After I came out of Slumdog [Millionaire] I went on and did a film that was not well received at all. The budget of Slumdog was like the budget of the craft services of this movie and I completely felt overwhelmed by the experience. I felt like I wasn’t being heard, and you know that idea of artistry or feeling connected to the character or the material, that was really scary for me, and that’s really when I learned the power of “No”. The idea of saying “No”. ‘Cause I was eighteen or something and I was just like, “Okay, I get it”. There’s millions of adults telling you what to do, what to do, “You should do this, it’s great”.
Yuri on Ice interview translation - CREA 2017/03 (p34-35)
Second part of the YOI interviews featured on CREA. As for the one with Kubo, more than “interviews” they are like “mini articles” that incorporate what the interviewed people said. The interviews are with Kenji Miyamoto (choreographer), Eiji Abiko & Junpei Tatenaka (figure skating animators), Yuuko Sagiri (original costume designer), Keisuke Tominaga (music producer).
Random note: thanks to this magazine I was finally able to know that Sagiri’s name is “Yuuko”. When I translated her interview on Pash I did lots of research but wasn’t able to find out the pronunciation so I used Yuiko because that was what came out searching for the name alone, but now it’s confirmed that it’s Yuuko so as soon as I have time I’ll edit that interview to fix it. I swear all magazines should be obliged to provide the pronunciation of names, because sometimes it’s really hard to find out how the kanji are pronounced when it’s not famous people with Wikipedia pages and such…
By the way, the issue of Pash coming out today (Feb. 10th) has an article I was really looking forward to (the second part of Kubo’s detailed commentary on each episode), so I’ll probably spend the night translating it when I get home from work. Also because I want to post it before the YOI all night event on Saturday (I’m going to the live viewing).
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The reality as expressed by 5 people who created “Yuri on Ice”
Reality #2: Choreography x Kenji Miyamoto “The footage taken with the camcorder was the key to create realistic and powerful anime scenes”
Profile: From Hyogo prefecture. After retiring from competitive ice dance in 2006 he started working as a choreographer and commentator. With director Sayo Yamamoto’s “ENDLESS NIGHT” for the first time he was involved in creating figure skating choreographies for an anime.
The choreographies for all characters’ programs were created by choreographer Kenji Miyamoto. He created them integrating the music with the information he received from director Yamamoto and Kubo regarding the characters and their programs. What was different than usual is that the songs for the FS were 4 minutes long instead of 4:30 minutes. “In the anime characters need less strokes to speed up, so it’s possible to use less ‘transitions’, the movements connecting different techniques. I cut down on those and made the programs more compact.” Miyamoto was filmed with 4 fixed cameras and 2 portable camcorders as he danced all the programs, then the footage was edited into a multiframe video based on which the animated figure skating scenes were created. “I believe that the footage taken with the portable camcorder, that filmed me up close, is what made it possible to create realistic and powerful tournament scenes.” After watching the finished anime, Miyamoto commented that the characters’ monologues during their performances are realistic. “When you are performing lots of things are whirling around inside your head. In my case it wasn’t words but still pictures, like photographs. I was happy that they expressed the athletes’ feelings.”
Reality #3: Animation x Junpei Tatenaka & Eiji Abiko “The performances look realistic thanks to Miyamoto-sensei’s choreographies”
Profile: Animators working for the anime production company MAPPA. Specialized in sports and action scenes. They both created animation for director Sayo Yamamoto’s “ENDLESS NIGHT”.
Animation of the figure skating scenes was created by action specialists Junpei Tatenaka and Eiji Abiko. “It’s the first time that we digitally create 2D pictures after deciding the camerawork. It was very difficult because we had to figure out how to do everything”. Tatenaka, who was already a fan of figure skating, says: “For the moments I believed to be the ‘highlights’ of a performance I would add 1-2 extra stills. This way, I was able to draw out a little what in the live footage only lasted an instant.” They actually made jumps much higher than they are in real life. “While being aware that real skaters wouldn’t jump that high, I still wanted the scenes to be striking, therefore I was always looking for a good balance between realism and what could be allowed in animation.” (Abiko) They both agree that Miyamoto’s choreography footage was the most important factor that allowed them to create realistic performance scenes. “When there was a key point in the music, Miyamoto-sensei would pose with all of his body creating a beautiful line, from his fingertips to the tips of his toes. It was very easy to draw.” (Tatenaka)
Reality #4: Costumes x Yuuko Sagiri “I think the only difference is that there were no budget restrictions (LOL)”
Profile: Ballroom dancing costume designer working for the ballet & dance supplies maker Chacott. She has designed figure skating costumes for athletes such as Nobunari Oda and Akiko Suzuki.
Yuuko Sagiri, designer of the athletes’ costumes, created the designs giving importance to functionality that would improve a skater’s performance and to elements that would make the character’s personality stand out, just like she does for real costumes. She chose materials, cuttings and decorations that would actually be employed in costumes used for real performances. “Normally I objectively watch an athlete’s past performances to understand their level and what kind of movements they are skilled at, and this is then reflected in the design. This time I based the design on the characters’ setting materials, the information I received from the director and the choreography footage by Miyamoto-sensei. I think the only difference is that there were no budget restrictions (LOL).” Regarding Yuuri’s costume, she mentions that she wanted to reflect the fact that he is psychologically weak and gains weight easily. “I added shining decorations on his chest so that his face would look bright even when he is tense. The cuts on the waist are to make him look slim.” Actually, she also designed a costume for Yurio’s exhibition. Sagiri said that she created the design thinking of what “Yurio would really want to wear”. We’d definitely like to see him skate with that costume!
Reality #5: Music x Keisuke Tominaga “I added melody to the beautiful lyrics that is ‘Yuri on Ice’”
Profile: From Kanagawa prefecture. Music producer. He founded PIANO INC. in 2012 and is the current representative director. His main works include the Pocari Sweat 2016 commercial “Kimi no Yume wa, Boku no Yume.”, the TV anime “Zankyou no Terror”, etc.
When creating the music for this show, music producer Keisuke Tominaga constantly asked himself whether it was music you could dance to. “I would move my hands, feet, my whole body, sometimes even checking the rhythm like a conductor or a dancer. Figure skating has many elements that resemble ballet, so to express the elegant movements of the body I used many tunes in triple time like waltz and bolero.” Most of the classical and orchestra tracks were created by Taku Matsushiba, while the vocal tracks and modern band songs by Tarou Umebayashi. They worked on the music as a team, always communicating with each other. “The world created by Kubo-san and director Yamamoto was like realistic and beautiful ‘lyrics’, and I feel that our role was to create a ‘melody’ for those lyrics. In fact, when I joined together Yuuri’s FS song “Yuri on ICE” and Victor’s recorded voice for the first time, the lines sounded just like the words of a song, and I can’t describe how moved I was. I believe that this strong, deep expression that you would not be able to obtain with music alone is what realistically affects the viewers.”
Bonus in case you haven’t seen it already: Sagiri’s design for Yurio’s exhibition program.
The original character designs by abec (アベシ) of Silica (and Pina!) from Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン). I actually only watched this recently and was really surprised how few episodes she was in—especially considering she was everywhere in the magazines while the show was airing.
Hi there! I was wondering if you had any interaction prompts/ideas for two sisters who share an apartment or dorm room? They are half-sisters if that makes any difference. Thank you so much!! :)
*laughs painfully for eternity as thunder crashes*
Let me just, go get my sister, from her room, next to mine. Wish me luck.
Her advice after telling me to “get out” was “Sisters stay up late watching Daredevil and one of them is inappropriately invested in the show.” She then swung her earbuds in the air like nunchucks, and I took the hint and left quickly while trying not to trip over the minefield that is her dirty room.
One sister is cleanlier than the other. She gets called “OCD” and the other gets called a “slob.” The clean sister photographs each mess to use as leverage later.
One sister is girlier than the other, as evidenced by her attraction to pastels, candy-themed makeup, and babies. The other thinks makeup is a waste of time and only wears it if her sister holds her down and forces it on her.
One sister is brutally honest with others, but overly sensitive to criticism and the occasional misunderstood compliment (I read this to my sister and she began slapping my face and told me to shut my mouth).
One sister is vegetarian, the other loves hamburgers and a side of ribs. They can’t eat the same meal, but the vegetarian sees no problem with removing the parts she doesn’t want to eat from food the other one made. Sometimes this is convenient, sometimes it’s annoying.
One is active and outgoing, always wanting to go somewhere and see somebody. The other is a homebody who finds leaving the house tedious and exhausting.
One sister is allergic to the other sister’s pet. The pet doesn’t want to be there anyway and gets let outside often.
One sister enjoys watching the same three episodes of a TV show ad nauseum. The other finds this in many ways to be hellish torture.
Neither sister is very good at forgiving, but one is more forgetful of things done to or by her. The other holds onto grudges, real or made up, forever. Her sister accidentally embarassed her when she was five? Remind her of it every year until it becomes a family joke.
Both sisters love each other and get along great when it’s a full moon and there’s plenty of junk food. Also, certain shows about hot vigilantes count as a bonding activity even if both sisters have different reasons for enjoying the show.
Each sister has her own “type” she is attracted to, but every now and then one sister nudges the other and together they oggle a particularly pleasant bit of eye candy with great hair. The rest of the time they make fun of each other’s choices in men.
They also disagree on books, art, music, and clothing. However, you can still ask your sister if your top matches your skirt. She’ll be honest with you, but you don’t have to listen to her if you don’t want to. She also might borrow or just take an article of clothing from you. If you both bought the same shirt, you are not allowed to wear it at the same time because it’s “embarrassing” and anyway she “saw it first.” Hand-me-downs are great unless your sister has bad taste and until your bodies change and you realize you’re the short chubby one. She can’t fill out your tops though, so plus side found.
They both annoy each other for different reasons, but one of them is definitely the Annoying One. The other thinks she’s the Funny One, but she’s actually just rude and sarcastic which is not the same thing even though it makes people laugh.
There is a certain time of the month where revenge, pyromania, and murder are nigh. The house should be put under immediate quarantine and everyone should stay away.
Both sisters know exactly how to hurt the other and will, at various emotional moments, whip it out just to win an argument or be cruel. It might be a secret one of them told the other a long time ago, or an insecurity they didn’t know their sister was aware of. Sisters know almost as much as moms and make the worst enemies. They’ll still slip you a tampon in public if you ask though. They’re not monsters.
This list could literally go on for years. And it has. The phrase “What, have you been making a list?” will suddenly be justified in an upcoming argument, so I should stop now.
I wish you the best, and if you have any specific questions we will gladly answer! At least I will. She’ll probably be watching TV and painting her nails.
Very detailed Noragami (ノラガミ) animation character design materials by Toshihiro Kawamoto (川元利浩) in Animestyle Magazine (05/2014). There is actually guidance on how not to draw Yato’s scarf and Hiyori’s skirt and hair.
okay. okay i can’t just start this and not talk about my expectations from tv!lyra i usually try not to have expectations of any kind (see my approach to doctor who) but it’s impossible when it comes to my all time favorite female character so, @bbc -
give me a lyra who’s wild
give me a lyra who’s got torn, worn hand me down clothes and dirty knees and bruises and scratches all over
give me a lyra with twigs in her hair and stars in her eyes
give me a rude lyra, a lyra who yells, a lyra who doesn’t (and frankly, can’t) hide her emotions
give me a leader lyra, give me a decisive and arrogant lyra
give me a lyra who lies without hesitation, who lies like she’s been doing it all her life because she has, give me a deceiving and cunning 11 year old child
give me a lyra who’s still CHILDISH as hell, who looks up to the adults she admires like they’re magic, who bluntly acts like she can blend into societies she admires with varying degrees of success (mrs. coulter’s lifestyle, the gyptians, bolvanger - depends on how hard she’s trying to lie and whether she’s just trying to have fun or actually lying for her life)
give me lyra’s and pan relationship - something deeper than anything else
yet give me a lyra who seems so different from her daemon - from responsible, planner, voice of reason pan who always has to look out for her
YET give me lyra and pan who are children and play together and laugh together and act as the one whole being that they are
give me the lyra who drove jordan scholars mad
give me lyra who lad gangs of street urchins into wars
give me lyra who earned the respect and admiration of iorek byrnison, lee scoresby and serafina pekkala (two of which are monarchs)
Author Philip Pullman Announces A Follow-Up Trilogy To ‘His Dark Materials’
“The hugely successful fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials will be getting a ‘companion’ trilogy, author Philip Pullman announced this evening.
The first book of the new series, which will collectively be called The Book of Dust, is set for publication on October 19.
The original His Dark Materials trilogy consists of three volumes (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass) published between 1995 and 2000. The series has sold over 17.5 million copies and been translated into 40 languages.
events of the first trilogy took place across several parallel worlds —
including our own — and touched on disparate ideas related to theology,
particle physics, and the loss of childhood innocence. Characters
included a headstrong and fiercely intelligent young girl named Lyra
Belacqua, and an armored, talking polar bear.
The Book of Dust will return to the world(s) and characters of His Dark Materials,
Pullman said, and Lyra will be integral to the new story — but not in
the way she was before. The first volume will take place a decade before
the events of His Dark Materials, when Lyra is an infant. The
second and third volumes will be set ten years after the original
trilogy’s conclusion, and will follow Lyra as a young woman.”
Pages from the Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種トーキョーグール) character file in Spoon.2Di Magazine (Amazon JP) included many of the supporting character designs along with concept art for their anime looks by character designer Kazuhiro Miwa (三輪和宏).
me: I’m fine.
what I actually mean: why is Kit Walker so underrated when not only is he one of Evan Peter’s best characters on American Horror Story but is also an incredibly sweet, pure, loving, genuinely a good person AND also goes from hot gas station worker to hot (innocent) convict to cute 60s hippie dad………… why is he slept on when he’s such an angel???