Sunday, May 23, 2010

AKIRA: Pencil Tests!

Got a great email which linked me to CATSUKA which always has some great animation reels from Japan, Korea, and all over. One of my favorite Japanese Anime movies is AKIRA...which I am sure most people who probably come to this site have seen it and were also blown away. This is one of the videos but I have supplied the link where you can see them all!



Ben said...
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Noway said...

This is...

...MASSIVE!!!! O_O!

ARI said...

Awesome, an outstanding masterpice animation film.

Joel Brinkerhoff said...

I recently re-watched this with an English audio translation, but didn't watch the 'making' of part. Does anyone know if there was any computer assist on things like tunnels, motorcycles, aircraft? The film was make when computer graphics were still in it's infancy so I'm kind of doubtful. Akira still stand as an amazingly opulent film with impeccable draftsmanship.

Anonymous said...

@ Joel Brinkerhoff

I don't know for sure, but it looks like the makers often use video reference material. Take action and movement from movie reference and alter everything frame by frame to fit the anime.

Anonymous said...

Still it is ofcourse very well done.
Also thanks for letting me know about these impressive pencil tests!

the plummer said...

This is beyond any idea of absolute awesomeness and is giving me goosebumps on top of goosebumps. I'm going to go huddle in a corner and weep over my own totally not worthy animation.

Timothy Merks said...

A book that's worth getting if you like this is the "Akira: Animation Archive"

this has heaps of layouts, designs and animation keys. Also interviews but they are all in japanese text.

dzart said...

Seeing the the original pencils just gave me a whole level of appreciation.

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