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 1 JHM, Fri, 20th Jul '12 5:50:34 AM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
Because there should be a topic.

To the uninformed: Masaaki Yuasa is a critically lauded animation director best known for his film Mind Game and the series Kemonozume, Kaiba and The Tatami Galaxy. It's hard to say that he has a "style"—he's done some very different things—but his work can be reasonably easily recognised by its fluid motion, atypical character designs, and total unabashed trippiness.

So, um... yeah. Discuss at will.

edited 20th Jul '12 5:52:57 AM by JHM

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Mind Game looks interesting, but can you tell me anything about the plot? Or is that impossible?
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 3 JHM, Mon, 23rd Jul '12 5:12:50 AM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
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Strangely, I have not seen it yet, but The Other Wiki has a pretty thorough plot summary (which you may want only to read the beginning of).

Basic gist seems to be thus: A comic artist meets a childhood friend (with whom he is infatuated) in her parents' restaurant. While talking over dinner, the friend is kidnapped by the yakuza. After that... things get really trippy.

edited 23rd Jul '12 5:18:49 AM by JHM

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I've come here by means of a google alert set up to his name. I'm not an anime fan, but this guy is a genius. I cant' understand how so few people know his work. Look for Cat Soup on youtube, look for his amazing series Kaiba, and look for Mind Game, of course. I won't try to describe the plot of Mind Game. I don't feel that would be fair to other aspects of the show. The story is good, sure, but the greatest thing about the movie is how everything is done. The animation is unique, cartoony and stylish, the camera angles are interesting and extreme at times. Gee, go check it out yourselves!
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 5 JHM, Wed, 26th Sep '12 7:29:45 PM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
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Cat Soup is one of my favourite short animated films ever. It's just so strange and compelling, very funny yet also very, very sad. Especially the ending. Oh dear God, the ending...
[up] Cat Soup is icky but fascinating, yes.

My fave work of his is Tatami Galaxy. I binged it and it was glorious.

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I've seen Mind Game. I haven't watched as many movies as most people, but I'm pretty sure I've never seen another one as weird.

I want to watch The Tatami Galaxy, but I've only seen about half of it, and most of the episodes seem to no longer be available online.
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 8 Kayeka, Thu, 27th Sep '12 1:04:58 PM from Amsterdam Relationship Status: Brony
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Oh, god, The Tatami Galaxy was freaking awesome.

...I should go rewatch that one right now. Been far too long.
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edited 28th Sep '12 4:25:32 AM by fillerdude

 10 Fancolors, Sun, 30th Sep '12 11:13:35 AM from Land of the Mamelucos
This thread made me watch The Tatami Galaxy.

It was a wonderful experience.
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 11 JHM, Thu, 4th Oct '12 4:24:52 AM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
@Desertopa: You can watch it on Hulu. And you should. It is seriously one of my favourite animated shows of all time.

In related news, Yuasa has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new short with Production I.G.

This shall be glorious.

P.S. I am surprised and delighted that this thread has led people to watch more of this man's oeuvre. I just feel so happy now.

edited 4th Oct '12 4:28:45 AM by JHM

[up] Kickstarter for a short film? Now that's interesting.

 13 Figment Jedi, Mon, 21st Apr '14 9:46:11 AM from The Dreamport
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He's gonna be a guest director for an upcoming episode of Adventure Time.
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MIND GAME: A delinquent cartoonist is devastated when his high school crush is marrying someone else, they both get into trouble with the Yakuza, then they and 2 of their friends are run over a bridge..... and into the belly of a whale, where they meet an eccentric old man who's been stuck in their for ages, and they all learn a bit about their lives. ... it's basically a modern-day Japanese Jonah And The Whale, but seeing the movie is required in order to get a grasp on how amazing it is!

[up]Yes, he is directing and writing an upcoming Adventuretime episode. The clip shows that they're still gonna have the English voice actors, and the characters (in the beginning at least) are more or less on-model.

One of his pupils supervised the plant planet episode of Space Dandy.

edited 28th Apr '14 8:04:17 AM by kyun

 15 fancolors, Fri, 25th Apr '14 7:02:22 PM from Land of the Mamelucos
Sneak peak of the episode.

It really reminds me of Happy Machine so far. Except a lot less depressing.
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