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|Unedited Feed from the Kenji Kamiyama panel at AnimeNext 2010. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.
18:10:34 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Hello everyone.
18:05:29 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> I'm Kenji Kamiyama from Japan
18:05:48 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> How are you guys here today? Do you not have work or something?
18:05:54 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> I came here and am skipping my job
18:06:08 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> This is my first time to come to america like this
18:06:42 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Let's have fun today.
18:06:56 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Questions...
18:07:10 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Does anyone have any questions for him?
18:07:33 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: There has been some talk about a continuation of GITS:SAC?
18:07:38 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Any updates on that?
18:07:55 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: I can't tell much detail about that.
18:08:32 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> We are maybe (x multiple times), working on a new season.
18:08:39 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> I'll let the Japanese people know that you want another season.
18:08:47 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> (Note: I'm going off of a t/l.)
18:09:04 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: How did Chiko? get to work on Eden of the East
18:10:08 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: He knows her as a friend from way before. When the TV company asked him to make a new series, the TV company wanted to use her and they knew eachother so it was easy for them to do that
18:10:22 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
18:11:01 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> In the news or something.
18:11:02 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A; Something from daily life....
18:11:37 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Because he is living in Japan, so he's paying more attention to Japanese themes, but in his head, he tries to convert it to ????
18:11:50 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: What was it like working with Miyazaki?
18:11:54 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: I only saw him twice.
18:12:26 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: Now that the eden of the east movies are finished, are there any projects you are working on
18:13:04 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: He just finished, but he's making a new movie that might come out a little later
18:13:34 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> (Hopefully the recorder is picking up the JP on this. There was more to that one that was dropped in translation.)
18:14:01 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> (Audio here is horrible)
18:14:09 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: How did you become involved with Minipato?
18:15:09 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: He's an apprentice of Mr. Oshii, so Oshii made the story, and the character designer couldn't. direct the movie so he took over(??)
18:15:50 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: I like Kanno's soundtrack for SAC. What was it like working with her(?) and how does it compare to other compsers(?)
18:16:57 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: The project started. He determined he wanted to use Kanno. ...She really liked the idea.... but she thought she wasn't going to take the project. But then she started from the beginning....developing things with the project.
18:17:03 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> She's very strict about the music.
18:17:21 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> (can't hear)
18:17:52 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> She told him how to use the music....
18:18:20 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: I was impressed with how accurate the american scenes were for Eden of the East. What was the process for referencing.
18:18:36 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A; When he started writing EoE, he decided he wanted to start in LA
18:19:02 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> He searched out as much in Japan using google... but it didn't help much...
18:19:10 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> He came here to take pictures for reference.
18:19:37 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> They went through the streets taking pictures. And they did the same thing for the movie. So they took the pictures and they used them.
18:20:50 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: Do you think there will be a sequel to the EoE TV series?
18:20:56 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Another TV series...
18:21:04 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: I'm not thinking about it at this point.
18:21:30 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: EoE was centered around the idea of (lost with bad audio)
18:22:06 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: That's a really difficult question. I used the idea of (?) obligation.
18:22:39 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> People in the position of power or money or whatever they can give and do whatever they can do and give the message from EoE.
18:22:42 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> That's what the idea is.
18:23:16 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: SAC is very different from the original manga and Oshii films. (Bringing themes to the series)
18:23:42 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: He was thinking of if he could make something inbetween the comic and the movie.
18:23:58 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> But he wanted to make it closer to Oshii's work
18:24:39 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> (Lost to audio?????)
18:25:14 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Question was something about anime.... but the answer was Original Gundam
18:25:20 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: Why was Akira naked in the beginning?
18:26:02 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: (Something about a novel....)
18:26:53 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Something about how powerful the character is when naked.
18:27:26 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: Any advice for someone who wants to get into the same fields (storyboarding etc)
18:27:32 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> And how did you get noticed/
18:28:29 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: He wanted to be this his whole life, but in his 20s, he wrote the script and brought the project,...
18:28:54 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> but doing it by himself didn't work, so he brought his project to the production people....
18:29:09 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> (lost)
18:30:17 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Most importantly is to tell what you want to do and listen to what they want you to do.
18:30:28 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> That's the easiest way to get work.
18:30:47 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: What were your favorite anime as a child? Favorite in past 5 years?
18:31:03 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: When he was little, his favorite was speed racer.
18:31:20 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> He liked Avatar (Cameron)
18:31:40 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: Anyone growing up who inspired you or anyone in the field who inspires you?
18:32:09 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: He's more inspired by sport players(??)
18:32:29 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> The players are thinking more about (??)
18:33:05 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> How the players act to their fans and how they act to interviews....
18:33:13 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> But I have lots of people in the anime field...
18:33:39 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> (Something about Tomino)
18:33:54 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: Which do you like directing more? TV or Movie? Which do you find more difficult?
18:34:28 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: The first TV show was GITS:SAC and nobody told him what to do so it was the most difficult.
18:34:45 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> But it was still really fun. And each work has a problem. Everything is hard.
18:35:11 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Movies are, unlike TV, much shorter...
18:35:20 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> (lost rest)
18:35:38 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: What was the inspiration for the main cast of charaters for EoE?
18:35:54 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: First was audition of (two of them)
18:36:15 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> 200 people tried out (Kakizawa and Saki I think)
18:36:28 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> He got the other characters from those 200 people but not those two
18:37:06 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> So I just decided from the auditions. (missed between)
18:37:46 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> From about 100 females, Saki, and there were two finalists, but when they put it together with Kakizawa's voice it didn't work, so they decided to pick another.
18:38:15 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: Is the life size ??? still in the Pro I.G. offices.
18:38:20 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: It's still there in the entrance.
18:38:45 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: For EoE, how was the character designer selected? (Asked Already)
18:39:46 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: Difference directorially between an original work like EoE and something with a base like GITS
18:40:03 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A; When there is a story already, he tries to put his style in it but keep the original story.
18:40:54 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> The story he makes is really hard to get from his head to ....(???)
18:41:29 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> It's easy to have an original story. He doesn't need to explain what is in his head because there is a story already.
18:41:57 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: Since FUNi acquired EotE last year, what are you thoughts on it being dubbed...
18:42:09 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> (and something about AX)
18:42:27 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: He's actually happy about that because more people can watch the work.
18:42:52 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: How did Oasis end up doing the EotE opening?
18:43:18 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: He really likes them....
18:43:47 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> (Didn't think he could use it?)
18:43:59 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> But they released an album in Japan at the point and Sony wanted to use a song.
18:44:15 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: Wondering what your favorite SAC character is and why?
18:44:26 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: Major
18:45:02 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Really strong but a human with a weakness... (lost)
18:45:17 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: How creative were you able to be in writing the screenplay for Blood?
18:46:09 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: (can't hear)
18:47:23 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: (can't hear)
18:47:58 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: Different way of expressing the story...
18:48:49 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> So he actually discussed with the author about how to direct the tv series, so i think she enjoyed it too
18:49:18 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: EotE is a Japan-centric story. What did you want to express by starting in america and then moving to Japan?
18:49:25 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A; that's a difficult question.
18:50:17 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> For example, in Japan, there is the program(?) with the Okinawa air force base.... and it needed to involve the US Navy... and then the story started like that
18:50:58 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q: I'm just curious, what was it like working with ??? and working with such a complex character
18:51:22 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> A: When the second season, he had a chance to talk with Tanaka
18:51:43 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> She told him that's one of the most suitable role for her in her office life....
18:52:07 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> That was a little.... (???) but she really like... (???)
18:53:02 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> Q- (Ignored, someone needed to look at the ANN encyclopedia... asking which character a VA played...)
18:53:05 <bay|ANext|Kamiyama> End.