With its captivating storyline and jawbreaking animation, Madhouse’s Denno Coil ( 電脳コイル) has been keeping me on a fix ever since its release a few months back. The initial press limited edition dvd 1 ( containing episode 1 & 2, plus a bonus making of disc and storyboard book ) just arrived in the mail yesterday.


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Sep 27th 2007

I’m finally back in the studio after a much needed one week break. Its amusing how I am always craving for some personal time when the 18 hour days are killing me but not haven’t the foggiest idea how to spend it well when I do get some. I took lazy afternoon naps, had dinner with some Japanese friends, met up with 2 Singaporean friends who came for the Tokyo Game Show, and watched a couple of films, in between a fair bit of just lounging around doing nothing – an enjoyment nonetheless.

Here are some photos I took while exploring an area near Shimokitazawa.(下北沢)
The first one looks like something straight out of a scene in Akira :


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Sep 25th 2007


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Sep 15th 2007

About 2 months ago, word came that we will be helping out with the production for Utada Hikaru’s MTV for “Kiss & Cry“, her latest single. Although Freedom has always been associated with Utada’s music right from the start ( the opening credits feature her song “This is Love” ), the chance to actually work on one her MTVs naturally got me fairly excited, as I am a big fan. A rough cut of the MTV has already been completed, and I was just dying to see it.


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Sep 10th 2007

Work on Freedom 5 has just ended, and I finally get a little free time in the studio. The first thing I did was to grab my Tekkon Kinkreet dvd and ask for Ando-san’s autograph, who was the co-director on the film.


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Sep 6th 2007


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Sep 4th 2007

Takeru’s maglev hoverbike from Freedom.

Now…what would one built with Lego look like ?
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Aug 31st 2007

It was work as usual yesterday despite the weekend, but in the evening a few of us bugged out for a short breather at the local Matsuri 祭, a traditional Japanese summer night bazaar, or something like that.

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Aug 27th 2007

A piece of conceptual artwork done for Freedom 4.


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Aug 23rd 2007

Ayanami Rei from Evangelion graces the September cover of Rolling Stone Japan.


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Aug 17th 2007
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