Manga creator and animator Yoshikazu Yasuhiko revealed in an interview with Sunrise World published on Tuesday that he is currently working on an anime film that has yet to be announced. The film is constantly moving towards its completion. Yasuhiko said that he believes the movie will be announced soon.
Yasuhiko began his career as an animator at Mushi Productions in 1970. He designed the characters for the studio’s Nozomi in the Sun 1971 series, which was his first collaboration with the show’s storyboard artist and future Mobile Suit Gundam creator, Yoshiyuki Tomino. The pair also worked together on the storyboards for Space Battleship Yamato and Brave Raideen, before Tomino released the Mobile Suit Gundam series in 1979 with character designs by Yasuhiko. Since then, Yasuhiko has worked on character designs for other installments in the Gundam franchise, including Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam F91.
In 2001, Yasuhiko launched his manga Gundam: The Origin, a retelling of the history of the original 1979 series. That manga served as the inspiration for the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime, a prequel to the original series. Yasuhiko served as the anime’s chief director, character designer, and screenwriter.
Yasuhiko launched his “latest new series” Inui to Tatsumi -Siberia Shuppei Hishi- (Inui and Tatsumi: Secret History of Siberian Intervention) Kodansha’s monthly evening magazine in September 2020.
Yasuhiko has also worked on other projects, such as Arion, Crusher Joe: The Movie, and Venus Wars.
The Japan Academy Film Award Association presented Yasuhiko with the Association’s Special Award for his lifetime achievement at the 44th Japan Academy Film Awards. The Association’s Special Award honors individuals who participate in functions that contribute to film production. The award ceremony took place at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo on March 19.