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Fumiko's Confession's Ishida Marks Noitamina's 10th Year With New Short

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Noitamina logo to be updated to a version of "Poulette no Isu" short in April

Fuji TV unveiled "Poulette no Isu" (Poulette's Chair), a special anime to mark the 10th anniversary of its late-night programming block Noitamina, during its Noitamina Line Up 2014 event on Friday. Hiroyasu Ishida, the animator best known for the popular short "Fumiko's Confession," directed his new short at Studio Colorido. Yōjirō Arai (in-between animator on From Up On Poppy Hill and The Secret World of Arrietty) designed the characters, and served as animation director.

Starting in April, the onscreen Noitamina video logo will be updated into a version of this short.

Every week, the website will post a new interview with a creator involved with Noitamina. The first is Kenji Nakamura, the director with the most works on Noitamina.

Ishida is a former animation student who created a worldwide online hit with his "Fumiko's Confession" ("Fumiko no Kokuhaku") anime short. Ishida studied in the Animation department at Kyoto Seika University's famed Faculty of Manga.

After "Fumiko's Confession," Ishida worked for at least two years with fellow student Shōgo Yoshida on the "rain town" anime short as his graduation project. "rain town" eventually won the grand prize in the 9th Independent Animation Festival (Indies Anime Festa) at Mitaka, Japan in 2011, marking the second year in a row that Ishida won the grand prize; he won in 2010 for "Fumiko's Confession." "rain town" also won the Excellence Award, STUDIO4℃ Award, and the Ghibli Museum Award at the 7th Kichijoji Animation Film Festival in 2011.

Ishida also released "Hinata no Aoshigure," another short with character designs by Arai, last year.

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