Recently one of Shippuden's great animators, Masayuki Kouda, was taken off of the anime to go direct a new Pierrot series. I am sad ot see him go, but hopefully he will return after he has finished working on his new project.
Well that's kind of a "duh" thing, it's ****ing Norio lol
But Pierrot doesn't seem to hire him any more either. The last bit of animation he did was in the Kyuubi vs Pain episode 167
He did a section of Shippuden 290 too.
OT: Erhmagawd, I thought you were going to say he was dead or something. Phew! I prefer Masayuki's artwork over Norio anyway, the latter is good but not very interesting. But the fact that Kishimoto's artwork was pretty awful back in Part 1 is a credit to Norio for being able to work with it so well.