Ex Machina is the 2nd installment of the Appleseed animated film series, adapted from the original manga by renowned comic artist/character designer Masamune Shirow. (who also gave us Ghost In The Shell) The film was released in Japan in late 2007.
While I wasn’t a very big fan of either films, mostly because the motion captured animation, the character and mecha design are really superlative and definitely worth checking out :
Character design was entrusted to Yamada Masaki, a veteran animator/character designer who has a long string of credits including Bumblegum Crisis, Gurren Lagann, Samurai Champloo, just to name a few. Fans of the Playstation game Basara will probably also recognize his art work.
The bulk of the CG animation was handled by Digital Frontier, one of the bigger 3D animation houses in Tokyo. Their studio is located in the fashionable shopping area of Daikanyama in Shibuya. Quite a number of my ex co-workers in Polygon Pictures worked on Ex Machina before moving over after the production wrapped.
This book has been out of print for quite a while, but you can still purchase a used copy from Amazon Japan Marketplace. However, you will need to engage a reshipping service like tenso.com as Amazon Marketplace sellers usually don’t ship outside of Japan. ( unless specifically stated )
– Dimensions – 10.1 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
– 144 pages
– Soft cover
– Color and b&w, in Japanese
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