“Animestyle” is the first issue of a brand new Japanese magazine dedicated to coverage on anime news and production, with focus on traditional “cel” animation. A few years back there was a similar publication called “Animation Note” that was really good but it’s no more, and there’s also the quarterly “Kikan S” magazine but that is more illustration-centric.
This first issue features Mamoru Hosoda’s ( of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars fame ) new animated film Wolf Children ( Ookami Kodomo No Ame To Yuki – Wolf Children “Rain” & “Snow” ). From the numerous reviews I’ve heard of folks who have seen it, the film is amazing.
There’s a lot of good content in here; layout boards, image boards, select background art and genga sheet, character design, and in depth interviews with the director and crew members ( in Japanese only, unfortunately. )
Do note that the feature on Wolf Children only covers about 1/2 of the book’s content; the rest of the book cover articles from other anime films like the upcoming 009 Re:Cyborg by GITS SAC director Kamiyama Kenji, amongst others.
(below) Character design is once again helmed by the venerable Sadamoto Yoshiyuki, who also worked on Hosoda-san’s earlier two films. He’s also responsible for the character design of this series of anime films with giant, lanky robots.
But wait…there’s more ! The magazine also comes with an amazing supplement with character designs for the Wolf Children film, about 80-100 pages in all. These are the actual designs that the animators use, as compared to the concept pieces shown earlier in this post.
As far as I know the complete collection of these character sheets seldom get published – but Gonzo seemed to have made an exception for Last Exile here.
Lots of great content for Mamoru Hosoda fans. If you are keen I highly recommend you pick it up asap as Japanese magazines ( periodicals ) seldom get reprints; once the first run is sold out, that’s it.
Dimensions – 25.6 x 18.2 x 1.4 cm
Soft cover, 160 pages. Also comes with supplement booklet about 80-100 pages.
Color with some B&W sketches, in Japanese
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