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Japan Animator Expo Streams Sayo Yamamoto's 'Endless Night' Short

posted on 2015-08-21 06:30 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Atsushi Kamijo designs characters for short about figure skater

The official website for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the 28th short "Endless Night" on Friday.

Animator Expo describes the story:

Kenji Miyamoto, the one and only choreographer in Japan x Atsushi Kamijo, a cartoon artist x figure skating
An animated work in very unusual collaboration!

Sayo Yamamoto (Michiko & Hatchin, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine) directed the short. Atsushi Kamijo designed the characters, and Kenji Miyamoto handled choreography. Eiji Abiko served as key animation director. Hiroshi Nakamura composed and wrote the song featured in the short, and Mikako Komatsu provided the vocals. The official website for the short is also displaying line art and art boards.

The lineup for the third season of the project is as follows:

Title Director/Staff
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
GIRL Hibiki Yoshizaki

The titles above are listed in phonetic Japanese order, and are not necessarily in the order of their scheduled release. For the third season, Japan Animator Expo is once again releasing a new episode every Friday.

Hideaki Anno himself is serving as executive producer of the entire project initiative with Dwango President Nobuo Kawakami, and he also designed the image character mascot "(Tor)-kun." Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki created the title logo, and fellow Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki colored it. The shorts mostly feature the voice talent of Ranma ½ and Cowboy Bebop co-stars Kouichi Yamadera and Megumi Hayashibara.

Image © nihon animator mihonichi LLP.


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