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Check Out This Career-Spanning Interview with Shinji Aramaki

Shinji Aramaki. Even if you don’t know his name, you probably know his work: he’s spent decades in the anime industry, starting out as a mecha designer on shows like Mospeada and Megazone 23 before reinventing himself as a director of CG films like Appleseed and Harlock.

Yesterday Forbes put up a career-spanning, detail-filled interview with Arakami in which we learned the following facts:

  • Aramaki helped design the toys called Microman, which would later become the basis for Transformers
  • Though his first CG film was 2004’s Appleseed, he was playing with computer-generated 3D models as far back as the 80s
  • His involvement as chief director on the Halo Legends project came about because he was a big fan of the games
  • Aramaki is recently into drinking pale ale

All that and much more in this interview, which is well-worth the read if you’re interested in Arakami and the history of mecha design in anime.

Source: Forbes

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.