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A rare sight of animator Masaaki Yuasa staying on-model.
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Masaaki Yuasa (born March 16, 1965) is one of the most prominent figures of alternative anime. His visual style is immediatly recognizable as it significantly differs from standard anime iconography and rather displays influence from Western animation, particularly American cartoon as well Russian and European avantgarde animation. He learned his profession in London, hence the international style with extensive manipulation of perspective, bright colors, exaggerated facial expressions and fast-paced action sequences. He has been compared to independent animator Bill Plympton, cartoon savage John Kricfalusi, the films of Mushi Productions and George Dunning.

He's not only considered a virtuoso animator and art director, he also directed a variety of own films and series himself, brought to life with Madhouse and Studio 4°C. Some of his works achieved cult status among anime fans, most totably Mind Game and The Tatami Galaxy.

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