Japan Anima(tor) Expo: Episodes 9-12

WHAT-IS: "Japan Animator Expo (日本アニメ(ーター)見本市 Nihon Animētā Mihon'ichi?) is a weekly series of original net animations released as part of a collaboration between Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and Dwango, consisting of various anime shorts produced by many directors. The project began release from November 7, 2014 and is streamed worldwide on Niconico." (Wiki)

Ep#9: "Electronic Superhuman Gridman: boys invent great hero" - directed by Akira Amemiya (Trigger) (view on animatorexpo.com)

"Denkō Chōjin Guriddoman boys invent great hero" (電光超人グリッドマン boys invent great hero)

WHAT: Using all the styles and cliches of everyone's favorite Ultraman + giant robot + transformation mechas from childhood to adulthood television shows, to create "The powerful robot Gridman, to fight against evil." (Full version seen above)

Essentially this is the animated version of the live-action GRIDMAN from 1993-94!

Ep#10: "Yamadeloid" (view on animatorexpo.com) - directed by Masahiro Emoto (Graphnica)

WHAT: I cannot adequately describe this short … part story of a wandering ronin, trying to save his love from villains - who appear like "bosses" in a video game, and part music-video-slash-musical, all based on this YAMADELOID Song - Asia no Kaizoku - Fun times.

Trailer (no subs):

Ep#11" "Power Plant No. 33" - directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Studio Rikka, Trigger / view on animatorexpo.com)

WHAT: Take the traditional concept of giant robot fighting a kaiju over a city, reverse their roles, and give the setting a change of style, making this one of my favourites in this series so far. Reminded me of old skool Katsuhiro Otomo

Ep#12: "Evangelion: Another Impact (Confidential)" - directed by Shinji Aramaki (Sola Digital Arts, Steven Steven / view on animatorexpo.com)

WHAT: The story of the activation of another Evangelion mech. Shown above is the full version, with English subtitles. Click to watch full-screen, dood!

Ep#12 also saw a new opening animated sequence. We'll take a look at the sequences in a separate blogpost :)