KS Update #31 - Interview with Kenji Itoso

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KS Update #31 - Interview with Kenji Itoso

Postby sand4fish » Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:47 am

Hello Everyone!

Before we get into our member interview for today, a big thank you to everyone for helping us reach the $4.6M Baisha Battle Event Stretch Goal! Ryo will have a tough battle on his hands with this one!

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Today’s interview is with Kenji Itoso, the newest member of the Shenmue family. After apprenticing under Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli, Itoso-san went on to be a director in a number of different media fields. More recently, he had been a part of Satoshi Kon’s Dreaming Machine, and also worked on Attack on Titan. Itoso-san is passionate about creating original animation, and his Santa Company and Coluboccoro, (funded through Kickstarter by the way!), have won worldwide acclaim, garnering appearances at the Cannes Film Festival.

Itoso-san has been an integral part of the Kickstarter campaign, working closely with Yu Suzuki as the promotion video director. The Shibuya Scramble scene was all him. Please give a warm welcome to Kenji Itoso!

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Thank you very much Kenji! His Kickstarter original anime projects can be found at Santa Company and Coluboccoro, so take a peek!
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Yu Suzuki will be back at #YouaskYu this Friday/Saturday to pick up where he left off last week. Keep sending your questions through your Twitter account by including #YouaskYu in the message.

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Re: KS Update #31 - Interview with Kenji Itoso

Postby ConanTheKing » Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:13 am

Ignore my previous post, I got his position wrong but regardless, it's good to have new talent mixed with older talent.
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Re: KS Update #31 - Interview with Kenji Itoso

Postby Dragon St. » Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:16 am

What? Suzuki brought an apprentice of Miyazaki on board? That is just awesome!! I also really enjoyed yesterday's video with the architect and his attention to the smallest details. Looks like Suzuki managed to bring back the best people from the first two games and added some real new talent to the team.

It's going to be a long 2,5 years. :-o
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Re: KS Update #31 - Interview with Kenji Itoso

Postby The_Intruder » Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:29 am

The good thing is Kenji Itoso said in the video that Shenmue III is under development right now before the Kickstarter ends. The wait till Dec 2017 for Shenmue III will drive us all cuckooo. Haaa
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Re: KS Update #31 - Interview with Kenji Itoso

Postby shredingskin » Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:33 am

I like that guy for some reason.

Like a younger Kojima.

Shenmue III team seems quite nice.

Someone has seen any of his work ?
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Re: KS Update #31 - Interview with Kenji Itoso

Postby mjq jazz bar » Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:39 am

They just added more rewards. Design your own capsule toy, be a chibi capsule toy and be a capsule toy that appears with some Shenmue characters. also put your name on an inn register for $600. I hope the last one doesn't push people away from the 1500 tier
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Re: KS Update #31 - Interview with Kenji Itoso

Postby killthesagabeforeitkillsu » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:10 am

Young prospect I see.
He needs to work harder on his character model skills but the movement looks fluid. YS has been hiring a lot of people with animation background. Hopefully he hires someone that is able to make a good transition between concept art models and 3D models. For example, Mortal Kombat usually has badass concept models but then they all horrible in the actual game.
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Re: KS Update #31 - Interview with Kenji Itoso

Postby Himuro » Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:26 am

Amazing that we have people working on the game that grew up playing it.

Also, this guy is really hot and is doing something to my insides.
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Re: KS Update #31 - Interview with Kenji Itoso

Postby Yokosuka » Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:58 am

Mixing old branches and young buds makes you always the best team.

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Re: KS Update #31 - Interview with Kenji Itoso

Postby Ziming » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:36 pm

The last of the Kickstarter promo videos finally gets subbed. Subtitles/translation by Dojo contributor Switch.

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Re: KS Update #31 - Interview with Kenji Itoso

Postby fittersau » Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:41 am

I'm excited to see Itoso handle the animated scenes. The scenes in the new Attack of Titan look rather impressive a big step up at least from his animated works.
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