"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."
"When the production for Tomorrow’s Joe 2 was confirmed, we pleaded with the company president to let us just focus on Tomorrow’s Joe 2 instead of working on two shows in parallel. We wanted to do it justice. But we were told it would be a waste of resources from a business perspective. That rejection caused a rift, and I left with Dezaki to form a new company."
"Yes. I distinctly remembering meeting with (Isao) Takahata several times in Sakuragaoka. We’d have two hour meetings just to talk about 30 shots."
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.