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[Critique by work category] Movie, TV, Original Video Animation

HIGUCHI Shinji

Film Director

When I first glanced through all of the entries, I was surprised at the high level of graphic rendering. Of course, they have been carefully selected, but even so, the quality is very high in all the works.
Even among the films for TV series, which were probably produced under severe circumstances, many are competitive against long animations. Digitalization has almost come to completion. Due to the result of advanced infrastructure, or an improvement in staff ' s competence, the difference in quality, often seen in the past, has almost disappeared. This is a remarkable result in the field of "trade and industry." On the other hand, how can I view this from the perspective of "culture"? Because of extremely specific stories and character settings, don't too many works fall into an entire focus on their story lines?
As for a visual-pursuit point of view, don't the artists neglect providing a direction that gives a framework to the entire work and conveys emotions to the audience? While animation has reached full maturity, I also feel a sense of stagnation.
The criteria set by the audience is getting higher every year. With all the positive conditions in front of us, we must nail down a goal and achieve it. Let's go for it!

Profile

HIGUCHI Shinji

Film Director

Born in Tokyo, 1965. After graduating from high school, HIGUCHI Shinji joined DAICON-FILM, a self-produced film association, the predecessor of GAINAX. In 1995, he worked as a special technique director for Gamera: Guardian of the Universe and was awarded the Special Award of the Japan Academy Prize among other prizes. In 1996, he participated in the creation of the animation Neon Genesis Evangelion, working on continuity and screenplay for the TV series. He is also active in various genres such as Dragon Head, CASSHERN, and NIN×NIN: Ninja Hattori-Kun, The Movie. In 2005, Lorelei, the first long film that he directed, was released. Japan Sinks and The Last Princess were released in 2006 and 2008, respectively. He was also the executive director of the TV drama series MM-9 MONSTER MAGNITUDE #9 which started airing in 2010.

( 2011 )

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