Kesyu #203 is an art unit produced by Minami and Kiyoko Nakai.
#203 is a room which appears by imagination, and it produces genre less works such as animation, theater and publication. It may look chaotic, but the pillar of the world it creates is a story, using design as the wall.
Basically, the room welcomes anyone, but that does not mean that everyone who visits there feel comfortable.
The air conditioning might be too strong, and the rug might be too fluffy for some people. A stain that looks like someone’s face is purposely designed on the ceiling, an original nutritional ingredient vitamin V (V stands for vitamin) pours out from the faucet in gel, and a material called gohanium alloy which is made from coagulated rice grain is used for the sash of the window. You feel like you are out of focus once you enter the room, what is reflected in your right and left eye are slightly different, and I’m not saying that the things popping out by three-dimensional vision are not real. In the first place, there’s no guarantee that everything is real.
There are many mysterious ＃203s in this world. That’s why people try to visit places outside of themselves.
Hopefully, when they open the door and return to normal life, may the scenery they see be slightly different than usual.
Kesyu #203 is an art unit produced by Minami and Kiyoko Nakai. It was formed in 2015 , after Minami and Kiyoko graduated Waseda University and produced some theater works. Currently, the main works of Kesyu #203 are the animations used in TV programs such as “100 pun de Meicho” (NHK) and “The furnace Gretel” (NHK). The works it produces are known for its unique touch of a combination of hand-drawing and cut-out, and also for its highly narrative direction. It produces variety of works from a scenario of a TV drama to a theatre series “Tahinoto Sequence” which is a story based on a fictional town. Original animation “FLOAT TALK” has been screened at international animation festivals around the world, such as Germany, Netherlands, Korea Serbia, and others.
Animation creator, Scenario writer, Voice actor (occasionally)
Minami Nakai was born in Ishikawa, Japan in 1979. Dropped out from Waseda University . During his university days, he produced “Kesyu Hamonium”, a team producing theatre and film works, and contributed as a director and a writer. In 2005, he formed “Kesyu #203” with Kiyoko Nakai, and has produced animation for TV programs since then.
He also has been working individually as a scenario writer, and for the theatre project “Tahinoto Sequence”, launched in 2015, which is based on omnibus stories in a fictional town , he worked on the scenario and direction. Most of his works features “strangeness in ordinary life” and “ordinary life in a strange world”, and the unique situations he sets up highlight universal human emotion.
The TV drama “The man who searched Mr. Onoda and a Big Foot”, which he worked as a scenario writer, received several Japanese TV program awards.
・The Holland Animation Film Festival 2017 [official selection]（FLOAT TALK） ・The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2017[Panorama selection] （FLOAT TALK） ・ANIMANIMA Festival 2017 [official selection] （FLOAT TALK） ・13th Korea Independent Animation Film Festival 2017 [official selection] （FLOAT TALK） ・44th Hoso Bunka Foundation Award,Incentive award (The man who searched Mr.Onoda and a Big Foot) ・34th ATP Award, Incentive award (The man who searched Mr.Onoda and a Big Foot) ・PFF Award 2002 [official selection] (Gregorio) And more.
5 words to explain myself strange idea, logic, humanity, dark humor, idealism／ Music to listen to while taking a walk Denki Groove／ 5 best books in my life so far １“Dai Nippon TENGU Party Ekotoba” (Iou Kuroda),２“Parasyte” (Hitoshi Iwaaki),３“Prophet Pippi”(Chuya Chikazawa),４“MR.VERTIGO” (Paul Auster),５“MEET ME IN THE MOON ROOM”(Ray Vukcevich)／ Movie I want to to see repeatedly “Synecdoche, New York” (Charlie Kaufman)／ Video game I fell in love in 2018 “Horizon Zero Dawn”（PS4）
Animation creator, Art director (based on D.I.Y mind)
Kiyoko Nakai was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1982. After taking part in “Kesyu Hamonium”, a team producing theater and film works at Waseda University, she formed "Kesyu #203" wih Minami Nakai, and now mainly works as an animation creator, producing animations for TV programs.With the symmetrical layout and the touch like a cut-out, she pictures a world full of feelings.
She also produces graphic design, TV character, company logo, and book design. For the theatre project “Tahinoto Sequence” launched in 2015, she worked on overall art design.
She directed her first short animation "FLOAT TALK" in 2016, and it was screened at international animation festivals in Germany, Netherlands, Korea and Serbia as the official selection of the festivals.
Film festival, screened history
・The Holland Animation Film Festival 2017 [official selection]（FLOAT TALK） ・The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2017[Panorama selection] （FLOAT TALK） ・ANIMANIMA Festival 2017 [official selection] （FLOAT TALK） ・13th Korea Independent Animation Film Festival 2017 [official selection] （FLOAT TALK） and more.
5 words to explain myself sensitivity, curiosity, rebellious spirit, self-consciousness, genre less／ Music to listen to while taking a walk Grimes, AYA GLOOMY, Daigo Kobayashi／ Breathtaking books 2018 “UNDERGROUND RAILROAD” (Colson Whitehead), “Olive Kitteridge” (Elizabeth Strout), “The First Bad Man” (Miranda July).／ Movie I want to see repeatedly but depressing “Arrugas” (Ignacio Ferreras)／ Folk crafts and tools I love １Takara musubi(Uwa Ehime), ２Slipware(Ashizawa Kazuhiro), ３Kotobukuro(Kamidechoemongama), ４Kettle(YAECA), ５Kachigarasu(Saga Ozaki_doll)