Q - What was the reason for creating new episodes of the JoJo Series?
KN - We picked up the story from the latter half of Part 3, and there were comments that the story was difficult to follow without the former half of the story. This led us to create the first half of Part 3. After it's completed I would like to go back and animate Part 2 followed by Part 1.
Q - What's the difference between the original story and the animated version?
KN - In the original story, The Stands are apicated within a single frame, but in the animated version, the Stands play a large role because of their movement, complete with the sound effects.
Q - Is there anything specific that is added to the original story by having APPP do the animation?
KN - For one thing, there are no females in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. But in the upcoming series, we decided to include one attractive female character. Also, when we created the 6 original episodes, the conclusion was that Part 3 was not complete just from those 6 episodes. So we submitted a proposal for the upcoming 7 episode to complete the story, and Araki-san asked us to go ahead and animate the rest of the story.
Q - What is an ideal project for you?
KN - To work on something that will sell worldwide. Another is to gather together the very best of the Japanese animation techniques and create a superb piece of animation.
Q - In what ways have Japanese animation changed?
KN - It started with black and white TV animation, then color TV series, followed by OVA and theatricals and recently, computer graphics is now included in this list, and we are now facing a transition period, or the beginning of the CG age. There are some animation that are progressive, but even still, they haven't been able to fully incorporate computer graphics. So, the question is to what extent they can fully incorporate CG into animation.