And here is the last interview I’m posting from this summer’s conventions: a conversation with character designer and animator Akihiko Yamashita. He’s best known for serving as animation director on numerous Studio Ghibli projects, including Ponyo and The Cat Returns, as well as being one of the two character designers on Giant Robo. In this interview, we ask him about what being at Ghibli and working alongside Hayao Miyazaki is like, his outright worship of JJ Abrams, and why he likes middle-aged male characters so much!
Note: the woman sitting next to him in the video is another character designer, Miho Shimogasa, who’s done work on Cutey Honey Flash, Gravitation, and Powerpuff Girls Z. She is silent in this interview.
Transcript follows after the break.