In this short documentary by Archipel Shingo Tamagawa talks about the creation of Puparia. Tamagawa seeks to create emotional hand-drawn anime like his early influences of Hayao Miyazaki and Hideaki Anno. He also wants to use the medium of animation to show audiences something they’ve never seen before and sites Spider-Verse and Laika’s stop-motion movies as examples.
I’m glad that there’s cross-pollination happening between Eastern and Western animation. While I love anime and manga I feel that there has been glut of derivative looking material. The inclusion of CG in most new anime is just a cost-cutting measure and adds nothing to the emotional engagement.
I’m astounded to learn that Puparia was independently animated and completely hand-drawn. Tamagawa’s use of textures is truly unlike anything I’ve ever seen before in anime. The character’s eyes apear as if they are really looking at you. I hope this is the first step in a new wave of exploring what anime can be.