Conductor Naoto Otomo interview, May 2019

To commemorate a newly-recorded re-release of Kentaro Haneda’s Yamato Grand Symphony, the Japanese website Real Sound interviewed Conductor Naoto Otomo, who was intimately involved in its production since it was composed in 1984. Here he describes the conditions for its creation and its evolution since then.

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Rogue producer, 1997 – 1999

Focus, a weekly gossip magazine published by Shinchosha, was a celebrity-and-scandal chaser that kept tabs on cultural turmoil. Yoshinobu Nishizaki wasn’t high on their list of targets, but they tagged him on at least two separate occasions. In the interest of complete record-keeping, here are both of their articles.

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Yoshio Tanioka interview, November 2018

From the Yamato 2202 Chapter 6 program book: in this interview, art director Yoshio Tanioka describes the process for creating a visual world, and what it takes to translate the artistic style of Assistant Director Makoto Kobayashi into all of the lavish, detailed, and stunning background art seen on screen in Yamato 2202.

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