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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:38 am Reply with quote
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MAPPA, the new anime studio headed by MADHOUSE founder Masao Maruyama, confirmed with ANN on Monday that it is working with director Shinichiro Watanabe (Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Kids on the Slope) on an original television anime series.


Fantastic.

Watanabe is too talented to be doing adaptations. (As I understand it too, he's been trying to get an original project off the ground for a while and hasn't been able to).
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:38 am Reply with quote
Maruyama + Watanabe = Me Excited!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:40 am Reply with quote
I hear he's also got some of his Bones animation staff with him working on this. Including the guy that animated the Spike and Vicious fight. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:42 am Reply with quote
daichi383 wrote:
I hear he's also got some of his Bones animation staff with him working on this. Including the guy that animated the Spike and Vicious fight. Wink

I don't know about that I do know that he said that he is creating a comedy series at Bones.That is the second show that ANN is trying to confirm.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:30 am Reply with quote
Very excellent news! (For the fourth time since Saturday)

It’s too early and vague to get really excited, but Shinichirō Watanabe is talented enough for it to make some excitement justified. I’m glad that MAPPA will give him a chance to make something original. I liked Kids on the Slope plenty, but I’m most interested in seeing what the director can come up with from his own mind. I imagine that the studio will be a little chastened after the unfortunate losses incurred from Kids on the Slope, but it’s good that they seem creatively undaunted.

I can’t resist hoping that he gets some of the Cowboy Bebop staff back for this. It’d be especially nice if he could get Keiko Nobumoto back in the saddle as a writer; she’s been pretty quiet for a long time, which is a pity, because she’s very good at what she does. That said, I hope that this project, or the other one, tries a different path from that of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo; as well regarded as those might be, Shinichirō Watanabe’s projects are far and few enough between that repeating himself too much would be a waste.

So the first episode of Rose of Versailles streaming, JManga licensing Aoi Hana, FUNImation licensing Wolf Children and the prospect of something new from the director of my favorite series. That’s nothing to complain about, to say the least. (Oh, and the Kick-Heart Kickstarter has broken $100,000 with two weeks yet to go)

Once more: Oh, Hell yeah.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:07 am Reply with quote
daichi383 wrote:
I hear he's also got some of his Bones animation staff with him working on this. Including the guy that animated the Spike and Vicious fight. Wink

*drools* Ohhhh, be still, my heart! I loved his work on Kids on The Slope (As confined as it had to be because of its length, what he did with it was amazing). I can't begin to imagine what he'll be capable of with an original anime. Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:54 am Reply with quote
Excellent news!!! Very Happy

While I enjoyed his adaptation of Kids on the Slope, Shinichiro Watanabe is best at directing original works. Personally, I think he has so much creativity, style, and flair that his skill can only be expressed fully within works he created himself.

I'm curious; will this project be in 2014 or 2013? I heard on another website (sorry, it's in Spanish) that he was working on an original project in 2013 for BONES: " a space-travel action comedy”.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:07 am Reply with quote
Make it an action series this time, Watanabe!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:13 am Reply with quote
Sweet it needs to be 26eps this time
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:24 pm Reply with quote
As much as i hated Cowboy Bebop and thought it was the most overrated show in anime history, i loved Samurai Champloo. Then when i watched Kids on the Slope, the show became one of my all time favs and my respect for this guy (and Yokko Kanno) sky rocketed. Now im actually forward to what he comes up with.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:25 pm Reply with quote
Awesome, glad to see he's not taking another huge break before creating something new.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:53 pm Reply with quote
I'm just glad Mappa is producing more work, and this time an original piece. Ever since reading about Maruyama's intentions to produce anime that no one else would (which he certainly did at Madhouse), I've been excited to see them succeed.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:09 pm Reply with quote
Keichitsu0305 wrote:

I'm curious; will this project be in 2014 or 2013? I heard on another website (sorry, it's in Spanish) that he was working on an original project in 2013 for BONES: " a space-travel action comedy”.
That site also reported that at the same convention there were strong hints of a 2nd season to Mushi-shi.

http://www.koi-nya.net/​2012/​10/​12/​mushishi-​o-​detroit-​metal-​city-​tendra-​una-​continuacion-​el-​ano-​que-​viene/​

http://www.koi-nya.net/​2012/​10/​14/​nuevas-​pistas-​apuntan-​a-​que-​el-​anime-​de-​mushishi-​tendra-​secuela-​el-​ano-​que-​viene/​
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:21 pm Reply with quote
Thank god.

For a minute there, I thought we were gonna be stuck with that Tennis show that I couldn't even watch for 20 seconds.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:34 pm Reply with quote
danilo07 wrote:
daichi383 wrote:
I hear he's also got some of his Bones animation staff with him working on this. Including the guy that animated the Spike and Vicious fight. Wink

I don't know about that I do know that he said that he is creating a comedy series at Bones.That is the second show that ANN is trying to confirm.

Wait so he's working on two shows at the same time?? Either way Yutaka Nakamura is back where he belongs. Under the guiding light of watanabe to animate more iconic fight scenes instead of good fights in a crap show *stares at darker than black season 2*
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