This movie has its origins from the figure “Moebutsu” the toy designer Leo Anzai was creating at the time. When the idea of making a movie out of this figure came up, Mr. Anzai approached me even though I had just graduated from college and had not yet begun working.
I had been interested in the gekimation technique since I was a student and had made two short films before, so I decided to make the film using gekimation.
Gekimation has its origins in “Yokai den Nekome kozo” (Cat Eyed Boy), which was written by Kazuo Umezu, a manga artist, when I was a university student.
When I first encountered this technique I thought, “If I use gekimation, I can utiliize both the pictures I’ve been drawing and my love of movies in my work.” I still remember how excited I was!