On January 27 (Sun), February 9 (Sat) and 10 (Sun), the event “Anime Studio Meeting (Anista)” was held with WIT STUDIO as the main sponsor and studios CloverWorks, MAPPA and CoMix Wave Films as the guest companies. On the final day, February 10, various talk events were held at the two venues, Akihabara Entas, and Belsalle Akihabara, entitled as Meeting Day.
One of the events, “WIT Talk” will feature WIT STUDIO’s producers, George Wada, and Tetsuya Nakatake and Attack on Titan’s character designer Kyōji Asano and chief animation director Satoshi Kadowaki. The talk started with Wada’s moderation.
The theme of the talk is about one of the main guests Kadowaki-san.
Nakatake-san said, “When someone was producing “Sengoku Basara“, his the person who appeared before us as a genuinely good animator”. In addition, “not only his character designs are good, but the action drawing is also at an astonishing level”. Asano-san also commented, “There was no other animator we could entrust the drawings, but Kadowaki-san a person who we can trust as you can see it with “Shingeki“.
Kadowaki-san joined the current staff of WIT STUDIO with “Sengoku Basara“, and was the chief animation director of “Guilty Crown” in the Production I.G. period. After that, he was also chief animation director of the “Attack on Titan“, and at “Seraph of the End” he was in charge of character design as well as the chief animation director. Specifically, what kind of role is animation director? Here, Kadowaki-san himself said, “Since the pattern of every animator drawings is different, if there are five drawing patterns, there are five animation directors. Those animation directors will arrange the drawings in a way of reaching the lines defined by the character designer.
The animation director is said to have the last “call” in WIT STUDIO because of his important position to maintain the quality of the work. In particular, Asano-san and Kadowaki-san were in charge of odd-numbered and even-numbered times in “Attack on Titan”, Asano-san said, “I am called of [odd eagle], ”and Kadowaki-san is even.” (Laughs). “I’m receiving a great amount of inspiration from Kadawaki-san attitude in life and respect his drawings expressiveness” On the other hand, Kadowaki-san also said, “Asano-san work is collected in his data folder, and I always think that I have to catch up with it.”
As for the work of Kadowaki-san in “Attack on Titan“, director Tetsuro Araki has also given him a great trust, and Nakatake-san, “Seeing Mikasa, which Kadowaki-san drew, Araki-san and I were like [Oh, that’s pretty. He nailed it]” (laughs). Furthermore, when I saw a depiction of a tree trunk sticking Eren in episode 24, I recalled the shock of the day”.
In addition, in the talk about “Seraph of the End”, Kadowaki-san also talked about Masashi Koizuka, “Attack on Titan”, director. However, we have a strong relationship of trust, and I think that if you are an artist, you often will collide with someone, but you won’t be stressed about it. “
Having heard this, Wada-san has begun to consider calling Koizuka-san as the next “WIT Talk” guest. The “WIT Talk” was held on January 27 (Sun) at Ibaraki Prefecture Tsukuba at the “Anista” Eve Screening Festival. According to Wada-san, he hopes to continue such talk events in the future.
At last, Kadowaki-san autograph session for visitors took place there.
At the desk set up on the platform, Kadowaki-san signed autographs for the visitors on the spot. Thus, while the end of the event was approaching, Kadowaki-san managed to give autographs for all the visitors. The number greatly exceeded the planned 50 people and suddenly became 70 people. Although Kadowaki-san had shown a slightly tired expression, he thanked the visitors with other members for with a smile and the second “WIT Talk” ended safely.
This might be the most enjoyable report that i brought, such a cool talk to read. It was fun to know some little details about Wit Studio and the staff presented in this event. I hope on bringing the last two reports, this time about studio MAPPA.