Acclaimed Robot Anime Director/Designer Masami Obari Draws Special Collaboration Art for "Pacific Rim: Uprising"
The highly-anticipated kaiju film sequel opened in Japan yesterday
52-year-old accalimed robot anime director/designer Masami Obari draws a special collaboration art for Pacific Rim: Uprising, a sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 movie Pacific Rim, for its Japanese release starting on April 13. It was revealed at the opening day event for the film held at the Toho Cinemas Hibiya theater in Tokyo yesterday. According to an interview with him and Uprising director Steven S. DeKnights, the art was all hand-drawn, using no CGs.
Obari has worked on so many robot anime series in his 35-year career, including Ordian (2000), Gravion (2002, 2004), Dancouga Nova (2007), and Super Robot Wars OG (2010), as director/designer. His distinctive drawing style is often praised as "Bari-Mecha" among anime fans.
Photos from the opening day event with four of the Japanese dub voice cast:
- Kaito Ishikawa (Levi Meaden/Ilya)
- Saori Hayami (Cailee Spaeny/Amara Namani)
- Yuichi Nakamura (John Boyega/Jake Pentecost)
- Nanako Mori (Ivanna Sakhno/Viktoriya "Vik" Malikova)
Video report (via: MAiDiGi TV)
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