ufotable and gainax

By bluemist on June 5th, 2005

Futakoi Alternative animation studio ufotable seem to like spoofing, or paying homage, to Gainax’s works. Makes me wonder if some of the Gainax staff is actually doing behind-the-scenes work inside ufotable. Makes me wonder even more if those Gainax staff is getting frustrated with all the maid anime their own studio produces nowadays, and opted to work in ufotable for now. Nah, I’m just thinking too much. Homages are common in anime.

There may be more spoofs and references in Futakoi Alternative that I didn’t notice. Yup, it takes a keen eye to get more. I don’t have a keen eye.

Rentarou singing Yume no Naka e. (episode 7)
Is Yume no Naka e really just the Karekano ending song? Or is it a generic Japanese popular folk song of some sort? I’m not sure if it’s an anime original or just a revival of a popular classic Japanese song. S.O.S. (another song featured in Karekano) is a revival though.

Rentarou doing the FLCL thing (episode 7)
Someone has just gone FLCL crazy. I miss that show.

The three doing the Karekano OP flying sequence. (episode 9)
Can’t get any similar than this.


Posted By: Albert On: June 05, 2005 At: 7:22 am

Ainosuke’s kick in episode 2 is also reminiscent of Gunbuster. Gainax is listed in the FutAlt credits anyhow.

Posted By: bluemist On: June 05, 2005 At: 7:33 am

Thanks for that, I thought it was Lupin, coz I don’t know of Gunbuster.

Posted By: wao On: June 05, 2005 At: 10:28 am

But AFAIK Gainax hasn’t done anything more than doing in-between animation (not a heck of a lot of creative input there).

ufotable must be full of Gainax fanboys.

Posted By: hitokiri_k On: June 09, 2005 At: 9:19 pm

Yume no Naka e is a J-pop classic released in 1973, but I’m willing to bet Gainax had a hand in it. Just like the Yukino figurine in He is My Master.

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