Along with an understanding of the broader context of the subject, the most vital ingredient to good anime coverage is a reliable source. So when US journalists actually interview people on the production side in Japan, it’s generally worth noting unless the interview consists entirely of fluff. This is the latest of what will hopefully be a couple more posts archiving articles from Newtype USA’s [inside] series of articles written by Amos Wong. This article on studio 4C includes President Eiko Tanaka talking about global markets and the technical aspect of continuous takes, Koji Morimoto talking about his work on the Animatrix and the producer who got him involved in the project, and Shinichiro Watanabe talking his issues with tight schedules.
Note: Pictures are scans of the article made on my crappy scanner, which cover the article text but not the entire page. They’re also in greyscale, because I’m interested in archiving interview text and color scans make the process more of a headache than it needs to be. Apologies for that. Scans after the jump, along with comments on the contents of the article.
-The article states that 4C employs 45 members, significantly less than the 80 or so employed by gonzo, but they also say that they are fairly small as anime studios go.
-The commentary on the continuous takes in Memories’ Cannon Fodder segment is interesting because it comes from Tanaka, the president/producer. Michael Arias, mentioned in the same article, went from CG director on Tekkon Kinkreet to producer on the Animatrix. There’s probably a large degree of people skills/basic technical know how that’s transitive and would help people in both positions.
-I don’t quite get the ‘harem’ comment on the first page, but if I had to guess, it might have something to do with the fact that Tanaka is a woman and the majority of animators presumably were not. Could be wrong.