Karo & Piyobpt Web Manga Launched by Koji Yamamura
The renowned director who has been nominated for an Oscar, Koji Yamamura, has recently initiated a web-based manga series called Karo & Piyobpt. He introduced this “silent manga” style series on popular social media platforms, Twitter and Instagram.
The manga brings back characters from Yamamura’s 1992 animated shorts featured on the Puchi Kurei (Petit Clay) show. His trio of shorts that aired on Puchi Kurei were broadcasted on NHK during December 1992. These animated shorts were masterfully crafted using a blend of clay animation, 3D props and traditional cel animation.
Yamamura hold the position of a professor at the Graduate School of Film and New Media of the Tokyo University of the Arts and is most recognized as an independent animator for his short films. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for the acclaimed short “Mt. Head“, but unfortunately did not secure a win.
From his diverse portfolio, Yamamura’s animated film Dozens of Norths (Ikuta no Kita) has made headlines as it bagged the prestigious Contrechamp award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in 2022. In the same year, the film also won the Grand Prize for Feature Animation at The Ottawa International Film Festival (OIAF). It further secured jury prize in the International Competition for Feature Films at the Buncheon International Animation Festival.
In 2017, the Agency for Cultural Affairs owned by the Japanese government awarded Yamamura with the Cabinet Minister Award in the media fine arts category. It was part of the “Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Fine Arts Recommendation Awards.” His illustrious career was further honored with the Prix Klingsor, a lifetime achievement award at the 16th Biennial of Animation Bratislava event in Slovakia in 2022. This award is designated to an influential individual whose work beautifully amalgamates artistic and film qualities to impact children’s audiences.
In addition to these, Yamamura’s well-acknowledged award-winning and nominated shorts include productions like “Muybridge’s Strings“, “A Country Doctor,” “Satie’s Parade,” and “Notes on Monstropedia”. For his compelling work, Yamamura himself was given the Kawakita Award in the year 2012.
Most recently, Yamamura has finished his upcoming anime short designed for virtual reality titled “My Inner Ear Quartet” (“Mimi ni Sumu Mono”). The film will be bilingual, available in Japanese and English. The film is currently in the process of being submitted to various film competitions, both on a national and international scale.
Special thanks to Jordan Scott for sharing the news.