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The Mamoru Hosoda Cycle

The Mamoru Hosoda Cycle

Mamoru Hosoda’s new film has been fully unveiled, and that’s the perfect chance to talk about his career: the unmatched regularity of his creative process, as well as the changes throughout his 12 years as an independent movie director that have built this unique production cycle.

Toei Animation’s Historic Studio Renewal: The Old And New Oizumi

Toei Animation’s Historic Studio Renewal: The Old And New Oizumi

Toei Animation is about to finish a move that took 3 years, which temporarily relocated them from their historic Oizumi location so that they could construct a new studio befitting the massive anime production corporation that they’ve become. This is your chance to get a better grasp of how and why that place was so important in the evolution of anime, what the studio’s been doing these last few years to deal with this situation, and the repercussions of Toei…

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Anime’s Future: Yoko Kuno

Anime’s Future: Yoko Kuno

One of the most interesting young independent artists has made it to the professional industry in a major way, gaining notorious acclaim through her work in Land of the Lustrous in particular. We’re talking about the multitalented Yoko Kuno, whose enchanting style is bound to make waves in the world of anime. Today we’ll look at what makes her work so special, as well as the less well-known sides to her career that allowed her to get to this point….

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Anime’s Future: Kenta Yokoya

Anime’s Future: Kenta Yokoya

That hand drawn mechanical animation is in a tricky spot is no secret. As much as many of us personally love it, there’s no denying that it’s exhausting work that’s inherently more suited to 3D craft. Add to that the general issues the industry suffers from, and over the years you get less and less newcomers willing to specialize in this subject. That’s why we’ll be dedicating this new entry in our series about the anime creators who will shape…

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DYNAMIC CHORD: This Is How Anime Breaks

DYNAMIC CHORD: This Is How Anime Breaks

Even the most disastrous anime productions rarely become the laughing stock of the industry itself, but DYNAMIC CHORD had already managed that within a few weeks. But beyond the undeniably funny clips and examples of continuity errors there’s the very sad reality of the current industry. Because as its turns out, everything that went wrong in this project is just an extreme case of the issues plaguing anime at the moment. And those are worth getting acquainted with, if we…

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Anime’s Future: Mai Toda

Anime’s Future: Mai Toda

It’s been a while since our last entry in this series about the most promising fresh creators in the anime industry, but to make up for it we return with a very timely and interesting choice: Mai Toda, currently serving as the character designer and chief animation director on the lovely Girls’ Last Tour. Quite the talent as an effects animator and one of the strongest designers when it comes to modern cartoony work!

The Worlds of Fall 2017 Anime

The Worlds of Fall 2017 Anime

Dissociating individual elements from productions as a whole isn’t as easy as it might seem, but sometimes it feels like some aspects are faring particularly well. We’ve had seasons of anime with many instances of outstanding voice acting, animation, and this time around I would say we’re lucky in another regard — the art direction. There’s little to no barrier to appreciating beautiful sceneries in anime, and yet it tends to stay just as that, without giving actual names and underlining…

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