You know what time is it: our lengthy summer 2019 anime preview examining all the new shows that have gathered exceptional creators, the ones that have allowed interesting ideas to meet capable teams, and those that have simply caught our eye for some reason or the other.
Fire Force‘s adaptation looks so impressive that we had to put some time aside to explain how the stars aligned for it – smart management, a crisis at a seemingly unrelated studio, and the vision of a certain team all added up to an anime that looks stunning. And this is how it happened!
In an industry where producers push for unreasonable deadlines all the time, we bring you the story of Black Fox: an entertaining action anime that got quietly pushed back and allowed its staff to finish (but did they really?) half a year before its official release. A curious and unusually positive situation worth looking into!
We attended a meeting with the producer of Makoto Shinkai’s new film Tenki no Ko / Weathering With You and checked out the situation behind the scenes as well, so we can provide you an extensive summary of what to expect – thematically, visually, and production-wise too!
We got to watch Masaaki Yuasa’s new delightful movie Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara / Ride Your Wave and had to write about the sincerity of its craft and its storytelling, how it intertwined its character relationships and visual vocabulary, and the place it occupies in Yuasa and Science Saru’s body of work. No spoilers beyond the pivotal event present in every synopsis and promotional video!
Sarazanmai coverage is back with an extensive analysis of Kunihiko Ikuhara’s storytelling practices, the contributions of other creators involved, the meaning hiding behind certain recurring imagery, the state of the production, and some speculation fueled by endlessly rewatching this fascinating cartoon.
After verifying the leaks that qualified people at studio WIT have indeed said they’re done with Attack on Titan, we wrote about the staff that gave the show such a distinct identity and what could happen in the future if that turns out to be true. Big news for sure, but don’t panic quite yet.
Today we’re here to present you an interview with Bahi JD: exceptional digital animator, up-and-coming director and most importantly the major creative mind behind the opening sequence of Shinichiro Watanabe and BONES’ latest anime – Carole & Tuesday! While the anime itself is yet to be released globally, the opening has been gaining attention on social networks for its blend of heartfelt vocals and vivid animation. Bahi JD was kind enough to answer our questions and talk in-depth about how…
In light of the recent news that a studio Madhouse employee was overworked to the point of risking their health, we contacted 25 anime production assistants to detail their experiences and how their problems manifest in very different ways than the animator struggles we often hear about. Despite being integral to any anime project, their working conditions are in some ways the worst anyone has to bear.
Sarazanmai‘s wild ride continues, which means it’s time to learn more about Kunihiko Ikuhara‘s creative mindset and the perfectly fitting team he assembled for the second episode’s needs.