Directed the animated music videos for Daft Punk
's album "Discovery" (2001).
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I showed my work to my friends, and they said it was good. But Japan is a big place. I had to be honest with myself that I didn't know much about cartooning, and was resigned that it might be impossible [to become an excellent cartoonist one day]. Because of conditions in Japan then, I feel grounded today. Then there are those friends who knew me before I became famous.
In 1999, the Matsumoto Symbol Road was constructed in the city of Tsuruga, to commemorate the town's 100th anniversary (Tsuraga is noted for being a place of science and progress). The Road is lined with a series of 4-foot bronze statues, of characters/scenes from Matsumoto's shows Uchû senkan Yamato
(1974) and Ginga tetsudô Three-Nine
He often features a cat (based on his own pet cat Mi-kun) in his stories