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Commanding KyoAni’s Animation: Character Designers & Chief Supervisors Roundtable

Commanding KyoAni’s Animation: Character Designers & Chief Supervisors Roundtable

KyoAni’s renowned quality is built upon a special culture and many years of cultivating talent in different creative departments. Today we’ll focus precisely on their animation, with a lengthy roundtable featuring their active character design and chief supervision crew up till the arson. Shouko and Kazumi Ikeda, Futoshi Nishiya, Miku Kadowaki, and Akiko Takase had an in-depth conversation about their experiences at the studio, the differences between the role of a chief animation director & a regular supervisor, their mentality…

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KyoAni’s Present And Future: Naoko Yamada and Haruka Fujita Interview

KyoAni’s Present And Future: Naoko Yamada and Haruka Fujita Interview

It’s time to examine Kyoto Animation’s present and future with an interview featuring their current creative leader and the up-and-coming star who looks up to her! Naoko Yamada and Haruka Fujita speak frankly about their beginning at KyoAni, what’s it like for people who aren’t good at communicating verbally to direct anime (a job that’s all about conveying information to staff and viewers!), the role of music in anime, and more.

Kyoto Animation Series Directors Roundtable: Tatsuya Ishihara, Yasuhiro Takemoto, Naoko Yamada, Eisaku Kawanami

Kyoto Animation Series Directors Roundtable: Tatsuya Ishihara, Yasuhiro Takemoto, Naoko Yamada, Eisaku Kawanami

One year after the devastating arson attack on Kyoto Animation, we’ve decided to share a series of articles shedding light on what makes them such a unique existence in the anime industry. For starters, here’s a roundtable talk from 2017 featuring many of their series directors, where they have lighthearted yet in-depth discussions about their creative methods and mindset, but especially about the attitude they feel you need to be a proper anime project leader.

CloverWorks Staff Interviews: Masayoshi Tanaka

CloverWorks Staff Interviews: Masayoshi Tanaka

In what is a surprisingly rare move within the industry, CloverWorks has been conducting interviews with its own staff in order to bring a bit more awareness to both the talent working under them and to highlight what their jobs entail. It only makes sense to start something like this off with a bang, and there’s no pick more appropriate than renowned animator and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka himself when taking that in mind. Read on for a look at…

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High Speed! The Movie Interviews – Character Designer & Chief Animation Futoshi Nishiya And Prop Designer Seiichi Akitake

High Speed! The Movie Interviews – Character Designer & Chief Animation Futoshi Nishiya And Prop Designer Seiichi Akitake

The High☆Speed! interviews continue with two conversations with artists commanding the animation department: character designer Futoshi Nishiya and prop designer Seiichi Akitake talk about how they project the character’s personality into the design work, be it general traits or daily life minutiae, while also sharing anecdotes regarding the production process.

High Speed! The Movie Roundtable – Director Yasuhiro Takemoto x Scriptwriter Maiko Nishioka x Character Designer Futoshi Nishiya

High Speed! The Movie Roundtable – Director Yasuhiro Takemoto x Scriptwriter Maiko Nishioka x Character Designer Futoshi Nishiya

High☆Speed!, a somewhat overlooked movie in Kyoto Animation’s repertoire, is approaching its third anniversary. To celebrate that we’ll be hosting a series of interviews translated by Pen over the next few days, starting with this roundable where the core staff talked about their general feelings towards the movie as a whole and some key scenes in particular. Yasuhiro Takemoto: Director x Maiko Nishioka: Scriptwriter x Futoshi Nishiya: Character designer and chief animation director