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The path from animator to illustrator – Nozomi Ousaka Interview

The path from animator to illustrator – Nozomi Ousaka Interview

Today, megax brings us a translated interview with an ex-professional animator who decided to adventure into the world of freelance illustration. Enjoy!

While not directly animation, one can point out the similar necessity of time and effort into drawing illustrations. I felt this was an interesting view into the life of an illustrator who used to be an animator and the differences one has to have in those skill sets. Please enjoy reading about non, aka Nozomi Ousaka.

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Roundtable Interview – Masahiko Minami and Yuji Matsukura

Roundtable Interview – Masahiko Minami and Yuji Matsukura

This time we’re bringing you a translation of an interesting roundtalk from Newtype’s February 2017 issue. It features a couple of studio leaders replying to questions regarding their past and future works, the industry at large and some of its fascinating creators. Enjoy!

Masahiko Minami: President of Studio BONES and famous bat-wielding head honcho
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Yuji Matsukura: Producer at J.C.Staff

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Manga Editors Roundtable – The Growth of Yuri

Manga Editors Roundtable – The Growth of Yuri

Today megax brings us another translation dealing with an “anime industry” aspect beyond what is usually highlighted.

This is an roundtable covered for Akiba Blog (NSFW link) by KarzuSP. I felt it’s an interesting discussion about a topic that seems to be growing both domestically in Japan and internationally with many fans devouring the yuri genre. It may lead to more anime adaptations, so this could be a good ground point for a growth in yuri fandom. Enjoy.

Up until now, the “yuri” genre, focusing on themes of romantic relationships between women, had grown based on publications in specialty magazines. Currently it’s starting to stand out more thanks to events like many works appearing in general magazines, and the guidebook An Introduction to the World of Yuri being published. Additionally, Kadokawa’s Dengeki Daioh Editorial Board is publishing Éclair; A Yuri Anthology That Resounds Within You this month. In this piece, we’ve interviewed the editors of two works that continue to stand out today, Dengeki’s Bloom Into You (Author: Nio Nakatani; published in Kadokawa’s monthly “Comics Dengeki Daioh”) and Square Enix’s Happy Sugar Life (Author Tomiyaki Kagisora; published in Square Enix’s “Gangan JOKER”), about publishing “yuri” titles in general magazines. Both editors’ fiery emotions exhaust this topic! Furthermore, we were able to have the editor who handled An Introduction to the World of Yuri present with us, so we deliver to you a roundtable where a serious yuri manga talk bloomed.

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Behind the Scenes of Yuri!!! On Ice’s Costume Design 10

Behind the Scenes of Yuri!!! On Ice’s Costume Design 10

Just as the show itself, this series of articles covering Yuri!!! On ICE’s design process comes to an end – for now at least! Here’s the original Japanese interview. We’ve compiled all the translations at the end for easy access!

The last episode featured the free skate programs from the Grand Prix Final.

This time we’ll be talking about the free program costume of last skater to join the cast, Otabek Altin.

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Behind the Scenes of Yuri!!! On Ice’s Costume Design 9

Behind the Scenes of Yuri!!! On Ice’s Costume Design 9

After skaters and staff alike took a bit of a break, this series is back to peek behind the scenes into the costume design process. As usual, Good Haro translated Chacott’s article.

We’ve finally arrived at the short programs for the Grand Prix Final, and there’s only one episode left!
Otabek Altin is the one of the six in the final making his first appearance on the rink. So without further ado, let’s talk about his costume.

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Tamako Stage Greetings – Naoko Yamada x Futoshi Nishiya x Taichi Ogawa

Tamako Stage Greetings – Naoko Yamada x Futoshi Nishiya x Taichi Ogawa

The penultimate post in our Naoko Yamada series consists of another translation by megax, featuring various KyoAni staff members mostly talking about amusing anecdotes during her productions. Some fascinating insight as well!

This is a translation of a transcription posted by Sekai of the stage greeting following Movix Kyoto’s screening of a selection of Tamako Market episodes. As it was from notes/memory, there may be some inaccuracies in the phrasing/wording of the answers, but the general theme is correct.

Guests: Director Naoko Yamada, Animation Director and Character Designer Futoshi Nishiya, Episode Director Taichi Ogawa

Master of Ceremonies: Producer Riri Sezaki

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Euphonium Fanbook Interview – Author Ayano Takeda

Euphonium Fanbook Interview – Author Ayano Takeda

We’ve been covering the anime adaptation of Hibike! Euphonium every week, but today we’ll look at the roots of the series instead. Our recurring collaborator megax returns to translate a long interview with its original writer, the young Ayano Takeda.

A super long interview with the creator of Sound! Euphonium, Ayano Takeda! What prompted her to create this immensely popular series, her feelings for her hometown of Uji, why she became a writer and more! This interview is packed with important news. (Coverage/Writing: Yuuko Takakura)

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