0 Responses to Anime News (?): Kyoto Animation drops Lucky Star director, lampoons Gainax

  1. shinsengumi April 30, 2007 at 10:34 am #

    Oh dear. I wonder if the switch has to do with unfulfilled expectations. As I understand it, many viewers were underwhelmed by the first couple episodes. Perhaps KyoAni felt that Yamamoto, who was riding high after his success with Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu was out of his element and that Takemoto, with his experience directing FMP? Fumoffu, would be better at directing a slice of life comedy.
    Regardless, I look forward to any further updates you might have. And I look forward to watching Lucky Star ep. 5 to see if there is a noticeable difference in style.

  2. hashihime April 30, 2007 at 11:20 am #

    I said in a comment in Kurogane’s blog that I doubted it was true, particularly because the statement on KyoAni’s page says it was because he “hadn’t reached the level of director yet,” which doesn’t seem like something one would say in a press release (although a 2channel poster disagrees, saying his company would).
    I thought someone might have vandalized the page. As time goes by and it’s past 11am in Japan, however, it seems it may be true — although I think it’s a holiday there, so maybe the right people haven’t noticed. I’m wondering if Yamamoto offended management in some egregious way, perhaps by falling behind schedule or mismanaging the budget.
    Personally, I think Lucky Star is a terrific anime, one of the best comedy anime I know, with a rather subtle adult kind of humor. I think it was too subtle for the 2channel masses to appreciate, especially since it doesn’t have Kanon-style super-detailed animation.

  3. Shingo April 30, 2007 at 10:00 pm #

    The more time passes today the more I’m thinking this isn’t a hoax… I can’t imagine Kyoani would have so little control over its tech situation that it would leave its site hacked for an entire day, especially with such a momentous piece of information in place.
    Tomorrow is a regular business day, so if it’s still up then I guess that will be the real proof. I’m certainly curious to see where this goes.

  4. hashihime May 1, 2007 at 1:11 am #

    Yeah, not a hoax. It’s now 24 hours later. We had a very interesting suggestion from “kj1980” on AnimeSuki that makes me think this might not be the slap in the face that it seemed. Maybe Yamamoto really was having trouble with all the administrative tasks of a series director, and with the responsibility, and with having to interact with sponsors, etc., and asked to be let out himself. But it would look bad if he was seen to have broken under pressure, so they wrote that press release, which is the administration of KyoAni taking responsibility, and saying something like: “He is an important young member of our family, whom we judge to not quite be ready for this now, so we are bringing in an older man to help.” At least, I hope it’s something like this, because I think this guy is brilliant — Haruhi ED, Lucky Star OP — and I’d hate to think of him having to leave KyoAni. Maybe he has to stick with the purely creative side for at least a while. And of course, I think he’s done a great job with Lucky Star, too, whatever some people think.

  5. Richard "Pocky" Kim May 2, 2007 at 9:55 am #

    I have to agree with the ‘not a hoax’ thing. Looking at his record, Lucky Star (just no way to truncate that, is there?) was his first shot as overall director. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was overwhelmed by all of the admin minutiae and such that the overall director has to deal with, like hashihime says.
    He’s definitely a competent director when it comes to actual animation and direction, but there’s more to deal with than just that.
    My guess is that they’re going to ease him into it some more, because I agree with hashihime, he’s got a lot of talent in him, it would be a shame to see him dropped.
    Going from enshutsu to kantoku is a pretty big step. I wonder if they might put him in an ‘assistant’ position to get him more experience.


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