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Month: April 2018

Production Highlights – Comic Girls 01-03

Production Highlights – Comic Girls 01-03

Comic Girls is shaping up to be one of the season’s minor surprises with its amusing cast and the surprising physical depth of the world they inhabit. Let’s explore this approach that allows the production to elevate the material even during the show’s downtime.

Production Highlights – Megalo Box 03

Production Highlights – Megalo Box 03

We’re back with another episode of Megalo Box, since it doesn’t seem to get tired of featuring outstanding work. Things have changed quite a lot this week though: a director with personality and very different priorities arrived to offer the most characterful episode so far, which he personally key animated alongside only one other artist. Quite the achievement!

Dragon Pilot: Hisone & Masotan Production Notes 01

Dragon Pilot: Hisone & Masotan Production Notes 01

We couldn’t miss the opportunity to dig into this original, in all senses of the work, new TV series. We knew Hisone & Masotan was supported by an outrageous lineup of creators, but did the premiere live up to the pedigree of the staff? Time to analyze their work so far!

Isao Takahata: A Complete Retrospective

Isao Takahata: A Complete Retrospective

Grave of the Fireflies was released 30 years ago on April 16, 1988, alongside its equally renowned sibling movie My Neighbor Totoro. Most unfortunately, its visionary director Isao Takahata passed away at the age of 82 just a couple of weeks ago. Today we’re here to honor not just his most famous film, but a whole career filled with revolutionary, sometimes underappreciated work. This is how Takahata changed anime and his own self.

Production Highlights – Megalo Box 02

Production Highlights – Megalo Box 02

Megalo Box returns with another impactful offering, made all the more powerful by a couple of interesting creators worth talking about. We’ll also shed some light on the origins of this project and some important changes that have made this series as accessible as it could be. Don’t miss it!

Production Highlights – Hinamatsuri 01

Production Highlights – Hinamatsuri 01

Hinamatsuri‘s premiere confirmed this is one of this season’s most interesting comedy offerings with its snappy delivery, perfectly complimented by copious amounts of spectacular movement. And so we’re here to talk about the outstanding animation team behind that feat, the director’s approach, and what to expect from this show in the future.

Production Highlights – Megalo Box 01

Production Highlights – Megalo Box 01

Starting this season we’ll be offering our usual production analysis and behind the scenes information for some individual episodes on top of the full series we commit to. And no better start than Megalo Box: Ashita no Joe‘s 50th anniversary commemoration project has been catching lots of attention due to its impactful old-school vibe, but it’s also been a source of misunderstandings due to its unique aesthetic. Let’s dive into those production quirks and the vision behind it all! 

Production Highlights – Aikatsu Friends! 01

Production Highlights – Aikatsu Friends! 01

The beginning of an anime season is our chance to pick up new noteworthy productions to detail their ins and outs on a consistent basis… but that’s not quite what we’re here to offer this time around. Plenty of shows offer their share of highlights even if they don’t justify our usual level of coverage, particularly in seasons like this. With that in mind, we’ve decided that it’s only right to offer irregular analysis of them as well, focusing on…

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2018’s Exciting New Anime Studios

2018’s Exciting New Anime Studios

2018 is already loaded with huge developments when it comes to anime studios: new companies founded by unique creators, studios popping up to cover forgotten niches, and even major rebrandings involving some of the biggest players in this industry. We’ve compiled all these big news to detail who is involved and what these new studios are already producing. Exciting times ahead!