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Young Animator Training Project #4

One thing that impresses me about Jiro Matsumoto (Freesia, Tropical Citron, Keep on Vibrating) is mainly his art. He’s one of the artists I know who can draw tantalizingly sexy women using lots of rough and sketchy lines with very defined features. The faces of the women he draws are luscious and positively alluring. Probably, I can compare him to Samura when it comes to drawing humans (Samura is just more technically adept, IMO). It also helps that he isn’t averse to drawing a few sex scenes here and there. Still, I have to say the only manga of his that I can say I really enjoyed would be Tropical Citron, as the whole thing is condensed “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” set in trippy psychedelic constructs. And perhaps that manga is the most well-suited for translation to animation too. It just needs a capable set of people to take charge.

Moving on, it’s kinda rewarding to finally finish episodically blogging a series, now that I think about it…


this guy looks more like earthworm jim than a carrot to me


Young Animator Training Project #4 – Bannou Yasai Ninninman (Masayuki Yoshihara, PA Works)

Here we are at last to the last installment of the YATP animation initiative. The whole thing so far has had its fair share of slow patches, but all the parts have been consistently watchable. It shames me to say that it was only while watching Ninninman that I noticed how there was a pattern to the entire project. One one side you have the vibrant and energetic kind of animation in both Kizuna Ichigeki and Ninninman, and on the other you have the slower and more character-oriented kind in both Ojisan no Lamp and Tansu Warashi–each with varied results. I’m just really really slow, I guess.


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Young Animator Training Project #3

So it turns out that PA Works’ new spring anime Hanasaku Iroha has been generating a lot of buzz in the anime fan sphere lately (at least in those places I visit regularly). I wasn’t too hyped about it when I first heard about it, since I wasn’t really sure which direction it was going to take, but after sitting down to watch the first episode, I was pleased with what I saw. Episode 1, at least, had tight presentation, brisk pacing, plus smooth and steady character introductions and interactions. It was a nice start. Though, I’m going to have to wait until the series is at least three episodes in for me to really sink my teeth into it. What the first episode did tell me, however, was that it was wrong for me to think of Masahiro Andou as purely an action guy. His work here was impressive.

All right, moving on…


mamiko noto has a nice voice


Young Animator Training Project #3 – Tansu Warashi (Kazuchika Kise, Production I.G)

As opposed to the other two preceding episodes of the YATP, this one doesn’t have a lot of things going for it. I expected good things from this alongside Kizuna because of the name value of the staff, but I found myself a bit deflated after watching it. Not that the episode itself was bad; it’s just that it just I came away with the feeling that it was just too slimmed down to be a part of the YATP. Ojisan ran in a similar vein as Tansu, but the former just had a lot more things, well, going on. You saw deliberate and controlled character acting in Ojisan, whereas in Tansu there just wasn’t enough of a sense of vitality to carry it through to the end. I just wanted a bit more life in this ep, considering that it is a part of an animation initiative.


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Young Animator Training Project #2

I think I’m not alone here when I say that there won’t be another TV mecha anime to be released any time soon with as high a quality of sheer workmanship as the finale of Bones’ Star Driver. That episode felt like a movie trapped inside a TV episode, with the staff list filled with its own fair share of feature-level animators. It was a purely exhilarating affair from start to finish, totally bombarding the viewers with its sheer power and energy for 24 full minutes. The whole series was a mixed bag for me, but overall it was a very fun watch much in the same way as most Enokido anime are.

But, since this isn’t a Star Driver post, let’s end it there.


even while kicking ass, kizuna is still cute as hell


Young Animator Training Project – Kizuna Ichigeki (Mitsuru Hongo, Ascension)

´╗┐If Ojisan no Lamp was a more delicate and balanced episode, this one is the direct opposite. This, I guess, is where the young animators involved in this initiative really strutted their stuff under the supervision of a fun director, a respected art director, and a very loose and flexible character designer. It’s a very enjoyable show that I feel really reflects the background of the supervisory staff, and shows how well the old and the new collaborated to form a good product. Not coincidentally, this was one of the parts of the series that I’ve looked forward to the most, and I’ve got to say I wasn’t disappointed at all.


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Young Animator Training Project #1

In the early days of this upstart blog, I’ve already been thinking about blogging an ongoing anime series or two. But since I’m lazy and my consistency is suspect, I elected not to. Trying to retrieve substance from an episode and trying to enjoy the whole affair at the same time is too much for my brain to handle. In some ways I admire most of the anime bloggers who can do this, even though I may not necessarily agree with what they’re saying. This is also why I only stuck with movies and short OVAs. I guess I need something to hold my interest enough to do that stuff week after week.

And that’s where this baby comes in. I’ve been interested in this series since I watched the trailer for the first time last month (here I go with trailers again), and this time I’m glad that I’ve been treated to something enjoyable. The first episode I watched was simple, delicate and easy on the eyes. It had a bit of emotion, even. I’m looking forward to the rest of the set, though some more than others.


cant be bothered to get some actual episode caps


Young Animator Training Project – Ojisan no Lamp (Telecom Animation Film)

An initiative started by the JAniCA (Japan Animation Creators Association) and funded by the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Young Animator Training Project is designed to train young animators in the industry by putting them to work on full 23-minute episodes of anime. There has been a concern that more and more of the production jobs in anime are being outsourced to other countries, and I guess this is the industry’s first step to answering that. It’s a respectable effort, since this taps into the young blood in the industry and gives them valuable work experience. Baby steps, is what this initiative basically is, but we all have to start somewhere. Of course, the young animators are supervised by industry veterans. The mix of the old and the new should be interesting to watch.


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