Word from Animators

Tezuka Fan Magazine featuring Unico on the cover.

Tezuka Fan Magazine
April 1983 Issue #38

Translated by Crystal “Xellis” Rider (3/21/2023)

Toshi Noma (Animator)

It’s interesting. It has been a long time since I have been able to enjoy working on film. Nowadays, anime is so strained by dialogue and content that once you miss it, you don’t know what’s going on. But this time Unico was like Tron. The props were interesting, and it was simple and clear.
Then there is Kukurukku. That was moving. It must have taken a lot of sheets. This time, Unico’s free-spirited movements and the final scene were very powerful. Unfortunately, however, Unico himself was not moving. As for Unico itself, I remember the Unico pilot was good.

Shinji Seya (Animator)

Kukurukku’s use of transmitted light is something that has never been done before, and I am sure that those who see it for the first time will be astonished. And it’s technically elaborate, using special backgrounds, and there are places where the background video is switched from a background video to a regular background. But when the film is over, it would have been nice to have a more relaxed presentation using the character of Unico, rather than just interesting pictures.
I was also concerned about the lack of consistency in the characters. There were many Tezuka-style characters, Murano-style characters, and half-baked characters, and I found they did not play important roles and could not stand to be stopped. I felt that Mr. Murano was over-enthusiastic, and he took something from the Tezuka world of “Unico” and made it his own color, and he did this and this and this. Technically, it’s great, but it’s not the best…

Kano Kano (Animator)

Kukurukku is interesting.
Compared to the previous film, the story is more geared toward young children, and while it would be interesting for children of the age who buy Sanrio products, I felt it was not enough for older animation fans. As I’ve said before, Kukurukku is a great character, and I felt that Unico, Cherry and Tolby were eclipsed by him.

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1983 4月号

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※ In the Tezuka Fan Magazine, Toshi Noma’s name is written in hiragana, but the kanji spelling is 野間吐史.

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