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Friday, December 9, 2005

12:38:49 pm , 82 words, 1575 views     Categories: Animation

Noein 12

There should be a nice post-boxing day present coming up in ep 12 of Noein. The rumors appear to have been true that Norio Matsumoto and Hiroshi Okubo (the guy who did the beginning of ep 1) were working together on an ep, and this is it. Supposedly Utsunomiya is involved, and hopefully Kishida will be involved too. Either way, this should be one of the richest eps in quite a long time animation-wise. Interesting to note that Atsushi Wakabayashi storyboarded the latest ep, 9.

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Manuloz
Manuloz [Visitor]

That’s great to know hope the animation will be really good.

I have seen that Hiramatsu is on Mushishi #8, i have to say this anime is very good, great animation and art, with good pacing, and great stories…

And for the Mamoru Hosada movie, here is the site :

http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/tokikake/index.php

and here some groundwork from Sadamoto :
http://manuloz.free.fr/Images/forum/toki.jpg

They even mentioned, the Doremi episode on the page, i have seen it some times ago, and it’s maybe the best peace of work he has done truely great.

12/10/05 @ 04:32
Ben
Ben [Visitor]

Doremi 40 was the first thing Hosoda did on coming back to Toei from Ghibli after Howl got nixed, and you can really tell that he put his all into making it. He obviously put a lot of the ideas he had in store for his own version of Howl into that episode, so for lack of his own version of Howl it gives us a feeling for what that version might have been like in certain respects if it had gotten made.

I agree about Mushishi. I’m enjoying it very much.

12/10/05 @ 19:01
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

It’s extremely great news! Just the right thing after a 4-week break… I don’t suppose we’ll see anything like that Naruto episode though…

But there have been nice bits so far too. The ending bit of episode 10 had some really great fight animation, and episode 11 had this bit where Isami’s brother ran into his room jumped on him and the background was all hand-drawn and moving. In fact the animation of that whole interaction kind of stood out from the rest of the episode… As usual I have no clue who did it, though Hirofumi Suzuki’s in the credits again…

It’s really funny in that it’s the most high-budgeted-looking shows that I’ve seen with character drawings that swing in so many directions. Only Satelight’d do that, I s’pose?

12/24/05 @ 00:34
Ben
Ben [Visitor]

Welcome back. It won’t be long now. I’ve heard that it isn’t the big explosion of action animation that one might have expected after the Naruto eps, so it might be good not to have too high hopes in that direction. Personally I’m happy seeing Matsumoto doing anything, action or not. From the stills I’ve seen it looks like he’s doing mostly everyday animation like in Beck.

I’m also looking forward to seeing 10 and 11. I skimmed them and noticed that bit with the bro looked amazing. The credits are incredible for 11 - Akihiro Yuki, Yaginuma, Suzuki, Kishida… I have no idea who could have done it either, but seeing that Nakaya’s involved I’ve got to wonder if it’s not him. Everything he’s done so far has been great.

I don’t really know if Noein is high-budgeted, though. To me it just looks like a small company that’s doing good work on a low budget. But you’re right, I can’t think of any company that would allow that sort of thing, much less state it outright as policy the way the director has… Could you imagine the fuss if Utsunomiya did an episode of Eureka 7? BTW the op’s been corrected finally…

12/24/05 @ 07:03
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

Thanks. I hope you’ve had a nice X’mas/holiday.

I just noticed another name you might be interested in if you didn’t notice it: Tokuyuki Matsutake… who was in that episode of Naruto, wasn’t he (plus the movie, he seems to have been in Beck, Lain, Haibane and Cossette as well. I like his CDs for Medarot)

And considering the fuss over Utsunomiya’s Aquarion episode, which wasn’t even all that out of place since he was given free reign in the alternate world, I wouldn’t want to imagine the reaction to Utsunomiya doing an Eureka ep. But they corrected the op, did they… I guess they were pressured to. I should think Utsunomiya’s talents would be of much greater use in Noein though. Only 2-and-a-bit-more days…

12/25/05 @ 03:58
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

I just saw Mushishi 8, the one by Tadashi Hiramatsu. It’s a good episode, and there’s some nice effects animation - the number of drawings they used really shows; not only does it produce an engaging experience, they also needed 3 animation directors and 8 assistants (including Hiramatsu). I like the slow, careful movement throughout the show, and you’re right on how it’s a conscious thing. It doesn’t seem to stick out like a sore thumb, but it’s also evident to the eye.
I also notice the colours seem to have been carefully coordinated in all the episodes. It’s the first time I’ve seen 色彩設計 as an episode-by-episode credit.

12/25/05 @ 23:33
Ben
Ben [Visitor]

You’re right. With that Noein ep with 8 ADs, that was obviously more of an expediency thing whereas with Hiramatsu’s Mushishi ep it was obviously because they wanted to produce the highest density and best quality animation they could. It was notably more dense than the other eps, and some of the character movements were very delicately observed, which is what I would expect of an ep in which Hiramatsu was involved. Credit-wise an interesting thing I noticed on a recent Noein ep was that there was a person credited with “Genga Sakkan” and one with “Layout Sakkan". I’ve kind of suspected all along that Kishida has been focusing on fixing up the layout here and there, and this makes it obvious they have indeed had someone performing that task, at least in the case of that ep…

12/27/05 @ 10:28
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

Just in from watching 12. It’s kind of exhilarating watching. There is some absolutely excellent animation in there. There’s bits with rough-style animation and some bits really scream Norio Matsumoto.

The animators in order listed are Ryoochimo,
Norio Matsumoto, then a small space, then Utsunomiya, Ohkubo, Takuya Saitou (Macross Zero CD), Ryo Nakaya, Tomoyuki Niho (he’s done other bits in this show)
Then the next slide,and it’s Atsushi Irie (Aquarion AD), Ryouma Ebata (KA in Aquarion, this, and some others), Kishida, Shingo Suzuki, Yuichi Takahashi (also in Aquarion), Atsuko Nozaki and Futoshi Fujikawa (Aquarion CD).

It’s great that Matsumoto’s so high up. Do get it soon! It really is a very excellent present…

12/27/05 @ 22:04
Manuloz
Manuloz [Visitor]

Seen it, and it’s unbelievable, so dense, so much good animation to see, you are right, it’s a good gift ^^

At first, i don’t noticed Matsumoto on that rough-style animation but seeing it again, you might be right… I thought, he was in that part before the opening which feature good acting… but as the whole episode did.

And then, i though i could point out which part utsunomiya did, but it was hard to tell when there’s so much good part… so my supposition is he did some animation when Atori (the blond freak) appeared, there was something on the fall of fukurou that felt like what i have seen from him on aquarion.

12/28/05 @ 01:36
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

I’m probably miles off in my guessing, but I thought the bit where Haruka started hearing those things and had to squat down seemed like Utsunomiya. I liked that bit just before she woke up prior to the opening sequence, where Fukurou is crumbling before her and she’s crying out (it was in the preview also).

I also thought that Fukurou-falling-down bit felt like Apollo and Fudo’s fight in ep 2 of Aquarion which he did.

Apparently the first proper fight sequence on the docks was animated entirely by one person, meaning the in-betweens as well. It seems like it could be, frankly speaking. Some bits were really dense.

12/28/05 @ 01:50
Manuloz
Manuloz [Visitor]

First time going through the episode, i was like : this part is good, this one … and this one too must be Matsumoto… then it’s the end and you are like where are the others.

Now, i think maybe the second part with Karasu and Fukurou fighting is maybe from this Nakaya guy, and there certainly some Utsunomiya between Fukurou/Atori.

but then I’m in love with this shot :

http://manuloz.free.fr/Images/caps/bscap003.jpg

12/28/05 @ 02:37
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

I happened to go through that particular section you took a shot of frame-by-frame and it’s actually very interesting looking at those individual drawings - each drawing on its own has a lot of expression, so when you put it all together to me it looks like dynamic, weighty action with various and constantly changing emotions/expressions flashing out here and there.

When you say the second part, do you mean the second part on the dock (that is after the short bit elsewhere after the sketchy-drawings bit), or do you mean the bit in the warehouse?

12/28/05 @ 05:52
Manuloz
Manuloz [Visitor]

I meant the part on the warehouse, but i not so sure, now that you mentionned the animation in the dock.
And first of all, is he good at drawing fight sequences?

12/28/05 @ 07:22
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

I see… I felt the first bit of fighting in the warehouse bit was a little odd at first, but it isn’t bad really… Obviously it’s a different person from the whole dock bit though.

And er… is who good at drawing fight sequences? Nakaya? (I feel a little spammy here…)

12/28/05 @ 08:10
Manuloz
Manuloz [Visitor]

Yes, Nakaya. But i think i mixed up with Okubo, who did the action sequence in #1.

It’s a good thing there’s different take on action sequence and all in one episode.

*Something not related to Noein, I heard it was Katsuya Kondo who turned down Mamoru Hosoda and his storyboard for Howl’s, i wondered if someone heard about it?

12/28/05 @ 09:15
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

Seems like the first animator to be listed in the credits, Ryoochimo (aka Ryousuke Sawa - ep 19 Aquarion, Beck), might be responsible for the sketchy animation bit, according to the official blog. Either way, it has to be one of the dock battle scenes: for one, he said he was doing a battle scene, and for another, he must have done a lot to get listed first and it’s the dock battle scenes that use up the most animation so…

12/30/05 @ 04:16
Manuloz
Manuloz [Visitor]

Yeap ! I read about it on animesuki board, even if it’s not him on the dock battle, given all the fight sequence are good in there own way, he is someone to follow, i’ll try to check that Aquarion episode again (it’s the utsunomiya episode ^^).

and by the way at first you thought, it was Norio matsumoto on the sketchy part, and i wondered if in the past he (matsumoto) used that style of drawing?

12/30/05 @ 05:09
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

Yeah, he was in another relatively well-animated episode of Aquarion as well - episode 16. except he used different names. He is someone to keep an eye on…

Actually I was thinking Norio Matsumoto did the really smooth fighting after the rough fighting, tbh (my first comment after watching was that there were some rough parts, and some parts “screaming Matsumoto"). But I think the bit that reminded me the most of Matsmoto was the bit when both of them started flying over the water and there were the huge water splashes. It reminded me of Naruto

12/30/05 @ 05:33
Manuloz
Manuloz [Visitor]

I though too, just after the sketchy part there’s like this shot of Fukurou cencentrating to use is “fireball” and there the way he is drawn felt like Matsumoto, he seems “younger” or smaller. I noticed it watching the last episode of koikaze or even in his Naruto episode.

http://manuloz.free.fr/Images/caps/bscap006.jpg
http://manuloz.free.fr/Images/caps/bscap007.jpg
(i had took pics of this part too)

and then i liked this shot too, when the girl was running looking for them, i liked the way this animator drew her face :
http://manuloz.free.fr/Images/caps/bscap005.jpg

12/30/05 @ 06:02
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

I liked the way the animator drew her face too for some reason. That part somehow caught my attention - I think part of it is due to the steady sort of pace she was animated at. and the face, too.
The bit where Fukurou was concentrating for the fireball bit was nice. I was thinking that whole bit was Matsmoto, but it’s kind of pointless for me to speculate!

I really am clogging up the comments though, so I’ll wait for an actual entry on this subject…

12/30/05 @ 06:58
Ben
Ben [Visitor]

Yikes. I’ve been away from internet for a while so I haven’t gotten to see it yet, but reading the comments from you two I can’t wait to get at it. I’ll post my impressions as soon as I see it.

12/31/05 @ 18:12
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

I only just realised that Kazuyoshi Yaginuma’s done (as in directed) one part of Studio 4C’s Digital Juice… Tsukiyo no Ban. A music video about a small girl. I haven’t watched it in a while but I remember enjoying it.

I wonder if he’ll be called on to direct anything in Noein or not…

and sort of late, but Happy New Year.

01/01/06 @ 23:30
Ben
Ben [Visitor]

Thanks! Happy new year to you too. I just watched it, so I’ll post something after this, but I think you guys got it mostly right as far as the who-did-what.

I rather enjoyed the Beck ep Yaginuma storyboarded, but Tsukiyo no Ban freaked the hell out of me, to be honest - at least, as far as the content. The colors were nice, and there was some nice animation.

01/04/06 @ 15:58