Anohana character designer Masayoshi Tanaka Does Live Drawing

The drawing tablet makers Wacom has released a new video in its “Drawing with Wacom” series, featuring the animator, illustrator and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka. In the video, Tanaka is using the Cintiq 24HD touch tablet.

Tanaka has worked on multiple anime series: he was the character designer for shows such as Anohana, Waiting in the Summer, Toradora! and Highschool of the Dead; a key animator on Eureka Seven, Bleach, A Certain Scientific Railgun, Naruto Shippunden and Mushi-Shi; and he is currently working as an illustrator for Raku Kusanagi’s Dead End Rhapsody light novel series.

The Flowers of Evil First Key Visual and Staff Revealed

Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine has revealed the first piece of key visual art for the anime adaptation of Shuzo Oshimi’s Flowers of Evil manga. The staff working on the anime have also been announced. The anime is set to be released in spring 2013.

Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushi-Shi, Detroit Metal City) will be directing the series along with Tetsuo Hirakawa (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), as the assistant director. Hidekazu Shimamura (Nodame Cantabile, Detroit Metal City) is in charge of the character design and Aki Itami (Mushi-Shi, Prince Mackaroo) is the series’ scriptwriter.

Other staff include:

  • Yoshihisa Oyama (Say “I love you”, Detroit Metal City): Director of Photography
  • Kazuya Tanaka (Prince Mackaroo, Mushi-Shi): Sound Director
  • Kentaro Akiyama (Penguin Drum): Art Director
  • Hiroko Umezaki (Basilisk): Colour Key
  • Daisuke Hiraki (Medaka Box; So, I Can’t Play H!): Editing

The story follows Takao Kasuga, a boy who, in a moment of weakness, steals the gym clothes of the girl he has a crush on, Nanako Saeki. Unfortunately, Nakamura Sawa, a girl with a sadistic streak, witnesses his crime. Takao doesn’t know whether to confess his crime or not, but he attempts to win over Nanako, while also trying to avoid being blackmailed by Nakamura.