This is the final section, part 3c, of the series of posts on Masami Obari(大張正己), if you’ve not read part 3a or part 3b, then please do so beforehand. If you’ve landed here first via a search engine then be sure to read part 1 and part 2 before reading the rest of part 3.
Animators on Obari
In this next section I’m going to cover comments I’ve read from animators in relation to Obari. While the majority of the comments I’ve found are positive, there’s one I managed to find that is critical of Obari and I’ve included it at the end.
Yasushi Muraki (村木靖) & Takashi Hashimoto (橋本敬史) – I found an interesting interview where both these guys talk about Kanada and his legacy following his passing. Since both animators have been inspired by Obari, for part of the interview they discuss the origins of Obari’s animation style and how it came to be. Hashimoto begins by saying that Kanada was an exceptional animator who was able to deliver both realistic animation and the dynamic & exaggerated style he became known for. Hashimoto explains that part of this realistic side was inherited by Ichiro Itano, who was an exceptional young animator in the 80s, who then passed part of that realism over to Hideaki Anno who further refined it. On the other hand the more stylish and dynamic side of Kanada was inherited by Masahito Yamashita.
Hashimoto suggests that Obari’s early animation, atleast, lays at a delicate point between that of Kanada and Itano. Muraki suggests that it might be more appropriate to say it’s between Kanada and Anno. The way Obari drew with immense detail and shading was probably something inspired by Anno’s own very detailed animation. Muraki further adds that it may possibly be even better to say Obari’s dynamism draws a stronger influence from that of Yamashita than Kanada.
I can see what they’re driving at, it’s something which lines up with the “hyper realism” I mentioned in part 2; the way Obari drew detailed animation that almost seemed real but was not based on realistic proportions or movements, and brought those drawings to life using the Kanada/Yamashita way of modulating movement. I have to say this interview was exceptionally interesting for me as it brings to light information about Obari that I wasn’t really aware of, from two animators who were inspired by Obari. I could probably do with writing a few sentences regarding this into part 2.
Hiroyuki Imaishi (今石洋之) – Imaishi is very much the poster boy for Kanada-style animators. He has a distinct style and has made a name for himself working on many shows by Studio Gainax. He explains that he was quite taken by Obari’s drawings and animation in his younger years, especially on Dangaioh. Imaishi then goes on to say how Kanada’s Bryger intro served as a launchpad that inspired many young people to take up animation, he believes Obari’s Dragonar intro was just as impressive.
The intro to Yuusha Da-Garn
Obari recalls that Imaishi was one of the few people who cottoned onto the fact that the opening of the Yuusha show Da-Garn, that was made by Obari with a little help from Atsuko Ishida, was in fact a big homage to the works of Yoshinori Kanada from the late 70s and early 80s. Imaishi explains that the way the colours and animation seem a little off was not the product of mistakes on Obari’s part, but rather an homage to the production values of the time period Obari was trying to emulate. In a comment regarding younger animators Imaishi says that it’s understandable if they don’t know who Yoshinori Kanada is but for them not to know Masami Obari, he just doesn’t know anymore these days. Perhaps this comment is a little insight into how Imaishi views Obari. It is quite interesting, as this could explain why when Imaishi was younger he brought his sketchbook before Obari’s Studio G-1 in the hopes of joining it but it seems he went and joined up Gainax instead. As a side note, Imaishi did do some Key Animation work with Obari for the production of Obari’s 1997 action anime Virus Buster Surge.
Yutaka Nakamura (中村豊) – Yutaka Nakamura is an excellent action animator, with a wonderful sense for camera work and for choreographing fight scenes. When he was much younger, still starting out in the industry, a few of his early jobs were on mecha shows. Notably he worked on a few episodes of Yuusha shows Exkaiser and Fighbird where Obari was doing some exciting animation work. Interestingly he says he wanted to work on Tekkaman Blade at the time because he admired the animations of Obari and others and wanted to have a chance to channel those kinds of drawings. Nakamura did get a chance to work with Obari directly on an episode of Virus Buster Surge and worked as a key animator on the final episode of Chouja Reideen.
Part of Yutaka Nakamura’s cut on Virus Buster Surge
Takeshi Koike (小池健) – Koike is known these days as the brilliant mind behind Redline. Takeshi Koike is the protoge of Yoshiaki Kawajiri. However in an interview for Redline’s home release, Koike was asked about the animators who had been an inspiration for him over his career and in response he listed Kawajiri, Peter Cheung and Kanada too, but then Koike adds Masami Obari. To be quite honest this revelation took me by surprise and I didn’t quite believe it at first – but having looked into it, it turned out to be true. At the very least Koike started in the animation business in the late 80s working on shows with mecha in them; I can imagine anyone who was a young mecha animator at the time, it would be hard-pressed to avoid Obari’s influence when Obari was at his strongest.
Yoh Yoshinari (吉成曜) – In a magazine feature dedicated to Yoshinari, he speaks of the many influences on him and talks about his favourite artists and animators. He mentions how he likes artists such as Austrian painter Egon Schiele, Nijitte Monogatari’s Koei Satomi, Masahito Yamashita, Masami Obari, Mike Mignola, Yasuomi Umetsu and Nobuteru Yūki. He also likes art that features a strong sense of distortion and notes how at first he was attracted to Masahito Yamashita’s work and then later on he was drawn to Obari’s for similar reasons. Interesting to see how Yoshinari has a wide range of influences. I can imagine his brother, Kou Yoshinari might have had similar influences. Both do indeed manage to work with Obari on the Fatal Fury series and the Gowcaiser OVA.
Chiakishi Kubouta (久保田誓) – Kubouta is a talented (ex)Gainax animator who is known for his stylish character animation, he very much adores the works of Japanese animation grandmaster Toshiyuki Inoue. Kubouta explains that when he was younger back in middle school, he studied Obari’s animation quite closely and would often create flipbooks where he’d try to breakdown and mimic Obari’s style. Eventually he grew out of it and confesses he hasn’t followed Obari’s animation since Obari’s work on the Yuusha series in the early 90s. As he got to highschool he then began to mimic the style of Ichiro Itano in his flipbooks. Even if his modern style is nothing like Obari’s I find it interesting his early interest as an animator was based around Obari’s work.
Satoshi Kubo (窪敏) – This is an animator who made some controversial remarks about Obari prior to announcement of the 2010 Super Robot Wars anime. On his Mixi page (a Japanese social network) he made comments that were critical of Obari. He went on to say he refused to work on the production of the SRW anime, as it had “Obari-san” involved. He said it was dangerous to work with such a person and that Obari would probably end up driving his studio into the ground again.
I guess this just shows there are still repercussions from Obari’s studio closing and leans support to the theory that Obari earned a mark on his name in the industry for it. This could explain why he went on to work on various hentai works. If you’ve been reading the works list in the previous articles, you’ll also see that some animators that I’ve discussed simply stopped working with Obari around the year 2000 and didn’t work with him again until years later. These days however with the advent of Twitter, Obari seems to be talking and rekindling connections with many people in the animation industry and it could well be that things are looking up for him again.
Minamimachi and Studio G-1
As I mentioned previously, around the year 1993 Obari decided to leave the fold of Minamimachi Bugyoushou and pursue his own projects by forming his own studio. He gathered several animators around him, some that he had worked with in the past and some that were quite young and still starting out in the industry. They were: Masahiro Yamane, Kazuto Nakazawa, Atsuko Ishida, Hirotoshi Takaya, Takehiro Nakayama, Seiji Handa & Fumihide Sai. This was his core team more or less for the next few years. Despite leaving Minamimachi, he still kept in contact with the members and they’ve popped into some of Obari’s works over the years.
As the year 2000 approached many of these members began going their own ways, as they had matured into excellent artists and animators in their own rights. While I have no concrete proof, I suspect the turbulent way in which the studio closed and reopened must have had something to do with members leaving as well. As the studio went through changes it was reborn as Studio G-1 Neo, as a result Obari took on a new team of individuals. These were Yoshinari Saito, Makoto Uno, Yousuke Kabashima, Hiroki Mutaguchi, Yukihito Oogomori, Risa Ebata and Kenichi Hamazaki. Twelve years on, many of these individuals have also gone their own ways. Makoto Uno, Mutaguchi and Saito now work freelance, Kabashima has strong ties to Sunrise and Risa Ebata often works long periods at Satelight for Kawamori.
When Obari has a project, many the people I’ve discussed do convene and help out, but they have to keep themselves busy so they are not always available. As such many of these individuals do gather together and work on other projects: as I mentioned earlier Scryed and Godannar were two projects where many from the Obari camp convened and worked together. Episode 30 of Magic Knight Rayearth, the finale of Chouja Reideen and the finale of Platinumhugen Ordian are also examples where many from the Obari camp convene. GaoGaiGar Final episode 6 is interesting as it had several lead animators and major key animators from the Yuusha series working on it; Hirotoshi Takaya, Obari himself, Masahiro Yamane, Seiichi Nakatani and the Suzuki brothers, along with animators like Ken Otsuka, Toru Yoshida and Keisuke Watabe.
Obari in the 90s
The 90s were are interesting period for Obari. He was enjoying lots of fame from his work not only on mecha shows, but the popular Fatal Fury specials and movies as well. I find it interesting that he was even asked to work on Evangelion. He says on Twitter both he and Kazuto Nakazawa were invited to work on an episode of Evangelion but they were unable to partake due to scheduling issues. I’ve read on some 2ch message boards that there was speculation that the designs for the Evangelion units were inspired in part by Obari’s way of drawing mecha. Officially, Anno says the Eva designs are based on demons called ‘Oni’ from Japanese folklore, and that he wanted to get across the idea that there is a giant human underneath the robotic armour. Humans in robot armour – a way of drawing mecha Obari was particularly good at.
Obari does interact with several of the names that were at Gainax in the 90s over his career. The first name is probably Hideaki Anno, the link being when Obari worked on episodes 5 and 6 of Gunbuster. Obari acknowledges and respects Anno, citing him as one the senior animators around the early days in his career. Certainly if we go by Muraki and Hashimoto’s words then Obari must have been influenced by Anno’s animation too.
Then we have Shoichi Masuo, who Obari has worked with on a few projects earlier on; it could very well be it was Masuo who extended the invitation to come work on Eva. Takeshi Honda, similarly, had several previous outings with Obari prior Honda working on Eva. We then have Satoshi Shigeta, an Obari style animator, who worked on several episodes as an AD and does a bit of KA work too. Yasushi Muraki and Atsuko Ishida who had worked quite closely with Obari also lent hands on End of Evangelion. There’s also the case of the Yoshinari brothers, Yoh Yoshinari worked extensively on Evangelion although his older brother Koh Yoshinari didn’t. Koh instead worked with Obari on Fatal Fury 2 and Yoh joins them for the Fatal Fury Movie. The brothers also worked on 2 episodes of Voltage Fighter Gowcaiser, an Obari directed OVA that was released between the end of the Evangelion TV show and just before the release of the End of Evangelion movie.
There are also other curious things like the fact that Kazuya Tsurumaki worked on the Fatal Fury movie, the only time he’s worked with Obari. Other names like Hiroaki Gohda, Takashi Hashimoto, Akira Oguro, Shinsaku Kozuma and Hisashi Hirai all who have some level of connection to Obari worked on Evangelion and/or End of Evangelion.
Then there is the Voogies Angel OVA series which was produced late 1997 where names like Tadashi Hiramatsu, Mitsuo Iso and Masayuki are among others that make their one and only appearance on working on an Obari anime. Okay, not quite: Hiramatsu worked on Detonator Orgun and Dragon Slayor where Obari did some KA.
Another Obari show produced around this time was the Virus Buster Surge TV series, which again features animators like Hiroyuki Imaishi, Yasushi Muraki, Yutaka Nakamura, Hiroyuki Kanbe, Fuminori Kizaki, Keisuke Watabe and Hidenori Matsubara among others that also worked on Evangelion.
This just goes to show that Obari in the 90s was rubbing shoulders with some of the top names in the industry. He was directing several shows back to back with some of the best animators the industry had during that time period.
There’s something I’d like to bring up again from the previous article where I said that as Obari took on more directorial roles the amount of animation he did lessened – this wasn’t really accurate. While it might be true with regards to one or two works, on many of the TV shows he’s directed he actually ends up doing a lot work himself, often doing episode directing, storyboarding, animation directing as well mecha design. For example, on Platinumhugen Ordian he does all the above as well as KA work for 7 episodes, similarly for Prism Ark he worked on 6 episodes out of 12. For SRW he seems to have pushed himself the hardest, doing all the roles listed prior, all on a show that lasted two cours no less. He even went as far as doing non-credited work on his own show. Following the show’s end he personally went through all 26 episodes fixing animation errors that crept in due to working on a tight TV schedule. Another aspect of his work ethic is: on some OVAs during the 90s such as Fatal Fury, he went as far as doing inbetween animation of other animator’s cuts. Obari says he enjoyed doing inbetween work as he was able to draw animation he was not used to and took it as a learning experience.
He pushes himself very far in all aspects of anime production and whenever he directs a show (or an opening) he’s always really enthusiastic and motivated to work on it. The SRW anime is based on a long running video game series: Obari professes he’s a big fan and said the show was made by fans for the fans. Before the show aired he said he’d try to gather as many of his animator friends and colleagues to produce the best kind of show he could. He somewhat managed to achieve this as there are individuals that worked on the show that are people that Obari hasn’t worked with in almost 10-15 years. It’s that kind of vigour that makes it seem like he’s doing it because he really loves what he does, rather than simply working for a paycheck at the end of the day.
In coming to grips with Obari’s style I’ve even seen examples of it by the unlikeliest people, places where you might not even expect it. Keisuke Watabe’s cut on Kara no Kyoukai #3 and Hiramatsu Tadashi’s on Gurren Lagann #23 both echo elements of the movement known as the “Obari Punch” – two people you wouldn’t ordinarily associate with Obari. This is the kind of thing that’s always giving me small surprises and I guess just shows the kind of level Obari’s influence reaches out to.
Ultimately, the Obari style would be nothing without Yoshinori Kanada. His amazing innovations in animation are what lead to all these Kanada style developers to experiment with their own drawings, and out of that Obari’s own style was born. It is still a testament to Obari’s own skill that he ended up gathering followers and he feels happy that there are people out there that mimic and draw using his style.
As I come to the end of this very long third part I hope I’ve managed to keep your attention and been able to show you the kind of things I’ve managed to learn and discover about Obari. The one thing I’ve not touched on is Obari’s hentai(18+) work and I figured that part of Obari is what most people will be familliar with. It’s certainly what most people in the west think is all he’s ever done and is good at. That said, with the 1st part I intended to introduce Obari in a different light to what you might already know about him, with the 2nd I wanted to show the kind of animation that made him a popular figure and with the 3rd part my aim was to show what kind of influence he had and the kind of effect that had on some animators in Japan – so hopefully I’ve managed to achieve that.
As for the fourth part, I don’t have anything lined up at the moment. This might be the last part. As a parting gift however, here is an all-new video showcasing a variety of Obari’s animation spanning all corners of his career.
Thank you for reading, as always feel free to drop a comment.
Hola desde México, me a gustado tu artículos sobre Masame Obari al cual Admiraba en sus trabajos durante los 80’s y 90’s… hasta que se volvió puro Fanserver… como sucedió con con Satoshi Urushijara ambos diseñadores de mechas y buenos directores de animación, ambos mostraron gran tendencia al Fanserver y hentai (-_-u).
Esperaba que tocara un caso muy curioso en que creo que Masame Obari o alguien muy influenciado a niveles increíbles dirigios unos capítulos del Anime BT’x :
El anime tubo un diseño muy parecido al del mangaka MAsama Kurumada que es creador de Saint Seya por parte del diseñador de personajes Hideyuki Motohashi aquí unos diseños oficiales de la versión TV:
Un caso curioso es que Ken Ootsuka fue el Key Animation (eps 1, 19, 24) el cual el 1er fue fiel al estilo del diseñador Hideyuki Motohashi como el resto de la producción siguió con esos diseños en casi todos los capítulos exepto en los otros dos que trabajo Ken Ootsuka (eps 19 & 24) el cual pareciera que Masame Obari los hubiera dirigido el en persona.
EP 01 (nomalStyle) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iZkA5eiHKE
EP 19 (Obari Style) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_nLg47dgNg
EP 23 (nomalStyle) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS0wOXB_gvg
EP 24 (Obari Style) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfLU9EePYBk
Solo paso en estos dos episodio que se le acreditan a Ken Ootsuka como Key Animation…. ¿El realmente fue el encargado de estos episodios?
Hey thanks for the comment, this is quite interesting. I don’t speak Spanish, so my reply is in English.
A quick glance at those videos and I see what you mean, the character designs vary alot!
From what I can gather, episode 19 and 24 had Satoshi Ishino as the animation director.
Ishino was one of the founding members of Studio Hercules, which Ken Otsuka was also a part of. Ishino seems to be someone who works often with Obari too, especially around the time period when B’tX aired. He also worked on Rayearth, Toshinden, Chouja Reideen, Gowcaizer, Virus and Voogies.
Otsuka is a key animator on eps 19 and 24, though I do spot Fuminori Kizaki with him and Takashi Hashimoto too though he’s only on episode 24. I also see that Hirotoshi Takaya was in some character design role for this show.
I can’t see any indication that Obari directly worked on this show, but I can image people connected to him must have brought this style forward for specific episodes.
Is it weird that as a huge mecha nerd I know tons of Obari’s work on mecha shows and next to nothing about his hentai stuff? I’m actually curious enough to seek it out now…
This series is phenomenal stuff, among the best I’ve ever seen in the blogoshpere for what little my praise is worth. Thank you for all the effort you poured into these posts, from the bottom of my heart. This series did a lot to raise Obari in my estimation; not for his animation style per say (I was already a mild fan), but as his worth as an artist, for his influence on successive generations of artists and for his all consuming passion for the medium. Superb.
I’ll be honest and say I’ve been curious enough to have a peak at some of it, but it quickly escalates into very weird stuff, just not my cup of tea.
Thanks for the kind words, I enjoyed writing them and learned a few things my self in the process.
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Thank you for the Obari retrospective! I’ve loved his work since I first watched Dangaioh on the VHS release from US renditions. I even dig his gonzo bizarre adult stuff. This is a fantastic labor of love!!
And thank you for taking time to read and comment!
Excellent post, thank you very much for this great information, I have always closely followed the work of the first animation Obari from that knowledge of the Gowcaizer. I’m always all over the news public, but there is something I would like to know and is not read in your posts is your relationship with animator Keiji Gotoh, since most of the most outstanding works of the always Obari worked with the. I wonder if this also was a disciple of Obari.
Thanks for everything
You bring up an interesting point! Keiji Gotoh was not a member of Obari’s studio and was not a disciple. However he does seem to work often on many of Obari’s shows (mostly in the 90s) as well as with many of Obari’s companions.
He seems to have learnt character animation techniques from Atsuko Ishida and Kenichiro Nakamura. Gotoh worked on many shows in the 90s, he worked often on many of the Yuusha shows as well. Seems like Gotoh was just one of the many people Obari had connections with during the 90s. I hope that helps.
Thank you for completing this great work!
Very interesting! I did not know many of these animators!!. I set out to investigate I almost exclusively animators 80s.
BTW. Among the animators influenced by Kanada School and similar to Ohbari is initial Shinya Oohira (TF 2010 Ohbari style illustrations). It is also important to mention the initial Hirotoshi Sano (ex. Le-Dius, God Bless Dancougar).
Hey, I was wondering when you would comment 😛
The thing with many of these Obari-related animators, is that they begin their careers in the 90s or 2000s, so the scope is outside your 80s animators research.
Wow, Shinya Ohira too? I did not expect that! His drawing style is very loose and unreal, it’s hard to imagine him drawing similar to Obari.
You’re right with Hirotoshi Sano though, I was going to add him, but his style changes early in his career and I wasn’t 100% sure if there was any Obari influence or not.
Right. Shinya Oohira, in its early years, I mean the period before their collaboration on Akira, he was also influenced by Yamashita. Oohira was inbetweener in Bismark and Tobikage. Yamashita worked in both series. And Tobikage, I think, I found it first key animations. Then the (who founded St. Break) and his disciples Jun Amano acquire Ohbari style.
There are many books with illustrations by several animators of the 80s that have the style Ohbari: “Transformers Visual Works”, various Gundam ZZ books, and a book of this year dedicated to robot illustrators from the 80s:
(Click on image to see the details of the content)
Ah yes, I know of that book, it only came out this year, but I didn’t buy it. Ben from Anipages said he read it, though I recall him saying he wasn’t all that impressed with the dialogue (I think).
PS, who is Jun Amano? I can’t find his name online.. do you have the kanji for his name?
Of course! Here it is: 矢野淳
Other animators who were in Oohira’s Studio Break in late 80s:
Shinji Hashimoto, Mitsuo Iso, Norimoto Tokura, among others les known.
Error: The name of the animator is apparently Atsushi Yano (not June Amano, an old bad translation I did years ago)
Hello! I discovered Masahiro Yamane is key animator in Majuu Sensen OVAs.
Interesting find! It seems like a (former?) Studio Bebow member was one of the animation directors for that OVA, his name was Masanori Shino(筱 雅律). That could be the reason why Yamane was involved with the production.
Yes, it’s very likely. And both are key animators in this OVA. Both were members of Bebow and both founded Studio GIG (along with some other Shinichiro Minami and more) in the mid-80s. As you may have noticed.
Wow, guess what! Obari did some Key Animation on the 80s OVA Madox 01! He said he helped Hiroaki Gohda with some of the animation, it was non credited though!
Yeah! Great data! He said on twitter?
Yeah, he mentioned it here: https://twitter.com/G1_BARI/status/258162556500324352
I wonder if he worked on Ladius..
According to wikipedia japan appeared two new Obari Masami’s collaborations:
Yesterday is aired a new series of Tatsunoko for his 50th anniversary. Japan wikipedia says: Masami is Ohbari mechanical animation director. (here a youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3z5IN62bYs).
The other collaboration is the key animation of a parto of episode 35 of Smile Precure (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ub8hdby6TM)
Oh yes, I have seen them both! Tatsunoko’s new show is called Debander. It has a few 80s era animators doing mecha animation. Namely Masahito Yamashita and Shin Matsuo! As for Mr Obari, he only does mecha animation. The mecha animation director was actually Jun Arai – he is a younger animator, but he likes to copy Yamashita’s drawing style from the 80s, all those dynamic poses and shading. Here are videos of Jun Arai’s work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fonv0BpUnSo & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OIb8VGnHWs
As for PreCure, it was nice to see Obari doing Yuusha robot animation again!
I did not expect! Masami Obari is key animator in the third Maju Sensen OVA (10/1990) !!!!!!!!!
Wow that is cool! Do you have a full staff list for this OVA?
No. I have not got a list of the staff. I saw in the video.
But there is a torrent, with the 3 OVAs. With quality and full credits.
Sorry, your other comment with the link got stuck in the spam filter somehow, but I saw the link and have downloaded it. Thanks.
Ah, haha. perfect
I could not detect what may have animated scene by Ohbari. Thou hast detected?
(sorry, bad english)
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Hello kraker!!. I view Masahiro Yamane key animator in Psichic Wars (a Toei Video OVA).
Hello! Interesting, have you seen this OVA? I wonder if it has good animation.
You can find a list of Yamane’s work on Sakuga@wiki: http://www18.atwiki.jp/sakuga/pages/467.html
No. Not yet saw Psichic Wars. In the coming days I will see this OVA.
Hello kraker! Looking for information about the anime Elementalors. I found this Ohbari mentions:
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Yeah, I recall reading it as well. It was one of those OVAs that Obari planned but did not manage to make.
There was another OVA that was planned called 超電装スパルガイザー/Chou Densou SuparuKaiser(?) but Obari had no time in his schedule so he only made a single drawing for the Newtype magazine and then it got cancelled. But part of the designs from SuparuKaiser got used in Virus Buster Serge and Gowcaizer instead.
Oh and there was also Dai-Mazinger from AIC with Toshiki Hirano that was planned but never got made, Obari was doing the mecha designs for that!
I have some news, do you know the 80s OVA “The Humanoid” – animated by Kaname Pro? It turns out Obari also did some animation on it during his part time work with Kaname Pro!
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This was a fantastic column series! Thank you for compiling this exhaustive portfolio. I’ve been a huge fan of Obari’s style since I watched Dangaio in 1991 but most of my knowledge regarding his history was based on whatever limited information I could garner from his early animation and directorial works. It is relieving to see someone with the proper resources managed to unravel the mystery of Obari, his style, and history for the average fan.
Hello Kraker! A long time ago!
Look at this illustration by Masami Ohbari:
Hey drmecha! Nice to see you.
I have seen that image as well!
That blog has many cool pictures from the 80s, there was some Shinya Ohira images posted too!
I was remembering that you have told me that Ohbari helped Gooda in Madox-01. And I remembered that I had seen in the credits of OVA “God Bless Dancougar” and OVA 5 of “Bubblegum Crisis” a strange name that mixed kanji of Ohbari and Gooda (is this: 合 張浩 己).
On the other hand: next month I will write in my blog a new post with images of “G-1 Illusions” fanzine. In this fanzine there Superkaizer designs that you’ve mentioned.
Finally: in a few hours I will post a post about Hirotoshi Sano and Syudio EDGE, with the little information that I have about this animator I could collect many years.
Thank you for the messages! I look forward too seeing all the different fanzines!
Obari and Gooda use the name “合張浩己” on Bubblegum Crisis episode 5 too!
Oh! I had forgotten: in the coming weeks and months I will post several posts with images of Ashi Pro, Kaname Pro, Anime R (I think this is of interest Ben of Anipages) and DAST!
By the way, I purchased the Hirotoshi Sano book “EDGE of Gundam”, it has many great images by Sano. Such a fantastic book to look at!
Images of fanzines of those studios. sorry.
I have not the book “EDGE of Gundam,” the book should be very interesting. The watercolors remind me a little watercolor illustrations by “Yas”
You’ve seen the animations by Hideki Tamura in Dougram?
I think Yamashita was a strong influence on many animators, more than we imagine.
Yes! The influence of Yasuhiko Yoshikazu is very strong on Hirotoshi Sano from the 90s onwards. Sano’s style changes a lot and he draws very similar to Yas. In the book EDGE of Gundam, there is even a very long interview between Yas and Sano!
Sorry to say, I’ve not watched Dougram, so I do not know much about the animation on that show. But Yamashita’s influence on animators is very strong, especially in the 80s.
That’s cool! I have been following oldtypenewtype on tumblr for many months now, he posts some excellent images!
By the way, I remembered that I have also to the Studio Live doujinshi “Studio Live no Moto”. Three dojinshis.
I do not remember if there is anything of Norimoto Tokura. I know Tokura was a member of Studio Live. Atsushi Yano think too. Then in 1986, both enter the Studio BREAK founded by Shinya Oohira.
What I remember is that there are illustrations and interviews with Tadano, Nishijima and Hiroshi Watanabe. You also records of nearly all members of the studio.
Sorry for my bad English.
This was one of the older members of Yoshinori Kanada studies: 高橋朝雄
I met her name a decade ago in the Southern Cross staff.
Then I found that he works in Galvion, Bismarck. and formed a study called PC-N or P.C.N.
In southern cross appears publicities or cameos the acronym PCN in some chapters.
Then this animator work on Transformers.
if you write the kanji in google illustrations in this animator appear.
sorry for my bad english.
Interesting, I’ll try looking up the name. Thanks!
There is a shot in the last episode of Mospeada (episode 25, 11min: 47s) that caught my attention recently 13 years ago when I started investigating Yoshinori Kanada and his style, I thought it was drawn by Kanada.
But soon after, when I started researching Yoshinori Kanada’s studios and assistants. And check the Mospeada staff, I recognized the name of an animator: 田 辺 由 憲 (Yoshinori Tanabe).
Tanabe was at that time or until shortly before Mospeada, a member of Greenbox (studio founded in 1977 who worked many times for Toei and Tatsunoko and closed in 1982 during the production of Technovoyager) but before had been animator together Kanada in the first Studio Number One (the Takuo Noda’s Number One, not the Kanada’s studio with the same name).
I could never confirm whether the animation that I mentioned was made by Tanabe, but I always had that name in mind.
Mospeada episode 25 link: w w w .waoanime.tv/genesis-climber-mospeada-episode-25/
It has appeared the opening of the promotional VHS “Anime V Comic Rentaman” (1991) animated and designed by Masami Ohbari !!!!!!!!!!!!
here is the link in my blog:
Unfortunately I can not download it.
if you find the way to download it please tell me how.
Wow!! This is a fantastic find! Well done!
I will download it and reupload it to youtube, hopefully it works!
Do you have access to the Rentaman artwork?
Edit: here it is! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFMWzg6k7EU
Hello: Kraker thanks !!!! Unfortunately I dont have the complete Rentaman works. I was about to buy the first VHS when I found that video !! Just in time!
The four works that promote these VHS. I guess they are on YouTube or nyaatorrents. Cheers!!
PS: I will share the youtube link to my blog. You give me permission? I give credit to you.
Yes! You can gladly use it!
Thank you Kraker!!!!!