Have you seen this video showing how they actually animated Sailor Moon? This is a special feature from one of the laser discs from season one since this is showing how they went from storyboarding to final animation for Sailor Moon’s first transformation scene!
Anime fans will probably recognize Kunihiko Ikuhara, one of Sailor Moon’s directors and the showrunner of Revolutionary Girl Utena, storyboarding how Sailor Moon’s transformation will look.
Unfortunately there’s no preview of the rough animation process, but you get to see one of the animators doing clean-up for one frame. If anyone recognizes her or any of the other artists, let me know!
Most of us who studied animation worked with a lunchbox like the one used for the pencil test of Sailor Moon’s animation, but is there anyone here who had to xerox their work onto cels with carbon paper and color with cel paint? Don’t be shy! :) I would have loved to learn that, but I’m from generation Photoshop.
One of my favorite parts of chopping up footage of this episode for reference was getting to really look at each shot. If you take a look at the backgrounds, most of them were drawn with pencil, marker, watercolor or airbrush. Most of the backgrounds’ color palette are based in warm blues, greens, purples and pinks which give a nice contrast to the primary palette for Sailor Moon and her team. (I strongly recommend following smscenery on Tumblr to get a better look at the background art for Sailor Moon.)
If any of our Moon Animate contributors want to share their process, tag your work on here or shoot us an e-mail so we can share it! It’s great to see everyone’s process.
Also if you’ve submitted your reel or wanted to pick up another shot and I haven’t gotten back to you, rest assured I’ve read the e-mail and will probably get an answer to you today or tonight. I got slammed with submissions yesterday (and it was awesome!) so I’ve finally got a handle on that and can get more shots out today. Thank you guys for your contributions! Keep posting your work and I’ll keep sharing it!
Space Bound finds a young astronaut and his dog stranded and running out of oxygen, but this space-themed fantasy film shows that, even in our final moments, we can delight in the wonders of the universe and the companionship of someone we love.
Random unfinished animation key frames from last year that loop forever.
okay wow these are awesome
When The Wind Blows (1986)
Animated film based on the 1982 graphic novel of the same name by Raymond Briggs.
I just watched this yesterday. It’s fucking depressing. It’s about an elderly couple in the English countryside who survive a nuclear bomb (this was made during the Cold War) and continually keep an optimistic outlook that the government will take care of everything and things will quickly go back to normal, only to slowly succumb to radiation poisoning. It’s like watching your grandparents die.
It’s a very strong anti-nuclear war film, but only watch if bleak endings don’t get you down too badly.
This short film (it’s called Rejected) is actually pretty disturbing, if you watch the whole thing. It starts out pretty funny (with this same scene) and quickly escalades into some pretty memorable nightmare fuel (it depends on how easily affected you are). I recommend it, though!
[ANIMATION: CHARACTER] Sailor Mars (I).
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[ANIMATION] Miho Shimogasa.
Animation director Miho Shimogasa supervised two episodes in SuperS and then five episodes in Sailor Stars. She also helped with Ami-chan’s First Love.
Notable aspects of Miho’s style in the last season include elongated bodies and legs, thin torsos and detailed eye work.
Sailor Stars and Cutey Honey F shared most of the same staff. Miho directed six episodes in the latter series. Other anime that Shimogasa has worked on include: Inuyasha, Re: Cutie Honey and Ultra Maniac.
Episodes directed: 146, 155, 172, 176, 181, 187 & 193.
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SHE IS MY FAVORITE ANIMATOR!!!!!
(Well, along with Ikuko Itoh :P)
[ANIMATION] Hisashi Kagawa.
Starting in episode 14, a very different animation style was introduced to the anime. Kagawa’s designs made the senshi seem petite yet athletic. This could be seen in their thighs, calves and arms. The eyes and foreheads were also bigger than usual. Many animators gave Sailors Moon and Mercury flat heels on their boots, but Kagawa’s episodes seemed to give them longer heels. Moon’s Henshin Brooch was rounded like a sphere whereas other episodes presented it as flat.
There were similarities between Hisashi direction and Katsumi Tamegai’s early style. However, the second animator worked on all five seasons. Kagawa would not be part of the animation staff in Sailor Stars.
Episodes directed: 14, 20, 25, 32 38, 44, 51, 70, 85, 92, 130, 135, 141 & 147.
OH, I LOVE him!
[ANIMATION] Hiromi Matsushita.
The very first anime episode featured animation directed by Hiromi Matsushita. He only worked on one more episode, “Protect the Children’s Dreams! Friendship Linked by Anime”, and he partnered with Kazuko Tadano.
The pilot heavily mirrored the first act of the manga in terms of story and scenes. Usagi’s short stature was made apparent in the animation, and her head was a bit larger than depicted later. A goof that was never corrected until later was the location of the back bow during Sailor Moon’s stock pose. It’s supposed to be attached to her hip roll, but it’s drawn on her back below the bust line. Another goof was part of her bow being left uncolored in the fight scene.
Kazuko worked with Hiromi on episode 21, and her influence was very strong. The animation in this episode went into great detail with the youma duo’s creation, the Sailor V sketches, and the parodies of Sailors Mercury and Mars’ attacks. The girls’ pre-henshin scenes were elaborate as well. Nephrite’s victim Hiromi was based on Matsushita, and her friend Kazuko was based on Tadano. The director Asatou was based on director Junichi Satou. The place the characters work at, Studio Dive, was based on Hiromi and Kazuko’s own Studio Live.
Episodes directed: 1, 21.
I can’t see anything wrong with this.