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This episode is a two-parter, but don’t freak out, because part two is actually done and will be coming out 1 or 2 weeks from this episode.
Notes on the video:
This interview was conducted at Anime Next on the same day as our episode # 8 interview with Beck creator Sakuishi-san. You may notice that they are both wearing shirts with red roses on them. ...We don’t know why.
Rintaro cites growing up exposed to international cinema of the 1940’s and 1950’s as a key influence in the development of his skills as a director, and mentions specifically the films of American director John Ford.
His first job in animation was at the Osamu Tezuka founded, Mushi Productions (or simply “Mushi-Puro”) as a director and animator. That’s getting in on the ground floor and then some.
We use the word Gestalt. We’re sorry.
Rintaro is sitting next to Masao Maruyama, of Studio Mad House. If you don’t know who he is, check out our first episode.
Trivia you may not know:
Rintaro has done a few storyboards for Tenjou Tengei, and animation for Ninja Scroll.
Rintaro was born in Japan, in 1941 to a father who was an army barber.
Watchers of the show may remember Kobun Shizuno, from episode # 5. Well it turns out that not only is he directing a Fist of the North Star production, but is also helping to direct the new Evangelion movie. It looks like that was why he was at the Intrepid Museum with Koichi Ohata, checking out the military hardware. So when you see some new Eva footage, look for ...aircraft carriers.
You can meet Kobun Shizuno at this years New York Anime Festival.