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Winter 2019 Anime Preview

Winter 2019 Anime Preview

The Winter 2019 season is already starting, so we’re back to do our usual job: figuring out which new titles have premises with high potential and creative crews that can do them justice, to save you the headache of doing it yourself! Let’s run down the most interesting offerings this season, both the ones you’re already expecting and some curious surprises.

A Look at the Sakuga and Animation of 2018

A Look at the Sakuga and Animation of 2018

Welcome back to the most special post of the year! As is tradition, we’ve gathered writers from different communities but a shared trait: a love of animation and all it encompasses. The goal, to praise at length the greatest productions and most resonant direction in all of 2018 anime, according to a series of categories. These are our yearly anime awards – the sakugabowl!

SSSS.GRIDMAN Production Notes 8

SSSS.GRIDMAN Production Notes 8

SSSS.GRIDMAN‘s not losing any momentum, with interesting new reveals boosted by very purposeful directorial choices… but also quite the controversy (or not really) regarding the production that we thought should be addressed before it gets out of hand.

Fall 2018 Opening Festival

Fall 2018 Opening Festival

The current season of anime has left us with many eye-catching opening and ending sequences. Now that right about every TV series seems to have shown what they’ve got to offer, let’s examine the most striking examples and the teams behind them – which can be rather small, since in multiple cases these sequences were produced almost entirely by single individuals!

Kunihiko Ikuhara’s Modus Operandi: What We Already Know About Sarazanmai

Kunihiko Ikuhara’s Modus Operandi: What We Already Know About Sarazanmai

One of the keys to Kunihiko Ikuhara’s success is his ability to surround himself by creators who fit his aesthetic but also thematic needs, no matter the artistic field those people belong to. So while his upcoming TV series Sarazanmai is still a ways to go, there’s a lot we can infer already, and much to analyze about the way he operates.

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms / SayoAsa – Production Notes

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms / SayoAsa – Production Notes

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is one of the most powerful anime movies you’ll come across this year, and perhaps in general. Beautiful in many senses of the word, committed to its themes, and elevated by a once in a lifetime production effort that served to train both a fascinating new director and a studio as a whole.

BONES’ 20th Anniversary – What Lies in the Future?

BONES’ 20th Anniversary – What Lies in the Future?

Exactly twenty years ago, on 28th October 1998, one of the current biggest players in the anime industry was founded: studio BONES. What once was a small company featuring Cowboy Bebop’s ambitious production staff eventually grew into an entity with worldwide reach, a large fanbase, and many popular titles under its belt. During these two decades, they’ve carved their mark into the history of animation, but what can we expect from BONES moving forward?

A Colorful Leap Into The Next Age Of Anime – 5 Years Of Studio Colorido Works

A Colorful Leap Into The Next Age Of Anime – 5 Years Of Studio Colorido Works

Over the last 5 years, Studio Colorido has become one of the most beloved studios in the anime industry because of their thrilling, imaginative, and colorful works. What was once a small crew with potential has now become one of the most capable digital teams in animation, leading the pack when it comes to new techniques and embodying the spirit of the new generations of anime creators. And this is how it happened.

Comics Come To Life – When Mangaka Work In Anime

Comics Come To Life – When Mangaka Work In Anime

Drawing manga and making anime are two very different artistic processes, but that hasn’t stopped adventurous individuals from dipping their toes into different creative spaces. In fact, an exceptional original TV series that relied on the vision of a comic artist way more than you’d ever expect just ended! Let’s take this opportunity to examine what happens when mangaka make anime!