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Production Highlights – Symphogear XV 01

Production Highlights – Symphogear XV 01

Symphogear has returned in spectacular fashion, reminding us to never forget the song in our hearts by bringing with it one of the best-produced episodes in the series so far. Join as we explore what makes this episode stand out, as well as why the series’ final season is looking to be its most visually enticing yet!

Fire Force Production Notes 01

Fire Force Production Notes 01

Fire Force‘s spectacle has already started, so let’s begin examining the director’s attempts to strengthen the material, the usage of amazing FX animation not just for action purposes but to build character, and just how the hell this many SHAFT staffers ended up joining David Production instead.

Fire Force: The Backstory Of A Dazzling Production

Fire Force: The Backstory Of A Dazzling Production

Fire Force‘s adaptation looks so impressive that we had to put some time aside to explain how the stars aligned for it – smart management, a crisis at a seemingly unrelated studio, and the vision of a certain team all added up to an anime that looks stunning. And this is how it happened!

Black Fox Preview: Thrilling Action And A Lesson In Management [Annecy 2019]

Black Fox Preview: Thrilling Action And A Lesson In Management [Annecy 2019]

In an industry where producers push for unreasonable deadlines all the time, we bring you the story of Black Fox: an entertaining action anime that got quietly pushed back and allowed its staff to finish (but did they really?) half a year before its official release. A curious and unusually positive situation worth looking into!

Masaaki Yuasa And Science Saru At Their Most Sincere: Ride Your Wave [Annecy 2019]

Masaaki Yuasa And Science Saru At Their Most Sincere: Ride Your Wave [Annecy 2019]

We got to watch Masaaki Yuasa’s new delightful movie Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara / Ride Your Wave and had to write about the sincerity of its craft and its storytelling, how it intertwined its character relationships and visual vocabulary, and the place it occupies in Yuasa and Science Saru’s body of work. No spoilers beyond the pivotal event present in every synopsis and promotional video!

Sarazanmai Production Notes 07-08

Sarazanmai Production Notes 07-08

We’re back with another lengthy Sarazanmai piece that focuses on Kunihiko Ikuhara’s unique storytelling, including shortcomings that the team is aware of and is attempting to address in an interesting, thematically-appropriate way. As usual, plenty of production & staff details and all sorts of fun speculation too!

Sarazanmai Production Notes 03-06

Sarazanmai Production Notes 03-06

Sarazanmai coverage is back with an extensive analysis of Kunihiko Ikuhara’s storytelling practices, the contributions of other creators involved, the meaning hiding behind certain recurring imagery, the state of the production, and some speculation fueled by endlessly rewatching this fascinating cartoon.

Attack On Titan At Its WIT’s End

Attack On Titan At Its WIT’s End

After verifying the leaks that qualified people at studio WIT have indeed said they’re done with Attack on Titan, we wrote about the staff that gave the show such a distinct identity and what could happen in the future if that turns out to be true. Big news for sure, but don’t panic quite yet.

The Art of Carole & Tuesday’s Opening: Interview with Bahi JD

The Art of Carole & Tuesday’s Opening: Interview with Bahi JD

Today we’re here to present you an interview with Bahi JD: exceptional digital animator, up-and-coming director and most importantly the major creative mind behind the opening sequence of Shinichiro Watanabe and BONES’ latest anime – Carole & Tuesday! While the anime itself is yet to be released globally, the opening has been gaining attention on social networks for its blend of heartfelt vocals and vivid animation. Bahi JD was kind enough to answer our questions and talk in-depth about how…

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