あ!PoN Episode Four! In this episode we bring you an exclusive interview with mecha designer and anime directorKoichi Ohata.
Episode Four: Koichi Ohata! from Tasayu Tasnaphun on Vimeo.
Here are just a few of the Productions that Mr. Ohata has worked on:
Bakuretsu Tenshi (Burst Angel Movie) : Director
Burst Angel (TV) : Director
Blue Gender The Warrior : Director
Cybernetics Guardian : Director & Mecha design
Genocyber (OAV) : Director
Macross II: Mechanical design
Yamato Takeru (TV) : Character Design, Mecha design
M.D. Geist (U.S. manga): Original creator
Ninja Robots: Character Design, Mecha design
G.I. Joe Sigma Six: Mechanical design
In addition to all of that, Mr. Ohata was the Mecha designer of both the Gunbuster anime and manga (we’re all about the old school here!).
You can see Mr. Ohata’s full credits here.
Kim’s Video is a chain of home media stores in NYC, made infamous in a 2005 anti-piracy raid. (And you thought that “FBI warning” was just for show…). Don’t worry, they’re still there.
Mr. Ohata was traveling with Mr. Kobun Shizuno, Series Director of G.I. Joe Sigma Six. An up and coming talented director, and the subject of our next interview.
Mr. Ohata worked together with Gunbuster director Hideaki Anno. Anno who would later direct Evangelion , Kare Kano, and the live action Cutie Honey among others.
Yes there really is a King Kong animated series.
Five Star Stories
G.I. Joe Sigma Six
Bakuratsu Tenshi / Burst Angel
Gunbuster Toy from Gainax site. (in Japanese only)
Gunbuster : Perfect Change figure at yesasia.com
This interview was conducted by the あ!PoN crew, at our base of operations in New York City.
Next Update in August! Interview with Mr. Kobun Shizuno.
Our thanks to Mr. Koichi Ohata and Mr. Shizuno.