First, a bit off-topic but for those who have had problems with the recent DBZ animation (not just Super but for other stuff like the two movies), this post might help explain things since the blame is being directed not just at Toei for the super rushed scheduling but at veteran, Tadayoshi Yamamuro.
[Tadayoshi Yamamuro] is recognized as one of the best animators in the Dragon Ball franchise and it shows by his quality of work in Episode 13 of Super
and in The Goku vs Majin Vegeta fight
. My question is does anybody know if he's doing any upcoming episodes for the Universe 6 vs Universe 7 tournament arc? I think the art and animation looks good now but I feel he would give the fights a big push into being fantastic. I can't imagine he'd be cheap though so if anybody could let me know, that'd be great!
The clip you've linked was animated by the very talented Yuya Takahashi
. Yamamuro was simply a supervisor
on the episode. His work in that episode was actually pretty poor, with much of it looking stiff and robotic, as though it hadn't been inbetweened.
Tadayoshi Yamamuro was once a very good animator, but his only benefit these days is that he can draw on-model -- obviously, since he's the character designer for the show. His modern work has been criticized
by animation fans and fellow animators alike
. Primarily due to his draconian rule as a supervisor; he will overdraw everyone's work, regardless of quality. In Resurrection 'F', he totally redrew the legendary [Hisashi] Eguchi's
cut (Gohan firing ki blasts in the cavern). Do you really think an animator like him needs to have his work redrawn? The man expressed his deep disappointment on Twitter over it. Yamamuro possesses unbelievable arrogance that you absolutely do not want around Dragon Ball if you want it to succeed visually. He's turning other talented animators away from the series due to his overbearing hand.
He simply can't animate to the quality he once could and his character designs are horrible, too. Check out his modern designs
now and compare them to [Katsuyoshi] Nakatsuru's work
(the man behind Z episodes #44, #120, and the Bardock special). They're horrendous. People complain about things being too bright and shiny these days. That's on Yamamuro and no one else.
On his animation "talent", compare his cut in episode 13
to the animator he's been channeling from the Ultimate Blast Intro
. Yamamuro sticks with mundane static camera shots, never moving the camera with the action to create a sense of dynamism. It's all so stilted and bland which totally wastes his talent for choreography. Zero impact to his animation. It's why Resurrection 'F' is so bland looking compared to the likes of One Piece Film Z, for example
What Super needs is genuine talent working on the series. One-Punch Man was so successful because it utilised many young animators from the web-gen
. These are animators who truly understand how to use modern animation techniques. You can see the influence very clearly in this cut particularly
Don't get me wrong, Yamamuro was once very talented. The Goku vs Majin Vegeta fight is legendary, and so was his work on the many Dragon Ball movies. It's just that he hasn't evolved like many of his contemporaries did. He regressed, became arrogant, and is stifling the much needed creativity that this series so desperately craves. You've all probably read the recent interview
where he waives off Super's problematic production, blaming it on newcomers! The sheer nerve and untruth of that. You only have to look at the staff lists
to see that's not the case at all.
While Super is problematic and Yamamuro certainly produces better action than many of the animators working on the series right now, we shouldn't be calling for him in particular to return. We should want genuinely fresh talent. People like Shuichi Iseki who worked on episode 16! Hell, give Naoki Tate enough time and he'll blow you all away. There's a reason he's handling that major episode coming up (I won't spoil it).
The fandom's lust for Yamamuro is built on outdated examples. Clamoring for him will not make Super thrive. Simply wish for better, more talented animators that are capable of more than just drawing on-model. Ken Ootsuka and Tatsuya Oka, for example
And now for the "good" news...
Apparently Super's going to be airing on TV later this year in Germany & France.
And as for the US...
It hasn't been confirmed yet but Sean Schemmel at Bristol Comic Con said he thinks they should have Super at the end of the year since no contracts & deals have been made yet.
He also hinted at something new video game-related that, from what Chris Sabat told him, might be coming out soon.