Animazement 2003 Guest Interviews & Con Report [Nakazawa]

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  • Interview with: Kazuto Nakazawa
  • Interviewed by: Tsukasa on May 23rd, 2003
  • Location: Animazement 2003: Durham, North Carolina
  • Publication Date: May 31st, 2003
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At Animazement 2003, I had the opportunity to speak to a number of fascinating guests who had come all the way to the con from Japan. I had prepared a great number of questions to ask, but ultimately due to time constraints, I was only able to ask a few at each press session in which several of the guests would get to sit down and respond to the questions posed by the few of us who showed up, with the aid of several translators.

On Friday, I sat down at the table with Yasuo Yamaguchi, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Yoshinobu Yamakawa, and Kazuto Nakazawa. Mr. Yamaguchi has directed a number of productions, such as Ge Ge Ge No Kitarou, Getta Robo, and Devilman, but he is best known as having been the chief planner of Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon. Mr. Kitakubo is best known for having directed Roujin Z, Blood:The Last Vampire, and Golden Boy. Mr. Yamakawa has taken on a variety of jobs, particularly director and character designer in a number of series, and his work was featured in Di Gi Charat and Slayers Gorgeous, amongst others. Mr. Nakazawa is an animator, and best known for his work as the character designer for El-Hazard:The Magnificent World. During this first press session, I was only able to ask a couple of questions, as the time quickly flew during that hour, but I tried my best to make them interesting ones. I opened with a question to Yasuo Yamaguchi.

Anime Dream:

What do you think of the censorship and plot changes anime often undergoes in order to be broadcast on American television?

Kazuto Nakazawa:

I'm split on this. I can see the merits of both sides. The presence of rules invigorates my creative process to some degree, giving me the opportunity to try to find ways to circumvent censorship, but on the other hand, I really just don't like it.