Exactly twenty years ago, on 28th October 1998, one of the current biggest players in the anime industry was founded: studio BONES. What once was a small company featuring Cowboy Bebop’s ambitious production staff eventually grew into an entity with worldwide reach, a large fanbase, and many popular titles under its belt. During these two decades, they’ve carved their mark into the history of animation, but what can we expect from BONES moving forward?
Since we’re on an anniversary mood, enjoy this transcription of a brilliant panel that gathered essentially all of Cowboy Bebop’s core staff last month during Japan Expo 2018. Insightful, featuring production secrets, and funnier than it has any right to be! Masahiko Minami: Producer, current head of studio BONES x Shinichiro Watanabe: Series director x Keiko Nobumoto: Series composer x Shin Sasaki: Production Assistant, managing director of studio Sunrise x Toshihiro Kawamoto: Character designer x Kimitoshi Yamane: Mechanical designer
Earlier this month a very special panel was held in France: Japan Expo gathered the main crew behind Cowboy Bebop to talk about the show’s origins and secrets behind its production that they’ve only felt comfortable discussing many years later. Enjoy this very informative but also outright hilarious transcript! Masahiko Minami: Producer, current head of studio BONES x Shinichiro Watanabe: Series director x Keiko Nobumoto: Series composer
To celebrate the recently announced Shirobako movie, which will finally give us a chance to follow Aoi Miyamori’s adventures further into the path of anime production, we returned to the TV series to compile some of the most amusing and enlightening nods to real creators and anime industry events that you may have missed throughout the show. Hop on for a fun educational time!
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 x Yuji Matsukura: Producer at J.C.Staff