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Hyouka (氷菓)

Everything is bright and warm in this Hyouka pin-up featuring Mayaka Ibara, Eru Chitanda, Houtarou Oreki, and Satoshi Fukube deciding on their seasonal costumes in art work by character designer Futoshi Nishiya (西屋太志) for Animedia Deluxe Vol. 04.


Kyoto Animation announced on Monday that its Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club television anime is getting a novel adaptation that will debut in June. Masahiro Yokotani, the script writer and supervisor for all the anime in the Free! franchise, is writing the novel. Futoshi Nishiya, the franchise’s character designer, is drawing the illustrations. The novels will include new side-stories and illustrations. [SOURCE]

La película de Koe no Katachi será lanzada en Blu-ray y DVD el 17 de mayo del 2017.

La película se estrenó el 17 de septiembre en cines de Japón. 

Amazon Japan ha catalogado a la película de Anime adaptación del Manga Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) por Yoshitoki Ooima, para ponerse a la venta en disco Blu-ray y DVD el 17 de mayo del 2017 en Japón. La película se estrenó el 17 de septiembre del 2016 en cines de Japón.

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Koe no Katachi (聲の形)

Shouya Ishida and Shouko Nishimiya enjoy an awkward encounter on the train from one of the director’s corrections early on in A Silent Voice Chief Animation Director’s Corrections - Futoshi Nishiya’s Own Selection-.


Free! novel CM. By Masahiro Yokotani (author) & Futoshi Nishiya (illustrator); available June 2017

Free! series Creation Notebook v2 Dialogue: Director: Hiroko Utsumi X Series Composer: Masahiro Yokotani X Character Designer: Futoshi Nishiya

Hiroko Utsumi
Animation Do member. Director of Free! and Free! –Eternal Summer-
Masahiro Yokotani
Series composer of Free! and Free! – Eternal Summer-. In charge of scripts
Futoshi Nishiya
Kyoto Animation member. Character designer/chief animation director for Free! and Free! –Eternal Summer-.

(umx notes: This is over 5,000 words long and talks a lot about the OVA from -Eternal Summer-. This is your warning for length and spoilers. There’s some footnotes at the bottom with the accordingly bolded number in the main text. Thanks to aliasanonyme for the scan for one picture used in this translation.)

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A Silent Voice Anime Film’s Visual, Teaser Video, Release Date, More Staff Revealed (x)

“The official website for Kyoto Animation’s anime film adaptation of Yoshitoki Ōima’s A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga opened on Friday to reveal the film’s release date, teaser visual, teaser video, more staff, and main character designs.

The film will open in Japan on September 17. Shochiku had previously listed that the film would open this fall.

Naoko Yamada (Tamako Market, Tamako Love Story, K-ON’s two anime seasons and anime film) is directing the film at Kyoto Animation. Reiko Yoshida (Non Non Biyori, K-ON!, Yowamushi Pedal) is writing the script, and Futoshi Nishiya (Free!, Hyōka, Nichijō) is designing the characters for animation. Shochiku will distribute the film.”

[translation] Free!ES Mini Message Book: Futoshi Nishiya


Futoshi Nishiya (Character Design)

Image on the left:
Thank you for watching the show!!

1. What are the highlights in the vol.7 DVD (ep.13-14)?

(Regarding Episode 13) It’s the grand finale of Haruka’s story in Free!
(Regarding Episode 14) Who would’ve thought, after all this time, the day would come when we had to draw so many of Samezuka’s white school uniform…

There were lots of combinations of characters who previously had precious few interactions, so it was quite refreshing.

2. Please tell us any secret backstage story (memories).

I feel like I’ve drawn a lifetime’s worth of high school boys in swimsuits! I’m very satisfied!! lol

3. A message to those who bought the package.

I thought I’ve already given it all in season 1, but now we have a season 2 and we could portray more of these characters in full again.  I am really thankful from the bottom of my heart.

 I feel so grateful that we’ve received so much support from everyone.

Thank you for buying this!

Koe no Katachi (聲の形)

All the lead characters of A Silent Voice wander through the stalls at the festival in the cover art for A Silent Voice Chief Animation Director’s Corrections - Futoshi Nishiya’s Own Selection-. Interestingly, the cover art is by key animator Yuki Tsunoda (角田有希).


High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-

The latest issue of Otomedia (Amazon US | JP) featured new poster art with Makoto, Haruka, Asahi, and Ikuya, illustrated by key animator Chinatsu Morimoto (森本千那津) along with larger versions of Futoshi Nishiya’s character designs for the movie!


High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-

More new art for the upcoming Free! movie in Animage Magazine (Amazon US | JP), along with another look at the main key visual, all illustrated by character designer Futoshi Nishiya (西屋太志).


High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-

Character designer Futoshi Nishiya (西屋太志) illustrated the fantastic October cover (and poster) art for PASH! Magazine (Amazon US | JP), featuring an ethereal Ikuya, Makoto, Haruka, and Asahi. 


High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-

The movie cast – Ikuya Kirishima, Haruka Nanase, Makoto Tachibana, and Asahi Shiina – was featured on the cover and a clear file for the September issue of Animedia Magazine (Amazon US | JP), illustrated by character designer Futoshi Nishiya (西屋太志).