Learning from Animation Art by Shichiro Kobayashi

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“The Adventures of Gamba”, “Urusei Yatsura”, “Nodame Cantabile”, and many other animation works, master artist Shichiro Kobayashi reveals his “obsession and beliefs about animation art and drawing” through numerous explanations of his own work.

In addition, the book includes a new draft drawn especially for this book, and a two-day production scene followed and illustrated with photographs.

His works, in which he has created “a world view completely different from reality” through various artistic expressions, still attract the hearts of many animation fans. His reputation and acclaim have now spread to anime fans overseas.

The large world shown in “The Adventures of Gamba” further exaggerates the point of view of a mouse.
The primitive world of simplified symbols in “Hajime Ningen Ghattles”.
The symbolic world created with a sense of design shown in “Revolutionary Girl Utena”…
Also included are unpublished works and their artwork. Kobayashi’s major works include “The World of Utena” and “The Revolutionary Girl”.

Kobayashi’s major animation works
“The Star of the Giants”, “Moomin”, “Gutsy Frog”, “Samurai Giants”, “The First Man Gatles “*, “The Adventures of Gamba “*, “New Aim for the Ace! “*, “Lupin the Third: Cagliostro’s Castle”, “Ienakako”*, “Ashita no Joe 2”, “Cobra, Golgo 13”, “Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer”, “High School! Kiwengumi, Kimagure Orange Road”, “Revolutionary Girl Utena”, “Berserk”, “Figure 17: Tsubasa & Hikaru”, “Nodame Cantabile”* (* denotes works included in this book)

Special contents in this book
Art board of “Asterion” an unpublished anime
An unpublished animation work planned by a French producer.
First time to publish “The Red Candle and the Mermaid” Kobayashi’s first film as a director.
Kobayashi’s works from his elementary school days to his teaching days are introduced.”

Release Date:
August, 2019

Author profile

Shichiro Kobayashi

Painter. Animation art director.

After graduating from Musashino Art University, he worked as an art teacher at an elementary school before joining Toei Douga in 1964. In 1968, he transferred to Gendai Seisakudan and established Kobayashi Productions.

Contrast of light and shade, dignified air. Famous directors such as Hayao Miyazaki, Osamu Dezaki, Mamoru Oshii, and Kunihiko Ikuhara fell in love with Kobayashi’s art.

Art director for films such as Gutsy Gaeru, Gamba no Bouken, Ganso Tensai Bakabon, Ashita no Joe 2, Lupine the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro, Urusei Yatsura 2, and Nodame Cantabile. successively. As a mentor, he also trained art directors such as Kazuo Oga, Hiromasa Ogura, Tsutomu Ishigaki, Toshiharu Mizutani, Koji Ohno, and Kentaro Akiyama. In 1986, he received the Japan Anime Award for Best Art Direction, the Tokyo International Anime Fair Achievement Award in 2009, and the Agency for Cultural Affairs Film Achievement Award in 2011, in recognition of his long-standing achievements.

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