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walw6pK4Alo



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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 11:31 pm Reply with quote
I appreciate his work, the backgrounds are fantastic in that show; possibly the best thing to come out if aside from the basketball smuggler.
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vashfanatic



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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 11:53 pm Reply with quote
Basquash
Art = Absolutely friggin' amazing and gorgeous
Story, Character "Development" and Pathetic Juvenile Attempts at Humor = awful, and the reason I quit watching it.

Honestly, the art for this is fantastic, and is utterly wasted on the wreck of a series.

And I'm gonna get a hundred fanboys arguing with me about how this is a masterpiece and it's all just a parody; I don't care. It's still not very good, and it's really unfunny.
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ninjaclown



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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 2:17 am Reply with quote
Wow, more foreign people joining the Japanese animation industry. I guess people wanting to help produce anime can achieve that goal.

Basquash! is one of my favourite shows airing, must take real talent to create something like it. Smile
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doctordoom85



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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 2:31 am Reply with quote
Though I've only seen the first two episodes, Basquash is easily my favorite of the season so far (FMA Brotherhood has had a weak start so far IMHO, and I haven't got around to Eden of the East yet). The backgrounds are gorgeous and the intermixing of 2-D and 3-D is perfect, which can't be said for a lot of anime that attempt it. And wow, 10 episodes of that quality? Amazing, though I will be sad once we get past the mark, but if they still at least have good quality after that, I'll be content (and maybe up the ante for the final episode like some anime do).

Interesting in that the anime reminded me a lot of Tekkonkinkreet, which was directed by American Michael Arias, another non-Japanese person in the anime industry over in Japan.
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Labbes



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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 9:52 am Reply with quote
A very interesting article. Basquash does really have a great look, so credit where it's due.

Also, Book of Kells does look really, really awesome. Too bad no cinema in Germany seems to be screening it - I'm very much anticipating the DVD.
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ryogasasaki



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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:08 am Reply with quote
This may be, umm, unrelated to the topic in hand. But ever since you started this column I have read each one of them and wondered: How are these interviews done? Do you get on a messenger chat and just copy and paste the conversations and set them up nicely on the page? Phone? Telepathy?
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BrianaTheBard



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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:41 am Reply with quote
I'm really interested in that, too, ryogasasaki. I think it's transcripted from a phone interview, though.

This was VERY interesting, thank you! Basquash is one of my favorites for this season, can't wait until it's finished and brought over!
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 11:39 am Reply with quote
Entirely coincidental, last night and this morning I was translating an interview with Thomas Roma for an upcoming ANN-TV episode.

I won't say more, look for it soon.

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Cloe
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 3:13 pm Reply with quote
ryogasasaki wrote:
Telepathy?

Bingo. ;p

I hope you guys all enjoyed this week's interview; it's definitely been one of my favorites so far. Thanks for reading!
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Zin5ki



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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 5:27 pm Reply with quote
tempest wrote:
upcoming ANN-TV episode.

You've said quite enough for us to become excited. More ANN TV is always to be relished.
Chloe wrote:
I hope you guys all enjoyed this week's interview; it's definitely been one of my favourites so far. Thanks for reading!

It's certainly diverting to see somebody so passionate for the work which eradicates his free time and doesn't pay too well. I suppose those who make such sacrifices are the heroes of the industry we love.
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reanimator





PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 10:57 am Reply with quote
Romain wrote:
Also, you should know that there are not a lot of good animation schools here, and because of that, animators are usually trained directly inside a studio by an older animator. The thing is, nowadays, studios don't have these kinds of resources anymore, neither the means nor the time for this kind of long apprenticeship. Additionally, good animators are usually overwhelmed with work so they don't have the time either. So what happens is you end up with some young animators who aren't really comfortable with perspective and volume, simply because they couldn't take the time to learn it properly.



I've read similar thing like this from a group of 70's generation Japanese animators who visited Europe couple years ago. They were impressed by animation facility and education system over there, thanks to government support. They voiced their concerns that good animation training system is not implemented into colleges of Japan.

It's great that talented people outside of Japan who put their best skill, but current Japanese system is not suitable for attracting more talents both in and out of the country. I remember seeing a pie chart from a Japanese animation magazine that only 10% of animation school graduates want to work at traditional studios. Hopefully they could improve their situation through serious reforms.
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Top Gun



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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 12:35 pm Reply with quote
Interviews like this are pretty much my favorite features on the site; I love learning about the more technical aspects of animation and the stylistic differences between its various creators. I'm glad for Romain that he got the chance to fulfill his dream in such a high-profile manner. I'm not really watching any currently-airing series, but I've had several people tell me that I'd probably love the hell out of Basquatch, so it's something I'll definitely have to check out somewhere down the line.
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petran79



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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 1:13 pm Reply with quote
Back in France, we have exactly eight working hours per day, no more, and we are paid twice the salary of a Japanese animator. So when I talk to my friends in France, people always tell me "Whoooa, you are working too much." But the thing is, here in Japan, working this amount of time is just the average ... but you also have to produce a lot more.

you belong to the lucky minority that have eight working hours a day.
Because from what I see in Europe, part-time and underpaid jobs are on the rise.
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NDenizen



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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 3:53 pm Reply with quote
The background's for Basquash are absolutely wonderful, it's fantastic to see such stunning art fill a show. I hope anime studios do consider more collaboration with foreign studios, because the result with Basquash is one of the best shows of 2009 - some really awesome stuff in almost every aspect.
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