kimura shinji

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Shinji Kimura who is one of the most talented currently working art directors did a marvelous job with the Ao no Exorcist movie’s backgrounds. The whole movie was glowing with his style. It is easy to notice the Tekkonkinkreet and Kekkai Sensen type of feeling from the backgrounds. I also got a Ogura Hiromasas Ghost in the Shell impression from many parts, which is not too unthinkable, since they both were working under Kobayashi Shichiro during their time in Kobayashi Productions. Great Artist.

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Last end cards pt. 8/ pt. 7/ pt.6/ pt. 5/ pt. 4/ pt. 3/ pt. 2/ pt. 1

Question: Which one of these are considered “ANIME?”

Answer:  TOP ROW (L/R): Isao Takahata’s “The Story of Princess Kaguya” (Ghibli), Takeshi Koike’s “World Record” (Studio 4c),Atsuko Fukushima “Genius Party Intro” (Studio 4c)

SECOND ROW (L/R) :Tatsuo Sato “Cat Soup”(J.C.staff), Shinji Kimura “Deathtic 4”( Studio 4c), Isao Takahata “My Neighbors The Yamadas” (Ghibli)

THIRD ROW (L/R): Shinya Ohira “Wanwa The Doggy” (Studio 4c), Koji MOrimoto “Dimension Bomb” (Studio 4c), Kazuo Oga “THE NIGHT OF TANEYAMAGAHARA” (Ghibli)

FOUTH ROW (L/R): Naohisa Inoue “IBLARD JIKAN” (Ghibli), Kazuto Nakazawa “ Moon Drive” (Studio 4c), Junichi Sato “Sailor Moon” (Toei Animation)

All of these are created produced and directed by highly skilled ( and mostly unknown) animation directors in Japan. I guess the point of this is to prove that it would behoove one to do a little more research before writing off animation from an entire region( Japan) as something that’s all the same to be lumped up into the same approach based off of their terribly poor exposure to the mainstream of it (That’s like assuming all animated content in America is Pixar and Adventure Time), or worse; lumping it all as a genre and not a creative medium with tons of different voices and approaches. 


“Anime” アニメ in Japanese is just a shorter way to say “Animation” アニメーション It’s not a genre. it’s a medium. Tell your school teachers. ^^

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Kekkai Sensen has high quality background art all over it, but the series is suffering otherwise from serious production problems. Not to mention the catastrophe with not being able to air the last episode for god knows how long.

Talented Art Director Shinji Kimura (mainly known for movies) did what he could with the backgrounds but series composition and animation collapse are taking their tolls. Anyways great architectural designs and well structured world.

For a 12-episode long series this had quite a few background studios assisting Kimura’s own BG-team. Total of 8 studios. This either was an unfunny experiment or productional disaster. Anyways great BG Art from master Kimura.

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…Takaramachi (Treasure Town) environment concept art from Tekkonkinkreet - adapted from the manga, ‘Black and White’ byTaiyō Matsumoto… Art director: Shinji Kimura -  director: Michael Arias - animation by Studio 4°C

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Legendary art director Shinji Kimura did what he could for Kekkai Sensen, but the collapse inside Bones resulted in the horrible conclusion of episode 12 airing 3,5 months after it was supposed to air.

Anyway here are some backgrounds from the last episode. Background art from studio Kusanagi and Studio Easter as well as Kimura’s own team.

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Perhaps my favorite animated project on BATMAN in the last 10 years. This is just glorious. Storyboard, staging, layout, character design, animation supervisor, Art Director & Directed by Studio 4C’s Shinji Kimura (Tekkon Kinkreet Art Director). BEAST. MODE.

Question: Which one of these are considered ANIME?

Answer:  TOP ROW (L/R): Isao Takahata’s “The Story of Princess Kaguya” (Ghibli), Takeshi Koike’s “World Record” (Studio 4c),Atsuko Fukushima “Genius Party Intro” (Studio 4c)


SECOND ROW (L/R) :Tatsuo Sato “Cat Soup”(J.C.staff), Shinji Kimura “Deathtic 4”( Studio 4c), Isao Takahata “My Neighbors The Yamadas” (Ghibli)

THIRD ROW (L/R): Shinya Ohira “Wanwa The Doggy” (Studio 4c), Koji MOrimoto “Dimension Bomb” (Studio 4c), Kazuo Oga “THE NIGHT OF TANEYAMAGAHARA” (Ghibli) 

FOUTH ROW (L/R): Naohisa Inoue “IBLARD JIKAN” (Ghibli), Kazuto Nakazawa “ Moon Drive” (Studio 4c), Junichi Sato “Sailor Moon” (Toei Animation)

All of these are created produced and directed by highly skilled ( and mostly unknown) animation directors in Japan. I guess the point of this is to prove that it would behoove one to due their research before writing off animation from an entire region( Japan) as something that’s all the same to be lumped up into the same approach based off of their terribly poor exposure to it, or worse; lumping it all as a genre and not a creative medium with tons of different voices and approaches. Anime is japanese for animation, not “big eyes & speed lines.”