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Fall 2018 Anime Preview

Fall 2018 Anime Preview

Fall anime season is fast approaching, featuring even more mysteries than usual – but that’s what we’re here for! Let’s run down the most interesting upcoming titles, the major projects that congregate skilled anime creators, and the misleading productions that you might otherwise ignore or not be fully prepared for.

Comics Come To Life – When Mangaka Work In Anime

Comics Come To Life – When Mangaka Work In Anime

Drawing manga and making anime are two very different artistic processes, but that hasn’t stopped adventurous individuals from dipping their toes into different creative spaces. In fact, an exceptional original TV series that relied on the vision of a comic artist way more than you’d ever expect just ended! Let’s take this opportunity to examine what happens when mangaka make anime!

Revue Starlight Production Notes 8-9

Revue Starlight Production Notes 8-9

Revue Starlight‘s second to last arc came to an end, so it’s time to delve into its production again to find out the secret behind its bewitching successes, who they’re owed to, but also the problems the team keeps suffering through. Enjoy this write-up peppered with behind the scenes details!

Exclusive Interview With Shingo Yamashita: The Evolution Of Anime’s Digital Animation Pioneer

Exclusive Interview With Shingo Yamashita: The Evolution Of Anime’s Digital Animation Pioneer

Shingo Yamashita was one of the pioneers of the digital animation movement in anime. He made a name for himself drawing stunning, emotionally loaded sequences, and then moved on to become a creative leader as he experimented with directorial duties and the possibilities enabled by new toolsets. Despite being quite busy, he kindly lent us his time to talk about the changing landscape of this industry and its professionals, the world of digital animation, his evolving creative philosophy, and even…

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Anime Creators Books: Comiket 94 Edition

Anime Creators Books: Comiket 94 Edition

At this point you might already know the drill: twice a year we take the opportunity to share some samples from books that animators, directors, background artists and production teams sell during Comiket, either individually or through more official means. These are always a good way to keep a finger on the pulse of the industry – what do anime creators like, what work are they proud of, and how do they make some always needed extra cash? We’ll see!

Revue Starlight Production Notes 6-7

Revue Starlight Production Notes 6-7

Revue Starlight reached its mid-climax with an astonishing episode that changed absolutely everything while at the same time respecting everything that built up to it. A genius move that was achieved, to the surprise of many fans, while saving energy production-wise. Just how did they achieve that?! Find out about it!

The Evolution Of Kyoto Animation: A Unique Anime Studio And Its Consistent Vision

The Evolution Of Kyoto Animation: A Unique Anime Studio And Its Consistent Vision

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu! began its broadcast in August 25, 2003, exactly 15 years ago today: a remarkable event not just because it was an amusing series, but because it was the first TV anime produced by Kyoto Animation. How have things changed for them since then, and what was the long road that led them there like? This is the story of one studio that’s had a very clear philosophy many years before their grand debut, and how that’s…

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What’s The Most Popular Japanese Animation?

What’s The Most Popular Japanese Animation?

Our animation archive Sakugabooru celebrates its fifth anniversary today, having grown more popular than we ever could have hoped for. After all this time we’ve amassed plenty of information regarding people’s favorite pieces of animation: the most beloved artists, the nature of those sequences, what kind of format and even length are favored – enjoy this very illustrative look at how fans all around the world consume animation!

Cowboy Bebop 20th Anniversary Key Staff Panel [Japan Expo 2018]

Cowboy Bebop 20th Anniversary Key Staff Panel [Japan Expo 2018]

Since we’re on an anniversary mood, enjoy this transcription of a brilliant panel that gathered essentially all of Cowboy Bebop’s core staff last month during Japan Expo 2018. Insightful, featuring production secrets, and funnier than it has any right to be! Masahiko Minami: Producer, current head of studio BONES x Shinichiro Watanabe: Series director x Keiko Nobumoto: Series composer x Shin Sasaki: Production Assistant, managing director of studio Sunrise x Toshihiro Kawamoto: Character designer x Kimitoshi Yamane: Mechanical designer