Toshio Hirata briefly talks about the origin of Japanimation, the revolution of limited animation, Masao Maruyama's unusual and pivotal role in Madhouse, and his prior work, such as Bobby's Girl.
Previously Unreleased Osamu Dezaki Interview
A previously unpublished Osamu Dezaki interview, brought to light thanks to the 2018 book "Complete Analysis! Osamu Dezaki, the Man who Created the Tomorrow’s Joe Anime"
Akio Sugino’s Brief Reflections on a Long Career
In this 2018 book, Osamu Dezaki's long-time partner in crime Akio Sugino briefly takes us through his recollections of Dezaki and others throughout his career.
Before the Golden Days: Of Mice and Osamu Dezaki
Director Osamu Dezaki started a revolution at Tokyo Movie in the 70s, according to this 1997 interview on The Adventures of Gamba.
The Other Half of the Golden Combo: Akio Sugino Interview – Animation and Akio Sugino (Part 5/6)
"I went back and forth to America over the span of a few years and designed these characters. But ultimately I got dropped from [Nemo]. It was really quite unfortunate."
The Other Half of the Golden Combo: Akio Sugino Interview – Work Outside of Tokyo Movie (Part 3/6)
"Yes. I distinctly remembering meeting with (Isao) Takahata several times in Sakuragaoka. We’d have two hour meetings just to talk about 30 shots."
The Other Half of the Golden Combo: Akio Sugino Interview – Madhouse and Tokyo Movie (Part 2/6)
Tokyo Movie also adapted Attack No. 1. Initially with Aim for the Ace! I was told to adapt it just like they had done for Attack No. 1. But it became very clear that if Dezaki was helming the adaptation of Aim for the Ace! then it was not going to turn out like that.
The Other Half of the Golden Combo: Akio Sugino Interview – Mushi Production Era (Part 1/6)
"I barely got published in two [gekiga] magazine volumes. I have those volumes stored away. No one has seen them. (Osamu) Dezaki was under the impression that none of my submissions got picked up for publication, but I proudly informed him otherwise."
Tom’s World Interview with Art Director Hiromasa Ogura
In this long interview, art director Hiromasa Ogura talks about his early career, Tomcat's Big Adventure, Royal Space Force, Ryūtarō Nakamura, Mamoru Oshii, Gainax, Kobayashi Production, and much more.
Aim for the Ace! / エースをねらえ! (1979) or, Tennis of my Youth!
As much as I enjoy the actual reviews of classic anime, I also greatly enjoy the stories of how people managed to get their hands on some of these mysterious Jah-pur-nees cartoons back in the day. While I have no war stories about getting the last tape at the end of chain of VCRs, I thought it would be a neat exercise to include my own story here as I put down my thoughts on a movie I watched a four days ago: Aim for the Ace! (1979). This is less a review and more just my impressions on the film.