Masaaki Yuasa And Science Saru At Their Most Sincere: Ride Your Wave [Annecy 2019]

Masaaki Yuasa And Science Saru At Their Most Sincere: Ride Your Wave [Annecy 2019]

We got to watch Masaaki Yuasa’s new delightful movie Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara / Ride Your Wave and had to write about the sincerity of its craft and its storytelling, how it intertwined its character relationships and visual vocabulary, and the place it occupies in Yuasa and Science Saru’s body of work. No spoilers beyond the pivotal event present in every synopsis and promotional video!

Sarazanmai Production Notes 07-08

Sarazanmai Production Notes 07-08

We’re back with another lengthy Sarazanmai piece that focuses on Kunihiko Ikuhara’s unique storytelling, including shortcomings that the team is aware of and is attempting to address in an interesting, thematically-appropriate way. As usual, plenty of production & staff details and all sorts of fun speculation too!

CloverWorks Staff Interviews: Masayoshi Tanaka

CloverWorks Staff Interviews: Masayoshi Tanaka

In what is a surprisingly rare move within the industry, CloverWorks has been conducting interviews with its own staff in order to bring a bit more awareness to both the talent working under them and to highlight what their jobs entail. It only makes sense to start something like this off with a bang, and there’s no pick more appropriate than renowned animator and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka himself when taking that in mind. Read on for a look at…

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Sarazanmai Production Notes 03-06

Sarazanmai Production Notes 03-06

Sarazanmai coverage is back with an extensive analysis of Kunihiko Ikuhara’s storytelling practices, the contributions of other creators involved, the meaning hiding behind certain recurring imagery, the state of the production, and some speculation fueled by endlessly rewatching this fascinating cartoon.

Attack On Titan At Its WIT’s End

Attack On Titan At Its WIT’s End

After verifying the leaks that qualified people at studio WIT have indeed said they’re done with Attack on Titan, we wrote about the staff that gave the show such a distinct identity and what might happen in the future. Big news for sure, but don’t panic quite yet.

The Art of Carole & Tuesday’s Opening: Interview with Bahi JD

The Art of Carole & Tuesday’s Opening: Interview with Bahi JD

Today we’re here to present you an interview with Bahi JD: exceptional digital animator, up-and-coming director and most importantly the major creative mind behind the opening sequence of Shinichiro Watanabe and BONES’ latest anime – Carole & Tuesday! While the anime itself is yet to be released globally, the opening has been gaining attention on social networks for its blend of heartfelt vocals and vivid animation. Bahi JD was kind enough to answer our questions and talk in-depth about how…

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The Broken Cogs Of The Anime Industry – Production Assistants

The Broken Cogs Of The Anime Industry – Production Assistants

In light of the recent news that a studio Madhouse employee was overworked to the point of risking their health, we contacted 25 anime production assistants to detail their experiences and how their problems manifest in very different ways than the animator struggles we often hear about. Despite being integral to any anime project, their working conditions are in some ways the worst anyone has to bear.

Production Highlights – Aikatsu Friends! 51

Production Highlights – Aikatsu Friends! 51

Get your cards at the ready and climb a mountain for good measure, because Aikatsu Friends! coverage is back! And there’s no better way to return than with a look at the new season’s fantastic opening episode. Enough said, though. It’s time for some passionate blogging activities!