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Month: August 2022

Princess Tutu’s 20th Anniversary: Ikuko Itoh, Junichi Sato, And Anime’s Most Unique Storytelling Effort

Princess Tutu’s 20th Anniversary: Ikuko Itoh, Junichi Sato, And Anime’s Most Unique Storytelling Effort

It’s been 20 years since Princess Tutu, which means it’s been over 28 years since its first draft, and many more decades since Ikuko Itoh picked up the interests that would lead to it. Let’s take this anniversary as an opportunity to retell the long history of this lengthy production, and how a personal distraction and her relationship with Junichi Sato led  to anime’s most unique, rebellious, and emotive series about the act of storytelling.

The Layout Crisis: The Collapse Of Anime’s Traditional Immersion, And The Attemps To Build It Anew

The Layout Crisis: The Collapse Of Anime’s Traditional Immersion, And The Attemps To Build It Anew

The layouts, the backbone of Japanese animation and its keen sense of immersion, are currently shattering. In this long dive, we contrasted the views of industry veterans and fresh faces with our own findings: the death of studio culture and training cycles, the pressure of cynical commercialism, the inherent labor issues, and the attempts to address it all.