Bulma's Foot Masseur wrote:Why does everyone hate Yamamuro again? What crimes is he responsible for specifically?
He killed me kitten.
Okay, okay, not really.
Yamamuro Tadayoshi's exerted an incredibly high amount of control over the franchise for the last twenty years as it's character designer and chief animation supervisor, enforcing his poorly detailed character designs upon the franchise's promotional art and animated projects. Yamamuro actively changes the work of those better than him to better reflect his character designs, which not only wastes the talent of many good animators but also the production's schedule. His designs are difficult for others to animate (character designs are supposed to be easy to animate, even if they're still drawn by animators with very specific styles). Yamamuro has also slowly moved into the directing field over the years, first storyboarding for Dragon Ball Heroes
then for the Dragon Ball Kai
Majin Buu arc Opening and Ending animation and Dragon Ball Super
. Yamamuro storyboarded the middle of Kami to Kami
and all of Fukkatsu no F
, in addition to directing the latter. Yamamuro began directing later in his careers, when he was already in his fifties. That's not very reassuring. In fact, it's not reassuring at all, it's downright a symptom of a larger problem (really poor producing from Morishita Kouzou). If you look at everything from 2008-2015 you'll notice that Dragon Ball animated projects we're all overseen by three people: Ueda Yoshihiro (2008, 2010 and 2012 specials storyboard artist and director), Hosoda Masahiro (2013 film director) and Yamamuro Tadayoshi (character designer, animation supervisor of everything and then director of the 2015 film). What do they all have in common? They're dinosaurs from the 1970s and 1980s and worked with Morishita Kouzou, Dragon Ball Z
's very conservatively-minded producer. In the case of Hosoda we know for a fact that Morishita gave him the 2013 film because he was his student. These projects were all over seen by incredibly weak directors with next to no major role in Touei Animation outside of directing for television episodes despite being fairly large projects. It goes to show how little effort there was to be fresh and bring in new blood willing to break rules. Frankly, those last two films should've been much more exciting considering the key animators they hired to work on them.
It's really disappointing to see someone like Yamamuro--who consistently worked with fuckin' Yama'uchi Shigeyasu in his youth--take away nothing in terms of exciting directing techniques from him. Couple that in with Yamamuro's sense of timing completely degrading to the point of having no distinction and you've got a beloved franchise stuck looking like ass for ten years. It's no wonder so many animation fans are so exciting by Shintani is bringing to the table, if only because he didn't fuck up Oonishi Ryou's teaser trailer.
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