List of GNG animation directors

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List of GNG animation directors

Post by Digsu » Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:04 pm

Like with the animation directors of GDW, I'm not 100% sure about the kanji readings of some of the names.

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Jouji Yanase (柳瀬譲二): episodes 1, 5, 15, and 21

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Masaharu Endou (遠藤政治): episode 2

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Tatsuhiro Nagaki (永木龍博): episodes 3, 7, 11, and 19

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Nobuyoshi Sasakado (佐々門信芳): episodes 4, 13, and 18

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??? Endou (遠藤晴): episodes 6 and 14
I have absolutely no idea what this person's given name is, since trying to google 遠藤晴 just results in a torrent of search results about Haru Endou, a (presumably) unrelated Japanese voice actress.

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Norio Hasegawa (長谷川憲生): episodes 8, 12, and 17

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Tetsurou Aoki (青木哲朗): episodes 9, 16, and 20

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Isao Kaneko (金子勲): episode 10



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Post by AlphaSpice » Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:44 pm

To be honest, I didn't even know there were multiple animators! This is actually really cool and explains a thing or two ;w;

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Post by Dragon » Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:59 pm

They're all pretty good at drawing in sync! Except.. Endou, who made doppy Gin :derpgin:
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Post by Gingastar » Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:53 pm

Glad to see this topic back on the new board! Thanks for sharing such interesting info Digsu!
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Post by Tora » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:02 pm

Yay, it's back!! So glad to see this, love it!
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Post by FDQ » Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:56 pm

Very interesting indeed. I did know there were multiple animators, but I didn't know they were divided into episode creation like this. I thought they were more all around.

On a side note, I do prefer Jouji Yanase and Tetsurou Aoki's animations over the others. Not really sure why. They look better IMO
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Post by Digsu » Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:36 pm

FDQ wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:56 pm
Very interesting indeed. I did know there were multiple animators, but I didn't know they were divided into episode creation like this. I thought they were more all around.
I'll be perfectly honest, I don't really know the details of how it works, either. iirc I just happened to see a Tumblr post showcasing the different styles different animation directors had in Digimon episodes and it gave me the idea of looking into Ginga's animation directors.

I actually like Endou's style a lot. I realize it doesn't look like the general Ginga style, but I like how it looks relatively realistic. Even if it did give us Derp Gin :surprisegin:

Personally, my least favorite is probably Sasakado's style. The skinny necks and blocky heads just look like he was trying to apply human drawing techniques to dogs, with predictable results. At least his style spawned the magnificent beast that is Raptor Gin.

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Post by Doragon » Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:42 pm

FDQ wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:56 pm
Very interesting indeed. I did know there were multiple animators, but I didn't know they were divided into episode creation like this. I thought they were more all around.
It should be pretty obvious as the style can change quite drastically from episode to episode. For example, if you watch the ending of episode 6 and jump to the beginning of episode 7, Gin looks almost like a different character because of the style change (I grew up with the cut version that had no breaks between the episodes, so the style change is really noticeable).

As you can see here, animation director is the person who is responsible for the style in each episode. They often are responsible for most of the key animation, so the way they draw and animate is very apparent in the episodes they animate.
A good example for this is a famous animator from the Pokémon anime, Masaaki Iwane. You can very quickly tell if the episode is animated by him because he draws all the key animation mostly himself (which animation directors don't usually do because of how much work that is) and it really shows - he has a reputation among the fanbase as "that good animator".

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Post by Tikikata » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:12 pm

Major props to Yanase-san and Aoki-san. My favorites through the whole series. <3


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Post by Bolty » Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:18 pm

Yanese and Aoki are just perfect
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Post by Troll Berserker » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:45 pm

Tetsurou Aoki was my favourite. Episode 20 looked the best.
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