Tsurune Production Notes 2-7

Tsurune Production Notes 2-7

Now that Tsurune‘s past its halfway point, it’s time to return to the series to examine various aspects; how the staff want to balance the meticulous depiction of Japanese archery with entertaining experiences and characterization, the intent behind the storyboards, the state of the production as a whole, and so on!

High Speed! The Movie Interviews – Character Designer & Chief Animation Futoshi Nishiya And Prop Designer Seiichi Akitake

High Speed! The Movie Interviews – Character Designer & Chief Animation Futoshi Nishiya And Prop Designer Seiichi Akitake

The High☆Speed! interviews continue with two conversations with artists commanding the animation department: character designer Futoshi Nishiya and prop designer Seiichi Akitake talk about how they project the character’s personality into the design work, be it general traits or daily life minutiae, while also sharing anecdotes regarding the production process.

SSSS.GRIDMAN Production Notes 9

SSSS.GRIDMAN Production Notes 9

SSSS.GRIDMAN casually dropped one of the most memorable episodes of the year, a tour de force of evocative layouts and energetic animation that managed to make a hateful villain into a sympathetic person as if it were easy. Let’s explore this show’s greatest episode, the team behind them, and the industry movement it represents.

High Speed! The Movie Roundtable – Director Yasuhiro Takemoto x Scriptwriter Maiko Nishioka x Character Designer Futoshi Nishiya

High Speed! The Movie Roundtable – Director Yasuhiro Takemoto x Scriptwriter Maiko Nishioka x Character Designer Futoshi Nishiya

High☆Speed!, a somewhat overlooked movie in Kyoto Animation’s repertoire, is approaching its third anniversary. To celebrate that we’ll be hosting a series of interviews translated by Pen over the next few days, starting with this roundable where the core staff talked about their general feelings towards the movie as a whole and some key scenes in particular. Yasuhiro Takemoto: Director x Maiko Nishioka: Scriptwriter x Futoshi Nishiya: Character designer and chief animation director

SSSS.GRIDMAN Production Notes 8

SSSS.GRIDMAN Production Notes 8

SSSS.GRIDMAN‘s not losing any momentum, with interesting new reveals boosted by very purposeful directorial choices… but also quite the controversy (or not really) regarding the production that we thought should be addressed before it gets out of hand.

SSSS.GRIDMAN Production Notes 5-7

SSSS.GRIDMAN Production Notes 5-7

Now that it’s finally revaling its mysteries, SSSS.GRIDMAN‘s more intriguing than ever. Let’s delve back into the series with another in-depth look at its secrets, the directorial principles that make is so engrossing, the ups and downs of outsourcing process, and a few more behind the scene matters that explain what’s happening on the screen.

Fall 2018 Opening Festival

Fall 2018 Opening Festival

The current season of anime has left us with many eye-catching opening and ending sequences. Now that right about every TV series seems to have shown what they’ve got to offer, let’s examine the most striking examples and the teams behind them – which can be rather small, since in multiple cases these sequences were produced almost entirely by single individuals!

Kunihiko Ikuhara’s Modus Operandi: What We Already Know About Sarazanmai

Kunihiko Ikuhara’s Modus Operandi: What We Already Know About Sarazanmai

One of the keys to Kunihiko Ikuhara’s success is his ability to surround himself by creators who fit his aesthetic but also thematic needs, no matter the artistic field those people belong to. So while his upcoming TV series Sarazanmai is still a ways to go, there’s a lot we can infer already, and much to analyze about the way he operates.

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms / SayoAsa – Production Notes

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms / SayoAsa – Production Notes

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is one of the most powerful anime movies you’ll come across this year, and perhaps in general. Beautiful in many senses of the word, committed to its themes, and elevated by a once in a lifetime production effort that served to train both a fascinating new director and a studio as a whole.

SSSS.GRIDMAN Production Notes 3-4

SSSS.GRIDMAN Production Notes 3-4

SSSS.GRIDMAN has maintained its fascinating identity even when handed to other directors and different studios altogether, still combining all the nostalgic factors with some new ingredients. Let’s continue examining its production to see how they’ve brought back lost arts while at the same time also advancing certain techniques!