This interview was originally published in the 2018 autumn edition of Great Mechsnics G.
— You were credited as the mechanical designer for Invincible Super Man Zambot 3, but wasn’t that your first time working on an anime?
Hirayama Rioji: Yeah, getting my foot into Nippon Sunrise’s (Currently: Sunrise) office was my first step. Getting in there was great and all, but at first I had absolutely nothing to do (laughs). Yamaura Eiji, the office director who would later become Sunrise’s president, was often sitting around reading books. I just remember not getting any work in the beginning.
— How did you get your job at Nippon Sunrise?
Hirayama: Before entering Nippon Sunrise, I was an apprentice under a manga artist where I drew box art for plastic models. I had quit that job and started working part-time elsewhere. Because of the box art I had done, though…
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