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Ultimate production controversy anime Free! actually boasts a crack KyoAni team and could be a hit, it is being said – and Hiroko Utsumi, the raging fujoshi directing it, probably explains much of its direction and potential quality.

Utsumi’s main production credits so far include 4 episodes of Nichijou, 4 episodes of K-ON!, 4 of Hyouka, and (perhaps to her credit) only one each of Chuunibyou and Tamako Market, with Free! to be her directorial debut.

She actually spent an entire interview enthusing about a changing room scene with the boys of Hyouka which she oversaw, so her credentials are hardly in doubt – although from the point of view of more traditionally minded KyoAni fans, this may well be the point at issue:

I oversaw production and storyboarding of episode 7 of Hyouka.

I was able to show the guys in a fresh light, with ever cool Hotaro getting a bit tipsy after his long bath, plenty of cute steamy stuff and those red faces – really just down to the hot water or something else!? Really cute, I think.

Of course, what I really took care over was the changing scene.

When they are changing and raise their arms, I took care over their ribs and the shape of their arms crossing (etc).

I actually tried getting the character designer to demonstrate just how sexy a guy stripping can be, but he declined.


Also I must confess – Satoshi’s pantsu are pink because of my preference.

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Her enthusiasm (presumably shared by KyoAni’s other female staff, who may well be equally rancid) probably also goes some way to explaining how the studio managed such a provocative change in direction between styles and target demographics – although fans of their more recent works are probably just wishing they had lavished as much attention on changing scenes involving their own favoured moeblobs.

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    Comment by Dia
    01:22 28/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Kyoto Animation “Too Busy” for Little Busters!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Good, that anime adaptation was a steaming pile of shit. Even the VNs were mediocre at best.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 03/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah , but my countrymen(italy....) are giving it 10/10 sayng it is the anime of the decade and ALL the other animes(except madoka) of the year suck.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:43 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Little busters 2016

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:41 28/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Make an anime about Kyoani's staff daily lives...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:44 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I think their daily lives just got fucked up real bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:35 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    No seriously, i would surely like to see the fallout from rabid Japanese fans on their mailboxes etc.

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    Comment by Dia
    02:11 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    These days they actually have fallout they could mail...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    They already did - nichijou

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    Comment by warjoke
    10:05 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would watch that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:11 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    If this is just gender bent K-on, I'll find it just as boring as K-on, without the redeeming quality of watching cute girls doing cute things.

    I still found that boring.

    Comment by Anonymous

    i agree with with you. i just hope this anime would be like nichijou/chuunibyou/lucky star. more of comedy.

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    Comment by Primus de Pedos
    01:33 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    KyoAni is trying to give otakus a reason to hate them instead of Aku no Hana.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Well, as a non-otaku anime fan and a human being, I'm quite excited by this ^^ it's actually the first KyoAni thing I've ever cared about, so maybe this way they'll also get new fans even if they lose some old ones...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    And now go die in a fire you fujoshi monster.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    20:50 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The problem isn't fujoshi or 'moetards' or whatever the god damn bullshit is. The problem is their change in direction in this is worrisome if it's merely a pendulum swing in the other direction.

    Moe and random breasts and pantsu is just as bad for either sex. People complain about fujoshi but don't realize that fujoshi are actually just the female equivalent of guys who like tits and ass in their characters.

    The difference is that most of the tits and ass has been exaggerated and ironic. It's not serious, and most of it is outrageously sexy and intentionally not something someone would fap to because it's essentially a comedic take, just as this woman's take on the Hyouka episode.

    However... this woman is spending too much detail on this. This isn't important. Spending that much time on the body and not on the plot is worrisome. Make a guy sexy all you want, but don't force it. Men and women have one thing in common: forced sexiness is fake and unappealing.

    Turning this into a yaoi doujinshi will decimate any reasonable potential for her as a director, so I'm just going to sincerely hope that this is just Sankaku being Sankaku again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.3)


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    05:16 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 11/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You, sir. Have talked. Fujoshi here. I loved K-ON. Please, oh please have a plot and not just cute guys because some of us, fujoshi, want story with it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    So by "non-otaku anime fan", you mean Fujoshi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:25 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    full metal panic second raid, clannad, hyouka and nichijou would be 4 solid and varied examples of there work. Im just not sure why as a being a non-otaku anime fan would make free! seem more appealing than some of the other kyoani stuff. FMP has mechs so tis fairly otakuish fair enough but its hardly moe blob. Clannad is one of the most moving drama Ive even seen. It is moe certainly but the moe stuff isnt really the focus of the series just a part of it. Em hyouka for a slow paced mystery drama slice of life thing. Quite interesting and unique. Nichijou because tis over the top and zanny as hell.

    Of course, stuff like haruhi and lucky star are classics as well but I guess theyve never interested you enough to watch them for some reason? This show about a male swimming team intrests you though?
    Doesnt really make sense unless you really love shows about sports teams or you enjoy smexy kyoani males. But if that were the case.. Why not just say as a sports anime fan? What does non-otaku and as a human being mean? cause youre judgement is somehow superior to fans who have actually watched other kyoani stuff because your allegedly not an otaku whereas they are?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    fujoshi is just another kind of otaku fan. And how have you not enjoyed at least one kyoani anime? Even if you loath moeblobs stuff theyve had other quality shows over the years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @10:26 - I haven't been interested to check out any others that I have known about. I honestly don't know what all the kyoani anime are.

    Comment by Anonymous

    How am I a fujoshi? IM A GUY!!! -_-'

    Comment by Anonymous

    @14:25 - by non-otaku anime fan, it means a casual anime watcher... otaku is relative to obsessive or hardcore, right?

    And I'm seriously annoyed by little girls, so maybe that explains it.

    Little girls >>> cool dudes >>>>>>>>>>>> hot women

    This also looks fresh because of the swimming, effect of the water, and animation. This would do well if released in the heat of summer, I think.

    make sense now?

    Comment by Anonymous

    @ 14:45 - correction

    little girls <<<<< cool dudes <<<<<<<<<<<<<<< hot women

    Comment by Anonymous

    ....KyoAni Made Clannad u know :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:23 28/04/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Good guy KyoAni

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by ddsg
    01:26 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    well i just googled hiroko utsumi to see what she's like, and as expected, she is ugly

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    Comment by Anonymous

    So many heartless people around here who don't even deserve their moe anime from KyoAni anymore...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:37 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    And you think KyoAni does moeblobs 'cause they love their fans? You forgot about the piles of cash they're handling thanks to moeblobs?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:11 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You're right - we don't deserve this fujoshi nonsense paid for with Otaku Moe Money!

    It's like a priest emptying the collection plate at church and going to gay strip bar with the money.....hey wait a sec.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Who the fuck cares? Why should people have to appeal to your penis for every fucking job they do? Are male animators fashion models? No? Then shut up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:23 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    LOL ugly radar sets off.
    you know who said beauty is only skin deep? an ugly person.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:06 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Unless you have the face of Brad Pitt and the cock of Evan Stone, you might want to let off the oh so manly internet insulting you little anon you. ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:14 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No One pays money to see male animators do they? They do pay money to cute moe girls in kawaii outfits though.

    "Sailor Moon" can't get made fast enough I tell you. Dam, those short shirts

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    LMAO, mad ugly fujoshi detected

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:10 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    LMAO, mad ugly otaku detected

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:47 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fact that this comment was downvoted makes me sad for humanity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:44 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Sankaku and misogynistic otaku makes me sad for humanity enough already.

    Comment by Anonymous

    So what? judge her by the quality of her work, you asshole.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:16 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    YES, Yes...because Japanese women judge Otaku males on their "inner-beauty" & not the quality of their work.

    Comment by Anonymous

    her work is crap too you know, she's probably whoring around her bosses to get her position now

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.5)

    yeah kyoani is renowned for its office orgies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:52 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Nobody wants fujoshi poontang.

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    Comment by Gitami
    07:22 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Slumber parties?

    The kind where animators sleep at their workstations.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Was Aya Hirano involved in any of these orgies?

    Comment by Anonymous

    she really need to have a plastic surgery, being that ugly is a crime!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Look who's talking, lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    have you seen my face? no right? but i have seen her, and i can tell you its fucking ugly, do google her yourself

    Comment by Anonymous

    I can easily speculate you're fugly, and you can't do a shit about about it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Pretty sure everyone on this site is fucking ugly compared to me. Losers.

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