The anime adaptation of the popular mobage Granblue Fantasy was detailed back in August 2016 as a TV series due winter season 2017. No actual information about it surfaced until Christmas, when they revealed that the winter date referred to a special one-time broadcast of an arc, and that the show proper would air next spring. A brave attempt at damage control, but hiding the truth isn’t easy.
Osamu Kobayashi, an industry veteran who most will recognise as the man behind Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad‘s anime adaptation, held a talk event at the end of December alongside fellow veterans and industry legends. As is typical for these events, recording them isn’t an option, but certain people who attended were kind enough to take notes during it and post them up on Twitter for those who couldn’t. Some extracts that came from it have been mentioned in passing during previous posts, but it only seems right to just translate and compile the whole lot here for everyone. The lack of a specific topic for the event means there’s a wide spread of info that’s popped up from it, from news regarding certain guests’ new projects right down to simple trivia, so I’ve split it all up into news, highlights, and trivia just to make sure it doesn’t turn into one big mess of information.
Host: Osamu Kobayashi
Guests: Mitsuo Iso, Masaaki Yuasa, Takashi Mukouda, Kiyotaka Oshiyama and C-san (webgen animator currently working with a 3DCG company who doesn’t want to be named. Hint: K-san would be more appropriate, known for a specific style of FX animation.)
It didn’t have to be this way. Not that long ago, GoHands’ name inspired hopeful excitement amongst animation fans, rather than a mix of hysterical laughter and sheer horror. There’s no getting around the fact that Hand Shakers is one of the most hideous pieces of entertainment ever conceived, let alone anime. But even something this abysmal can become an educational experience, so let’s learn a bit about a young studio and how anime is put together.
Let’s begin a new series of posts where we’ll address questions by our Patreon supporters, involving right about everything related to anime, its craft and business. Since these may be doubts other people have as well, we’ll be sharing the answers as long as we’re not explicitly asked not to. Here’s hoping this becomes a useful column!