An interview with director Kazuki Akane regarding the Noein TV series. He discusses various aspects of the show, including, most interestingly, the production delays the series experienced. He attributes them to what he describes as both a “tug-of-war” and a “fight” with the character designer to get the artstyle he and the team wanted. Given Takahiro Kishida’s record (even just up to 2006), I think it’s less likely the beef there was with him specifically and more likely it was with one or more higher-ups.
Oh, and there’s also some stuff from him on the respective pluses and minuses of TV and movie anime.
Please don’t be the guy who links this article as decisive evidence that Noein failed to sell disks because of such and such a reason. People who look at sales numbers with any kind of regularity should know better than to just assume that any one reason causes people to buy or not buy a show en masse. That said, while I love very much the way the series turned out, I can’t blame whoever was pushing more moe character designs for pushing something they thought might help sales.
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 first of what will (hopefully) be several posts over the next couple of weeks archiving articles from Newtype USA’s [inside] series of articles written by Amos Wong. It contains statements from President Michiaki Sato and Director Kazuki Akane on how the studio went from subcontractor to full-time anime studio and how they handled the increased demand for female casts in the millennial anime boom.
Note: Pictures are scans of the article made on my crappy scanner, which cover the article text but not the entire page. Apologies for that. I have also transcribed the article after the jump to make for easier reading (though I probably won’t be doing so for other articles due to the time involved). Also note that each part of the article is a two-page spread, so page 19 comes before 18, 21 before 20, 23 before 22, and 25 before 24.