Nope not animators,that's the sound department
Seiyuus were recorded in japan but everything else to do with sound was done in France,including the OST, Oshima conducted the national russian symphonic orchestra in Paris at studio Guillaume Tell, that's like the french equivalent of Abbey road studios in terms of prestige, that must have cost considerably more than usual.
The producer at trigger said they wanted to see what working with europeans on sound design could bring to the table.
Death Billiards also has Suzuki Aya as one of its key animators,she's technically japanese but lived a big part of her childhood and studied animation in europe,considering what she's worked on before the fact alone the project interested her is enough to intrigue me.
Yes, I would agree there's more to like in Yoshida's résumé than Yamada's. It's a mixed bag, but a better mix.
As long as Dera maintains a leading role, I think the show has a chance to be pretty good. The minute it turns into those 4 girls preening for the camera (don't even get me started on the loli), it's all over as far as I'm concerned unless it's for very brief interludes.
I know you're a busy man so you might not have the time to look this up but Tamako Market staff interviews did reveal the bird would be pretty important
-Conversing with the bird sounds fun. What did you think about it when you joined, Yoshida-san?
Yoshida: It still doesn’t stand out to me now. Before I knew it, he had pushed to take the leading role. (laughs) I had wanted an outsider’s point of view, so his importance moved up as he could be involved in introductions to the rest of the people in the shopping district for the viewers.
Also while I'm no big Yamada fan (except her EDs,I love her EDs lol), I find screenwriter Yoshida to be quite a dependable writer who can deliver sold adaptations,see her work on Bakuman as an example.