Presenting the rough animatic for the show’s main titles! This was a true labor of love and a chance to work with one of my animation heroes, Hiroyuki Imaishi(Best known as the co-founder of Studio Trigger)!
For this project, we began by solidifying the theme song. Our team at Mint Potion Studios, headed by composer Jake Kaufman, created a blood-pumping disco song that not only extols the virtues of friendship but also brings to mind the visual of robots exploding. As an easter egg, the first 9 notes are a callback to the theme song of the original 2012 “Lakewood Plaza Turbo” pilot!
We sent the theme song and some early episodes to Imaishi-san in Japan for him to get the vibe of the project. He sent us a mind-blowing storyboard- he created an otherworldly image of a planet encased in a discoball seamlessly transitioning to a wild action sequence(described by him as “CRAZY FIGHTING”)! Our storyboard supervisor Jeremy Polgar took it from there, and animated the heck out of it. Pausing randomly on the final version reveals some pretty out-there character drawings!
This intro is very special to me, as it encapsulates all of the feelings of the show into one place. It took months of coordinating across multiple time zones. It was a challenge to get all of the main characters, rivals, settings, and a discoball all in 20 seconds! Please, enjoy our hard work!
Storyboard: Hiroyuki Imaishi
Director: Jeremy Polgar
Revisions & Additional Animation: Max Collins, Anna Craig, Ian Jones-Quartey
We can finally announce it! Ian Jones-Quartey’s OKKO is a tv show!I was fortunate enough to (loosely) animation direct this incredible intro sequence storyboarded by @shiimai (Hiroyuki Imaishi)! Much love to the incredible revisionists @killapede and @buttsIug who revised, cleaned up and animated this with me <3
THANK YOU for the 5000 followers! (actually 5510 followers)
I made this for you but it was more like an argument to animate stuff! Hope you like it!
I was inspired by a lot of person like 中村 豊 (Yutaka Nakamura),今石 洋之 (Hiroyuki Imaishi),中村 豊 (masanobu hiraoka) and others!
Thank you to my classmates for helping me mentally!
That’s right, between Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, the future Trigger co-founder laid ‘em down for director Masakazu Hashimoto’s feature film version of the famous Level-5 puzzle-solving sentimental tearbath for the Nintendo DS. P.A. Works had been handling the games’ cutscenes from the very beginning, with Hashimoto serving as director and sole storyboardist at first, but for whatever reason the entire action climax of the film was given to Imaishi to storyboard under unit directors Chizuru Miyawaki & Hideyo Yamamoto, if I am reading the storyboard compilation book that came with the UK & Italian special edition releases of the film correctly. (I have the Italian one; WAY cheaper, and the bonus disc is still in English.)
Anyway, the result of this set of cuts was by far the funniest and most lively character animation in the entire film, so yay for delegation!
The director of animation here was apparently Hiroyuki Horiuchi, who’s worked in similar capacities on a lot of Katsuhiro Ōtomo-related projects like Steamboy, Freedom and the “A Farewell to Weapons” segment of Short Peace, though I unfortunately don’t know any of the key animators. Maybe all of this information is tucked away inside the audio commentary on the Japanese release, which I don’t believe has ever been translated. Obviously what we need is a re-release branded “FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU KILL LA KILL AND SHIROBAKO”… after all, every puzzle has a solution.