Tomonaga, Kazuhide

Tomonaga, Kazuhide

Given name: 和秀
Family name: 友永
Birthday: Apr 28, 1952
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Kazuhide Tomonaga is best known as the animator who created convincing animation of spaceships flying realistically in the original Yamato series as well as other Toei robot shows. He created the lavishly animated catastrophe scenes in Galaxy Express 999 movie. He was one of the pioneers of more realistic mecha and effects animation. Toshiyuki Inoue is among the many animators influenced by him. Yoshinori Kanada and Kazuhide Tomonaga were, surprisingly, kindred spirits in the 70s. They had a friendly rivalry going. The climactic catastrophe scene in the Galaxy Express 999 movie sees them doing a tag-team of incredible animation as one animates one shot and the other then animates the next shot, etc.

As if it weren't enough that he influenced many of his compatriots, he went on to do a lot of work in foreign co-productions like Winnie the Pooh, Batman, Animaniacs, Superman, etc. that was widely hailed in the west. A few years ago he returned to a Telecom TV show and did animation on Tide-Line Blue under the late Iida Umanosuke. He continues to be very active as an animator, although he is no longer the wild animator he once was. His early work is particularly delightful to re-visit because it is so playful and free and full of youthful vitality.

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Momokiki20 | Dec 24, 2020 8:59 AM
Lupin III (2015) was amazing! I can't wait to see more of the series.


DragonsWhip | Oct 6, 2017 1:43 AM
For those who haven't seen Lupin III (2015) yet: please do. This man made it a masterpiece. :)


Doaj | Dec 14, 2015 2:41 AM
V What he said.


Nidhoeggr | Sep 1, 2015 3:39 PM
Nice job on the new Lupin so far.


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