27 July 2017

TamaGra Animation 2013 (タマグラアニメーション2013)




TamaGra is an abbreviation of the Department of Graphic Design at Tama Art University (Tamabi).  Under the late Prof. Masahiro Katayama (1955-2011), TamaGra inspired a new generation of innovative animators including Oscar-winner Kato Kunio, renowned New York-based artist Akino Kondoh, and independent animators Mirai Mizue, Shin Hashimoto, Ryo Okawara, and Masaki Okuda. 


Since 2012, Prof. Tatsutoshi Nomura (b. 1964), himself a Tamabi graduate, has led the TamaGra animation programme.  Under Nomura’s leadership, TamaGra graduates have won international animation prizes.  Notable examples include Yoko Kuno, who won the New Face Award at the 2013 Japanese Media Arts Festival and Sawako Kabuki, who won the Jury Award for Summer’s Puke is Winter’s Delight at Annecy 2017.  Some graduates are working as independent or freelance animators, while others have gone on to work for animation studios or in the gaming industry. 


Above is a selection of works by students at TamaGra in 2013, or click on individual films below.  To learn more about the artists, I have included the links to the websites or social media profiles.


Airy Me
dir. Yoko KUNO / 久野 遥子





Anal Juke 
肛門的重苦
dir. Sawako KABUKI / 冠木佐和子

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Tayutaum
dir. Namiko ISHIDATE / 石舘波子




Someday
dir. Kevin Bao SHENGRUI / 鮑生瑞





Yokosobokudesu selection 
ようこそぼくです選
dir. Manabu HIMEDA / 姫田真武



Popping, Mixing
dir. Ryoji YAMADA / 山田遼志





Waiter
dir. Ryoji YAMADA / 山田遼志

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