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Feed from the Tadano and Matsushita GOH panel at Otakon 2008. Transcription: bayoab
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11:02:18 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Test...
11:02:32 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Good morning everyone... thank you for coming..
11:02:48 <bay|Ota|Tadano> We have our two Character designer and animation director GoH
11:03:03 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Hiromi Matsushita... currently the animation director for Sgt. Frog
11:03:24 <bay|Ota|Tadano> And also we have Kazuko Tadano... we probably remember her as the character designer for sailor moon.. and many others
11:03:43 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Without much adieu, let's get started
11:04:45 <bay|Ota|Tadano> T: Hello people of Baltimore, my name is Kazuko Tadano... I arrived yesterday so I'm a little jet lagged... thank you for having me (missing parts)
11:04:56 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (if i say something strange please...)
11:05:13 <bay|Ota|Tadano> M: Hello people, I'm Hiromi Matsuhita tagging along as the husband of Kazuko Tadano...
11:05:16 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (and more stuff)
11:05:36 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (all of these are translated by the respective translators)
11:06:10 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (They brought presents for the audience...)
11:06:52 <bay|Ota|Tadano> M: I was wondering if i should talk about my latest work... but I just heard from the staff that it hasn't been released in the states yet...
11:07:08 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Has anyone watched the sgt. frog anime? (cheers)
11:08:14 <bay|Ota|Tadano> While in Japan, sgt keroro has been in production for its 5th year ..and its going into the 4 yr of movie production.. and ive been doing the animation director for the tv series and the short subject that goes into the movie.. (i hope you get to enjoy keroro)
11:08:36 <bay|Ota|Tadano> and according to Kadokawa.. they want to make Keroro a national icon like pokemon and doraemon, but this depends on fan support...
11:09:14 <bay|Ota|Tadano> T: Usualy when we come to events like this, its when we finish a job, but he was in the middle of working on an episode of keroro....
11:09:23 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (missed that... after)
11:10:10 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Last year, i was doing a character design for an anime for about 6 months or so, but this year, im taking it easy and assisting keroro with some keyframing...
11:10:21 <bay|Ota|Tadano> and there are other works in production ...
11:10:39 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (Opening it up to Q&A)
11:11:42 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: Of all the works that Tadano-san did, which is your favorite... (?)
11:12:21 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: If you get realy old... there is an anime called Melody of the pointy hat... and also Dancougar.. and of course sailor-moon
11:13:10 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: As character designers and animation artists, do you work along side the director or does the director just entrust you completely with what he has in mind
11:13:47 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: T: I tend to be Hikki, where i just stay at home all the time and would hate working along side the director...
11:14:25 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: (Didn't catch the question.. something about meeting deadlines)
11:14:51 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: T: We love peru, we went to peru 3 years ago ...and they got (something sickness) ((the questioner was from peru))
11:16:09 <bay|Ota|Tadano> T: recently, i was working on dancougar nova.. and there was an existing character work... but there was talking of modifying it... (lost the rest)
11:16:42 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: In Sailor Moon S1, there are characters with similar names to you... any relation with them or with their story to real life/
11:17:34 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: Both: (couldn't catch the joke that they made...)
11:17:52 <bay|Ota|Tadano> The depiction there is actually close to real life.. because even the seating arrangement in the studio is a direct reflection of how it was in the real studio
11:18:07 <bay|Ota|Tadano> and the building we were working in had a crack in the wall and they even reproduced that in the art
11:18:18 <bay|Ota|Tadano> and I forget the actual episode.. does it involve burning a.. pencil(?)
11:19:09 <bay|Ota|Tadano> q to audience-where the names left in english?
11:19:21 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (audience: no... names were changed...)
11:19:27 <bay|Ota|Tadano> them: who was who?
11:19:58 <bay|Ota|Tadano> in the japanese version... i believe it.... mangled versions of our real life names
11:21:03 <bay|Ota|Tadano> so the character that was modled after him.... (there were girls that wanted to meet the character.. told the fans it was modeled after him and they were disappointed)
11:21:09 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: Missed... something about Sailor Moon
11:21:38 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: well, it is based on the manga, but we tried to make it easier to animate and make the art easier to move...
11:21:39 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (T)
11:22:17 <bay|Ota|Tadano> for example, for the post transformation costume, we tried to make the skirt a little shorter so the legs are longer... then the producer said we can't shorten the skirt anymore or there will be panty shots
11:22:25 <bay|Ota|Tadano> but she insisted because she thought it would be the cutest length...
11:22:45 <bay|Ota|Tadano> *longe
11:23:05 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: Since pluto isn't a planet anymore, will that affect sailor moon since it is based on the planets...
11:24:23 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: M:... what do you think should happen to her?
11:25:03 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: what was it like working with takgeuchi(?)....did he/she give you free reign over the character designs
11:25:53 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: T: at first, Ms. takeguchi.. wanted to use 2-3 shades of shadow.. but if you use 5... it almost becomes black...
11:26:28 <bay|Ota|Tadano> we didn't reallly deal directly with her.. the producer usually acted as a good between, so its possible there are some interesting words here and there
11:26:56 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: How much involvment does the original author have with the work you do?
11:27:40 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: T: that really depends, but for sailor moon, im pretty sure she did check up a whole lot on the production team..
11:28:29 <bay|Ota|Tadano> M: back when we were working on the show, we had a lot of freedom, but we heard wat happened afterwards (???)
11:28:50 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: (missed question)
11:29:26 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: well for sailor moon, there were a lot of female characters so i think i got better at drawing the female body (T)
11:30:09 <bay|Ota|Tadano> before i became an animator, i used to do manga, and back then i had trouble doing female characters so I had did guys, (but when you do animation, you are forced to do cute girls so i had to learn and got better)
11:30:25 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: worked on astro boy, any experience with Tezuka?
11:30:30 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (M on second above)
11:31:21 <bay|Ota|Tadano> M: on astro boy, i was just a key aniamtor so i never directly worked or saw tezuka.. but there was the ova afterwards where was a designer so i met with him once...
11:31:26 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (A above)
11:31:37 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: what are the duties of the Key animation director?
11:31:53 <bay|Ota|Tadano> -key
11:31:54 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (genga)
11:32:58 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: the biggest work for the animation director starts with the key animator.. the key animators draw it according to the character designs but the artists are individuals so the ideosynacries show up betwee the artists so its the animation directors job to correct and modify them so there is cohesion among the key
11:33:32 <bay|Ota|Tadano> there is a good side and bad side to this.. if you look at he old anime, there isn't much cohesion among the designs.. the individualities of the artists show up..
11:33:45 <bay|Ota|Tadano> and now there is too much correction so you don't get to see the individual personalities of each animator
11:34:09 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (M above)
11:34:46 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: what job did you do after the original character designs were finished? and were you invovled in the sailor moon R movie.
11:35:50 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A:T: as for the guest characters for each episode, i left it to the art director to the episode, but when new key sub-characters show up, i did that work
11:36:18 <bay|Ota|Tadano> i definitely did a lot of work on the sailor moon movies, we were locked up in the toei douga studio for a month
11:36:42 <bay|Ota|Tadano> there was a really old apartment building next to toei douga and they told us we would be living there for the next month
11:36:59 <bay|Ota|Tadano> and there were actually a lot of problems with this building.. it smelled of mold...
11:37:28 <bay|Ota|Tadano> so.. before we could get get to work.. we had to clean up the apartment...
11:37:37 <bay|Ota|Tadano> so we went to work exhausted and didn't get much work done....
11:38:10 <bay|Ota|Tadano> so then we tried to leave early, but they caught us and made us work (till?) late at night
11:39:27 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: thoughts and feelings about... soul calibur 4... there is a something based character in it...
11:39:32 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: panel.. whats soul calibur?....
11:39:35 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: (answers)
11:39:54 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: well.. we didn't work on soul calibur....
11:40:41 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (question about angol mois being in SC4)
11:41:23 <bay|Ota|Tadano> uh yea.. we haven't played it.. so we'd have to find out..
11:42:02 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: were there any other artist that inspired you when you for got into work.. or are there any other artists whose works you really liked...
11:42:50 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: well, sailor moon was done in the shoujo manga style so i did look at a lot of shoujo manga
11:43:11 <bay|Ota|Tadano> we take into account of the direction of the episode and the trends of the art styles of the day
11:43:15 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (T above)
11:43:42 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: who is your favorite sailor senshi and non-senshi character....
11:44:17 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: M: ami... and naru...
11:44:39 <bay|Ota|Tadano> T: rei-chan (SAilor mars) and ..naru has the cutest personality..
11:44:43 <bay|Ota|Tadano> in the live action, i like sailor mars there too
11:45:18 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: who and what are general influences on your style? any major inspiring work?
11:46:36 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: T: recently i got into shoujo manga.. so there is a really minor artists called taamo(?) so ive been paying attention to her work..
11:46:44 <bay|Ota|Tadano> M: For me, i like the old school artists such as (?) and Go Nagai
11:47:08 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: how did you get involved with takeguchi?
11:48:08 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: T: there isn't actuallyt aht much opportunity to interact with the arists... but for sailor moon there was an audition and i was chosen from 7 people...
11:48:28 <bay|Ota|Tadano> but ms. takeuchi is very personable and sent me letters (??0
11:48:35 <bay|Ota|Tadano> and i did have an interview/dinner with her once as well
11:49:03 <bay|Ota|Tadano> Q: (last) difficulties encoutered on turning a manga into an anime?
11:50:26 <bay|Ota|Tadano> A: anime based on manga is usualy pretty faithful to the manga but you have to reduce the number of lines to make it easier to animate... (missed the rest)
11:51:29 <bay|Ota|Tadano> (on to prizes)
11:51:30 <bay|Ota|Tadano> T: im a supervisor fo the tokyo design school.. this is an original bag that is only distributed at the school
11:52:23 <bay|Ota|Tadano> also.. an.. MS 068 char's zaku... usb headset... and RX-78-2 gundam...
11:52:26 <bay|Ota|Tadano> also usb headset...
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