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    Seeing how the previous Animation director thread has been locked (hopefully this new one's okay), and the old storyboarder thread was sorely neglected partly due to being separate from the animation one, I've decided we may as well start with a clean slate for Best Wishes. Per Sombra29's suggestion, this will cover both storyboard artists and animation directors, as well as screenwriters (Tomioka, Takegami, etc.).

    I may edit this later with a description of each person, but for now I'll just post the staff info for BW 1-4:

    BW001 - To the Isshu Region! Zekrom's Shadow!!
    Screenplay - Atsuhiro Tomioka
    Storyboard - Norihiko Sudō
    Assistant Director - Masaru Koyama
    Animation Director - Izumi Shimura

    BW002 - Iris and Kibago!
    Screenplay - Shinzō Fujita
    Storyboard - Takaomi Kanezaki
    Assistant Director 矢嶋哲生 Tetsuo Yajima
    Animation Director - Tomohiro Koyama

    BW003 - Mijumaru! Meguroko! Close Call!!
    Screenplay - Hideki Sonoda
    Storyboard - Hitoyuki Matsui
    Assistant Director - 山崎友正 Tomomasa Yamazaki
    Animation Director - 池田志乃 Shino Ikeda

    BW004 - Battle Club! Mysterious Pokémon Appears!!
    Screenplay - Junki Takegami
    Storyboard - Masaru Koyama
    Assistant Director - 牧野吉高 Yoshitaka Makino
    Animation Director - 篠原隆 Takashi Shinohara

    I noticed some new names, including new animation directors for the latter two episodes and new episode directors for all but the first one. Best Wishes is also the third consecutive series to have Izumi Shimura as animation director for its first episode; Get the Show on the Road and Following A Maiden's Voyage! also had Shimura in charge of the animation.

    It also appears that Hideki Sonoda has written his first TV episode in four years; his last one was the final episode of Advanced Generation.
    Last edited by Musashi; 23rd May 2011 at 02:47 PM.

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    We can't show episodes of the anime here. That's illegal.

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    Default Re: Anime Staff Thread: BW Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by -Ryuutakeshi- View Post
    We can't show episodes of the anime here. That's illegal.
    It's a spambot, dude.

    And Takegami! <3 He writes crap episodes otherwise, but hopefully he will write a rocket episode again, those are so good imo. I hope the new animators are alright.

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    Y'know, I remember back in the old days, when Shimura being announced for DP 1 was considered a bad thing. She's so much better now that I can welcome her being put in charge of BW 1 with open arms.
    (This is also going to be the first series without Takeda, so yay for that.)

    I'm guessing the Mamepato capture (gotta be Shimura, that one) and all of Iris' hillarious expressions possibly aren't from episode 2? Koyama has only done a very small handfull of episodes, but they were all fairly mediocre from what I recall.

    Also, I'm guessing Iwane will probably be used for Shooty's (boy, what a name...) debut episode. Pikachu fighting that Grass Mixer Tsutarja was definately his work.

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    I won't bother with Shimura since most people (who pay attention to animation quality anyway) know about her, but to refresh everyone's memory Koyama has previously done Short and To the Punch!, Pokémon Ranger! Heatran Rescue Mission!!, Mammoo, Pachirisu! Decide on the Ice Chandelier!!, and lastly Eve of Battle! Satoshi's Pokémon All Together!!. (Note to -Ryuutakeshi-, I'm linking to Bulbapedia articles, not the episodes themselves; same with this thread's initial post)

    As for these two new animation directors, Anime News Network has credited Shino Ikeda (BW003) as a key animator the TV series as well as the Manaphy and Darkrai movies. Takashi Shinohara, meanwhile, didn't turn up any results for Pokémon but ANN did list him as an assistant animation director for the recent Jungle Emperor Leo/Kimba the White Lion special.

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    Default Masaaki Iwane

    Masaaki Iwane told Pokemon fans that the anime was only suppose to be 18 months long. Aside from that, what makes him stand out from the other animation directors?

    I guess I saw a little of his talent in "Where No Togepi Has Gone Before". It was definitely the eyes that made that maniacal creature work. *shudder*

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehh123 View Post
    Masaaki Iwane told Pokemon fans that the anime was only suppose to be 18 months long.
    The current series or the original series? I understand the original series since the Movie supposed to end the anime (only to have the plot completely rewritten to allow it to continue). I'm not sure about the current one though.
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    Yes, the anime was only meant to last 18 months, but due to the games' popularity, and with GS, it was ideal for the anime to last longer.

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    Default Re: Anime Staff Thread: BW Edition

    Merged the posts from the Iwane thread to here.

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    Default Re: Anime Staff Thread: BW Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Grave-E View Post
    I'm guessing the Mamepato capture (gotta be Shimura, that one)
    Fail #1

    Also, I'm guessing Iwane will probably be used for Shooty's (boy, what a name...) debut episode. Pikachu fighting that Grass Mixer Tsutarja was definately his work.
    Fail #2

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    Default Re: Anime Staff Thread: BW Edition

    I'll give you Fail #1, but I reckon I'm right with the second comment. Looked like a fair amount of key animation for the fight was Iwane's work from what I could see. Some of the stuff earlier in the episode did too.

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    Default Re: Anime Staff Thread: BW Edition

    October '10 Update Bump

    BW005 - Sanyō Gym! VS Baoppu, Hiyappu, and Yanappu
    Screenplay - Shinzō Fujita
    Storyboard - Hiroyuki Yamada
    Assistant director - Kazuomi Koga
    Animation director - Kunihiko Natsume

    BW006 - Site of Dreams! Munna and Musharna!!
    Screenplay - Atsuhiro Tomioka
    Storyboard, Assistant director - Shigeru Ueda
    Animation director - Atsushi Ogata

    BW007 - Tsutarja - Attracted by Capture!?
    Screenplay - Junki Takegami
    Storyboard - Hitoyuki Matsui
    Assistant director - 花井宏和 ???
    Animation director - Akira Takeuchi

    BW008 - Darumakka and Hihidaruma! The Secret Clock Tower!!
    Screenplay - Shōji Yonemura
    Storyboard, Assistant director - Tetsuo Yajima
    Animation director - Tomohiro Koyama

    Eight episodes (and counting) without Iwane as animation director...I guess that's what we get for him doing three of the last 5 episodes of DP. At least we know Natsume hasn't vanished off the face of the earth...

    Also, Takegami has written the Smugleaf episode; maybe we'll see at least a little bit of the Team Rocket we know from pre-BW, and they'll start leaving the serious threatening competent villain stuff to Team Plasma?

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    Default Re: Anime Staff Thread: BW Edition

    I appears that episodes 1 and 5 have a little extra staff that wan't mentioned in Newtype. Specifically:

    *BW001 had two storyboaders (Norihiko Sudō and Kunihiko Yuyama, two directors (Masaru Koyama and Tetsuo Yajima), and two animation directors: Shimura and 田島瑞穂 Mizuho Tajima, the latter having been a key animator in numerous episodes in the past. Also, Iwane was indeed a key animator for this episode.
    *BW005 had Masaaki Iwane as animation director alongside Natsume. I guess we weren't going through Iwane withdrawl after all...

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    Default Re: Anime Staff Thread: BW Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Quagbert View Post
    Also, Takegami has written the Smugleaf episode; maybe we'll see at least a little bit of the Team Rocket we know from pre-BW, and they'll start leaving the serious threatening competent villain stuff to Team Plasma?
    He already wrote the Pokabu episode. That would explain Meowth's subplot. Speaking of which, I take it this is the guy to turn to for Team Rocket. While looking up his name, I noticed that he also wrote an episode way back in the original season where we find out the whole "James comes from a rich family" deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehh123 View Post
    Speaking of which, I take it this is the guy to turn to for Team Rocket.
    That's putting it mildly. He is literly the guy for Rocket episodes:

    EP048
    SS003
    SS006
    SS007
    SS009
    SS010
    SS012
    DP073
    DP117

    I believe that's all of them. As you can see, he's written most of the key Rocket episodes.

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