We’re heading into a Spring anime season that, barring a few exceptions, won’t have as many prestige projects and obvious animation festivals as some of the lineups we’ve covered before. However, it makes up for that with a multitude of smaller projects with potential to shine in unique ways. With talent being spread so thin, including some unlikely projects that would normally get overlooked, this preview is more needed than ever!
The anime industry’s structural issues are well-documented, but for fear of risking their jobs, staff members rarely point fingers at the individuals and companies that make the situation even worse. We reached out to a person very closely involved with Märchen Mädchen, the messiest TV project at the moment, and they wanted to relay a very detailed, scathing report of what happens behind the scenes in a production mess. Even if you’re not following the series, the team’s harsh experience…
Our new post about a rising figure in anime isn’t about a young creator who immediately achieved success, but rather someone who had to train under various veterans for a while to hone up his skills as director. Today we won’t just talk about how Naoya Ando personally uses lighting to root his animation work in reality, but also briefly touch on the struggles of creators in kids shows to catch the eye of both fans and critics.
An honestly predictable self-contained tale ended up being the most emotionally powerful one to date, standing as good proof of just how important the vision of a director is. No better chance to examine the work of all the staff involved than an episode like this!
In contrast to last week’s somber post detailing the awful conditions faced by the anime industry’s newcomers, this time we’ll bring you a much more upbeat look at young animators in Japan – a piece highlighting some of the most impressive trainees in the industry, brilliant youngsters who have managed to impress in their first year learning the ropes within the industry. Enjoy!
The arc dealing with Violet’s loss and acceptance comes to an end with a spectacular set of episodes that could, and maybe should, be the show’s grand finale. Let’s examine the work of the talented directors involved and the ups and downs of this production, while waiting for whatever will come next.
We often highlight interesting animators and directors who just irrupted into anime and are finding success at a young age, but some times we have to focus on the struggle of less fortunate individuals instead. At a time where anime needs the help of new creators more than ever, the working conditions for youngsters who want to join the industry have grown to be so poor that we’re stuck with very high attrition rates and miserable standards. It’s important that…