A Question About the Harlock CG Film Team and a Thought on Kei Yuki
Here’s a report from the animation festival at Annecy (in French, because Annecy is in France) on the Harlock project that’s coming out god knows when.
Footage is from the promo pilot, which we’ve already seen around but in worse quality… Anyway, let me present the crew working on the project (as stated in the articles here and here). All of this is old news, but I wanted to bring it up here because I know very little about these people so any information or thoughts about them would be much appreciated.
Director: Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed, Appleseed Ex Machina)
Producer: Yoshiyuki Ikezawa (Lovely Complex)
Producer: Joseph Cho (Halo Legends)
Screenwriter: Harutoshi Fukui (wrote Gundam Unicorn)
Character designer: Yutaka Minowa (Ninja Scroll movie, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Devil May Cry: The Animated Series)
Mechanical designer: Atsushi Takeuchi (Appleseed, Halo Legends, Ghost in the Shell)
Aramaki, Cho and Takeuchi have worked together on a number of Appleseed projects and on Halo Legends. Cho assisted in production of Appleseed Ex Machina and Aramaki was creative director for Halo Legends, which was produced by Cho.
Minowa, by the way, has also worked extensively as key animator and animation director. Takeuchi has worked on everything under the sun, from Evangelion to Cromartie High School.
I get the feeling I saw some Appleseed eons ago but I can’t remember it at all. Any thoughts on these men and how they may fare here?
The footage we’ve seen so far presents a badass Kei Yuki (she’s the blonde in pink). The original Kei Yuki is not this badass I think. I am immediately reminded of the live-action Yamato, where they badassified Yuki Mori too. The leap isn’t as great here, since Kei Yuki is a already a combatant in the original and the 3rd ranking member of the Arcadia (and considering #2 Yattaran is often AWOL, she’s almost de facto second only to Harlock) but she simply isn’t oozing out self-confidence like she is in this footage. The concept worked for Mori (though they kind of botched the execution of it in the film) and I’m starting to think it will work well here too.
P.S. There are reports from Annecy Leiji intends to do a new Harlock series after the film is done?!