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Month: June 2017

Summer 2017 Anime Preview

Summer 2017 Anime Preview

A new season approaches with more titles than anyone can watch, so it’s our self-imposed duty to keep on curating the ones handled by the most capable creators. Strong premises still require skilled directors and animation teams to support them after all! So, which Summer 2017 titles are most likely to live up to their potential?

The Eccentric Family 2 – Complete Production Notes

The Eccentric Family 2 – Complete Production Notes

The Eccentric Family is one of the most unique TV anime, an exceptional project not only as far as P.A. Works is concerned but for the industry in general. Its sequel has now finished leaving behind some genuine production mysteries, as well as plenty of creative decisions worth talking about. Let’s return to its magical Kyoto once again.

The Pre-Production of Anime #1: Planning

The Pre-Production of Anime #1: Planning

Welcome to megax‘s new mini-feature “The Pre-Production of Anime”, where we’ll detail how a production goes from a mere idea to the point where the animation process starts. Much has been written about the actual creative endeavors (including drawing, painting, background art, compositing), but there’s nearly no guides out there talking about what happens beforehand. To address that, we’ll go over every pre-production step to give you a better idea of how an anime is born. Part 1: Planning

My Hero Academia: Episodes 24-26 (Season 2 Episode 11-13)

My Hero Academia: Episodes 24-26 (Season 2 Episode 11-13)

My Hero Academia wrapped up the UA Sports Festival arc, and with it the first cours of the second season. Hard to believe we’re already halfway through, but time passes quickly…particularly so with HeroAca, since its episodes always seem to be over the moment you blink. Let’s take a look on the production highlights but also the low points of the latest three episodes.

Anime Craft Weekly #41: I Can’t Believe It’s 2017 And I Have To Write That Anime Is Hand Drawn

Anime Craft Weekly #41: I Can’t Believe It’s 2017 And I Have To Write That Anime Is Hand Drawn

Anime is hand drawn. By people, with their hands. That’s honestly all there is to this enduring myth, which is somehow alive on both sides of the pond. I’m used to western fans spouting the classic I miss when anime was hand drawn rhetoric, but it got to me last week when I saw Japanese press report Ghibli successor Studio Ponoc as a source of traditional hand drawn animation in an age of digital anime…even though their country has hundreds…

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SakuQ&A: Anime Industry and Production Questions #5

SakuQ&A: Anime Industry and Production Questions #5

Our Q&A service is back after some delays, but once again so loaded with anime industry questions that we’ll splitting the answers into two posts. For now, let’s address R&D in the anime industry, the process of delivery of animation materials, the role of layouts in Japanese animation and some more specific creator and studio inquiries.