Yoko Shimomura Talks to Anime Herald

Yoko Shimomura Talks to Anime Herald

Anime Herald: You drew inspiration from a green and yellow paper bag to create the melody for Blanka’s Theme [in Street Fighter II]. Have there been any other highly dramatic moments that inspired you over your career? Yoko Shimomura: There’s nothing quite like...

The Future of Gundam And Beyond: Naohiro Ogata Talks to Anime Herald

The Future of Gundam And Beyond: Naohiro Ogata Talks to Anime Herald

On The future of Gundam: Naohiro Ogata: We’re in a partnership with Legendary Pictures to develop the Gundam Hollywood movie. In terms of Gunpla, we’ve recently sold our 500,000,000th Gundam model kit. The trend we’re seeing for 2019 is that overseas sales will...

No Sleep Til Tokyo: MIYAVI Talks With Anime Herald

No Sleep Til Tokyo: MIYAVI Talks With Anime Herald

Anime Herald: The joke from This Is Spinal Tap was that their amps went up to 11. I saw you live at Tokyo X Brooklyn. Your amps went up to 12. Why do you rock so ****ing hard? MIYAVI: The thing is, I didn’t know that rule! That was the problem. That event was pretty...

Studio de Sade Talks With Anime Herald

Studio de Sade Talks With Anime Herald

Anime Herald: How did each of you get into art? Sarah Wilkinson: I’ve been drawing my whole life. I started taking art classes in high school. I ended up taking AP art classes. In college I started as a graphic design major. It turns out I’m really bad at graphic...

The French Connection: Goh Wakabayashi Talks With Anime Herald

The French Connection: Goh Wakabayashi Talks With Anime Herald

Anime Herald: France is often considered [to be] the best market for manga outside of Japan. Did you get into the French manga scene when you were living in Paris? Goh Wakabayashi: Yes. Our business partners in France, the French comic companies; they have their own...

Getting Wild & Tough: Anime Herald Talks With Kenji Kodama

Getting Wild & Tough: Anime Herald Talks With Kenji Kodama

Anime Herald: If you could go back in time and speak to the animator Kenji Kodama when he was starting to work on Star of the Giants, what advice to your younger self? Kenji Kodama: Regardless of what kind of genre you’re working on, whether it be sports or action or...

Colors, Visuals, & Action: Trigger Talks to Anime Herald

Colors, Visuals, & Action: Trigger Talks to Anime Herald

Anime Herald: Promare had a very colorful design aesthetic. Was that the intent from the very beginning? Trigger: Yes. That was the original concept. We wanted to make the colors stand out. Anime Herald: Early in the movie it looked like the focus would be on Burning...

Street Fighting Around the World: Yoshinori Ono Talks to Anime Herald

Street Fighting Around the World: Yoshinori Ono Talks to Anime Herald

Anime Herald: It’s quite a flight from Japan to Los Angeles. What inspired you to come out to AX this year? Yoshinori Ono: For the last ten-to-fifteen years I’ve been coming to LA four to five times a year for different industry events. This is my first time visiting...

Violence Returns! Kengan Ashura’s Yabako Sandrovich and Daromeon Talk to Anime Herald

Violence Returns! Kengan Ashura’s Yabako Sandrovich and Daromeon Talk to Anime Herald

Anime Herald: Where did you first get the idea to create a manga about the violence behind the Japanese economy? Yabako Sandrovich: Before I became a professional mangaka, I was thinking about creating martial arts comic books. Since there are too many martial arts...

Cygames Talks With Anime Herald

Cygames Talks With Anime Herald

Anime Herald: When you were working on Rage of Bahamut, were you already planning for Granblue Fantasy? Cygames: At the point when we were doing the overseas release for Rage of Bahamut, we weren’t yet considering an overseas release of Granblue Fantasy. Anime Herald:...

Shinjuku Dreams: Anime Herald Talks With Yoichi Kato

Shinjuku Dreams: Anime Herald Talks With Yoichi Kato

Anime Herald: You have done a tremendous amount of work with Space Brothers. Do you hope to see the series get one more season, so it can finish its story? Yoichi Kato: Personally yes, I would love to have one more season. It’s hard to say how many episodes it would...

Go, Go, Genjicat! A Brief Interview With Jane Zei

Go, Go, Genjicat! A Brief Interview With Jane Zei

Interview with Jane Zei I was able to grab a brief interview with Jane Zei, better known as Pigeon Jane, at Anime NYC. Things I learned: She’s a huge fan of the work of Rumiko Takahashi. Mermaid Saga is a particular favorite. She’s also a fan of One Piece. Genjicat...