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Bocchi the Rock! Main Staff Interviews – Series Director Keiichiro Saito, Character Designer Kerorira, Animation Producer Shouta Umehara

Bocchi the Rock! Main Staff Interviews – Series Director Keiichiro Saito, Character Designer Kerorira, Animation Producer Shouta Umehara

Today we’re bringing you a series of interview translations featuring Bocchi the Rock’s core staff members, talking at length about the appeal they saw in the series, and the drive behind an adaptation that is as inventive as it is technically impressive.

Fall 2022 Anime Preview

Fall 2022 Anime Preview

Fall 2022 is a historically loaded season of anime, the result of concentrating essentially a year’s worth of top talent in one single burst through bold and sometimes aggressive management. It more than deserves a deep dive into many of these titles and the teams behind them—the accomplished veterans, very promising youngsters, and experimental artists leading their own projects, as well as the production circumstances behind this madness.

From Tatami Galaxy To Time Machine Blues: Masaaki Yuasa, Shingo Natsume, And The Context Of Unique Animation

From Tatami Galaxy To Time Machine Blues: Masaaki Yuasa, Shingo Natsume, And The Context Of Unique Animation

Masaaki Yuasa’s Tatami Galaxy stood as a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, so how is Time Machine Blues perfectly recreating its charm 12 years later and under a different director? This is how context does (and doesn’t) affect the creation of such unique anime.

Lycoris Recoil And Shingo Adachi: Turning Original Anime Production Chaos In Your Favor

Lycoris Recoil And Shingo Adachi: Turning Original Anime Production Chaos In Your Favor

Lycoris Recoil is the surprise hit of 2022 thus far. A chaotic project that grew in an organic way with the arrival of its director, turning uncertain circumstances into the fuel for their bombastic but very personable character story, which also serves as a love letter to action films.

Princess Tutu’s 20th Anniversary: Ikuko Itoh, Junichi Sato, And Anime’s Most Unique Storytelling Effort

Princess Tutu’s 20th Anniversary: Ikuko Itoh, Junichi Sato, And Anime’s Most Unique Storytelling Effort

It’s been 20 years since Princess Tutu, which means it’s been over 28 years since its first draft, and many more decades since Ikuko Itoh picked up the interests that would lead to it. Let’s take this anniversary as an opportunity to retell the long history of this lengthy production, and how a personal distraction and her relationship with Junichi Sato led  to anime’s most unique, rebellious, and emotive series about the act of storytelling.

The Layout Crisis: The Collapse Of Anime’s Traditional Immersion, And The Attemps To Build It Anew

The Layout Crisis: The Collapse Of Anime’s Traditional Immersion, And The Attemps To Build It Anew

The layouts, the backbone of Japanese animation and its keen sense of immersion, are currently shattering. In this long dive, we contrasted the views of industry veterans and fresh faces with our own findings: the death of studio culture and training cycles, the pressure of cynical commercialism, the inherent labor issues, and the attempts to address it all.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 3 Production Notes: A Resourceful, Passionate Team’s Triumph Over Adversity

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 3 Production Notes: A Resourceful, Passionate Team’s Triumph Over Adversity

Kaguya-sama Season 3 was a massively fun & heartfelt romcom gem, but unbeknownst to many, it also was a constant fight against adversity that had its team prove they’re among the most resourceful and creative people in anime. Let’s recap its whole production!

On-Gaku Our Sound: The Reckless 7 Years Hand-Drawn

On-Gaku Our Sound: The Reckless 7 Years Hand-Drawn

10 years ago, director Kenji Iwaisawa absentmindedly agreed to create a movie about a group of school delinquents absentmindedly becoming musicians. The result of its long production process was On-Gaku: an outrageously funny deadpan comedy, which will encourage you to create as recklessly as its team and characters did.

Nijiiro Hotaru: Rainbow Fireflies – Toei Animation’s Stunning Tribute To Their Past, And The Threats To Their Future

Nijiiro Hotaru: Rainbow Fireflies – Toei Animation’s Stunning Tribute To Their Past, And The Threats To Their Future

10 years ago, Toei Animation released Nijiiro Hotaru: Rainbow Fireflies, the stunning culmination of a lengthy production to honor the iconic works of their past and the power of traditional animation altogether. A decade later, the loss of projects like this threatens the studio’s future.

Tomohiro Furukawa, Revue Starlight The Movie, And The Legacy Of Experience-Centric Anime

Tomohiro Furukawa, Revue Starlight The Movie, And The Legacy Of Experience-Centric Anime

Tomohiro Furukawa draws from the philosophy and methods of living legends like Mamoru Oshii, Hideaki Anno, and his mentor Kunihiko Ikuhara. He reconstructs their teaching and his influences from countless fields into a unique thrilling style—that’s Revue Starlight The Movie, and what he calls experience-centric anime.