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Gekidan Inu Curry: Anime’s Fairy Tale Authors, A Collage Of Collages

Gekidan Inu Curry: Anime’s Fairy Tale Authors, A Collage Of Collages

Since the unique animation duo Gekidan Inu Curry have been entrusted with chief series direction and writing duties for the new Madoka Magica anime, we felt it was the time to explore their career at length: origins, influences, technique, and the way they craft twisted fairy tales that still evoke a childlike sense of wonder.

The Fragmentation Of Anime Production: Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth

The Fragmentation Of Anime Production: Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth

Today we’re here to talk about a phenomenon that’s gradually been eroding anime’s very identity, while at the same time souring the experience for its animation: the extreme fragmentation of the anime production process. Let’s see what the model that reinforced anime’s visual cohesion was all about, how these changes were introduced and later corrupted, and what to the animators who suffer the issues the most think about it.

The Kindhearted Anime Only Kyoto Animation Could Make: Baja’s Studio

The Kindhearted Anime Only Kyoto Animation Could Make: Baja’s Studio

5 weeks after the tragedy that shook not just Kyoto Animation but the entire anime industry, we are, like many other fans out there, still trying to recover. The healing will be slow, but we can’t allow ourselves to stay down forever. And that’s why we turned our gaze towards Baja’s Studio: a delightful little work that draws from decades of the studio’s unique culture. Even more so than their other works, this is the anime that only KyoAni’s kind…

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Surviving The Production Labyrinth: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II / DanMachi II

Surviving The Production Labyrinth: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II / DanMachi II

While plenty of other sequels at J.C. Staff are falling apart to different degrees, DanMachi has managed to return (mostly) unscathed. And so it’s time to explain how it’s survived turbulent times at the studio, how they’ve tackled the new production, and most importantly, what the strengths of the franchise were in the first place!

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!