Kizumonogatari Staff Interview: CG Director Shinya Takano

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 than studio SHAFT alone could handle, as well as the deliberate contrast between organic and inorganic animation.

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

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 being exactly what anime needs on paper, they have crashed to the point where only extreme crunch might allow them to make it to the goal by the intended date. Understanding their distinct issues will help you grasp the nuance of TV anime’s structural problems.

Kizumonogatari Staff Interview: VFX Supervisor Michiya Kato

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 mismatch yet tremendously cohesive creative approach, and the nearly impossible amount of work behind it all.

Wonder Egg Priority – Production Notes 04-07

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 channel fresh creative energy so much better than their peers? And at the same time, what are the logistical and even thematical problems derived from their approach?

Kizumonogatari Staff Roundtable: Chief Animation Directors And Unit Directors

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 directors about the movie’s creation, and what it’s like to work under an eccentric genius like Tatsuya Oishi.

Primer On A Complete Animation Storyteller: The Memorable Formative Stages Of Tomomi Mochizuki

Primer On A Complete Animation Storyteller: The Memorable Formative Stages Of Tomomi Mochizuki

Tomomi Mochizuki’s seamless, all-encompassing approach to animated storytelling made him one of anime’s most brilliant directors in the 80s and 90s, setting him on a path he’s still walking through nowadays. Time for a primer on this terrific yet overlooked director!

Wonder Egg Priority – Production Notes 03

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, but also of developing a language of touch to deliver subtler truths. So, who’s the prodigy behind it?

Wonder Egg Priority – Production Notes 01-02

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 that fits his own circumstances. Grasping its context only makes its quality even clearer.