Panels honoring women anime creators to be held in Shinjuku, Yokohama

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Animated short films and clips are sweeping the Internet and television, widening the playing field for a new generation of animators.

Rarecho, Frogman and many other anime artists are gaining recognition via these routes using innovative shorts and clips.

This month, panel discussions in Tokyo’s Shinjuku and also in the Minato Mirai district of Yokohama will focus on the female side of the animation world–that is, women anime creators.

Called “Atashi Gekijo” (Me theater), the event follows a similar “Ore Gekijo,” in March this year held at Eurospace cinema in Tokyo’s Shibuya district.

“Atashi Gekijo” will feature only women animators as speakers, just as its predecessor focused on men.

In Japanese, the word “atashi” is used by women to refer to the first-person singular. “Ore” is the masculine equivalent.

At the events, four featured women anime creators will present their works and join a panel discussion and reveal some of their creative secrets. Audience members will enjoy an up-close-and-personal glimpse into the animation industry.

The first, Delvi, has produced many popular anime clips with her partner Uruma under the name of UrumaDelvi.

The two have produced works including “Oshiri Kajiri Mushi” (hip-biting bug). Delvi has received more than 100 awards worldwide.

Yukiko Inoue burst onto the anime scene after several shorts she made were featured three times in “The Digital Stadium.” The Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) program is considered a sure route to success for aspiring anime creators.

Inoue mainly works on projects aimed at children, and is involved in various aspects, including overall design, character design, music video and animation.

Mai Matsumura’s works are known for their flamboyant use of color. The artist’s animated clips are often shown on television and the Internet. One of her projects is the animated short series for “Shakiin,” a segment of the educational variety show “Eigo de Shabera Night Jr” (Got to speak English Night Jr.) on NHK.

The fourth guest will be Chi, the animator behind “Mofu Mofu,” an animated series posted online at Livedoor Net Anime. A comic book based on the show is also available.

In Tokyo, “Atashi Gekijo” takes place at 9 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Wald 9 cinema complex in Shinjuku Ward. On Nov. 26, the event starts at 9 p.m. at the Burg 13 cinema complex in Yokohama.

Tickets are 2,000 yen ($24.50) in advance, 2,200 yen at the door. See (

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