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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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Wonder Egg Priority – Production Notes 01-02

Wonder Egg Priority is a truly unique show, an effort by an up-and-coming star to repurpose the creative language of one of anime’s greatest directors in a way…

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Winter 2021 Anime Overview And The State Of The Anime Industry

Enjoy this deep dive into the unusual Winter 2021 anime season: let’s talk about its extraordinary concentration of brilliant creators and robust teams capable of supporting their ideas,…

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Sakugabooru Animation Awards 2020

We’ve yet again gathered a team of fans from all over the world, as well as animators, directors, and indie creators to share their favorite works and creators…

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20 Years Of Ojamajo Doremi: The Ideal Kids Anime Grows Up With Its Audience

Ojamajo Doremi became a formative experience for a whole generation. An impossibly daring team with a perfect overlap of young and veteran talent at Toei accompanied kids across…

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Ufotable’s 20th Anniversary: A Tale of Wild But Meticulous Growth

Studio Ufotable recently hit their 20th anniversary, which they celebrated with their most successful title to date. Their history up till this point has been marked by consistent…

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Twilight Wings: A Labor Of Love By The Pokemon Generation

Let’s dig into Pokemon Twilight Wings: the simply stunning production, the beautiful exercise in storytelling efficiency, and the secret at the core of it all—a young team channeling…

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Exclusive Interview With Spencer Wan: Studio Grackle’s Technique And Philosophy

A few days ago, the stunning trailer for Hades served as an introduction to Studio Grackle. We had an opportunity to chat with the person who directed it:…

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The Road To DECA-DENCE: Project History & Production Notes 01-05

Yuzuru Tachikawa’s DECA-DENCE is one of the most unique action anime in ages, but its ambition, scale, and the coherence between themes and design philosophy make a whole…

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Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World Season 2 – Production Notes S2 01-05 (26-30)

It’s no secret that Re:Zero’s staff is facing more adversities than ever before, so how have they been managing to still knock all the big moments in the…

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アイマス15周年記念 – 過去から未来へ、「アニマス」から受け継がられた思いと意志

    15年の時を経て、『アイドルマスター』は様々な業界にその名を轟かせてきた。その記念として、2011年にアニメ化された『アニマス』が大ヒットになるまでの道のりだけではなく、それを可能にした情熱と、それがシリーズの未来とどう繋がるのかを振り返ってみたいと思います。…

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Fifteen Years of The iDOLM@STER – Carrying a Legacy Forward to the Future

With fifteen years officially in the record books, it’s safe to say that The iDOLM@STER has made its mark within the plethora of industries it’s now attached to.…

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Rebuilding Kyoto Animation: Uncompromising Principles, Now And Going Forward

To bring closure to this special week of KyoAni posts, we’ve recapped how they’ve reacted since the arson attack one year ago: their firm decision to double down…

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Commanding KyoAni’s Animation: Character Designers & Chief Supervisors Roundtable

KyoAni’s renowned quality is built upon a special culture and many years of cultivating talent in different creative departments. Today we’ll focus precisely on their animation, with a…

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KyoAni’s Present And Future: Naoko Yamada and Haruka Fujita Interview

It’s time to examine Kyoto Animation’s present and future with an interview featuring their current creative leader and the up-and-coming star who looks up to her! Naoko Yamada…

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KyoAni’s Current Osaka Leaders: Eisaku Kawanami x Takuya Yamamura Interview

Today we’ll cover another indispensable part of KyoAni: their energetic Osaka branch Animation Do, as seen through the eyes of their two series directors at the moment. Enjoy…

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The KyoAni School: Decades Of Commitment To Training Anime’s Next Generations

While many fans of Kyoto Animation have heard about the KyoAni School, it’s very few who realize their initiative to train new generations of anime creators has been…

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Summer 2020 Anime Preview

It’s time for the Summer 2020 anime preview: fewer titles than usual due to the mass postponements the pandemic caused, but also an unnatural concentration of talent for…

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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 07-12 – Production Notes And Final Impressions

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 came to an end with big surprises: touching moments that recontextualized entire relationships, and plenty of non-standard production decisions that allowed it…

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Anime’s Present And Future At Stake: The In-Betweener Problem

Last week, anime creators with diverse backgrounds and standings in and outside the industry joined their voices to illustrate the hellish experience that is in-betweening. This is how…

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Re:Zero Production Journal – Starting a Sequel in a Similar Yet Different World

With Re:Zero season 2 right around the corner, it’s time for a lengthy look back at the team and circumstances that made the original such a successful adaptation,…

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Attack On Titan The Final Season And Studio MAPPA: Fated To End Together

By popular demand, we’ve written about Attack on Titan’s new creative team, what to expect from the production altogether, and why the significant changes at studio MAPPA made…

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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 01-06 – Production Notes

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 has reached its midseason climax, and rather than take a quality hit, it’s only been getting better with time thanks to a…

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Sing “Yesterday” For Me 01-04 – Production Notes

While current anime get delayed left and right, Yesterday wo Utatte / Sing “Yesterday” for Me sidestepped all those issues by wrapping up its production early. The smart…

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Sing “Yesterday” For Me 01-04 – Production Notes

While current anime get delayed left and right, Yesterday wo Utatte / Sing “Yesterday” for Me sidestepped all those issues by wrapping up its production early. The smart…

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Koe no Katachi / A Silent Voice Staff Roundtable: Aesthetics Team

Here’s part two of the Koe no Katachi / A Silent Voice staff roundtable, featuring representatives of various aesthetics departments at KyoAni talking about all the unique processes…

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Koe no Katachi / A Silent Voice Staff Roundtable: Aesthetics Team

Here’s part two of the Koe no Katachi / A Silent Voice staff roundtable, featuring representatives of various aesthetics departments at KyoAni talking about all the unique processes…

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Koe no Katachi / A Silent Voice Staff Roundtable: Director And Animation Team

If you’re in the mood for obsessively precise character acting, we’re here to offer the translation of a long roundtable with A Silent Voice’s director Naoko Yamada and…

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Koe no Katachi / A Silent Voice Staff Roundtable: Director And Animation Team

If you’re in the mood for obsessively precise character acting, we’re here to offer the translation of a long roundtable with A Silent Voice’s director Naoko Yamada and…

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Toward A New KyoAni: Violet Evergarden Side Story And Haruka Fujita

Violet Evergarden‘s side story film is a tragic remnant of the skill of many Kyoto Animation artists whose lives were cut far too short, but also a bright…

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Toward A New KyoAni: Violet Evergarden Side Story And Haruka Fujita

Violet Evergarden’s side story film is a tragic remnant of the skill of many Kyoto Animation artists whose lives were cut far too short, but also a bright…

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Violet Evergarden Side Story: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll Interview – Director Haruka Fujita

Haruka Fujita, who was the sole project leader for the first time with Violet Evergarden Side Story, shared her experiences pre-production, the actual animation process, and the positive…

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