As part of the healing process and necessary restructuring after the devastating arson attack, Kyoto Animation’s staff blog paused operations after 19 years of daily writing about the employees’ work and personal life. Regardless of what they do with it in the future, we owe a look at their fascinating history in reaching out to fans directly.
Renowned series directors, main writers of notoriety, ace animators in various positions, perhaps some painters acting as art directors or designers – there are some individuals whose name alone can generate excitement, but it’s reserved to a select crew. So how come fans and industry folks alike are clamoring about Fate Grand Order: Babylonia #05’s production assistant, even though that’s anime’s most undervalued role? Let’s learn about how people like Shouta Umehara can make a difference in the field!
What does BEASTARS‘ opening sequence have in common with other iconic intros like DRIFTERS and Tatami Galaxy, the filmography of geniuses like Satoshi Kon and Tatsuya Oishi, plus many sweet commercials and educational works? The answer is Michiya Kato and his studio CYCLONE GRAPHICS – a team you might have loved for a long time without even noticing their presence!
Unknown to most people, Studio WIT’s regional branch is already operative with the goals to train young artists, revitalize animation for children, and give a platform to independent creators in the process. Let’s see what they’re capable of, starting with The Girl From the Other Side!
The new season’s already starting, so you know what that means: it’s time for another detailed rundown of all new anime with particularly talented creative teams, to see what’s got the most potential and how each production is faring.
If you’re dying to watch the upcoming Fate/Grand Order Babylonia anime, we’re here to help you by making that wait even more painful — this whole piece is dedicated to its extraordinary production circumstances, the consequences of the studio prioritizing the project, the dazzling team behind it, and also the limitations they might be facing. And if you’re not interested at all in the series, should you be? Let’s see!
Three years after its original premiere, we’re revisiting Koe no Katachi / A Silent Voice to talk not just about the movie’s triumphs when it comes to nonverbal communication, but also the immense struggle that many animators face to create the illusion of tactility.
Since the unique animation duo Gekidan Inu Curry have been entrusted with chief series direction and writing duties for the new Madoka Magica anime, we felt it was the time to explore their career at length: origins, influences, technique, and the way they craft twisted fairy tales that still evoke a childlike sense of wonder.
Today we’re here to talk about a phenomenon that’s gradually been eroding anime’s very identity, while at the same time souring the experience for its animation: the extreme fragmentation of the anime production process. Let’s see what the model that reinforced anime’s visual cohesion was all about, how these changes were introduced and later corrupted, and what to the animators who suffer the issues the most think about it.
5 weeks after the tragedy that shook not just Kyoto Animation but the entire anime industry, we are, like many other fans out there, still trying to recover. The healing will be slow, but we can’t allow ourselves to stay down forever. And that’s why we turned our gaze towards Baja’s Studio: a delightful little work that draws from decades of the studio’s unique culture. Even more so than their other works, this is the anime that only KyoAni’s kind…