Welcome to megax‘s new mini-feature “The Pre-Production of Anime”, where we’ll detail how a production goes from a mere idea to the point where the animation process starts. Much has been written about the actual creative endeavors (including drawing, painting, background art, compositing), but there’s nearly no guides out there talking about what happens beforehand. To address that, we’ll go over every pre-production step to give you a better idea of how an anime is born. Part 1: Planning
Anime is hand drawn. By people, with their hands. That’s honestly all there is to this enduring myth, which is somehow alive on both sides of the pond. I’m used to western fans spouting the classic I miss when anime was hand drawn rhetoric, but it got to me last week when I saw Japanese press report Ghibli successor Studio Ponoc as a source of traditional hand drawn animation in an age of digital anime…even though their country has hundreds…
Our Q&A service is back after some delays, but once again so loaded with anime industry questions that we’ll splitting the answers into two posts. For now, let’s address R&D in the anime industry, the process of delivery of animation materials, the role of layouts in Japanese animation and some more specific creator and studio inquiries.
The last few days have been so densely packed with anime industry developments that we’re going to split the coverage in multiple posts. For this article, megax has taken a handful of news themed around the idea of planning – these are some ideas brewing in the industry and already coming into fruition, hopefully to make it a better place. Directly improving the lives of the creators, reaching international fans, diversifying output, crowdfunding used in ways you wouldn’t expect, there’s plenty…
A few months ago we published a comprehensive look at the core staff of The [email protected] SideM, and since people found that helpful we decided to put up something similar for another upcoming series with an interesting lineup. This is essentially what we do on seasonal previews with some more focus: a look at the key creators in the project as well as the circumstances surrounding the production. Let’s see what’s up with Violet Evergarden.
Renowned anime studio BONES has some interesting plans left for this year, so tune in if you’re interested in some details about their still unannounced upcoming original anime.
It’s time to highlight an interesting industry anomaly, since a mysterious incident that has been going on for a while has finally been solved. What happens when an anime director who also happens to be the show’s main writer gets fired months before the broadcast?