K-On! staff interviews pt 1: Director Naoko Yamada & Series Composer Reiko Yoshida Dialogue

Director x Series Composer Dialogue

Naoko Yamada x Reiko Yoshida

Naoko Yamada:
Animator/Director at Kyoto Animation. Made her debut as director with K-On!. Previously worked as storyboarder/episode director on Clannad and Clannad After Story.

Reiko Yoshida:
Freelance scriptwriter. Notable works include series composer for Bakuman, Girls und Panzer, Tamako Market, and Yowamushi Pedal among other series.

A conversation with the two who are most acquainted with the K-On! anime. How was K-On! created? These two carefully chat about their production and their fixations about the characters.

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K-On!! (S2) staff interviews pt 1: Director Naoko Yamada & Series Composer Reiko Yoshida Dialogue

Director x Series Composer Dialogue

Director Naoko Yamada:
Director/Animator at Kyoto Animation. Notable works include directing Tamako Market/Love Story, series director of Sound! Euphonium, and episode director/storyboards/key animation for Clannad, Clannad After Story, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and other shows.

Series Composer Reiko Yoshida:
Freelance scriptwriter. Notable works include series composer for Bakuman, Girls und Panzer, Tamako Market, and Yowamushi Pedal among other series.

Director Yamada and Yoshida-san created K-On!! with love surpassing the usual for these roles. What thoughts and memories do they continue to hold as they look back at the final episode and the three years that have passed since the first four entered high school until their graduation. Continue reading

K-On! Movie interview: Director Naoko Yamada and Scriptwriter Reiko Yoshida

HTT Airlines, Flight JL401:

Boarding seat 1-2:

Director Naoko Yamada and Scriptwriter Reiko Yoshida

K-On! The Movie opened on December 3rd, 2011 and grew to be seen by over 1 million viewers in theatres. However, all Director Yamada had planned when she first heard it was being made into a movie were fragments of ideas. How was the movie created from stage zero? Continue reading

K-On! Movie interview: Scriptwriter Reiko Yoshida

HTT Airlines, Flight JL401:

Boarding seat 2:

Scriptwriter Reiko Yoshida

Yoshida-san worried whether it was feasible for the girls in the light music room to head to London and still have the work be K-On! in nature. During the scenario writing stage, she worried that the London part wouldn’t come to her. We came to hear about these troubles and devices to get through the film. Continue reading

Welcome to Tamako Market: Naoko Yamada x Reiko Yoshida Conversation

Announced immediately after the ninth episode of Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!, Tamako Market is Kyoto Animation’s latest series set to premiere in January. While I’ve translated various bits and pieces about the plot and characters, I recently translated a very long (over 3,500 words) conversation between Naoko Yamada and Reiko Yoshida that was published in the latest Animage magazine. Welcome to Tamako Market!

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