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Kyoto Animation’s Changing Studio Dynamics: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S Production Notes 02

Kyoto Animation’s Changing Studio Dynamics: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S Production Notes 02

The second episode of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S happens to embody some ongoing changes to Kyoto Animation’s inner workings: forced to adapt to the circumstances after the tragedy exactly two years ago, while also protecting the young talent they want to continue training. More than ever before, the studio works as one now.

Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Focused Excellence And The State Of 2D Mecha Anime

Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Focused Excellence And The State Of 2D Mecha Anime

Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway is shaping up to be an excellent film trilogy, a collective effort by creators who approach realism from their own angle coupled with stellar character acting—but how come such a high profile work by one of the remaining bastions of 2D mechanical animation went the 3D mecha route?

Kyoto Animation’s Youthful Comeback: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S 01 Production Notes And New Studio Commercials

Kyoto Animation’s Youthful Comeback: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S 01 Production Notes And New Studio Commercials

Maidragon is back. KyoAni is back—in more ways than one, having given free rein to the next generations of creators trained under the studio’s unstoppable mentorship system. All these efforts shared a rallying cry that the studio altogether has adopted after their tragedy: inspiration for the future.

86: Eighty Six – Production Notes 04-11 And Final Impressions

86: Eighty Six – Production Notes 04-11 And Final Impressions

A teaser for 86: Eighty Six‘s second cours dropped today, so let’s look back at this surprisingly daring show—a stunning showcase of a beginner director’s vision, technical skill, and confidence to stick to his unique style all the way through, except for one brilliant interlude.

SSSS.DYNAZENON – Production Notes 10

SSSS.DYNAZENON – Production Notes 10

SSSS.Dynazenon #10 was an explosive showcase of young creative energy drawing the audience in and out of a stunning illusion, and at the same time, proof of how important it is to have the right environment for unique talent to bloom.

SSSS.DYNAZENON – Production Notes 05-09

SSSS.DYNAZENON – Production Notes 05-09

The time has come for another deep dive on SSSS.Dynazenon‘s production: a mix of unique in-house Trigger talent and outside help, working in conjunction to create a show where the animation, writing, structure, and even the staff allocation responds to (and subverts!) existing expectations.

Blurring The Lines Between Fan Communities And Professional Animation Producers – Interview With Studio Tonton Producer Blou

Blurring The Lines Between Fan Communities And Professional Animation Producers – Interview With Studio Tonton Producer Blou

Studio Tonton’s excellent Naruto homage stands toe to toe with professional work, but don’t let its quality fool you: it was actually made by a group full of young artists and fans with no experience whatsoever in animation. We interviewed its producer Blou to find out how that’s even possible, and he explained their learning experience and struggles mastering the Japanese animation pipeline, shared resources for aspiring artists who need to grasp it, and talked about how this indie experience…

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86: Eighty Six – Production Notes 01-03

86: Eighty Six – Production Notes 01-03

86: Eighty Six packs a fairly compelling war story with a surprisingly nuanced political message. And this is how its team is streamlining it and amplifying its impact, with direction that emphasizes perspective and tonal shifts to make you viscerally feel the inequality.

SSSS.DYNAZENON – Production Notes 01-04

SSSS.DYNAZENON – Production Notes 01-04

SSSS.Dynazenon is an already fascinating follow-up to 2018’s Gridman, an equally evocative love letter to tokusatsu and mecha titles that wears its Anno influences in its sleeves, while also being in conversation with its predecessor. Let’s see how the project came to be, the way they derived the show’s themes and focus from the creator’s passions of youth, and also its fortunate production.