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A Look at the Sakuga and Animation of 2016

A Look at the Sakuga and Animation of 2016

Welcome one, welcome all! It’s that time of the year once again, where we wonder how we managed to spend all that holiday money already while steeling ourselves mentally for the inevitable hangover on New Year’s Day. For those of us who like to dabble in a bit of sakuga shenanigans, it’s also that time of the year where Kraker2k bullies us into compiling our thoughts on the shows and people who stood out most throughout the year, a process fondly dubbed as the Sakuga Bowl. While Kraker’s gotten old and doesn’t have it in him to take up the mantle anymore, the Sakuga Bowl has become an esteemed tradition, and thus the show must go on. This year’s show features not only familiar faces from years past, but other notable names who have been making a splash in the ever-growing sakuga pond this year; all in the name of luring our rivals into a false sense of security before we wipe them out bringing more voices to the table.

For those attending for the first time, the award process is split up into eight categories:

— Best Episode
— Best Show
— Best Movie
— Best OP
— Best ED
— Animator Discovery
— Unexpected Animation
— Recommendation

Simple, yet effective. The only real guidelines this year were to try and keep each entry close to 500 words, solely due to the fact that last year’s was long (that went as well as you’d imagine). With that being said, let’s get this show started! Sit tight, approach the scorching ping pong girl if you’re feeling chilly, avoid the vomiting water goddess, and pray that the #1 hero can fend off the villain before we have to cancel everything.

Previous years:
2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

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A look at My Hero Academia’s animation: Veteran animators feat. young talents

A look at My Hero Academia’s animation: Veteran animators feat. young talents

My Hero Academia, Shonen Jump’s latest big action title, has been on the radar of many manga fans ever since it began its serialization. Brought to life by Kohei Horikoshi’s attractive art style, its underdog story set in a world of heroes quickly became a hit sensation, eventually shaping up to be a surefire candidate for an anime adaption – but little did we know how unusual that adaptation would turn out to be.

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Koe no Katachi Comic Natalie Interview – Naoko Yamada

Koe no Katachi Comic Natalie Interview – Naoko Yamada

For the last 3 months we’ve been covering Naoko Yamada’s career through a series of articles and translations by megax, but all good things must come to an end. As a final gift, here’s an interview about her latest film. No actual spoilers beyond the premise, so go ahead even if you haven’t seen the film!

A Silent Voice is a story from Yoshitoki Oima’s manga where high schooler Shoya Ishida reunites with Shouko Nishimiya, a girl whom he had physically/emotionally wounded when they were elementary schoolers. Through their exchanges, Shoya begins to change.  The manga itself placed first in the boys category of “This Manga is Amazing! 2015” awards and in the “Comic Natalie Grand Prize 2014” awards as well as winning the “newcomer” award in the 19th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Awards. It is published in a total of 7 volumes.

Comic Natalie has interviewed the director of this film Naoko Yamada, who works at Kyoto Animation and is known for her two prior films, K-On! The Movie! and Tamako Love Story.  Here, we listen to her first impressions of the manga, secret thoughts in her direction, and producing the film while seeing “liveliness.”

Interview/Text by Akiko Kumase

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Anime Craft Weekly #25: Decrypting Anime Production

Anime Craft Weekly #25: Decrypting Anime Production

Last week I mentioned the outrageous number of artists who had to work on Yuri!!! On ICE’s finale so that it could be finished in time. The general reaction seemed to be of bewilderment as people realized just how messy the situation had become, but I also noticed confused outliers; people who simply lacked any frame of reference, and even some who thought that multitude was something positive. It’s time for some research into how many animators it takes to produce an episode of anime nowadays.

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Behind the Scenes of Yuri!!! On Ice’s Costume Design 9

Behind the Scenes of Yuri!!! On Ice’s Costume Design 9

After skaters and staff alike took a bit of a break, this series is back to peek behind the scenes into the costume design process. As usual, Good Haro translated Chacott’s article.

We’ve finally arrived at the short programs for the Grand Prix Final, and there’s only one episode left!
Otabek Altin is the one of the six in the final making his first appearance on the rink. So without further ado, let’s talk about his costume.

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