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D’ART Shtajio is Japan's First Major Anime Studio Owned by Black Animators

Black creators are versatile in every way both inside and outside of traditional Black culture. Two Black background artists, Arthell and Darnell Isom, alongside animator Henry Thurlow, founded D’ART Shtajio — a 2-D animation studio in Tokyo — making it the “first major anime studio created by Black animators” in Japan, CBR reports . The three animators created their studio infusing American culture with Japanese anime, and in the process have worked on some huge anime projects. According to CBR, prior to opening the studio, Arthell Isom worked under animation studio Ogura Kobo as a background animator on shows such as “Bleach,” “Gintama,” “Black Butler,” “Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine and Naruto.” He also worked with his mentor, Hiromasa Ogura, known for being a background animator on “Ninja Scroll” and “Ghost in the Shell.” Thurlow worked as an in-between animator and key animator previously, but always expressed his frustrations never having his creative input taken...

Njera Perkins

Jun 10, 2020