to get a good idea of where Takeuchi is headed as an animator, and it looks like a good direction. Now deprived of Masashi Ishihama, Masunari has found a nice new lead animator.
There's also been a few Tadashi Hiramatsu items recently. He animated the curiously erotic pre-title section of Eureka Seven 11, as well as directing the latest ep of Aim 2.
A name that brings back memories from my early days in anime, Umanosuke Iida, returns with a TV concept of his own creation at Telecom, Tide-Line Blue, a decade after what is probably his best piece, the unfortunately unfinished Space Miners, which is the first item I remember buying/translating/subbing entirely on my own. I remember struggling to find information on the elusive creator of the show, as well as struggling to figure out how to romanize his name - Forthman Lunchfield? Fothmann Ranchfield? It only goes to reason that I couldn't find anything, because it turns out Iida just made it up. He was the creator. It seemed unusual.
Supposedly next month's issue of Ntype will have a feature on Naruto 133, complete with reproductions of Norio Matsumoto's key animation and an interview with Atsushi Wakabayashi. Unusual for this magazine. There will also be what promises to be an interesting discussion between, of all people, Osamu Kobayashi and Mamoru Hosoda. There have been rumours floating around about Hosoda joining Madhouse, so this gets me to wondering. Hosoda's film comes out on DVD two weeks from now.