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Time Out! Basquash Staff Gets Substituted

Substitutions this late into the game?


It appears as things are not going so well in the land of the Basquash. The director of the series, Shin Itagaki, will be replaced  (aka. fired), along with the chief animator Katsuzo Hirata, as well as others on the staff. Anime Vice’s intern Eric translated a 2ch post about a message Katsuzo Hirata left on his personal message board on Wednesday that describes this hectic scene.


"Apologies for the late reply! *bows*

(Comment: Via the smattering of pictures I feel like I’ve had a glimpse of the real trouble at Basquash. Hirata-san paints a picture that heightens the tension)

Number 9 has been totally exhausting. The production period from beginning to end was only 11 days (whew!), the shortest schedule of Basquash so far. It isn’t likely that there’ll be another schedule as short as this, but after episode 9 there’s another looming problem.

I think they’ll make an announcement soon enough, but they’re hurriedly doing some so-called “shoring-up” and it looks like Director Itagaki is out of a job and they’re suddenly putting in a new substitute.

Also, there’s been an accompanying staff reorganization, and it appears that I will also be discharged after May. Reorganizing the staff of a show that’s currently being broadcast is highly unusual, and I’m very surprised by the whole affair. Anyway, please see the upcoming official announcement for more details. *bows*

(Comment: I’m waiting for the day when we can consistently see the quality that’s Hi-rata’s trademark.)

So I’m sorry, but I wonder if the fans could wait for my next production...I want to wait for a chance to make something on perhaps a more relaxed schedule.  Anyway, my apologies for such a serious story *sweat drop*"

So, that leads us to why he was fired in the first place. I can admit the pacing is kind of weird in the anime, but it isn’t a deal breaker for me. Other than that I’m enjoying it, and loving the mix between mecha, basketball, and giant breasts. Perhaps it has something to do with the giant corporate sponsor Nike pulling the strings? I don’t know, but I hope it doesn’t mess with the show.
Baku_Senseion June 12, 2009 at 1:25 p.m.
Please GOD don't let it mess with the show. It's too awesome to change.
N15PCAon June 12, 2009 at 3:55 p.m.
If the Phoenix Suns had on of those mechs on their team they would have won a NBA title by now.
HeeroYuyon June 12, 2009 at 8:01 p.m.
Yeah....ummm... I don't know if I'm in the minority or not, but even as a diehard giant robot fan, I really don't think very highly of Basquash.
Sigueon June 12, 2009 at 8:59 p.m.
This is... Bizarre. I didn't like Basquash as a mech anime. I don't really care for sports anime period. But for some reason, I can't help but like Basquash... Please, Anime Jesus, don't ruin Basquash...
JuniperMouseon Aug. 2, 2009 at 9:43 p.m.
Aww I hope it doesn't change too much. I just got hooked on this show.

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