Tokyo University of the Arts Posts Anime Shorts by Graduate Students
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The Department of Animation of Tokyo University of the Arts' (Geidai) Graduate School of Film and New Media posted graduate students' short anime films on its Geidai Animation YouTube and Vimeo channels. All ten of the shorts are students' graduate works from 2010, and two include English subtitles. Staff information and synopses are available on the videos' YouTube pages in Japanese and English.
"Yotsuya Iroha" ("Yotsuya Alpha beta"; includes English subtitles)
"Shūshūka no Sampo" ("Gathering")
"Fuku wo Kiru made" ("Getting dressed"; includes English subtitles)
"Yubi wo Nusunda Onna" ("Woman who stole fingers")
"Tsumamareru Koma" ("Bring me up")
"Kyōhaku-teki na Chitsujo ni Tsuite no Kaeru" ("anti-chaos")
"Wakaranai Buta" ("In a pig's eye")
The department holds limited screenings of students' finished works every year. The university decided to upload the shorts online so that people within Japan and around the world can easily view the students' anime. "Wakaranai Buta" ("In a pig's eye"), winner of an Excellence Prize in the Animation Division of the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2010, began streaming on the Geidai Animation YouTube channel last year.
The Graduate School of Music's Department of Musical Creativity and the Environment collaborated to create most of the music and sound design featured in the shorts.
Geidai Animation aims to expand its lineup and become a world-leading source for animated shorts. An official Geidai Animation Twitter account also launched on Friday.
The Graduate School of Film and New Media was founded in 2005, and the Department of Animation was established in 2008. The department's teaching staff includes Oscar-nominated anime director Koji Yamamura (Mt. Head, Muybridge's Strings) and animator Yūichi Itō (Nyakki!).