kajnrig Posted January 27 Share Posted January 27 https://www.forbes.com/sites/olliebarder/2023/01/26/shinichiro-watanabe-on-making-cowboy-bebop-and-what-he-thinks-of-the-live-action-adaptation/ The interview covers the entirety of his career, but a good few paragraphs are dedicated to his M+ days. Quote “The first anime I worked on where I was in charge of the overall direction was Macross Plus. However, in reality, the director for that was Shoji Kawamori and I was more like a co-director. In the credits though, Kawamori is listed as something like supervising director, but he really was the director. It was also totally different from working as an episode director; I was much more responsible for a wider variety of things including the story. I was in charge of the entire direction and I gained experience in how to look at the overall aspect of production. “For Macross Plus, the overall setting and world setup were done by Kawamori, so in that sense, I was there more to support all of that. The end result was an anime that was a mixture of my tastes and Kawamori’s tastes. I didn’t plan to work on Macross Plus either, the offer just came up and I took it. In addition, at that time, Sunrise didn’t hire directors as employees. That meant when I became an episode director, I was effectively released from my contract with Sunrise. That meant I became freelance after that. “With Takahashi [Ryosuke], he doesn’t do tasks on his own, but he is instead very good at delegating tasks to other people and maximizing their abilities for the benefit of the overall production. He’s a very good manager of people. However, with Kawamori, it is completely the opposite. He wants to do everything on his own. That meant working with Kawamori was very different from working with someone like Takahashi. Takahashi was always very gentle though, but by contrast, Kawamori was quite eccentric. He was very calm but eccentric. He was very pure with eyes sparkling with fascination. Kawamori is a very interesting person.” .... “Even though I was a director on Macross Plus, Kawamori was really the main director. That meant the situation didn't allow me to do everything I wanted. That frustration turned into a huge amount of energy inside of me. It made me want to do my own original things. So Cowboy Bebop ended up being the first anime where I could do whatever I wanted. That means you don't really need to pay attention to what I worked on before Cowboy Bebop. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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