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Who is Motoko Shikama? Meet the Japanese animator behind popular anime projects

Shikama said she established her career in the animation industry after she graduated from art college at 23 years old. (Supplied)
Shikama said she established her career in the animation industry after she graduated from art college at 23 years old. (Supplied)
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14 Sep 2020 08:09:05 GMT9
14 Sep 2020 08:09:05 GMT9

Amin Abbas Dubai

Japanese animator Motoko Shikama has worked on major anime projects such as: Tiger & Bunny, Fire Force, DARLING in the FRANXX and Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON.

Shikama spoke to Arab News Japan about her inspiration for her work on Japanese anime and manga.

“For me, anime and manga are exciting sources of entertainment. These give a lot of dreams and hopes to children. My favorite anime are YADAMON, Porco Rosso, AKIRA. My best manga title is ‘Ran and the Gray World’ that written by Aki Irie and all of her works.”

Shikama said she established her career in the animation industry after she graduated from art college at 23 years old.

“First of all, I never thought I would be an animator, I didn’t know how to animate completely. From I got in animation industry, I started to learn this as Douga staff. I just wanted to draw and live at that time,” she said.

“My first project in animation industry was an OVA, or original video animation, work of a game called ‘Quiz Magic Academy’ as Douga-man. After this, I had step up as Douga-chief, Gengaman and Drawing-chief.”

“One of the challenges that I had through animation industry is that characters had many lines, so it was hard work to draw. At that time I used pencils and papers & I often hurt my hand (tendonitis) due to keeping to draw. Also I have tried to draw more quickly, then I always thinking about time,” she added.

Regarding her upcoming projects, Shikama said: “From now on, I want to send our works through the world, getting overseas works or making original animation while supporting my husband”.

Shikama recommended that those interested in working in the animation industry should keep their interest in their work alive.

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