Ghost in the Shell 2 Artist Posts Decade-Old Debut Work
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website of Japanese computer animator Toshiyuki Aoyama has posted all 15 minutes of his breakthrough work, "Project Wivern," to commemorate its tenth anniversary. Aoyama and mechanical designer Kiyonobu Kitada created the work as a project at Tokyo Zokei University and won the Wavy Award '97 for Excellence and the 9th Amateur CGA Contest in the Video category. Aoyama cites Star Wars (particularly Return of the Jedi), the Silpheed game, Aim for the Top! Gunbuster, the first Gundam story, and the Sky Target game as influences on their joint project.
The recognition garnered by this space opera short led to Aoyama's work on Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and the first of the recent Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam movie remakes. Kitada went from this college project to working on Sakura Wars: The Movie and Final Fantasy X's opening movie.
The two have also worked together or separately on the in-game footage for the recent Silpheed sequels, Biohazard (Resident Evil) Code Veronica, Lupin III, Galaxy Angel, Cobra the Arcade, Saint Seiya Chapter Sanctuary, Sengoku Basara 2, and Phantasy Star Universe. As part of the company IKIF, they also co-created the opening logos for Blue Seed 2 and Slayers Next anime series, as well as the opening movies for the Sakura Wars 2 and Ghost in the Shell videogames.