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Hyouka Roundtable: Yasuhiro Takemoto x Shouji Gatou, Otona Animedia #5 2012 (Part 2)

Hyouka Roundtable: Yasuhiro Takemoto x Shouji Gatou, Otona Animedia #5 2012 (Part 2)

It’s time for the second half of this long Hyouka roundtable, where its director and series composer talk about Houtarou’s psyche and the show’s openings and endings. You also get a taste of naughty anime creators talk courtesy of FMP‘s creator! Continues from Part 1. Yasuhiro Takemoto – Anime series director, animator, unit director. Member of Kyoto Animation’s Board of Directors. Notable works include Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, High Speed!, and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, among others. Shouji Gatou – Author,…

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Hyouka Roundtable: Yasuhiro Takemoto x Shouji Gatou, Otona Animedia #5 2012 (Part 1)

Hyouka Roundtable: Yasuhiro Takemoto x Shouji Gatou, Otona Animedia #5 2012 (Part 1)

The Hyouka anime adaptation is celebrating its 5th anniversary, and just today its live action movie adaptation has officially started screening. The reception of that film appears to be mixed at best, but that’s still a good chance to look back on a very special show. For the next week we’ll be having daily translations of interviews with the show’s staff, starting the only way we could: with the series director Yasuhiro Takemoto and his good writing pal Shouji Gatou;…

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The Animation Studios of Osaka

The Animation Studios of Osaka

As you might know, there are hundreds of anime production companies in Tokyo. That density is beneficial in a way, since this industry somehow still relies on physical delivery of materials quite often, but it has obvious downsides as well; sustaining a company in one of the most expensive cities in the world is no easy task when you’re in such a troubled industry, and the sheer number of them concentrated into one (admittedly vast) place is simply unhealthy. That’s…

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Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel – I. Presage Flower – Impressions

Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel – I. Presage Flower – Impressions

Those of you looking forward to the first Fate/stay night Heaven’s Feel movie, which premiered in Japan earlier this month, please enjoy this long set of notes on the film and the work of ufotable’s crew – worry not, no spoilers! And while this will definitely not cause people to do a 180 on either the franchise or the studio, I recommend that those of you who were on the fence give this a read. As it turns out, this is…

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Violet Evergarden Episodes 1-2 Prescreen Impressions

Violet Evergarden Episodes 1-2 Prescreen Impressions

We attended the early screening of two Violet Evergarden episodes – the very first time #1 was shown in Japan, and the worldwide premiere of #2 – so we’re here to offer you a spoiler-free set of impressions that might get you more excited about this tremendous production.

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.