Monday, November 15, 2010

Animator Nishida Asako Working on Star Driver

I don't know many animators, but one I do know is Nishida Asako  西田亜沙子, known as "AS", who was character designer and animation supervisor on Simoun, Touka Gettan, Mouryou no Hako, and Yama to Boushi to Hon.

In her blog, AS Days, she reports that she has done some key animation (genga 原画) on Star Driver. Specifically, she has done scenes with the little mascot animal. She says she used her own dog as model for some of the movements:

In her career, which stretches back to the early 1990s, she has done animation supervision work on Fate/Stay Night, RomeoxJuliet, Keroro Sougun, Detective Conan, and the "Run, Melos" part of Aoi Bungaku, among other shows. Her key animation work ranges from House of Five Leaves through Kobato, Mai-HiME, Eureka Seven, Gundam Seed Destiny, Kurau Phantom Memory, Cardcaptor Sakura, etc., etc.

Nishida-sensei is from Osaka. She moved to Tokyo for a while, but then she and her husband moved back to Osaka. On her official site, Berries, she says she is a homemaker, but not a very competent one. She has a collection of Blythe and Momoko large-scale dolls. She has gone on at least one trip with Rinko (of the DS Love Plus game). She loves anime, and has just finished re-watching Oniisama-e.

In her own work, she specializes in sensuous and yuri work, and has a definite individual style (click some photos to enlarge):

Jam, a collection of her art

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Koshimizu Ami and Hidaka Rina -- "Kiraboshi!"

I enjoyed this photo, which turned up today in Koshimizu Ami's blog.

Here's the blog post:

I had a photo taken with Hidaka Rina-chan (*^o^*)
Whoa! A school uniform (≧∇≦)
I was with Rina-chan in Ladies vs. Butlers, 
and I've loved her ever since! ufufu [laughter]
So I was really happy when they took this 2-shot (゜∀゜ノ)ノ

Please enjoy Star Driver, which I'm in with Rina-chan ☆


Amisuke plays Ivrogne in Star Driver. Hidaka-san will play a character called You Mizuno, who hasn't appeared yet. Amisuke is reportedly 24 and 168cm (5ft 6in) tall. According to her agency, Hidaka is 16 and 154cm (5ft 1/2in). "Kiraboshi" is a salute used in the show.

Hidaka is an actress and seiyuu who has appeared in numerous TV dramas, on TV variety shows, and in several anime, starting with Kaede in Penguin Musume in 2008, and including Kohane in xxxHolic Kei, Last Order in Index, Anne Shirley in Before Green Gables, and Mimina in Ladies vs. Butlers. When she was younger, she appeared in "under 15" swimsuit photo books.

Here are some photos of Hidaka Rina, and then some of Koshimizu Ami. Most can be clicked to enlarge: