Although not all broadcast works were entered, the number of TV series animations was a fresh surprise to me. Basically two project types were dominant: "based on popular manga" and to a greater extent, perhaps because it is currently a trend, "based on Akihabara-tic media." This is not to lament that "there were few original works." There is no connection between good or bad and original or non-original. However, all three award-winning works happened to be original works. All of them are filled with their creators' passion with which they wanted to create and wanted to show such animations and made us imagine that they must be "pet projects." It was a pleasure for me to be a part of the screening session of such works. My only concern is that young field staff must have known "Akihabara-tic media" like the palm of their hands. Despite this, "something new of heterogeneity fusion" was not shown by the group of these works. It is kind of a waste to discard it as, "thought as much." Or has the Jury's sense become dense or old? On this point, I would like to observe the next entries and from then onward.
IKUHARA was born in 1964 and graduated from Kyoto College of Art in 1985. In 1986, he entered Toei Doga Company and in 1992, joined the production of TV animation series Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, in charge of rendition. He directed the film Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R in 1993. After that he left Toei Doga Company in 1996 and in 1997, started to be in charge of planning, writing the original story, and directing the TV animation Revolutionary Girl Utena in 1997, Revolutionary Girl Utena/Adolescence of Utena in 1999, Storyboarding of the video animation Top wo Nerae 2! in 2005. In 2007, IKUHARA created the OP animation for the TV animation, Nodame Cantabile. Other activities include writing novels and offering original stories for mangas.
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