Norio Matsumoto

Years active:1987-Present
Wiki jp Originating from Tatsunokos animators training institute where he met Atsushi Wakabayashi Though primarily an action animator hes demonstrated impressive range elsewhere like in his scenes for Haibane Renmei and Kaguyahime He has the reputation of a fast and disciplined worker. Toshiyuki Inoue said that he must have a secret for producing such a large volume of superb cuts. Though one of his earliest assignments was as an inbetweens checker for Akira his first major job was on Ranma working under the director of the series Kazuhiro Furuhashi He would collaborate with Furuhashi again on Rurouni Kenshin Youre Under Arrest and Hunter x Hunter Around this time Matsumoto was also mentored by Tomohiro Hirata on Irresponsible Captain Tylor Matsumotos character animation is loose and full of smears often looking like featureless masses in individual frames. He draws smoke without highlights a tendency that earned the nickname Norio smoke and has been imitated by animators like Shingo Yamashita and Kenichi Kutsuna He occasionally storyboards his own scenes as he did for the 12th episode of Birdy Decode:02 the third Naruto movie and episodes 31 85 of Rurouni Kenshin Prefers battles that take place in wideopen spaces with lots of forward momentum and background movement. Influenced by Satoru Utsunomiya and Takashi Nakamura and has adapted elements of their approach for a wider audience. Whenever he serves as animation director on an episode he does a lot of the key animation work himself. He also soloed the 7th episode of EatMan and the Kuragehime ED. He failed attempting to solo the 39th episode of Youre Under Arrest and requested his name not be on the telop despite animating the vast majority of the episode. Famoust for his work on the Naruto franchise in which he often collaborated with Atsushi Wakabayashi. As a well known animator with a wide network of connections he regularly helps and receives help from his friends. Source: Animators Wiki