Staff Highlight: Yoko Kanno, the Composer

This is the fourth in my series of staff highlight posts. My sources include various written and video interviews, audio commentaries, and individual research.

Yoko Kanno is a music composer and instrumentalist known for her work in anime, live-action films, video games, and commercial advertisements. She’s an accomplished keyboardist and conductor and fronts her own band, who perform many of her compositions. Kanno has worked with several legendary directors, including Yoshiyuki Tomino, Shinichirou Watanabe, and Shoji Kawamori. She composed the music for Turn A Gundam.

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Turn A Gundam’s music is composed by Yoko Kanno.

Below is a highlight of info pertaining to her time on Turn A Gundam.

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Staff Highlight: Syd Mead, the Mecha Designer

This is the third in my series of staff highlight posts. My sources include various written and video interviews, audio commentaries, and individual research.

Syd Mead is an industrial designer and visual futurist famous for his designs for science-fiction films such as Blade Runner, Aliens, and Tron. He’s an internationally-recognized talent who has won many awards. Mead provided Turn A Gundam‘s mechanical designs.

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Syd Mead provided several mobile suit concepts and designs as a guest staffer for Turn A Gundam.

Below is a highlight of info pertaining to his time on Turn A Gundam.

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Staff Highlight: Akira Yasuda (“akiman”), the Character Designer

This is the second in my series of staff highlight posts. My sources include various written and video interviews, audio commentaries, and individual research.

Akira Yasuda (pen name “akiman”) is a game designer, character designer, and mecha designer who currently works as a freelancer but was formerly employed by Capcom in the 1980s and 1990s. He gained international fame as the character designer for the transformative fighting game series, Street Fighter II. He provided character designs for Turn A Gundam.

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Yasuda Akira (“akiman”), Turn A Gundam‘s character designer, along with promotional artwork he drew for the Japanese DVD boxes.

Below is a highlight of info and fun facts pertaining to his time on Turn A Gundam.

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Staff Highlight: Yoshiyuki Tomino, Chief Director

This is the first in a series of blog posts focusing on key staff members of Turn A Gundam. My sources include various written and video interviews, audio commentaries, and individual research.

Yoshiyuki Tomino needs no introduction. A legendary figure in Japanese animation, he’s the creator of Mobile Suit Gundam and has been involved in many anime throughout his career. Between 1979 and 1994, Tomino directed six Gundam entries and then proceeded to distance himself from the franchise. Turn A Gundam marks his glorious return.

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Turn A Gundam‘s executive director.

Below is a highlight of info and fun facts pertaining to his time on Turn A Gundam.

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