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New Recipes At Studio Trigger: Dungeon Meshi Production Notes 01-03

Dungeon Meshi’s anime is the product of the shifting tides at studio Trigger, of a long relationship between the involved parties and the source material, and of a…

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Sakugabooru Animation Awards 2023

It’s time for a last look at 2023 with the Sakugabooru Animation Awards. We’ve gathered directors, animators, designers, producers, and passionate fans to share their favorite, most res…

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Gridman Universe Production Retrospective: By Fans, For Fans

Gridman is a series where creators and fans are not separate entities, but rather intertwined and constantly co-evolving groups. We’re due a retrospective about the production of its…

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Resourcefulness Reigns Supreme – Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Production Notes 05-10

While fans tend to think about production circumstances as black and white, Frieren exemplifies what success tends to look like in the real world: a result of resourceful…

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The Weight Of Hayao Miyazaki And Ghibli – The Boy And The Heron / How Do You Live?

Hayao Miyazaki’s storytelling is built upon the dreamlike, empowering physics of the animation that builds his worlds. This offers a fascinating contrast with his latest film The Boy…

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Creators Rebelling Against The Odds: Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Production Notes 1-13

At its absolute best, Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 is a focused effort to fully realize its directors’ ideas, from the grandest action to the least perceptible details. But…

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Crafting A Tangible, Aging World – Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Production Notes 01-04

Frieren is, at its best, a story tightly written about time; its passage, how different people perceive it, and the tangible marks it leaves in the world and…

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The Brilliance And Darkness of Zom 100 Bucket List Of The Dead – Production Notes 01

The first episode of Zom 100 is one hell of a showcase of inventive, fresh, and very bombastic animation and direction, all packaged together with clear intent. It’s…

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Can You Assemble A High Profile Anime Studio Out Of Nowhere? – The History Of Cygames Pictures And Uma Musume ROAD TO THE TOP’s Fierce Animation

In an industry like anime where almost everything comes down to personal relationships, is it possible to quickly assemble an entirely new high-profile studio? Cygames Pictures have found…

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Introduction to Oshi no Ko’s Team: Maximizing Impact Through An Adaptation

Oshi no Ko’s massive, worldwide impact with its first episode is no fluke. Its team is led by savvy, inventive, and sometimes kinda superhuman individuals who tweaked and…

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Kyoto Animation’s Ever-Evolving In-House Culture, The Growth Of A New Animation Storyteller, And Tsurune: The Linking Shot

Kyoto Animation’s rebuilding process is allowing the most self-sufficient anime studio to foster in-house production in new ways, all while raising new generations of storytellers in animatio…

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Sakugabooru Animation Awards 2022

It’s time for a final look at the greatest animated works of 2022. We’ve gathered commercial and independent animators, directors, designers, writers, musicians, and everything in betwe…

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Bocchi the Rock! Complete Production Notes And Final Impressions

Bocchi the Rock has been a wonderful mix of ridiculous comedy and compelling character growth. Now that it’s over, though with hopes to return, let’s take a final…

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Bocchi the Rock! – The More Outrageous The Comedy Animation, The More Compelling The Loneliness And Growth

Bocchi the Rock is an outrageous comedy bursting with the bombastic creativity of its young team, and at the same time, it’s also a genuinely compelling coming-of-age story…

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The Two Chainsaw Mans – CSM Production Notes 01-03

Tatsuki Fujimoto’s storytelling is spontaneous, anarchic genius, so how should one adapt Chainsaw Man into anime? Its team committed to a vision that has made two takes on…

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Fall 2022 Anime Preview

Fall 2022 is a historically loaded season of anime, the result of concentrating essentially a year’s worth of top talent in one single burst through bold and sometimes…

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On-Gaku Our Sound: The Reckless 7 Years Hand-Drawn

10 years ago, director Kenji Iwaisawa absentmindedly agreed to create a movie about a group of school delinquents absentmindedly becoming musicians. The result of its long production process…

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Tomohiro Furukawa, Revue Starlight The Movie, And The Legacy Of Experience-Centric Anime

Tomohiro Furukawa draws from the philosophy and methods of living legends like Mamoru Oshii, Hideaki Anno, and his mentor Kunihiko Ikuhara. He reconstructs their teaching and his influences…

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Spy x Family And The Messy History, Dynamics, And Intent Of Anime Co-productions

It’s no secret that Spy x Family is a co-production between Studio WIT and CloverWorks, but what’s the backstory behind that deal, what does it involve, and what…

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The Meteoric Ascent of Megumi Ishitani, Toei Animation’s New Heir

Five years ago, we highlighted a woman who had yet to direct a single episode of anime as one of the most promising young creators in the entire…

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Directors Who Shine In Spite Of The Anime Industry – 86 Eighty Six and Toshimasa Ishii

Toshimasa Ishii’s direction on 86: Eighty Six elevated a war drama with a keen political outlook, but despite his team’s many successes, they always faced an uphill battle…

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Animating Modern Nostalgia – Ranking of Kings / Ousama Ranking Production Notes

Many works nowadays try to manufacture skin-deep nostalgia, but by naturally evoking it, Ousama Ranking can afford to combine that authentic old-school flavor with many innovative modern techniques…

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The Recipe For An Impossible Animation Team – Princess Connect Re:Dive Season 2 Production Notes

Princess Connect Re:Dive Season 2 #04 is without a doubt one of the most jaw-dropping action spectacles in recent TV anime, while remaining every bit as charming as…

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From Dennou Coil To The Orbital Children: Mitsuo Iso, Animating The Future

Nearly 15 years since the cult hit Dennou Coil, its spiritual successor The Orbital Children has just been released. This is the story of how and why they…

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Sakugabooru Animation Awards 2021

Our yearly animation awards have once again gathered animators, directors, producers, writers, translators, fans, and everything in between to pick the greatest contributions to anime and the world…

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The Context To Modern Makoto Shinkai: Contrasting Your Name, Weathering With You, And The Upcoming Suzume no Tojimari

Makoto Shinkai’s modern work is defined by its immediate circumstances to a larger degree than most people realize, be it the themes he decides to tackle or the…

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The Complicated Relationship Between Anime Production Schedules, Working Conditions, Quality, And Exploitation

Anime’s production schedules, the wellbeing of its creators, and the quality of their work are deeply interconnected. It’s a complex balance fraught with misunderstandings, and even lie…

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Ranking of Kings / Ousama Ranking – Production Notes 01-03

Despite being a directorial debut for Yosuke Hatta, the cohesive clarity of Ousama Ranking makes it a masterclass in adaptation already. And so it’s time to explore the…

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Fall 2021 Anime Overview

The Fall 2021 anime season is frontloaded with a few truly exceptional creative efforts, then chockful of titles with interesting teams having to brawl with this industry’s circumstances.…

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Rebuilding Kyoto Animation’s Unique Production Pipeline: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S Production Notes 03-12

Let’s dedicate a final look at Maidragon’s second season and its role in KyoAni’s gradual rebuild—the why and how they made a beautiful show with a smaller team…

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A Masterclass In Illustrating A Singular Worldview: Sonny Boy And Shingo Natsume

Sonny Boy is an anomaly in commercial media, let alone as a TV anime: a fascinating creator given a blank cheque that he cashed in to explore his…

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Naoko Yamada’s Departure From Kyoto Animation And Science Saru’s Painful Reinvention: End Of An Era, Start Of An Era?

KyoAni’s most renowned director Naoko Yamada left the studio she had dedicated her entire career to and is now directing Heike Monogatari at Science Saru—a studio in the…

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The Road To Stone Ocean: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Directorial Retrospective

The upcoming Stone Ocean adaptation marks the return of one of the most brilliant Jojo directors, so there has been no better time for a long retrospective of…

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Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Focused Excellence And The State Of 2D Mecha Anime

Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway is shaping up to be an excellent film trilogy, a collective effort by creators who approach realism from their own angle coupled with stellar…

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SSSS.DYNAZENON – Production Notes 11-12 And Final Impressions

We’re due a final in-depth look at SSSS.Dynazenon: the creators who stood out in the last stages, the fascinating answers to some seemingly unanswered riddles, and what to…

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86: Eighty Six – Production Notes 04-11 And Final Impressions

A teaser for 86: Eighty Six’s second cours dropped today, so let’s look back at this surprisingly daring show—a stunning showcase of a beginner director’s vision, technical skill,…

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SSSS.DYNAZENON – Production Notes 10

SSSS.Dynazenon #10 was an explosive showcase of young creative energy drawing the audience in and out of a stunning illusion, and at the same time, proof of how…

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SSSS.DYNAZENON – Production Notes 05-09

The time has come for another deep dive on SSSS.Dynazenon’s production: a mix of unique in-house Trigger talent and outside help, working in conjunction to create a show…

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86: Eighty Six – Production Notes 01-03

86: Eighty Six packs a fairly compelling war story with a surprisingly nuanced political message. And this is how its team is streamlining it and amplifying its impact,…

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SSSS.DYNAZENON – Production Notes 01-04

SSSS.Dynazenon is an already fascinating follow-up to 2018’s Gridman, an equally evocative love letter to tokusatsu and mecha titles that wears its Anno influences in its sleeves, while…

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Spring 2021 Anime Overview And The State Of The Anime Industry

It’s time to go over the many interesting offerings in the Spring 2021 anime season to talk about their creative teams, the themes they’re touching on, and their…

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Kizumonogatari Staff Interview: Director Tatsuya Oishi

The final translation to celebrate Kizumonogatari’s 5th anniversary is with none other than director Tatsuya Oishi: his feelings after wrapping up such a monumental production, the reasoning …

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Kizumonogatari Staff Interview: Ace Animators’ Commentary

This week’s Kizumonogatari translation is a collection of commentaries by the ace animators who handled the most iconic sequences, talking about their feelings and goals with those scenes,…

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Kizumonogatari Staff Interview: CG Director Shinya Takano

Our Kizumonogatari interview translations continue with a conversation with CG director Shinya Takano, who reminisces about the production and its extremely ambitious approach that grew far bigger …

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TV Anime, A Deadly Landscape Even For High Profile Productions: SK8 And Wonder Egg Priority’s Struggles

SK8 The Infinity and Wonder Egg Priority are two original passion projects, both also being high-profile productions that have been in the works for a long time. Despite…

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Kizumonogatari Staff Interview: VFX Supervisor Michiya Kato

Our next Kizumonogatari staff interview translation has VFX supervisor and eventual director of photography Michiya Kato give an in-depth chronicle about its production: the deliberate aesthetic mi…

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Wonder Egg Priority – Production Notes 04-07

Most Wonder Egg Priority episodes so far have been fantastic first time showings by newbie directors, but what is it about this team’s approach that allows them to…

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Kizumonogatari Staff Roundtable: Chief Animation Directors And Unit Directors

Kizumonogatari hit its 5th anniversary last month, and to commemorate that, we’ll be publishing a weekly series of interviews. First, a lengthy conversation with its lead animators and…

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Wonder Egg Priority – Production Notes 03

The third episode of Wonder Egg Priority is an amazing directorial debut, capable of modulating its delivery to adapt to a character protecting her wounds with a façade,…

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