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Yōichi Kotabe

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Table of contents :

Part I: The Tōei era
Part II: From one studio to another
Part III: From animation to Nintendo
Part IV: Diversification and transmission
Part V: Towards new horizons
Sources
Appendix : Works on which Yōichi Kotabe has worked


credits
https://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,69462/
http://www.ghibli-freak.net/kotabe_yoichi/biography.html
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=1525


Sources généralistes
Yōichi Kotabe Legendary Animator - His Animated Drawings
Animeland Hors série n°5 - entretien avec Ilan Nguyên
Aux sources de l'animation japonaise : Le studio Tôei Dôga
https://www.buta-connection.net/


Interviews / conférences
conférence Nouvelles images du Japon, décembre 2003
via Animeland 99 - mars 2004
https://animeland.fr/dossier/kotabe-yoichi-en-conference/

conférence - février 2016
https://game.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/742615.html

conférence - octobre 2018
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html
https://togetter.com/li/1278976
Nintendo Dream January 2019 (+ interview)

Annecy 2019
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conferences-avec-yoichi-kotabe
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conference-avec-yoichi-kotabe-annecy-2019-2-partie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFwPtwjODnM

Interview - 2019
https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2018/12/06/les-confidences-du-dessinateur-historique-des-personnages-nintendo_5393660_4408996.html

photos
https://animation-nerima.jp/enjoy/hotcast/vol01/
photos Tōei
http://www.anido.com/information/3879
https://animation-nerima.jp/topics/topic-news/1353/


Part I: The Tōei era

Childhood
Momotarō no umiwashi / 桃太郎の海鷲
Kumo to Tulip / くもとちゅうりっぷ
https://twitter.com/JDS272315361/status/1051063413936254976
https://animeland.fr/2019/06/11/personnalite-de-la-semaine-yoichi-kotabe/
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051279577287258112
Repatriation
https://twitter.com/JDS272315361/status/1051063413936254976
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051278469714178049
drawing and reading of manga
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
Osamu Tezuka
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conference-avec-yoichi-kotabe-annecy-2019-2-partie
https://twitter.com/AnidoNamiki/status/1208332645093892097
flipbook
https://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
Disney and animation in general in Japan at that time
_Aux sources de l'animation japonaise, p34-35
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051351949746925568
father painter and artistic studies
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
https://animeland.fr/2019/06/11/personnalite-de-la-semaine-yoichi-kotabe/
_Aux sources de l'animation japonaises, p158
The White Snake Enchantress
https://animeland.fr/dossier/kotabe-yoichi-en-conference/
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0

Debut at Tōei
entrance exam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFwPtwjODnM
_Aux sources de l'animation japonaises, P54-56
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
https://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conferences-avec-yoichi-kotabe?start=3
formation
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conference-avec-yoichi-kotabe-annecy-2019-2-partie

Division into teams, Daikichiro Kusube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lBXrZaWm0M
https://web.archive.org/web/20201005022635/http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/a_production
in-betweener
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
https://www.nintendo.fr/Iwata-demande/Iwata-demande-Nintendo-DSi/Volume-8-Flipnote-Studio-un-cours-d-animation/2-A-la-recherche-de-la-creativite/2-A-la-recherche-de-la-creativite-1049379.html
Saiyūki
https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%A5%BF%E9%81%8A%E8%A8%98_(1960%E5%B9%B4%E3%81%AE%E6%98%A0%E7%94%BB)
_Aux sources de l'animation japonaises
Ōtsuka
https://animationobsessive.substack.com/p/the-most-important-animation-book
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lBXrZaWm0M

Key animation and character design
Anju to Zushio Maru (juillet 1961)
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=3527
Sindbad no Bōken (juillet 1962)
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=3528
Yasuji Mori
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/autres-oeuvres/oeuvres-pre-ghibli/le-chat-botte
https://animeland.fr/dossier/kotabe-yoichi-en-conference/
_Aux sources de l'animation japonaises p59

Wanpaku Ōji no Orochi Taiji
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFwPtwjODnM
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conferences-avec-yoichi-kotabe?start=1
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html?page=2
Relation with Zelda
https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2018/12/06/les-confidences-du-dessinateur-historique-des-personnages-nintendo_5393660_4408996.html

Wan Wan Chūshingura
https://friday.kodansha.co.jp/article/36324
Starting Point p315

The advent of Japanese animation on television
Aux sources de l'animation japonaises, p208-212
Ōkami Shōnen Ken
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/autres-oeuvres/oeuvres-pre-ghibli/horus-prince-du-soleil?start=4
https://web.archive.org/web/20180813183745/http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/ken_the_wolf_boy
Shōnen Ninja Kaze no Fujimaru
https://www.anido.com/information/4716
https://animetudes.com/2021/10/23/toei-and-early-tv-anime-part-1-kaze-no-fujimaru/
Rainbow Sentai Robin
https://animetudes.com/2021/10/30/toei-and-early-tv-anime-part-2-the-rise-of-gekiga-anime-1966-1968/

Horus, Prince of the Sun
https://animeland.fr/dossier/takahata-et-horus/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lBXrZaWm0M
https://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conferences-avec-yoichi-kotabe?start=2
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/autres-oeuvres/oeuvres-pre-ghibli/horus-prince-du-soleil?start=5
https://animeanime.jp/article/2019/08/05/47445.html
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051086760036323328
https://animeland.fr/dossier/kotabe-yoichi-en-conference/
Animeland 99
https://youtu.be/jFwPtwjODnM?t=1296
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
https://100hyakunen.thebase.in/items/18932483

Puss in Boots
Interview with Kimio Yabuki in the bonus DVD of the French version of the film published by Wild Side
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conferences-avec-yoichi-kotabe?start=3

The Ikeda period
http://www.anido.com/people/1270?lang=en
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conferences-avec-yoichi-kotabe?start=3
https://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conference-avec-yoichi-kotabe-annecy-2019-2-partie
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051283814964649984
https://animeland.fr/dossier/kotabe-yoichi-en-conference/
Animeland 99
https://twitter.com/JDS272315361/status/1051063413936254976
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051278469714178049


Part II: From one studio to another

Departure from Tōei
DVD of the French version of the film The White Snake Enchantress
Starting Point p326
Aux sources de l'animation japonaises, p276, p306
https://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/autres-oeuvres/oeuvres-pre-ghibli/fifi-brindacier?start=4
https://www.archives.atmospheres53.org/docs/pandapetitpandadp.pdf
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051149100626788353

Fifi Brindacier
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
https://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/autres-oeuvres/oeuvres-pre-ghibli/fifi-brindacier?start=5
Starting Point p328
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2019/10/06/tv/heidi-sparked-anime-revolution-japan/#.XeUpf8PwYnQ

Panda Kopanda
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/autres-oeuvres/oeuvres-pre-ghibli/fifi-brindacier
https://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conferences-avec-yoichi-kotabe?start=4
https://animetudes.com/2021/07/18/heidi-girl-of-the-alps/
Akado Suzunosuke:
https://twitter.com/wakabayashi1701/status/1332900162260271107
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051019213760937984
https://animetudes.com/2020/06/27/the-history-of-tms-part-4-the-golden-age/

Heidi
Starting point p313
https://animetudes.com/2021/07/18/heidi-girl-of-the-alps/
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lBXrZaWm0M
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/autres-oeuvres/oeuvres-pre-ghibli/heidi
https://www.swissinfo.ch/jpn/アニメ-ハイジ-のキャラクターデザイナー_ハイジの舞台を再訪した小田部羊一氏-キャラクターが生まれた背景を語る/41707654
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2019/10/06/tv/heidi-sparked-anime-revolution-japan/#.XeUpf8PwYnQ
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20150102211632/http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/den_lille_pige_med_svovlstikkerne
https://www.bfmtv.com/people/cinema/les-coulisses-des-films-de-miyazaki-et-takahata-racontes-par-le-maitre-de-l-animation-yoichi-kotabe_AN-201906260052.html
https://twitter.com/musicapiccolino/status/1170879163529486336
https://animationobsessive.substack.com/p/hayao-miyazaki-union-man
Animeland 99
http://www.style.fm/as/05_column/gomi/gomi60.shtml
https://twitter.com/Petsuchan/status/1407010959722430466
https://anido.ocnk.net/product/47

Marco
Animeland 99
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conferences-avec-yoichi-kotabe?start=5
https://anido.ocnk.net/product/47

Transition to freelance status
https://animetudes.com/2021/12/12/rascal-the-raccoon/
https://animetudes.com/2022/04/03/the-story-of-perrine/
https://animeland.fr/2019/04/02/personnalite-de-la-semaine-reiko-okuyama/
Aux sources de l'animation japonaises, p209
https://twitter.com/Ryuurei/status/1442099095305277445
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lBXrZaWm0M
https://web.archive.org/web/20111225044309/http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/reiko_okuyama_passes_away
https://web.archive.org/web/20150509060943/http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/curiosities
https://web.archive.org/web/20190618133434/http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/a_production
Manga eiga hyōryū-ki - oshidori animator Okuyama Reiko to Kotabe Yōichi:
https://bookclub.kodansha.co.jp/product?item=0000325025
Photos:
https://friday.kodansha.co.jp/article/47814
https://friday.kodansha.co.jp/article/36324

Tatsu no ko Tarō
Animeland 99, 100
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conference-avec-yoichi-kotabe-annecy-2019-2-partie
https://anido.ocnk.net/product/47

Jarinko Chie
https://www.catsuka.com/gengal/artworks//jarinkochie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lBXrZaWm0M
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051071061599473665
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051071850111881216
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/autres-oeuvres/oeuvres-pre-ghibli/kie-la-petite-peste?start=4
https://twitter.com/Arai_Sadayuki/status/1485708242139648002

The weary years
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html?page=2
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
https://www.bfmtv.com/people/cinema/les-coulisses-des-films-de-miyazaki-et-takahata-racontes-par-le-maitre-de-l-animation-yoichi-kotabe_AN-201906260052.html
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051030394496212992
https://twiman.net/user/517605668/1342468064885919747
https://web.archive.org/web/20190316200347/http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/penguin-s-memory


Part III: From animation to Nintendo

Movement of departure from animation
https://animetudes.com/2021/06/19/looking-back-looking-forward-kanadas-late-period/

The other Tōei alumnus
https://area.autodesk.jp/column/trend_tech/daybreak_3dcg/04/
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051078693836087297
https://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/2
Florent Gorges - L'histoire de Nintendo Vol.1
Walter Murch - In the blink of an eye
https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/interview/r7pj/vol1/
http://uk.wii.com/wii/en_GB/software/iwata_asks_-_punch-out_2251.html
https://s.inside-games.jp/article/2005/12/07/17522.html
http://blog.beforemario.com/2017/09/the-evr-mystery-solved-sort-of.html
http://blog.beforemario.com/2012/06/nintendo-evr-race-evr-1975.html

Joining Nintendo
https://game.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/742615.html
https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2018/12/06/les-confidences-du-dessinateur-historique-des-personnages-nintendo_5393660_4408996.html
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051024542183772161
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html
https://animeland.fr/dossier/kotabe-yoichi-en-conference/
http://www.buta-connection.net/index.php/studio/entretiens/conference-avec-yoichi-kotabe-annecy-2019-2-partie
http://archive.filmdeculte.com/entretien/yoichikotabe.php
Animeland 99
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/wii/punchout/0/2
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051025864018649089
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051029173899149313

Re-designing Mario
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051083481650946049
Art of Atari
https://game.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/742615.html
https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2018/12/06/les-confidences-du-dessinateur-historique-des-personnages-nintendo_5393660_4408996.html
Yoichi Kotabe Legendary Animator - His Animated Drawings
https://twitter.com/GAKUJIRA/status/1216729760165818370
https://twitter.com/GAKUJIRA/status/1216729753949855745
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051084031515738112
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051084731448623104
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
https://www.nintendo.fr/Iwata-demande/Iwata-demande-Nintendo-DSi/Volume-8-Flipnote-Studio-un-cours-d-animation/4-Mon-premier-projet-un-tapis/4-Mon-premier-projet-un-tapis-1049383.html

The Legend of Zelda
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html?page=2
https://shmuplations.com/masayukiuemura/
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html?page=2
Nintendo Dream Janvier 2019 p3
Zelda Art & Artifacts (scans via: https://twitter.com/HistoryofHyrule )
Sega TV game genga gallery
https://twitter.com/NaotoOhshima/status/847131989392031744
https://twitter.com/NaotoOhshima/status/850292613504577536
https://square-enix-games.com/en_GB/news/final-fantasy-pixel-remaster-kazuko-shibuya
Nobuteru Yuuki - Phantasien
https://www.wired.com/2007/12/interview-super/
https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/BS_The_Legend_of_Zelda/credits
https://youtu.be/7n4ZQk2_x6w?t=1002

From one department to another
https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2018/12/06/les-confidences-du-dessinateur-historique-des-personnages-nintendo_5393660_4408996.html
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
https://twitter.com/studiohazuki/status/1219627427799891969
Nintendo Dream Janvier 2019


Part IV: Diversification and transmission

Grave of the Fireflies, Nintendo and Ghibli
Animeland 99
https://people.bfmtv.com/cinema/les-coulisses-des-films-de-miyazaki-et-takahata-racontes-par-le-maitre-de-l-animation-yichi-kotabe-1718333.html
https://www.gamedeveloper.com/audio/shooting-from-the-hip-an-interview-with-hip-tanaka
https://www.archives.atmospheres53.org/docs/pandapetitpandadp.pdf
https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2018/12/06/les-confidences-du-dessinateur-historique-des-personnages-nintendo_5393660_4408996.html

Return to the Mushroom Kingdom
Animeland 99
https://twitter.com/linacana/status/1332629225401053186
https://twitter.com/phantom_170326t/status/1332252770607398918
https://twitter.com/hayato_musashi/status/1332240978653061120
https://twitter.com/HarukaTales/status/1332906875008950275
https://game.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/742615.html
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html?page=2
https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2018/12/06/les-confidences-du-dessinateur-historique-des-personnages-nintendo_5393660_4408996.html
https://twitter.com/blacktangent/status/1008664840179572737
https://twitter.com/PetaHz/status/1415611827417874440
https://twitter.com/utsuboy/status/1051313270781403137
https://twitter.com/utsuboy/status/1051315213947953152

Teaching
https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2018/12/06/les-confidences-du-dessinateur-historique-des-personnages-nintendo_5393660_4408996.html
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/wii/mario25th/2/0
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html?page=2
https://www.mariowiki.com/File:Bowser_Koopalings_sketch.png
https://www.catsuka.com/interf/forum/viewtopic.php?p=347554#p347554
https://www.archives.atmospheres53.org/docs/pandapetitpandadp.pdf
http://www.anido.com/people/1270
https://twitter.com/ICAF_info/status/1103274430896078848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
Animeland 100 - Avril 2004
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051146941311021057
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
Nintendo Dream Janvier 2019
https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/super-nes-classic/interview-super-mario-kart/

Re-re-designing Mario
Yoichi Kotabe Legendary Animator - His Animated Drawings
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html?page=2
https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2018/12/06/les-confidences-du-dessinateur-historique-des-personnages-nintendo_5393660_4408996.html
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051082463118839809
https://twitter.com/Utatsu_Kanazawa/status/1332969087475937281
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051082884189016066
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1053822265429680128

Polygon sculptor
https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2018/12/06/les-confidences-du-dessinateur-historique-des-personnages-nintendo_5393660_4408996.html
Animeland 99
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/ds/dsi/7/0

Pokémon
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html?page=2
Yoichi Kotabe Legendary Animator - His Animated Drawings
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Spiky-eared_Pichu_M_(Movie_Random_Pack_9)

Kuru Kuru Kururin
https://www.nintendo.co.jp/nom/0103/033/index.html
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html?page=3
Nintendo Dream Janvier 2019


Part V: Towards new horizons

Departure from Nintendo
https://web.archive.org/web/20111225044309/http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/reiko_okuyama_passes_away
https://animeland.fr/2019/04/02/personnalite-de-la-semaine-reiko-okuyama/
http://www.yk.rim.or.jp/~rst/rabo/okuyama/okuyamareiko.html
http://www.jca.apc.org/~yyoffice/178OtabeReikosanSeikyo.htm
Animeland 99
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFG1RL1yt-k
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html?page=2
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/3ds/zelda-ocarina-of-time/2/0
http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/wiiu/wind-waker/0/0

End of career?
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051346257329893376
https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/15165861.html?page=3
https://www.landesmuseum.ch/heidi-au-japon
https://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/national/list/201907/CK2019070802000285.html
https://twitter.com/unamuhiduki/status/1051081543165272064
Yoichi Kotabe Legendary Animator - His Animated Drawings
https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2018/12/06/les-confidences-du-dessinateur-historique-des-personnages-nintendo_5393660_4408996.html

Back to animation
https://web.archive.org/web/20190801011724/https://mainichi.jp/articles/20190731/dyo/00m/200/056000c
http://www.anido.com/information/4495
https://www.asahiinryo.co.jp/company/newsrelease/2019/pick_0527.html

85 years of history
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2017/10/25/shigeru-miyamoto-on-potentially-remaking-mario-64-and-yoichi-kotabes-art.aspx
https://twitter.com/hamamatsushibi/status/1486889540455260162
https://twitter.com/hamamatsushibi/status/1470645530921701378
https://ameblo.jp/straight-japan/entry-12349104641.html


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