The first screening event of Japan Anima(tor)’s Exhibition was held at Shinjuku Wald 9 on July 18th, and this is Part1 of the report.
Was it great? Of course, it was! There were 13 leading anime directors, Hideaki Anno, and Nobuo Kawakami(Dwango.) There was no doubt this event was going to be something historical.
Excitingly, at the screening part, we got to see the first season episodes and three brand new episodes from the upcoming third season.
Yukimi Yamada(left, a freelance announcer) and Ryusuke Hikawa(right, animation critic and writer) appeared first. They were in “as a trace (a web-streaming commentary program of Japan Anima(tor)’s Exhibition.”
- Animation Leaders Discussed “The Future of Anime Industry”
- Gifts for All Visitors! “Reproductions of Key Animation”
- A Voice message from Megumi Hayashibara and Koichi Yamadera
- The line-up of the upcoming third season!
- Animation Leaders discussed “The Future of Anime Industry.”
- “COMEDY SKIT 1989,” “BUBU & BUBULINA,” “HAMMERHEAD” will be shown in theaters only for 2 weeks!
Animation Leaders Discussed “The Future of Anime Industry”
Planning, Executive Producer: Hideaki Anno
Executive Producer: Nobuo Kawakami
Animation Director of The Dragon Dentist: Kazuya Tsurumaki
Director of HILL CLIMB GIRL: Azuma Tani
Director of ME!ME!ME!: Hibiki Yoshizaki
Director of Carnage: Akira Homma
Director of 20min Walk From Nishi-Ogikubo Station, 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, 2mos Deposit, No Pets Allowed: Mahiro Maeda
Director of 20min Walk From Nishi-Ogikubo Station, 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, 2mos Deposit, No Pets Allowed: Takeshi Honda
Director of until You come to me: Tadashi Hiramatsu
Director of Denkou Choujin Gridman: Akira Amemiya
Director of YAMADELOID: Takashi Horiuchi
Director of YAMADELOID: Masahiro Emoto
Director of POWER PLANT No.33: Yasuhiro Yoshiura
Director of evangelion: Another Impact (Confidential): Shinji Aramaki
Gifts for All Visitors! “Reproductions of Key Animation”
The screening of Japan Anima(tor)’s Exhibition will be shown at 10 theaters across Japan starting on July 25th. The visitors of this event had the privilege to watch the screening a week in advance, and also there were special gifts.
These were the gifts, which were reproductions of Key Animation(4 types at random) and a timesheet in a “cut-bag.”
I got the reproductions from “Nishiogikubo.” The timesheet is the form to write directions for actions, timing, camera scripts, and etc. The cut-bag is the envelope to deliver finished cuts to each section.
A Voice message from Megumi Hayashibara and Koichi Yamadera
All characters of Japan Anima(tor)’s Exhibition were acted by Megumi Hayashibara and Koichi Yamadera. In the message, they said they had so much fun to act young characters who they are not usually offered to act these days. Also, Hayashibara joked by saying acting several characters at the same time was fun only in the first season (meaning she is a little bit tired of acting too many characters.)
The line-up of the upcoming third season!
Following three episodes from the upcoming third season were shown in this event.
- COMEDY SKIT 1989: Kazuto Nakazawa
- BUBU & BUBULINA: Takashi Nakamura
- HAMMERHEAD: Otaro Maijo & Mahiro Maeda
COMEDY SKIT 1989 is a comical animation by Nakazawa, and BUBU & BUBULINA by Nakamura and Toshiyuki Inoue shows you a beautiful and dynamic world.
HAMMERHEAD which has been depicted by top creators is just AMAZING. All of them are outstanding works which we can find only in Japan Anima(tor)’s Exhibition.
This is the list of third season episodes.
- Endless night(TBC): Sayo Yamamoto
- Cassette Girl: Hiroyasu Kobayashi
- Kazuyoshi Katayama Project “Untitled” (TBD): Kazuyoshi Katayama
- COMEDY SKIT 1989: Kazuto Nakazawa
- THE ULTRAMAN: Akitoshi Yokoyama
- NEON GENESIS IMPACTS.: Yuhei Sakuragi
- (To Be Determined): Hiroyuki Okiura
- HAMMERHEAD: Otaro Maijo × Mahiro Maeda
- BUREAU OF PROTO SOCIETY: Yasuhiro Yoshiura
- BUBU & BUBULINA: Takashi Nakamura
- Hibiki Yoshizaki×DAOKO Project “Untitled” (TBD): Hibiki Yoshizaki
Yasuhiro Yoshiura and Hibiki Yoshizaki have directed animations from the third season.
In BUREAU OF PROTO SOCIETY, Koichi Yamadera acted 24 characters, and Yoshiura mentioned, “This anime will make you laugh and you can see characters who are like Yamadera has acted before.”
Yamada asked Yoshizaki, “Can we expect something more than ME!ME!ME!?” Well, he said “NO,” but we can’t stop hoping for something great.
Animation Leaders discussed “The Future of Anime Industry.”
The leading directors discussed the future of anime industry.
“You have said the animation industry would last only 5 more years, is that true?”
The discussion started with Yamada’s question for Anno, and then he answered, “I did not mean that. It was not that simple.” He agreed that the entire animation industry was in a difficult situation and he added that the business wouldn’t last so long if we keep them only in Japan.
Hikawa noted that the anime productions heavily rely on human power. The population in Japan will decrease in the near future, and it can make the situation even worse.
Kawakami pointed out the problem that a large number of animation titles in every season has been produced by sacrificing the working environment of the productions.
Lastly, Aramaki mentioned, “Most of us will be in our 60’s. The core creators are getting old.” He also noted that “the situation was much worse 30 years ago. We were worried about the similar problems, but the animation industry is still alive. It seems to last long despite our concern, but I also feel we have to something now.”
Messages for Future Animators
Yamada asked Homma for a message to future animators, but he said “You chose a wrong man. I am flawed as a person.” and made the audience laugh. He also told us, “I lucked out in animation projects and associates.” Hiramatsu added, “Homma has been participating big projects since he was young.”
Homma closed his message with the story of his experience, “Fortunately, I have participated many theatrical animations. These days, people say the animation industry won’t last so long, but it has been an issue for 30 years. It’s not an easy job, and it’s often physically tough. But if you have a strong faith, it would be a rewarding and comfortable place to work.”
“There are not so many jobs which you can actually earn money by drawing,” said Maeda. Hiramatsu commented, “In the animation industry, you have a wide range of choice as long as you work with the motivation. That’s how people in this exhibition work. I think this is why these animations became so remarkable.”
Tani advocated the importance of continuance, “Try your best for 10 years. I started with live-action films, but I had to change the job since I didn’t have enough income. If I tell my old self about how my situation changed over this 10 years, I think he wouldn’t believe it. It’s good to try it for 10 years.”
Honda introduced what he heard from a senior animator, “Animation is a matter of skills, not talents. If you learn and practice the basics of animation enough, you can be a decent animator. If you want go further, you will need some talents but it shouldn’t be so hard.”
In the end, Hikawa talked about his story with Toshiyuki Inoue, one of the top animators in Japan. “Inoue said people who love anime can make anime. I was so encouraged by his words, but many people don’t know it. People inspired by this fact will be the next generation.”
The show moved on to the Q&A session and the special raffle. (Details will be on Part2. I had to divide it because the Q&A session was so fulfilling.)
“COMEDY SKIT 1989,” “BUBU & BUBULINA,” “HAMMERHEAD” will be shown in theaters only for 2 weeks!
Even if you’ve already seen the first season on the web, the big screen and the sound system will give you a completely different experience.
Many scenes looked a lot cooler, and I felt more sensitiveness in animations. I was also thrilled by the synchronism of sounds and animations. You can also see a few episodes from the upcoming third season. If you have a chance to go one of those theaters, don’t miss it.