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November 10 2010

washi
09:30
I clipped this from Star Driver episode 6.

Yoshimichi Kameda is a new star animator who works a lot with BONES (came to be well-known just recently for his exhilarating action sequences and impressive effect animation in FMA:B). He contributed key animation to Star Driver episode 6, and these are the cuts I think are his. Although the distinctive shading from FMA:B isn't there, his jagged poses and movements give him away! Cool stuff.

Star Driver continues to impress from an animation point of view!
washi
09:15
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Awesome Star Driver illustration by Yutaka Nakamura. The two girls on the right (really cute, right?) are apparently You Marino and You Mizuno.
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October 19 2010

washi
03:18
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Star Driver #3

  ● I can't say I'm enjoying this show more and more, but it's holding my interest amid the general confusion of the plot, somehow. The vibrant visuals probably have a lot to do with that.

● I don't think the Utena writer's approach to storytelling agree with mine, because his scripts so far have been heavy on the weird and light on the compelling. Yoji Enokido has done some good stuff before, but I dunno.

● Once again BONES proved themselves still able to pull off a good unusual mecha battle. In Eureka 7 it was surfin mechs, this time it's fencing, flambouyant mechs. but the important thing is that they showcase some really good 2D animation. Star Driver has some good talent involved, and the mech battle this week was pulled off well by several animators.

Jun Arai's cuts during the mecha battle stood out glaringly, with his dense and crazy shading and sharp angular movements. He did lots of similar stuff for NEEDLESS. I really don't like that style of "animation", but in short doses it adds a little variety~ (check his segment out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eD9ZA-gP7JU#t=1m08)

● Alligator in the pool .. that's classic super-rich, married Japanese high school girl!

● That little Pokemon thing is even more annoying than it is pointless. 

● Thank God we didn't hear any "It's a PINCH!" this time. 

● Why the hell didn't he dual-wield from the start? 

October 03 2010

washi
11:27
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  Star Driver OP

I'm about to watch the show, but the OP already has me excited. I knew some great animators were being assembled for this anime, and it already shows.

This OP was storyboarded/directed by none other than Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo). My favourite animator currently prolific in TV-anime, Hironori Tanaka, did the "motion design" (so he probably gave directions but didn't draw the frames himself).

Looks sweet. 

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September 29 2010

washi
00:11
Gotta say, I didn't expect Star Driver to be pushing the fanservice button quite so hard (and that's NOT a complaint!). Who could complaint when faced with this ero yuri-esque poster? What's with the chain I wonder? It's like Sora no Otoshimono again!

September 25 2010

washi
11:51

September 22 2010

washi
06:00
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Meet the villains of Star Driver. They're an .. interesting.. looking bunch. One of the girls has a husband, even though she's only 15! I'm starting to think this show might be weird in a good kind of way.
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September 04 2010

washi
05:57
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Star Driver PV

Man, this shit looks so CASH. The animation is superb. The weird designs don't seem so alienating put in proper context.

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August 26 2010

washi
13:15

August 07 2010

washi
00:22
Mecha designs for Star Driver. I'm not exactly impressed with these designs. I can say they're certainly not going for the realistic angle with this one! Seems like Gunbuster 2!
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August 06 2010

washi
10:46

The latest issue of Newtype hit the shelves and bought with it a wave of new pictures and information!

Possibly the biggest item: Star Driver full staff and cast!! As transcriped from the image below:

2010年10月から日5
原作:BONES 
監督:五十嵐卓哉 
脚本:榎戸洋司 
キャラクター原案:水屋美沙×水屋洋花
キャラクターデザイン・総作画監督:伊藤嘉之、
サイバティデザイン:コヤマシゲト
コンセプトデザイン:荒牧伸志 
美術デザイン:永井一男 
地下世界デザイン:岡田有章
インダストリアルデザイン:柳瀬敬之 
特技監督:村木靖 
美術監督:脇威志
色彩設計:中山しほ子 
撮影監督:神林剛 
編集:西山茂 
音楽:神前暁
音響監督:若林和弘 
アニメーション制作:ボンズ

Core Staff:


Director: Takuya Igarashi
Script: Yoji Enokido
Music: Satoru Kousaki
Original Character Design: Hiroka Mizuya × Misa Mizuya
Character Design: Yoshiyuki Ito
Chief Animation Director: Yoshiyuki Ito

ツナシ・タクト:宮野真守 
アゲマキ・ワコ:早見沙織
シンドウ・スカタ:福山潤 
ワタナベ・カナコ:新名彩乃 
シモーヌ・アラゴン:竹達彩奈
ニチ・ケイト:小清水亜美 
シナダ・ベニオ:千葉千恵巳 
エンドウ・サリナ:坂本真綾
ホンダ・オージ:高木俊 
ゴウダ・テツヤ:杉山大

CAST:


Tsunashi Takuto - Mamoru Miyano
Agemaki Wako - Saori Hayami
Shindou Sugata - Jun Fukuyama
Watanabe Kanako - Ayano Niina
Shimoonu Aragon - Ayana Taketatsu
Nichi Keito - Ami Koshimizu
Shinada Benio - Chiemi Chiba
Endou Sarina - Maaya Sakamoto
Honda Jyooji - Shun Takagi
Gouda Tetsuya - Ooki Sugiyama

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July 14 2010

washi
07:11
Now with pokemon??
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washi
06:55
The promotional material for Star Driver is ramping up now! That's always crucial for an original anime.
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washi
06:54
Girly-looking mecha don't appeal much to me.
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July 06 2010

washi
21:41
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New issue of Newtype is out! It brings with it some juicey items of interest, including the above: a good look at the character designs for BONES' upcoming original anime, Star Driver!! How do I say this.. they look ... decent? I like the main girl but some of the minor characters seem on the ugly side.
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