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Anime’s Future: Koudai Watanabe

Anime’s Future: Koudai Watanabe

We’re back to highlight another rising anime star, perhaps one of the most exciting ones we’ve tackled. Someone whose talent, ambition, and unwillingness to back down has allowed him to shine as animator, supervisor, and even immediately make a splash in directorial duties after giving them a try. There’s no ceiling for Koudai Watanabe’s potential!

A New Wave Of Worldwide Animators Reaches Anime – To Be Heroine Staff Interview

A New Wave Of Worldwide Animators Reaches Anime – To Be Heroine Staff Interview

No anime project represents the reality that the internet is tearing down all walls and making anime into a global effort than To Be Heroine, a production that congregated an unbelievable number of young animators from all over the world. To get a clear look at their experience, both the joy of being able to work in anime and the struggles to adapt to different production systems, we set up a long interview with them all. If you wish to…

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Toei Animation’s Mismanaged Attempt To Improve Anime’s Working Conditions

Toei Animation’s Mismanaged Attempt To Improve Anime’s Working Conditions

Toei Animation has started implementing new measures to improve the hellish working schedules of anime staff, but as it turns out, their half-hearted implementation has actually hurt employees more than it’s helped them. Let this serve as a bitter reminder that the problems with this industry should be addressed at their source.

Magic Born From Limitation: The Kids Anime Tradition, Yuta Tanaka, And Hugtto! Precure 15

Magic Born From Limitation: The Kids Anime Tradition, Yuta Tanaka, And Hugtto! Precure 15

Anime has a long tradition of cultivating plenty of its most brilliant talent, those individuals that fans point at to illustrate the possibilities of Japanese animation, in TV shows for kids. Let’s explore the factors that cause this and a bit of a curious exception through the fantastic latest episode of Precure.

Preparing Ufotable’s Future: Today’s Menu For The Emiya Family

Preparing Ufotable’s Future: Today’s Menu For The Emiya Family

Today’s Menu For The Emiya Family might be the most inconspicuous entry in the massive Fate franchise, but don’t let its appearance fool you: this cooking spin-off isn’t only a charming series that can be enjoyed by all, it’s also in some regards ufotable’s most brilliant achievement to date, and quite the big opportunity when it comes to their up-and-coming creators. Let’s take a look at their achievements and at the important context!

Shirobako’s Secrets: The Most Deliberate Anime Industry References

Shirobako’s Secrets: The Most Deliberate Anime Industry References

To celebrate the recently announced Shirobako movie, which will finally give us a chance to follow Aoi Miyamori’s adventures further into the path of anime production, we returned to the TV series to compile some of the most amusing and enlightening nods to real creators and anime industry events that you may have missed throughout the show. Hop on for a fun educational time!

Keeping The Anime Industry Afloat From The Shadows: Wanpack And Outsourcing Studios

Keeping The Anime Industry Afloat From The Shadows: Wanpack And Outsourcing Studios

It’s no exaggeration to say that outsourcing studios keep anime alive, and yet fans are still mostly unaware of their integral role in the production of their favorite shows. The disappearance of Studio Wanpack, the biggest company of this kind, serves as an opportunity to explain just how important they were, and also what’s been happening to the many animators who worked for them.

Isao Takahata: A Complete Retrospective

Isao Takahata: A Complete Retrospective

Grave of the Fireflies was released 30 years ago on April 16, 1988, alongside its equally renowned sibling movie My Neighbor Totoro. Most unfortunately, its visionary director Isao Takahata passed away at the age of 82 just a couple of weeks ago. Today we’re here to honor not just his most famous film, but a whole career filled with revolutionary, sometimes underappreciated work. This is how Takahata changed anime and his own self.

2018’s Exciting New Anime Studios

2018’s Exciting New Anime Studios

2018 is already loaded with huge developments when it comes to anime studios: new companies founded by unique creators, studios popping up to cover forgotten niches, and even major rebrandings involving some of the biggest players in this industry. We’ve compiled all these big news to detail who is involved and what these new studios are already producing. Exciting times ahead!