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With the supposed announcement of a Sunrise animated, Clamp designs, Goro directed show, I thought about my "dream team" when it came to anime staffers. While sometimes many high profile staff members(look at Ergo Proxy) will come together for one product, I started thinking about a list of staff members that I would put together for my "dream project". Basically it's almost like a all star game, where you select your favorite staff members that would produce a awsome anime together heh. I have simplified the list( so it doesn't get to long) to Director, Character Designer, Script, Music, Animation Studio, and Theme song performance.
Director: Shinichiro Watanabe(past credits include Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus, and Samurai Champloo)
I picked him due to the style and fun he brings to his works. His two main works in Bebop and Champloo were nicely animated, and had a unique sense of style.
Character Designer: Hirokazu Hisayuki(past credits include Gear Fighter Dendoh, Future GPX Cyber Formula, My Hime and Otome)
Thinking back to my liking of Hime, for me the character designs really made the show. From Haruka to Shizuru, the character designs were really nice. I liked the fluidity of the designs and just the general feel.
Script: Ichiro Okouchi(past credits include Azumanga Daioh, Mahou Sensei Negima!, Overman King Gainer, Planetes, RahXephon, and Stelliva)
I picked him due to the scripts on Planetes and Rahxephon. The Planetes script was amazing at times, and made the show really good. The same can be said for the Rahxephon script where the show flowed nicely.
Music: Yoko Kanno(past credits include Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus, GITS SAC and 2nd Gig, Arjuna, Wolf's Rain and Aquarion)
Well, what can I say about Yoko? Her music is some of the best in the anime world, and each show she scores, you find one or two songs that you'll listen to forever. Her music is always inventive as shown in Bebop and Macross Plus, and it just sounds good.
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff(past credits include Ai Yori Aoshi, Azumanga, R.O.D -The TV, Tsukihime, Lunar Legend, and Slayers)
I love J.C. Staff's animation. It's fluid, nice to look at, and in shows like R.O.D it really gets the point across. I was going to go for Madhouse, but J.C. staff has animated many of my favorite shows, and I'll look into a show because of them.
Theme Song Performance: Mai Yamane(past credits include Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop The Movie)
Yeh, it's a weird choice, but I love her voice. Her songs in Bebop were awsome, and her helping out in Macross Plus was good also. I love the song "Gotta Knock a Little Harder".
06-04-2006, 07:16 PM
My dream team are:
Character Designer- Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop, Goldenboy, Wolf's Rain, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory and Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team). With this guy, he can draw great looking characters, from great-looking heroes, comedic leads, sexy female characters, and menacing villains. This guy can do it all! /images/graemlins/catgirl0.gif
Series Script writer- Chiaki J. Konaka (Birdy the Mighty OVA, Magic User's Club OAV, Parasite Dolls, Rahxephon, Devil Lady, and Big O). This guy's range of genre has no end, he truly has a creative mind. Making some silly yet fun or something dark, complex and mysterious. Definetly the type of writer I want in my production team! /images/graemlins/devil.gif
Director- Satoshi Nishimura (Trigun, Fighting Spirit). This is the type of director I feel confident that can handle the situations I need in a story that needs to visualized and showed in anime. From something silly or serious. His works would make anyone want to see them.
Opening Theme Song Artist- Shocking Lemons (Fighting Spirit). They guys know how to get your blood pumping with their rock music! /images/graemlins/cool.gif
Music- Noriyuki Asakura (Rurouni Kenshin TV). If there is something that stands out in music in anime when it came to exciting parts, comedic stuff, dramatic scenes, and romantic moments. His definetly stood out...
Ending Theme Song Artist- Rurutia (Karas). This type of artist is what I need make my ending theme stand out. Indeed! /images/graemlins/cry00000.gif
Studio Animation: BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka 7, Scrapped Princess, Wolf's Rain, Rahxephon and Cowboy Bebop the Movie). One studio that cares for detail in artistic detail, no does it better in my opinion than Studio BONES.
My ultimate work would be something that trends the lines of the supernatural and modern times. A title that had the serious moments that lead to the final battle like X TV except it does not consist of not only humans but the spirits of the afterlife (good and evil). It will some comedic moments, only to break some of strong tensions that makes some the characters nervous and stops them from breaking down mentally. It will involve one of the last battles of humanitity and will keep the viewer glued to their seat to see how it will all end. Indeed these talented people are just the right people for the job! Anybody got any connections to them /images/graemlins/sdsmiley.gif
A guy can dream right? /images/graemlins/tongue.gif /images/graemlins/wink.gif /images/graemlins/happy.gif
Enhance the Trance,
06-04-2006, 08:14 PM
Wow, this was way too much fun. >>;;
Director: Tatsuya Ishihara (AIR TV, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya).
I just absolutely love his work--to the point that I'm even picking him over Kunihiko Ikuhara (the director of Revolutionary Girl Utena, my favorite series). He could make a show about the most banal subject possible, and I'd probably still love it; his style just makes everything beautiful and visually engaging.
Character Designer: Takeshi Obata (Hikaru no Go, Death Note).
Yeah, I realize that there'd need to be a designer to take Obata's original work and make it suitable for animation, but I wouldn't really care who it was as long as they managed to reflect the original sufficiently. Obata's artwork is gorgeous, and it seems to translate fairly well to animation, even in series without very large budgets. In the right hands, it could look much more ravishing. I'd like to see a show that would make him stretch a little; i.e., produce characters (and their clothing) with the same coolness & beauty as always, but something different from the contemporary vibe which his work usually gives off. Or I guess I could rope in Anna Sui to take care of the clothing... I don't know a thing about what her products are like in real life, but I absolutely loved the clothes she drew for Gankutsuou.
Script: Most series seem to have several writers, so I'd select the following people. The past credits include series which they've been involved with in some manner--it might be series composition instead of direct scriptwriting, but it's still something related to the creation and organization of the story. As far as Hideaki Anno is concerned, I didn't mention any shows for which he was only the director or was involved in some aspect other than story-related stuff (e.g. mecha design or whatever).
Chiaki J. Konaka (Big O, Texhnolyze).
Yoji Enokido (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Ouran High School Host Club, Melody of Oblivion, FLCL).
Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gunbuster, His & Her Cirumstances).
Tou Ubakata (Fafner & Fafner's prequel, Right of Left).
You can probably tell that I like having my mind screwed with. I've included Ubakata because he single-handedly saved Fafner, and that ought to count for something. It'll be interesting to see how his future anime (Mardock Scramble, Le Chevalier d'Eon) turn out, though.
Music: Yoko Kanno or Kenji Kawai? *flips a coin* And Kanno it is! Actually, I would go with her anyway, because while I love almost everything that Kenji Kawai has created, I really do love all of Kanno's music. If I had to pick favorites, I'd go with Wolf's Rain and Escaflowne.
Animation Studio: Kyoto Animation, for obvious reasons (namely, AIR TV, Haruhi Suzumiya and the latter two seasons of Full Metal Panic). BONES would be my back-up choice, but the combination of Tatsuya Ishihara and KyoAni makes for a perfect visual KO.
Theme Song Performance: Maaya Sakamoto (Cardcaptor Sakura, RahXephon, Wolf's Rain).
06-04-2006, 08:24 PM
Director - Tsuneo Kobayashi (Super GALS, Midori Days, Emma)
Script - Chiaka J. Konaka (Texhnolyze, Devil Lady)
Character Design - Ugetsu Hakua (Burst Angel)
Music - Susumu Hirasawa (Paranoia Agent, Berserk)
Studio - BONES (Ouran High School Host Club, RahXephon)
Kobayashi, I think, is totally awesome at what he does, and I'd like to see something surreal and creepy written by Konaka with Hakua's gorgeous character design set to it. Of course, BONES is good at their thing and Susumu Hirasawa's score would set the tone just right.
06-04-2006, 10:52 PM
My immediate thought was:
Written and Designed by Yoshitoshi Abe
Produced by Yasuyuki Ueda
Directed by Tomokazu Tokoro
This is the anime I'm waiting to hear about. That team brought us Haibane-Renmei and NieA_7, and Abe (as a designer only) and Ueda also collaborated on serial experiments lain and Texhnolyze. Whoever they got to do animation, music, etc. for their next project, I'd watch it. However . . .
If Abe does write another show, chances are he'll get Ueda to produce it, and if Ueda is producing it, chances are he'll get Tokoro to direct, so that team may not be so "dream"-ish. With that in mind, I looked up some shows that I liked, trying to put together a more hypothetical team, and this is what I came up with (previous credits are parentheses):
Written by: Sadayuki Murai (Kino’s Journey; Boogiepop Phantom; Alien Nine; Perfect Blue)
Designed by: Kouji Ogata (Boogiepop Phantom)
Produced by: Nobuhiro Osawa (Kino’s Journey; Figure 17; Alien Nine)
Directed by: Ryutaro Nakamura (Kino’s Journey; lain)
Music by: Taku Iwasaki (Witch Hunter Robin; Read or Die [the OVA])
Animation by: Madhouse (too may great shows to name; as well as a few just-pretty-good ones)
06-04-2006, 11:10 PM
Producer: Yasuyuki Ueda (Lain, Texhnolyze)
Director: Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Paranoia Agent)
Writer: Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor)
Character Design: Akihiro Yamada (RahXephon, 12 Kingdoms)
Music: Susumu Hirasawa (Berserk, Millennium Actress)
Mechanical Design: Yutaka Izubuchi (RahXephon, Patlabor)
Animation Production: Production IG (almost went with Bones, but with a big enough budget, IG makes spectacularly gorgeous visuals)
Oh yeah, Maaya Sakamoto and Kikuko Inoue must at least have small roles. /images/graemlins/sdsmiley.gif
edit: Oh! And Jouji Nakata must have a really big role!
And all the main characters must be adults.
06-04-2006, 11:41 PM
I have quite a few dream staffs actually, I guess I'll post a few others if the mood hits me:
Original Story: at this point, not exactly sure
Series Organization/Screenplay: Ichirou Okochi
Character Design: Nobuteru Yuuki
Music: Yoko Kanno, Hajime Mizoguchi and Kaoru Wada (oh hell yeah!)
Music Production: Victor Entertainment and Borderline
Director: again, not sure, as I like for my combinations to actually make complete sense /images/graemlins/sweat000.gif
Animation Production: Sunrise, Bones and Manglobe (as the latter 2 were derived from Sunrise anyway)
Produced by: whatever makes sense (in this case it'll more than likely Bandai Visual along with the other 3 companies).
06-05-2006, 02:12 AM
Director - Shin Misawa (Capeta, Shura no Toki)
Script - Michiko YOKOTE and Mamiko IKEDA (Bleach, Bebop, Princess Tutu both ; Fruits basket , Emma, Gravitation both)
Character Design - Yumi NAKAYAMA(Yami no Matsui, Loveless, Spiral)
Music - Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke)
Studio - BONES (FMA, Wolf Rain's, Ouran Host Club)
Theme Song- Wang Lan Yin(王蓝茵, Prank the end theme of It started with a Kiss drama. There's Korean singers in theme songs... why not chinese/tawainese? Plus I LOVE that song....)
As to why these people today.. I dunno I like it.. I wonder what would come out of it... since Joe has only done Miyazawa films music scores right? heh. oh well. It's fantasy anyway...
Character designer:Watase Yuu
Mech Designer:Junichi Akutsu(Gundam Seed Astray manga, Mai-hime creature design)
Art Director: Junichi Higashi(Cowboy Bebop, Rahxepheon, Blood +, Speed Grapher)
Screenplay:Yoji Enokido(Ouran High School Host club, Melody of Oblivion, Utena TV + movie, Gunbuster 2)
Script:Dai Sato(GIST SAC,Eureka 7, Ergo Proxy), Hideyuki Kurata(Gun X Sword, ROD OVA, ROD the TV),Hideaki Anno(Evangelion,His and Her Circumstances)
OP Theme:Taku Iwaskai(ROD the TV,Samurai X OVA's, Witch Hunter Round Robin)
Ending theme:Hajime Mizoguchi(Escaflowne,Jin-roh, Juuousei)
StoryBoards: Shoji Kawamori(Macross,Macross Zero,Eureka 7), Koji Masunari(ROD the TV, Kokoro Library, Kamichu)
Artistic Concept: Kazutaka Miyatake (Rahxepeheon,Macross,Mai-Otome,Eureka 7)
Animation Production: Bones
06-06-2006, 12:34 PM
First I would lock a whole bunch of writers in a room until they made a story. Then I'd pick the animation team from there. That way, the rest of the talents could be matched up to the story properly. But chances are, the story would come out bizzare, so someone that can handle bizzare music like Yoko Kanno would be great for the score. Or the guy that did the music for Irresponsible Captain Tyler too. Oh hell, just lock a bunch of musicians in a room when it comes time to do the score and see what falls out of their collective ass.
But the writers would be people that do crazy, off-the-wall stuff. I've always wanted to see what kind of bizzare story you'd get if you locked Rumiko Takahashi (do I even need to give an example of her works?), Yuu Watase (Fushigi Yuugi), Maki Murikami (Gravitation), the guy who wrote Excel Saga, the guy who made Evangelion (but only if he's still crazy; not familiar with what he's done lately), the Utena creator, and the Kodocha creator in a room and let them come up with something togeather. Maybe toss in a few other crazies for some extra fun. Maybe, for good measure, throw in Miyazaki, but he'd probably control-freak over the whole story, so maybe not.
It would be a bizzare story indeed. And it'd be a decent way to balance out inabilities of the individual creators. Hopefully.
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