daniel thomas Categories: future boy conan
Dumb Rookie Question: Can somebody help translate these job titles? These are the closing credits to Future Boy Conan, Hayao Miyazaki's 1978 TV series produced at Nippon Animation. The reason I'm asking is because Keiji Hayakawa, who was part of the production team, is credited on Wikipedia and Anime News Network as the "director" of half the series episodes. That can't be right.
I snapped screenshots of the final two title cards from Conan. Hayao Miyazaki's name is listed on the second; but who are the people and job titles on the first? I see the "root words" for the Japanese word for "director" but don't understand the distinction of these other titles.
These sort of things can be especially tricky, as Japanese anime was so often invented on the fly. Job titles and roles, animation theories, pretty much everything was improvised and adapted freely. There is no formal school of animation theory in Japan, as exists in the West. They have no Cal Arts to hand down the official textbook. And so we have a lot of varying job descriptions for similar duties.
I'm guessing that Keiji Hayakawa was an assistant director for the series. He did assist Miyazaki on the e-konte storyboards. So who can solve this riddle?
After that, we can next solve the riddle of Why Can't Anyone License Future Boy Conan.