The Sonic Academy Anime Making Seminar (for short: AniSemi) held a seminar on the making of Sword Art Online -Ordinal Scale- on 20 and 27 May 2017 at Akihabara UDX, to celebrate their one-month anniversary. Director Tomohiko Ito and general director and character designer Shingo Adachi gave a special lecture about the making of SAO. About 200 SAO fans, people working in the anime industry, and anime creators came to the lecture.
The lecture material included copies of the storyboard, original pictures, scenarios, and drafts, but they also used a monitor to show some scenes and pictures. Participation in this lecture was a valuable experience, as the participants were able to learn a lot about the production of SAO, production techniques and were able to ask questions even after the lesson was over. People from many different branches came to the lecture, including anime creators like scenario writers, directors, animators, and character designers. There were also people who wanted to become a creator in the future as well as people just working close to the business, regular fans, and more. Many of the participants talked about their experience in social media and as it seems most of them were highly satisfied.
(Selected comments from participants)
● ‘Director Ito told us how he came to be director. It was very interesting to learn about the work of a director and how he became one after being in the production field.’
● ‘I was able to learn a lot by asking questions and also by the things other participants said. Through it, I got new insight to some topics which I want to use in the future.’
● ‘The comments about the storyboard and the video material taught me a lot.’
● ‘I created my first storyboard. It was a lot of fun. I want to try and create more!’
● ‘I was able to learn something about directing!’
● ‘They commented on my problem, so I understood what my problem was. That was helpful.’
● ‘After hearing how production comes to life, the way I see anime has changed.’
● ‘I was able to learn something about anime through my favorite work.’
● ‘I learnt how significant a single original illustration or key visual is, and the production process behind it.’
● ‘It is as if they taught me how to draw!’
● ‘They explained how to draw things suited for anime in a way that is easy to understand.’
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