Interview with One Piece Animation Director Shigefumi Shingaki

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  1. Mr. Kishido

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    Toei Animation director Shigefumi Shingaki's resume of animation work might appear a bit short at first glance. He cut his teeth on Doraemon and picked up key animation work on series ranging from Dragon Ball GT to Air Master. Don't let the short list fool you, though. Shingaki's been very busy working on one of Toei Animation's tentpole series, a little anime called One Piece. He boarded the ship as a key animator and rose through the ranks. Now, Shingaki's sometimes takes the wheel as animation director as he has for the last decade.

    Shingaki sat down with Anime News Network at Sakura-Con in early April to discuss his tenure on the beloved series and some of his proudest moments.

    ANN: What was it like joining a show like One Piece? What was your impression of it in the beginning? Were you a fan of the manga?

    SHIGEFUMI SHINGAKI: I've been reading the manga for a very long time and actually love Shōnen Jump magazine. I've read the magazine for many years, including from the first issue when One Piece started. When I got the call that I would be working on the series, I was really pleased since I've loved the manga for so long.

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    Currently, the One Piece anime is adapting an arc that isn't finished yet in the manga. Does that change anything about production for you? Does Oda share story details with the animation staff so they can account for it in the episodes they're currently animating?

    When it comes to high level story details and which way the plot is going to develop, that's actually something relegated to the people above me, like the series director. He's going to be more directly involved in that than the individual episode directors. We do make a point to get as much information from Oda-sensei as possible. Down in the trenches, where I am, there are cases where the staff are talking to each other and say, "We don't know how this is going to turn out! What do we do in this scene?" and you end up trying to be as neutral as possible so it doesn't go too far one way or the other when we don't know what's going to happen. Even when we do that, the plot still might end up going in a different direction and we end up painting ourselves into a corner. We do worry about that but there isn't always much we can do.

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  2. allsunday

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    some scene feels not relevan, but that's understable because they can't discussing scene with oda everytime.
    oda have his own work to deal with.
    I think the anime is good overall, especially to them who watch only anime.
     
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    As long as the episodes have good quality and are on par with the manga it's ok to me.
     
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    keep up the good work man :)
     
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