Good evening, good afternoon and good morning ladies and gentlemen! We find ourselves at the end of another year, recalling the good and the bad times, celebrating the lack of a hangover despite a wild night out, but also struck with the fear of hanging over a toilet bowl on New Year’s Day to keep the scales balanced. Most importantly, though, it’s the time of the year where we round up the sakubuta to present the ever-growing Sakuga Bowl and…
And so Land of the Lustrous comes to an end, not in grand fashion but with a melancholic look back that highlights just how much things have changed. One last chance to address the vision of the creators, the quirks of this special production, the likeliness of a sequel, all those details you come here to find out. It’s been a pleasure to cover this show for you!
Today we’ll explore the many unique ways anime depicts itself: how fascinating directors like Kunihiko Ikuhara and Satoshi Kon have toyed with the subject matter, the iconic anime production series throughout the years like Shirobako and Animation Runner Kuromi, as well as more recent meta titles like Anime-Gataris. There’s a lot of effort put into details that usually go unnoticed, and conceptually it’s a very interesting theme as well. Enjoy this post filled with many flavors of love towards anime!
There’s no need to hold back on the praise for this: Fate/Apocrypha #22 was the best animated episode of anime in 2017, one of the greatest outings in general terms, and a genuinely significant moment for this industry. So as much as we find the production notes format useful to provide you the important points of all the shows we cover, this time we’re offering an even more in-depth write-up about everything that made this episode so special. Enjoy!
With the climax fully underway now, we’re presented with the opportunity to look at the episodes that kickstart it and address the question of whether or not they suffered a dip in quality with episode 22 looming so near. The answer? A resounding no. Read on for more on the hows and whys of what makes them exciting in their own right.
Land of the Lustrous is approaching its ending, and yet it still finds a myriad of ways to keep on surprising us this late in the game. New registers and tones it also excels at, new ways to combine traditional and digital craft, new directors to share their vision. This is a truly special show, so don’t hesitate and read more to find out about its secrets.
The less frantic section of the show was a blessing for the staff who knew the heaviest episodes were about to come – in retrospect, we can say they made the right choice! And, although the grand action is the main reason why people pay attention to Fate/Apocrypha, this downtime is filled with interesting production details as well. Read more to find out about them!
We’re almost as behind on the coverage of Fate/Apocrypha as studio A-1 is on its production, but it remains a project that’s earned its right to be covered in detail without skipping to its most recent accolades. You can expect these posts to go up very consistently so that we can be fully caught up soon. But for now, here’s the beginning of its second cours!
Digital animators have been putting out some of the most impressive work anime has to offer over the last few years. Today we present you one of the leaders of a new wave within that movement, which introduces a more human element to those flashy spectacles. Meet Nakaya Onsen, who has been receiving lots of attention as one of the stars in the astounding Fate/Apocrypha #22!
Mamoru Hosoda’s new film has been fully unveiled, and that’s the perfect chance to talk about his career: the unmatched regularity of his creative process, as well as the changes throughout his 12 years as an independent movie director that have built this unique production cycle.