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HANEBADO! 03 – Production Highlights

HANEBADO! 03 – Production Highlights

The third episode of Hanebado! marks the true beginning of the series – a fascinating clash of conflicting philosophies that also served as the major debut of a very exciting studio that gathered young creators you might be acquainted with. Let’s get messy in an interesting way!

Revue Starlight Production Notes 1

Revue Starlight Production Notes 1

The most dazzling show of the season and perhaps 2018 altogether has finally arrived! But where does all of Revue Starlight‘s theatrical goodness laced with a palpable Ikuhara touch come from, and exactly what’s so impressive about it? That’s what we’ll be here to address all season long!

Studio Culture In The Anime Industry – The Curious Story Of Free! And High Speed!

Studio Culture In The Anime Industry – The Curious Story Of Free! And High Speed!

Fans and critics alike love to associate qualities and flaws to anime studios, but to which extent does that hold any water? Have companies managed to build an in-house style of their own, and do they want to do that in the first place? We’d like to address misconceptions in this regard while explaining the potential of studio culture in the anime industry, as illustrated by the very curious tale of one of the biggest anime series of recent times:…

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HANEBADO! 02 – Production Highlights

HANEBADO! 02 – Production Highlights

The second episode of Hanebado has kept on impressing, both on a directorial level and when it comes to the animation during the badminton matches. Let’s take a look at the secret behind this show’s endless barrage of realistic movement!

HANEBADO! 01 – Production Highlights

HANEBADO! 01 – Production Highlights

The summer anime season has started in the most intense way possible. Hanebado‘s anime adaptation turned out to be a transformative effort, ditching the source material’s lighthearted start for a bitter, emotional, grand and hot-blooded first episode that won’t leave anyone indifferent. And so it’s time to examine this team’s ambitious approach, also peeking behind the scenes to find out exactly what was their mindset and who’s responsible for this impactful beginning.

Maquia: When P.A. Works Blooms – Effectively Raising A New Generation Of Animators

Maquia: When P.A. Works Blooms – Effectively Raising A New Generation Of Animators

Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazaro, localized in English-speaking territories as Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, is without a doubt one of the most noteworthy anime movies of 2018. Its affecting story and astonishing production values deserve the recognition they’re getting and then some, but this film’s significance extends beyond its artistic merits. This project is a decisive step in studio P.A. Works’ current plans, and an unprecedented opportunity to grow.

Kase-san and Morning Glories: A Couple’s Small Miracle

Kase-san and Morning Glories: A Couple’s Small Miracle

Asagao to Kase-san / Kase-san and Morning Glories’ very existence is a small miracle. A project that wasn’t meant to be, until a couple of people in particular fought for the chance to animate a sweet yuri manga they loved with such enthusiasm that it’s led to the existence of this wonderful theatrical OVA. It’s time to explain their struggles, the fascinating encompassing vision behind this piece, and the unusual set of influences that led to it – from a very…

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A New Step For A Silent Voice’s Team: Liz And The Blue Bird Impressions [Annecy 2018]

A New Step For A Silent Voice’s Team: Liz And The Blue Bird Impressions [Annecy 2018]

The team behind A Silent Voice, captained by Naoko Yamada, has returned with a fascinating little film that challenges regular anime production methods to organically interweave visuals and sound, applies mathematical concepts to the depiction of interpersonal relationships, and crafts gorgeous scenes in entirely non-standard ways. For those of you looking forward to Liz and the Blue Bird, this is what you should expect from this quietly unique experience. And don’t worry, no narrative spoilers ahead!

Production Highlights – Aikatsu Friends! 11 and Recap

Production Highlights – Aikatsu Friends! 11 and Recap

With a key episode in the bag and the series reaching its first turning point, it’s time for us to return to the world of Aikatsu Friends! for some more coverage – not just of the wonderful episode #11, but also of how the production has fared since the beginning and the way they’ve built Mio’s textured character in particular.

Production Highlights – My Hero Academia 49-50

Production Highlights – My Hero Academia 49-50

My Hero Academia had been building up to something big, not just in this arc but throughout the whole series. Only the best would have satisfied all the viewers who were looking forward to All Might’s deeds depicted in all their heroic glory – and that’s exactly what we got. The result was an all-time high not just for this series but for action anime as a whole, which also forces us to look towards the future to understand how it…

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