Ryu Nakayama, director of Chainsaw Man, has formed a new animation production group called Andraft, which is making moves to become a full-fledged animation studio. Andraft aims to provide a flexible and creative working environment, attract new talent and promote better work-life balance in the industry. While Nakayama’s departure from MAPPA raises questions about Chainsaw Man’s future, it may be a necessary move to prioritize Andraft’s growth and success as well as the overall health of the industry.
Ryu Nakayama, director chainsaw man, announced that he had established draft, a new animation production team. Although still new and currently recruiting artists, this hasn’t stopped the new studio from building its resume by launching a promotional video, marking Andraft’s first step in becoming a Official anime studio.
New anime studios are always welcome, especially when they are led by well-known members of the industry. Nakayama, who made his directorial debut with the film adaptation of MAPPA’s story. Chainsaw manseems to have the experience and energy to get Andraft off the ground.
More importantly, the studio can be a force for change to attract new talent and retain them with a better working environment.
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Andraft promises flexible work hours and remote work
In its mission statement, Andraft describes its concept like this:
We want to establish an environment where we can continue to take on various challenges without being constrained by existing concepts and maintain that momentum for as long as possible. To bring even more free expression to more people in time to come, so we can enjoy it together. A place where you can truly come face to face with your creativity.
According to Anime News Network, Andraft is currently recruiting intermediate and key animators, multiple directors, artists, production assistants, and producers. While the studio is still experimenting with contract or outsourced staff, Nakayama is not standing still. Under his direction, scriptwriting and production, Andraft created a one-minute PV promoting the collaboration between VSPO! Famous e-sports and Cardfight Vtuber agent!! The Vanguard game exhibits a great sense of rhythm and detail, adding realism to the brief combat scenes. This is a small first step but hopefully also a demonstration of the quality of Andraft’s future products.
Nakayama has been working in the anime industry since 2010, starting out as the lead animator for several shows before turning around when he was chosen to direct the highly anticipated Chainsaw Man, where he brought animation to life. meticulously high quality images using realistic, muted images. . However, it may have been his time at MAPPA, currently embroiled in controversy over its treatment of employees, that inspired Andraft to promise flexible time scheduling and remote working for remote workers. Andraft currently does not require experience, only creative passion. It feels like a clear resistance to current industry trends.
Anime Chainsaw Man will have to change director
Of course, there are questions about the future of both MAPPA and Andraft, because I wonder how the Chainsaw Man anime would have continued without Nakayama’s input. This is especially fitting since MAPPA previously announced that they would be adapting the Reze arc of the manga into a feature film. Fans have been asking for it because it confirms that the adaptation will continue. However, one Chainsaw man Not having Nakayama may be the price to pay draftpromote attracting new passionate talent and create a work environment focused on creating a healthier industry, not designed to weed out potential talent by overworking.
Source: Anime News Network, Andraft website