In the commercial animation industry, the rise of young production companies is the latest trend. These companies have succeeded in producing films high in quality by maintaining clear direction in what kind of work they are aiming for and careful assignment of competent staff in production. Although everyone has his or her own taste and these artists may still be immature, I am genuinely happy that we had many such aspiring works this year. Let me take some examples from works which were not accepted. Both Psalms of Planets Eureka sevenN and TIDE-LINE BLUE have outstanding finished forms technologically which belies the fact that they are TV series. As a person in the same industry, I am struck with how much capability and trouble they need to keep producing this quality of work every week and am struck with admiration. As for Fullmetal Alchemist - Conqueror Of Shamballa, some members of the jury criticized its contents, but in my opinion, it is very well done in technical terms. For the TV series My-HiME, Honey and Clover, FUTAKOI Alternative, and BLOOD+, I would like to give applause to their excellent technical capabilities displayed in one limited episode each.
A supervising animator and character designer of City Hunter at Sunrise, a general supervising animator and character designer of MASHURAMBO at Toei Animation Co., Ltd., also an artist trainer at Walt Disney Animation Japan, Ltd. Currently, is working as a general supervising animator and character designer of the TV series Black Jack at Tezuka productions.
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