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Mamoru Hosoda’s New Film: Mirai Of The Future Impressions [Annecy 2018]

Mamoru Hosoda’s New Film: Mirai Of The Future Impressions [Annecy 2018]

Mamoru Hosoda’s new movie Mirai no Mirai / Mirai of the Future has screened at the Annecy International Film Festival, and after watching it and meeting the man himself, we’ll be providing our non-spoilery impressions of his immensely enjoyable work. It feels quite important in this case, since it’s fairly different from what you might be imagining!

When Anime Localization Upsets Its Creators: To Be Heroine

When Anime Localization Upsets Its Creators: To Be Heroine

Though at this point we should know better than this, edited versions of animated series that go against the wishes of the creators and upset the team that made them are still a factor sometimes. To Be Heroine is a sad reminder of what can happen when the localization of anime goes wrong, made even worse by the fact that most viewers aren’t even aware of what’s going on because the compromised version is the one being broadcast in Japan and…

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Studio Ghibli’s Overlooked Training Project: 25 Years Since Ocean Waves

Studio Ghibli’s Overlooked Training Project: 25 Years Since Ocean Waves

Back in May of 1993, Japanese audiences got to experience a curious experiment: studio Ghibli’s first and essentially last large-scale TV project, a film meant to put their younger staff under the spotlight for a change. Let’s look back at a fascinating little chapter in their story, since both its achievements and shortcomings are rarely discussed with the full context in mind.

Production Highlights – Hugtto! Precure 16

Production Highlights – Hugtto! Precure 16

Hugtto! Precure #16 was a historical high not just for the franchise, but for magical girl anime and Toei Animation altogether. Though we’ve already covered the main culprit behind it, a look at the episode itself and the whole team who made it possible was well-deserved. Anime doesn’t get much better than this!

Anime’s Future: Koudai Watanabe

Anime’s Future: Koudai Watanabe

We’re back to highlight another rising anime star, perhaps one of the most exciting ones we’ve tackled. Someone whose talent, ambition, and unwillingness to back down has allowed him to shine as animator, supervisor, and even immediately make a splash in directorial duties after giving them a try. There’s no ceiling for Koudai Watanabe’s potential!

A New Wave Of Worldwide Animators Reaches Anime – To Be Heroine Staff Interview

A New Wave Of Worldwide Animators Reaches Anime – To Be Heroine Staff Interview

No anime project represents the reality that the internet is tearing down all walls and making anime into a global effort than To Be Heroine, a production that congregated an unbelievable number of young animators from all over the world. To get a clear look at their experience, both the joy of being able to work in anime and the struggles to adapt to different production systems, we set up a long interview with them all. If you wish to…

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Toei Animation’s Mismanaged Attempt To Improve Anime’s Working Conditions

Toei Animation’s Mismanaged Attempt To Improve Anime’s Working Conditions

Toei Animation has started implementing new measures to improve the hellish working schedules of anime staff, but as it turns out, their half-hearted implementation has actually hurt employees more than it’s helped them. Let this serve as a bitter reminder that the problems with this industry should be addressed at their source.

Magic Born From Limitation: The Kids Anime Tradition, Yuta Tanaka, And Hugtto! Precure 15

Magic Born From Limitation: The Kids Anime Tradition, Yuta Tanaka, And Hugtto! Precure 15

Anime has a long tradition of cultivating plenty of its most brilliant talent, those individuals that fans point at to illustrate the possibilities of Japanese animation, in TV shows for kids. Let’s explore the factors that cause this and a bit of a curious exception through the fantastic latest episode of Precure.

Record of Grancrest War: Production Recap & Episode 17 Highlights

Record of Grancrest War: Production Recap & Episode 17 Highlights

The latest episode of Record of Grancrest War reunited some of the most unique artists involved in this production, so now it seems like the perfect time to recap how this misleadingly strong series has fared so far, the idiosyncratic team behind it all, and exactly who was responsible for all the eye-catching work this week.