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Thursday, August 26, 2004

09:07:54 pm , 472 words, 1952 views     Categories: Animation

New Lupin notes

It turns out I was right that Ohira had come back to TV animation after fifteen years, I just had the wrong series. Watch episode 6 of Otogizoushi for a good contrast between ordinary and good animation. You see ordinary (ie, no) animation for the whole episode, and then right before the end, wham... Ohira (obviously interspersed with shots by someone else).

Just wanted to take a memo of a few Lupin things from this page. (full list)

New Lupin Telecom episodes

72 - Yoko Sahaku, Michiko Takagi, Masami Ozaki, Keiko Shimazu, Atsuko Tanabe, Harumi Shibata
77 - Koichi Maruyama, Atsuko Tanaka, Eiko Hara, Yoko Tsukada, Yoshinobu Michihata, Toshiyuki Hiruma
82 - Tsukasa Tannai, Koichi Maruyama, Eiko Hara, Yoshinobu Michihata, Toshiyuki Hiruma
84 - Nobuo Tomizawa, Atsuko Tanaka, Yoko Tsukada, Yasuhiro Shida, Michiko Takagi
99 - Nobuo Tomizawa, Koichi Maruyama, Atsuko Tanaka, Eiko Hara, Yoko Tsukada, Yoshinobu Michihata
105 - Yoshinobu Michihata, Yoko Tsukada, Toshiyuki Hiruma, Masanori Ono, Yasunao Aoki, Yayoi Kobayashi
143 - Nobuo Tomizawa, Koichi Maruyama, Kazuhide Tomonaga, Yayoi Kobayashi
145 - Nobuo Tomizawa, Koichi Maruyama, Eiko Hara, Junko Tsutsumi, Yayoi Kobayashi (Albatross, Wings of Death)
151 - Kazuhide Tomonaga, Yoshinobu Michihata, Eiko Hara, Ryoko Kashiwada
153 - Nobuo Tomizawa, Atsuko Tanaka, Masako Shinohara, Junko Tsutsumi
155 - Kazuhide Tomonaga, Toshio Yamauchi, Yoshinobu Michihata, Masako Shinohara, Atsuko Tanaka, Ryoko Kashiwada (Farewell Lovely Lupin)

Interesting to note that 72 was done entirely by women. This was the episode that Otsuka famously had to redraw almost in its entirety to make it passable. Otsuka apparently was involved here and there in the episodes, such as in 151.

Tomonaga was registered at Oh Pro around this time even though he participated in the Telecom episodes, and he turns up much more often in the Oh Pro episodes predating his involvement in the Telecom episodes.

Oh Pro episodes with Tomonaga

4 - Yoshimasa Yonekawa, Ken'ichi Okamoto, Kazuhide Tomonaga
8 - Yoshimasa Yonekawa, Ken'ichi Okamoto, Kazuhide Tomonaga
14 - Kazuhide Tomonaga
20 - Kazuhide Tomonaga, Ken'ichi Okamoto
25 - Kazuhide Tomonaga, Ken'ichi Okamoto
31 - Kazuhide Tomonaga, Tsukasa Tannai, Ken'ichi Okamoto
63 - Tsukasa Tannai, Kazuhide Tomonaga, Higashi Numajiri, Toshio Yamauchi, Ken'ichi Okamoto
92 - Toshio Yamauchi, Higashi Numajiri, Ken'ichi Okamoto, Kazuhide Tomonaga, Joji Manabe
98 - Toshio Yamauchi, Higashi Numajiri, Ken'ichi Okamoto, Kazuhide Tomonaga, Joji Manabe

Obviously of particular interest is the "solo animator" episode 14.

One of the other important animators in this series is Yuzo Aoki, the famous animator who did the car chase in the first Lupin movie, the "Mamo" one. He also did a solo animator episode, 30, after which point he was heavily involved as a storyboarder, while also providing a bit of key animation, often uncredited. Credited episodes are 35, 96 (both with only one other KA), 69 and 74. Yoshio Kabashima, the person who did such incredible work to make Gamba the classic it is, was involved in episode 78. In an unrelated note, I just realized Imaishi animated the opening of the 2001 TV special Alcatraz Connection.

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