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Exclusive Interview With Spencer Wan: Studio Grackle’s Technique And Philosophy

Exclusive Interview With Spencer Wan: Studio Grackle’s Technique And Philosophy

A few days ago, the stunning trailer for Hades served as an introduction to Studio Grackle. We had an opportunity to chat with the person who directed it: animator and now studio founder Spencer Wan. He opened up about their origins, production methods, and the creative and labor goals behind it all. They’re a team to keep an eye on, now and even more so in the future!

Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World Season 2 – Production Notes S2 01-05 (26-30)

Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World Season 2 – Production Notes S2 01-05 (26-30)

It’s no secret that Re:Zero‘s staff is facing more adversities than ever before, so how have they been managing to still knock all the big moments in the series out of the park? Let’s dig into the understanding of the material and resource management that have been making that somehow possible.

Rebuilding Kyoto Animation: Uncompromising Principles, Now And Going Forward

Rebuilding Kyoto Animation: Uncompromising Principles, Now And Going Forward

To bring closure to this special week of KyoAni posts, we’ve recapped how they’ve reacted since the arson attack one year ago: their firm decision to double down on all the positive aspects that had made them so special, the rebuilding moves they’ve already done, and what’s coming for the studio in the future.

Commanding KyoAni’s Animation: Character Designers & Chief Supervisors Roundtable

Commanding KyoAni’s Animation: Character Designers & Chief Supervisors Roundtable

KyoAni’s renowned quality is built upon a special culture and many years of cultivating talent in different creative departments. Today we’ll focus precisely on their animation, with a lengthy roundtable featuring their active character design and chief supervision crew up till the arson. Shouko and Kazumi Ikeda, Futoshi Nishiya, Miku Kadowaki, and Akiko Takase had an in-depth conversation about their experiences at the studio, the differences between the role of a chief animation director & a regular supervisor, their mentality…

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KyoAni’s Present And Future: Naoko Yamada and Haruka Fujita Interview

KyoAni’s Present And Future: Naoko Yamada and Haruka Fujita Interview

It’s time to examine Kyoto Animation’s present and future with an interview featuring their current creative leader and the up-and-coming star who looks up to her! Naoko Yamada and Haruka Fujita speak frankly about their beginning at KyoAni, what’s it like for people who aren’t good at communicating verbally to direct anime (a job that’s all about conveying information to staff and viewers!), the role of music in anime, and more.

The KyoAni School: Decades Of Commitment To Training Anime’s Next Generations

The KyoAni School: Decades Of Commitment To Training Anime’s Next Generations

While many fans of Kyoto Animation have heard about the KyoAni School, it’s very few who realize their initiative to train new generations of anime creators has been in place for longer than the studio has actually been creating their own titles. This is the story of a well-known but never fully appreciated aspect of KyoAni’s unique strategy—essential to their success in the past, and even more so in the future.

Kyoto Animation Series Directors Roundtable: Tatsuya Ishihara, Yasuhiro Takemoto, Naoko Yamada, Eisaku Kawanami

Kyoto Animation Series Directors Roundtable: Tatsuya Ishihara, Yasuhiro Takemoto, Naoko Yamada, Eisaku Kawanami

One year after the devastating arson attack on Kyoto Animation, we’ve decided to share a series of articles shedding light on what makes them such a unique existence in the anime industry. For starters, here’s a roundtable talk from 2017 featuring many of their series directors, where they have lighthearted yet in-depth discussions about their creative methods and mindset, but especially about the attitude they feel you need to be a proper anime project leader.

Summer 2020 Anime Preview

Summer 2020 Anime Preview

It’s time for the Summer 2020 anime preview: fewer titles than usual due to the mass postponements the pandemic caused, but also an unnatural concentration of talent for a handful of lucky titles with exceptional creative teams, solid ideas, and sometimes both of those!