Animator Spotlight – Shinpei Sawa

Shinpei Sawa [澤 真平]


-He graduated from the KyoAni school on 2009, debuting as In-Betweener on K-ON!! after finished their animation course.
-On the KyoAni school, Noriyuki Kitanohara was one of his instructors, learning the ropes from him and another KyoAni animators.
-He has stated diverse times on interviews that he likes to animate scenes with effects and flashy action, much like his mentor, Noriyuki Kitanohara, who was the main Mecha and effects ace on Kyoto Animation, while the rest of the studio was more focused on character animation and layouts than on action and effects.
-Ascended to key animation on Nichijou #2, with his drawings being corrected by KyoAni’s legendary animator Yukiko Horiguchi.
-He quickly stood out on the studio, being trusted with demanding, intricate scenes, as well as action, effects and obviously, mechas, converting on one of the aces on the field of Kyoto Animation, again, unlike the rest of the studio, that’s more focused on other aspects of animation, he excels on these fields like none other on the studio -maybe only Hiroyuki Takahashi and Noriyuki Kitanohara are the better on these aspects than him-
-He has strong imagination, so he tends to designs monsters and mechas for the anime that require them, was very happy seeing the monsters that he designed for Phantom World so carefully animated by the animation team of the series, emerging a desire to create and that his creations were represented on a correct way.
-On the last year, he started to be trained as Director under his mentor back then on Kyoto Animation school, Noriyuki Kitanohara, on the episode eight of the second season of Hibike! Euphonium, and after that, he’s scheduled to debut as Episode Director on KyoAni’s new series MaiDragon, under KyoAni legendary director Yasuhiro Takemoto, let’s see what the future has for him!



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