With a key episode in the bag and the series reaching its first turning point, it’s time for us to return to the world of Aikatsu Friends! for some more coverage – not just of the wonderful episode #11, but also of how the production has fared since the beginning and the way they’ve built Mio’s textured character in particular.
There had been insider rumors about episode 19 of The Seven Deadly Sins’ second season being quite the impressive action outing for about a month, and to no one’s surprise, they turned to be right on the mark! Once again we’ve got to thank an ambitious team of up-and-coming artists for this work, but they’re a crew that doesn’t really conform to what we’ve come to expect from young anime creators. Let’s see what they had in store!
Comic Girls quietly stayed as one of this season’s most pleasantly surprising productions, showcasing new positive sides to it as it coasts into the halfway mark. Who’s responsible for putting it in this position in the first place, though? Let’s find out!
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.
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…
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!
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.
The third episode of DARLING in the FRANXX is, and I’m sure this won’t surprise you at this point, yet another product of past Gainax experiences. Once again we’ll follow the careers of the creators involved to better understand their work here, plus we’ll highlight the behind the scenes production mechanisms that are rarely talked about. Fans of Shelter can’t miss this one!
The second episode of DARLING in the FRANXX is also very much rooted in studio Gainax tradition, but its awkward budding sexuality and mecha happenings have a different flavor under the expert hand of one of the most interesting female creators who matured at the studio in the 00s: Shouko Nakamura. Get ready to catch up on the ways she polished up those unique skills, since that provides lots of hidden context to this episode.
The allure of a Trigger x A-1 Pictures all-stars co-production has ensured that all eyes remained on DARLING in the FRANXX from the moment its existence was revealed to the world, and yet there’s much more to this project and the people involved than a cursory glance would lead fans to believe. Fortunately it’s our job to explore these production curiosities, and there’s no better time to do so than following the show’s premiere, so let’s get to work in…