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Just Because! And The TV Anime Problem: Living Characters, Dead Production

Just Because! And The TV Anime Problem: Living Characters, Dead Production

Severe production issues are never a comfortable topic, because the anime industry is filled with people who are genuinely struggling and that we shouldn’t make light of. But they’re also something we can’t gloss over either, so I’d like to use the latest news about a production disaster to clear up that particular situation and discuss the double edged sword of thorough character acting in TV anime. Whether you’ve been following Just Because! or not, you might want to pay…

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Yu Yu Hakusho’s Exceptional Production, 25 Years Later

Yu Yu Hakusho’s Exceptional Production, 25 Years Later

Last month we published a post that contrasted the creative approaches of the original Card Captor Sakura with its new animated incarnation. Today we return with an even more special feature, going in-depth on one of the most spectacular long running shonen anime of all time; a look back at the special charm it holds, the circumstances of its production, and the talented creators that made it such an unforgettable experience. Happy 25th birthday, Yu Yu Hakusho.

Made in Abyss – Production Notes 11-13 and Final Impressions

Made in Abyss – Production Notes 11-13 and Final Impressions

Made in Abyss is a show that I wasn’t sure I even wanted to watch, let alone write about. And yet it only took one episode to win me over. 3 months and many posts later, I’m simply in love with what I consider to be one of the most captivating TV anime in years. Enjoy this final post that covers its spectacular final arc, all while trying to uncover the final secrets of this fascinating production.

Anime’s Future: Haruka Fujita and Akiko Takase

Anime’s Future: Haruka Fujita and Akiko Takase

This entry on our series about the most promising up-and-coming anime creators has a particular theme: Kyoto Animation’s new generation. Unlike the many young stars we’ve highlighted so far, who generally lend their talents to half the industry, we’ll tackle two incredible artists who exclusively work for a single studio. Enjoy this introduction of the two women who, on a direction and animation level, are meant to lead KyoAni in the future…and the present already!

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale – Animation Directors Roundtable

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale – Animation Directors Roundtable

The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale movie has finally been released on bluray in Japan, and so we bring you the translation of the commentary many of its animation directors gave while rewatching the film together. If you’re a fan of the series, or simply enjoy the film’s spectacular action, there’s plenty of insight as to how it all came together. Character Designer/Chief Animation Director: Shingo Adachi x Assistant Director: Hirotaka Mori x Monster Designer/Effects Animation Director: Ryuta Yanagi x…

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Kemono Friends Interview – Director and Writer Tatsuki, Animation Director Yoshihisa Isa

Kemono Friends Interview – Director and Writer Tatsuki, Animation Director Yoshihisa Isa

Today, the bizarre news that the main creator behind the surprise mega-hit Kemono Friends had been removed from his role by Kadokawa hit the internet. Even though it wasn’t a traditionally well produced anime, we’ve already talked about how much of an unusual triumph the whole project was. To honor its staff after this sad development, we bring you the translation of an interview with the staff of this immensely charming series. Director, series composer, scriptwriter, storyboarder: Tatsuki Animation Director:…

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Card Captor Sakura: Then and Now

Card Captor Sakura: Then and Now

Card Captor Sakura is getting, amongst many other things, a new anime project as part of its 20th anniversary campaign. It has reunited part of its original crew, but their approach isn’t quite the same this time. Aesthetic trends have changed a lot over the years, as well as the way in which anime is produced to begin with, and it all has an effect on the final product. Rather than just scream about anime not being as good as…

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