An animated journey through the 2012 season of the San Francisco Giants
Two of my favorite things in the whole wide world are the Giants and anime (Japanese animation). Over the past few years, there have been several times where these two interests collided, creating all kinds of weird, wonderful messes.
So, when the Giants won the World Series this year, I wanted to create something special. One of my favorite anime series is MAJOR, which follows the life of a Japanese baseball player from his kindergarten days to becoming a professional baseball player in the US. The opening credits animation for each season features lots of sweet baseball action and always gets me pumped up for each episode. I decided to do something similar for the Giants. I had previously attempted to do this with the 2010 squad. However, animating the whole thing was far too ambitious for me to handle at the time, which resulted in me using video clips instead. I knew I still wanted to eventually do something animated in the near future.
This year provided the opportunity. The journey to the WS championship was so amazing and I had more free time (initially, anyway) and felt like I needed to up my game, so to speak. The day after the WS ended, I started on the project and didn't finish until last Friday. Virtually all of my free time was dedicated to it, and I was happy that I finished just before Christmas. Much of it was rotoscoped over the fourth season opening of Major, mostly to speed up the process, but it still took a good amount of time. So, without further ado, here's my Christmas gift for y'all.