Hey Nemuri, following the hulk hogan/pokemon post, did you watch wrestling growing up? and if so, what wrestlers did you see (like Macho Man randy savage, Chyna, Lita, Stone cold steve austin, etc?)
Ahhh I used to watch WWE/WWF when I was a high school girl! (I was just a normal high school student you know.) Well, I was a fan of The Rock, HHH, and The Undertaker. But most I supported is Kurt Angle. His mike performance is really hilarious and I always said “WHAT?” during his speech.
Hi! I hope it isn't too much trouble, but I wanted to ask you some things, since you're a professional animator in Japan. I was thinking about how a lot of cartoons in the U.S. and Canada are made using Toon Boom software. What are some software used in Japan for digital animation? What software are you expected to know how to use? And do you like any particular animation software, yourself?
Hi, Thanks for asking me! At first before I answer your question, I have to apologize to you that actually I was not an ordinary Japanese animator when I was working on animation. I worked as a flash animator in Ankama’s branch studio in Japan. There were several Japanese animators in that stadio (called Genga-man in here) but I don’t have any skill of drawing frame by frame animation on paper.
So, get back to the subject. In my country, Flash is not recognized as a software for making TV animation. Al most Japanese Flash creators are developing web site or games. Very few studios create their show for example 秘密結社鷹の爪(Eagle Talon), but the quality is totally different from MLP:FiM, Foster’s Home, or other western cartoon developed with using Flash. And there are no studio introducing Toom Boom in my country. Because most studios can’t procure enough machines to install the software, and Toom Boom doesn’t support Japanese language. You know, almost Japanese people can’t speak English even though we have to learn in school.XD
Have you ever watched PreCure series? This ending animation was made by 3DCG all of part with toon shader. If Japanese studio aim to develop full degital animation, they may improve those technique turn 3D into 2D.
Personally speaking, I’d like to get and learn Toom Boom. I’m very interested in it. And I forget the software but I have seen a special application for making story board when I went to Nickelodeon studio in LA.
Hope I could answer to your question well.:) Thank you!
Miyazaki's point wasn't really "otaku are awful and works by and for them need to be replaced with kids' shows" as much as "otaku works are boring because they are made by anti-social people who aim to create hyper-idealized works, don't take influence from the real world and instead copy each other". A lot of generic kids' anime are made the same way, so I think the answer to Miyazaki's issue isn't "make shows for kids and normal people who don't buy DVDs" but just "have interesting influences"
Well, He really hate otakus so much. lol
But I don’t think otaku’s humanity is responsible for the issue and should blame. The problem are created by market and how to monetize. Fortunately we are living in the world there are Youtube and niconico. Many innovations come from everyday like as Hatsune Miku has done. (Probably he may dislike vorcaloid also.)
Also, remember when Miyazaki called out on Japanese animation for otaku-pandering? Doesn't the Western animation essentially do the same thing?
I don’t know Western animation have essence for otaku-pending. I’d love to know what cartoon is so if it is fact. Anyway, Japanese animation called as “Anime” didn’t used to be for otaku as like nowadays. In 80-90’s, almost Japanese animation were for child as same as around the world. In that time, there were some anime created for adult people, had much violence and sexual cutscenes, but they were released only on OVA. I love Miyazaki’z works but sometimes he seems that he doesn’t recognize his own studio is very very special in Japan. Studio Ghibli is the biggest animation studio in Japan and easy to get huge budget to create their film. But almost anime productions are poor and they always manage to recover their cost. These days Japan has problems with the declining birth rate, toy’s sales are weaker than 20 years ago. So anime productions shift their target from kids to adults who don’t care to spent money to their hobby. In this country, single people in their 20s-30s have enough money to buy DVD/BDs, toys, video games or anything. Vanishing children’s cartoon shows is quite natural thing in here. I miss Miyazaki’s classic cartoon as like Porco rosso, Sherlock Hound so much but it is hard to make such animations in this days.:(
Hey! I really enjoy the work that you put out. Kind of helps to see that someone can flourish with a whimsical art when many artists go to the more realistic work for stuff. To be honest, I've actually found it fairly hard for me to get back to work on my own stuff... any tips on how to beat Artists block? Thank you again for your time.
I’m really sorry for my lateness to reply! Thank you very much you enjoy my art! Well, many incredible artists who have a brilliant skill look very very talented. But they are not gifted with something special. They are very interested in everything around them. And they wanna draw and describe what they think fun! For example, texture, angle, shape, color combination, interested character, or their original character, building, nature…etc, they challenge to express their idea. I think it called “passion” for artists. Don’t you feel some pressure to accomplish your work? It’s totally ok. Maybe you care about feedback by people, don’t you? I know your feeling, I always worry about whether people would accept my art or not when I post my art. XD But the pressure makes you stronger and develop! And if you stuck in artist block, you might want to watch Kiki’s Delivery Service. In that film, a young artist girl appears and say a good advice what should you do at slump. It would be a comfortable answer for you. Please keep up drawing until you are satisfied. I hope I can be a big help. Thanks for your asking!
I'm a little curious is Cartoon Network popular in Japan?
I think it got to be be more popular than 10 years ago. But in here, still almost Japanese don’t watch pay-TV. If they pay, they may prefer dramas than cartoon. People around me love and enjoy western cartoon though. We are very special nerds!:P
Is there anything that Japanese animators should learn from Western animation? Conversely, is there anything that Western animators should learn from Japanese animation? What do you think are the best aspects of each style?
As far as art style and animation technique, there is nothing to learn for each animators any more. Because they are all good in their own way. Why Avatar: the Last Air Bender and Panty & Stocking got to be so popular? Because they are the first cartoon (at least I have ever seen) well-studied each different styles. Both creator well know each “difference” their own country style.
But I think, if all western cartoons get to be like Avatar series, and also Japanese anime change like PPG or Disney, it will be boring. The reason Avatar and Panty & Stoking are especially impressive is there are basic culture in both of couｎtry easy to find the “difference”.
If there is a thing Japanese animation should learn form Western animation, that is how to monetize their products, and protect and ensure the health and stable livelihoods of their animators.