Shuhei Morita is a renowned digital animator who brings a distinctively Asian aesthetic to his magic realist works. He got his break thanks to one of Japan's most revered animators, and today plans projects and directs TV anime at his own CGI production company.
<em>Shuhei Morita</em><br />Morita was born in 1978.<br /><br /><em>Major animated works</em><br />"Reki" (2000)<br />"Kakurenbo" (2005)<br />･ Public Prize for Best Short Film at the Fantasia International Film Festival<br />･ Jury Prize in the Animation Division at the Japan Media Arts Festival<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">Freedom</span> (2006)<br />･ Jury Prize in the Animation Division at the Japan Media Arts Festival<br />"Possessions" (2014)<br />･ Nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the Academy Awards<br />･ Official Competition Entry at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">Tokyo Ghoul</span> (2014)<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">Tokyo Ghoul √A</span> (2015)
A young Morita risked it all to produce this animated short, which takes place in a futuristic city with a strong Asian aesthetic. One day, a group of children find themselves playing a life-or-death game of hide-and-seek with creatures from Japanese myth.
This animated series features a lot of 3D computer animation -- unusual for animes made around that time. It depicts the adventures of young people from Earth living on the moon.
While lost in the woods, a man finds a shrine haunted by ghosts that have taken possession of discarded items. By repairing these items, the man allows the ghosts to finally rest in peace. Morita created virtual washi -- decorative paper produced with traditional Japanese methods -- to add color to his tale.