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Split of Japanese Animators’ Association Over Government-funded Project

by dtshyk
Jan 16, 2011 3:13 AM | 16 Comments
A factional split of Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) has got intense and is about to be brought to the court. The strife has originated from the government-funded project for the training of young animators, which was launched by Agency For Cultural Affairs last April. Ashida Toyoo, the founder of JAniCA, came into conflict with the chief auditor Okeda Daisuke and the project manager Kamimura Sachiko over the distribution of the budget. Agency For Cultural Affairs notified JAniCA that they suspend the support of the project until the dispute is settled.

“Ashida” splinter group:
Ashida Toyoo (the former chairperson of JAniCa, the director of “Vampire Hunter D”, “Hokuto no Ken”)
Utagawa Kazuhiko (the animation director of “Uchuu Senkan Yamato: Kanketsu-hen”)
Okuda Seiji (the director of “Choujuu Kishin Dancougar”)
Namiki Takashi (the president of Oh! Production)
Yoshida Daisuke (the animation director of “Souten Kouro”)
Fukuda Noriyuki (the animation director of “Tenjou Tenge”)
Takabayashi Hisaya (the director of “Blue Remains”)

“Okeda” sprinter group:
Okeda Daisuke (lawyer, the chief auditor of JAniCA)
Kamimura Sachiko (the animation director of “Black Jack”)
Inoue Toshiyuki
Yamasaki Osamu (the current chairperson of JAniCA)
Sugino Sachiko (the key animator of “Princess Mononoke”)

Ashida Group’s insistence:

Okeda Group’s insistence:

Sources: JAniCA, Namiki’s blog, Oh! Production
Related topic: Japanese Government Invests $2.2 Million In Young Animator Training

16 Comments Recent Comments

nowadays there politic everywhere

Jan 18, 2011 9:17 AM by Mr_Gutts

this better not affect the the people oversea

Jan 17, 2011 4:55 AM by leeahseng

blah blah blah, let's see some sumo action

Jan 17, 2011 12:15 AM by Kazeshini

Sadly it not going happened consider how almost everyone acting like fools

Jan 16, 2011 5:12 PM by angelronin

Who cares, as long as i can keep watching my anime >_>

Jan 16, 2011 2:24 PM by unknown_prodigy

The ending solution should be interesting...

Jan 16, 2011 12:31 PM by Gone__Forever__

lol governments and money of course theres going to be problems..

Jan 16, 2011 12:02 PM by Neverarine

In these kinds of situations, everybody should be fired and new people brought in. Unfortunately, that will never happen so they're screwed. Too bad.

Jan 16, 2011 8:19 AM by kuroshiroi

Ooo,, look at these old people's doing

Jan 16, 2011 7:44 AM by sisore

Okeda >>>>>> Ashida

Place your bets here!

Jan 16, 2011 7:26 AM by Detective

Like they say money is the root of all evil.

They need to get back to work, this isn't the time for division, united we stand, divided we fail people.

Jan 16, 2011 7:21 AM by Hoppy

what about the young animators....think of the children, the children!

Jan 16, 2011 7:18 AM by kisami

Sigh. Whenever money is involved, things always seem to get messy. All I want is for them to clean up their act and get to work

Jan 16, 2011 4:14 AM by mikhailn

making anime has some politics and drama too

Jan 16, 2011 4:08 AM by j0x

Corruption?? Through animation??

Jan 16, 2011 3:52 AM by Cashdax

so people should vote for one of them ?

Jan 16, 2011 3:39 AM by Eternal_Shield