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06-10-09, 4:40 AM

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According to the official BBS of Hirata Katsuzo (the chief animator of "Basquash!"), Itagaki Shin was fired from the director of "Basquash!". The official website of the anime indicates that the new director is Sato Eiichi (the director of "Kiss Dum: Engage Planet"). Hirata said the production staff of Basquash were largely reorganized from the episode 9 and Hirata himself also had to leave the team by the end of May.

Sources:
Hirata's official BBS
Basquash official website

The Amazon pre-order ranking chart of Basquash Blu-ray vol.1 shows unsuccessful sales of the anime.

Amaran chart of Basquash

Hashimoto Hiroyuki, one of the episode directors of Basquash, is looking for jobs because he quit the team.

Hashimoto's blog

Last March, Itagaki Shin wrote in his web column that there was an extremely discouraging event happened to him on March 24th.

Source: Itagaki's web column
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06-10-09, 4:57 AM

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I am not amused. Itagaki's ADHD directing was one of the things that kept the show entertaining.
 
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06-10-09, 5:04 AM

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Hey, maybe the show can now be good!

 
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06-10-09, 5:04 AM

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Thats just silly :P
 
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06-10-09, 5:07 AM

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Two significantly rare events happened.
1. The main production staff were fired in the middle of the airing.
2. Such confidential personnel changes were leaked by animators before the official announcement.

I guess many animators are dissatisfied with the discharge of Itagaki.
 
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06-10-09, 5:23 AM

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Absolutely_Steve said:
I am not amused. Itagaki's ADHD directing was one of the things that kept the show entertaining.


Exactly.


Dropping it in the same moment the episodes directed by so called new director begin.
 
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06-10-09, 5:49 AM

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that is a dumb move. that is the way to get people to hate a company.
 
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06-10-09, 6:19 AM

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Effed, the show hasn't been as exhilarating since the first episode but it's still pretty good, it's not like Lucky Star where the first episodes were completely unbearable to watch.


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06-10-09, 6:22 AM

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Well, I guess I can't say I blame them. The show - while decent in some parts where action was concerned - hasn't lived up to my expectations. I'm interested to see what kind of direction the new director will take the anime in.
 
06-10-09, 6:25 AM

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Probably going to drop it when the next director episode's arrive. Being bad or not, not going to watch 2 half finished anime's
 
06-10-09, 6:28 AM

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wtf, that sucks
 
06-10-09, 6:40 AM

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Looking forward to see the changes. Preferably in a direction that makes Basquash! stands out as more than just a "forgettable" anime.
 
06-10-09, 6:44 AM

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wow.......i was really enjoying basquash O_o this really sucks..
 
06-10-09, 8:01 AM

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It was obvious Basquash would have bad sales. Unfortunate, but obvious.

Wonder where the show will go now with such a major change.
 
06-10-09, 8:24 AM

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I thought episode 10 was the best so far, it seemed to be hitting its stride. Guess I'll have to see what a new director can do...
 
06-10-09, 8:30 AM

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Wasn't expecting anything from the show to begin with, so all changes are positivei guess.

Ass long sa Sela is ever-present.
 
06-10-09, 10:17 AM

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dtshyk said:
Two significantly rare events happened.
1. The main production staff were fired in the middle of the airing.
2. Such confidential personnel changes were leaked by animators before the official announcement.

I guess many animators are dissatisfied with the discharge of Itagaki.


This may be a weird example to use, but the same thing happened in the tokusatsu project Kamen Rider Hibiki. The show had amazing ratings and was widely acclaimed for being unique, but toy and DVD sales were weak, so a large chunk of the production staff (including producers and writers) were changed to try to get the show some better toy sales. The show ended up suffering in the end, with fans, critics, and actors extremely dissatisfied with what the new staff did. In the end, toy sales did rise. *shrugs*

Gah, I just know Basquash! is going to go down the toilet now. I love the hyperactive feel of the show, changing that will just remove half of the show's charm. I've been thinking this for a while now, but Shoji Kawamori must have lost his mind if he'll let this happen.
 
06-10-09, 11:14 AM

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The official website of the anime indicates that the new director is Sato Eiichi (the director of "Kiss Dum: Engage Planet").

yeah, never touching this anime now...
 
06-10-09, 12:14 PM

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dtshyk said:
The official website of the anime indicates that the new director is Sato Eiichi (the director of "Kiss Dum: Engage Planet").


...

well there goes my Friday catch-up marathon.
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06-10-09, 1:02 PM

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dtshyk said:
The official website of the anime indicates that the new director is Sato Eiichi (the director of "Kiss Dum: Engage Planet").

-___________-
I downloaded everything last night just to wake up to THIS news?
gah! *angry*


 
06-10-09, 1:32 PM
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Wtf, why? I hope it won't start to suck now. Though I guess a few more episodes have already been finished.
 
06-10-09, 1:36 PM

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what? Basquash is unsuccessful?
They should get the director of Mars of Destruction.
Only he can save the show! I'm sure.
 
06-10-09, 1:43 PM

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This sounds like a positive move, though not a good enough reason for me to pick up the show again.
 
06-10-09, 2:07 PM

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De-JaY said:
what? Basquash is unsuccessful?

That's not surprising. It's an original show, not based on manga, game or novel so it doesn't have an established fanbase; the story is written by a westerner, the character designs are out of anime standard, etc, etc. It'll make better sales in US and Europe.
 
06-10-09, 2:14 PM

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wait... how far had they gotten in production when the director was fired? For all we know they could've completed all but 5 episodes.
 
06-10-09, 2:18 PM
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seishi-sama said:
That's not surprising. It's an original show, not based on manga, game or novel so it doesn't have an established fanbase; the story is written by a westerner, the character designs are out of anime standard, etc, etc. It'll make better sales in US and Europe.
If it gets that far. But anyway, that explains a few things. I'm enjoying it, it's refreshingly different.
 
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cyruz said:
seishi-sama said:
That's not surprising. It's an original show, not based on manga, game or novel so it doesn't have an established fanbase; the story is written by a westerner, the character designs are out of anime standard, etc, etc. It'll make better sales in US and Europe.
If it gets that far. But anyway, that explains a few things. I'm enjoying it, it's refreshingly different.


Same opinion here. Its not good nor exactly imaginative but it delivers it purpouse for me, that is entertainment
 
06-10-09, 4:50 PM

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At least Kawamori's still in this...
 
06-12-09, 12:18 AM

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wtf... seriously... I actually enjoyed watching this serious... now they suddenly fired the main director... what bs...
 
06-12-09, 5:09 AM

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CrystalFalls said:
dtshyk said:
According to the official BBS of Hirata Yuzo (the chief animator of "Basquash!")]


You made a mistake. The chief animator is Hirata Katsuzou.

Oh, thanks. reading 雄三 as Katsuzo is really rare.
 
06-12-09, 5:22 AM

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@CrystalFalls
well, there is no strict rule in writing Japanese names in alphabet unless one chooses a specific spelling, like
加藤 Kato or Katou
修三 Syuzo or Shuzou
東海林 Syouji or Shoji
In this case, Katsuzo and Katsuzou are essentially the same.
 
06-12-09, 5:42 AM

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One letter, serious business (couldnt resist it sorry)
 
06-12-09, 12:31 PM

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Static said:
One letter, serious business (couldnt resist it sorry)

Japanese 101
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06-12-09, 1:00 PM

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CrystalFalls said:
dtshyk said:

修三 Syuzo or Shuzou


Syuzo, Shuzo, Syuuzou, or Shuuzou, but not Shuzou.

I see, so this site does not use a consistent system. It is sometimes o, sometimes ou, and sometimes both in the same name.
it's hard to be consistent when everybody has a different preference and no spelling is more "correct" than the other.
 
06-12-09, 3:23 PM

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windy said:
CrystalFalls said:
dtshyk said:

修三 Syuzo or Shuzou


Syuzo, Shuzo, Syuuzou, or Shuuzou, but not Shuzou.

I see, so this site does not use a consistent system. It is sometimes o, sometimes ou, and sometimes both in the same name.
it's hard to be consistent when everybody has a different preference and no spelling is more "correct" than the other.
We should just switch the people DB to the Japanese, kanji, hiragana, etc.

Romaji is for suckers.
 
06-12-09, 8:37 PM

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windy said:
The official website of the anime indicates that the new director is Sato Eiichi (the director of "Kiss Dum: Engage Planet").

yeah, never touching this anime now...
My thoughts exactly....and I was thinking of giving it a shot eventually, since I'm not watching much at the moment anyway, but now....gah (Remembers being excited about Kissdum, only to quit after the horrible first two episodes)
 
06-12-09, 8:44 PM

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So, what was this discouraging event?

It is extremely rare to see an anime director getting fired halfway into the series. Since I had no plans to watch Basquash, I will never find out what's wrong with it..
 
06-15-09, 4:28 AM

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I hope this doesn't spell the end of Basquash. I really love the anime's refreshing outlook in every aspect.
 
06-21-09, 10:23 PM

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hope this doesnt change for the worse

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07-04-09, 12:18 PM

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This is very lolling, as it is from episode 8 onwards that the series evolved from just a "fine" to an "excellent" for me.
 
07-04-09, 2:29 PM

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low sales of DVD killed him. But sometimes DVD sales have NOTHING to do with the quality of the series......

KissDum was......um......yeah.....

Let's really hope the new director discovers new talents....
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07-04-09, 4:42 PM

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PeanutSteak said:
Effed, the show hasn't been as exhilarating since the first episode but it's still pretty good, it's not like Lucky Star where the first episodes were completely unbearable to watch.


yeah i agree.
I hope that Basquash can recover though, cos it really is good.


 
07-04-09, 5:12 PM

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PeanutSteak said:
Effed, the show hasn't been as exhilarating since the first episode but it's still pretty good, it's not like Lucky Star where the first episodes were completely unbearable to watch.


That is so true. I plan to resume Lucky Star soon.
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The endless debate between fans and haters. At one point, after spending a lot of time on MAL, you just realize it's totally pointless.
Niko-kun said:
On MAL, everyone who has used the lame rating system becomes a critic and an intellectual by default, haven't you heard?
 
07-04-09, 8:42 PM

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oh fucking hell, i was having high hopes for the series since the very beginning, but now it seems that this series would not be that popular anymore, especially that pathetic episode 12
 
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