Best known for directing live-action films like Karate Girl, Yoshikatsu Kimura tells Crunchyroll News that he’s taking inspiration from films like Spider-Man:Into the Spider-Verse into his work as director of EX-ARM.
Kimura, a self-confessed anime fan, says:
“I wanted to challenge myself in making an anime, but using the directorial skills I’ve gained from working with live-action films. Also, I knew if we approached the battle and action scenes like we do in live-action films, we could create an anime that’s never been created before.”
He remarks that it is rare for a live-action director to work on an anime.
“It doesn’t usually happen,” he says. “But regardless, I have experience as a director, so I decided to give it a shot. I also think that being a newcomer in the field means that I won’t be tied down to how things are usually done and may be able to bring something new.”
The biggest surprise? The fact that there is no gravity in anime! “All the scenes I had in my head, weren’t tied down by gravity. As for the direction itself, I’ll be using all the experience I have with camerawork and since my mind won’t be tied down by gravity like it is sometimes when working with real-life actors, I’ll be able to showcase a reality created with that freedom.”
EX-ARM is set in Tokyo in the year 2030 and tells the story of a battle between police and criminal organisations over super-weapons called EX-ARM that have incredible powers. The full interview with Yoshikatsu Kimura is on the Crunchyroll News site.
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