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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.

Directors Creating The Liveliest Animation To Process Misfortune – The Parallels Between Mamoru Hosoda’s One Piece Baron Omatsuri And Takayuki Hirao’s Pompo The Cinephile

Directors Creating The Liveliest Animation To Process Misfortune – The Parallels Between Mamoru Hosoda’s One Piece Baron Omatsuri And Takayuki Hirao’s Pompo The Cinephile

Mamoru Hosoda and Takayuki Hirao, Pompo the Cinephile and One Piece Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island: two of the most brilliant anime filmmakers used their personal misfortunes to fuel very entertaining movies, processing their darker feelings through lively animation.

Directors Who Shine In Spite Of The Anime Industry – 86 Eighty Six and Toshimasa Ishii

Directors Who Shine In Spite Of The Anime Industry – 86 Eighty Six and Toshimasa Ishii

Toshimasa Ishii’s direction on 86: Eighty Six elevated a war drama with a keen political outlook, but despite his team’s many successes, they always faced an uphill battle because mismanagement from above dealt them an unfair hand. This is the reality even for anime’s most brilliant directors.

Fate/Grand Order Camelot’s Chaotic, Spectacular Disruption Of Anime Production Standards

Fate/Grand Order Camelot’s Chaotic, Spectacular Disruption Of Anime Production Standards

Creators tend to have their range of expression limited when working on big franchises, and that’s precisely why Fate/Grand Order – Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot is such an interesting case. This is how a young team amidst a huge mess challenged anime production standards to create something spectacular.

The Complicated Relationship Between Anime Production Schedules, Working Conditions, Quality, And Exploitation

The Complicated Relationship Between Anime Production Schedules, Working Conditions, Quality, And Exploitation

Anime’s production schedules, the wellbeing of its creators, and the quality of their work are deeply interconnected. It’s a complex balance fraught with misunderstandings, and even lies by exploitative companies protecting the marketability of their products.

A Masterclass In Illustrating A Singular Worldview: Sonny Boy And Shingo Natsume

A Masterclass In Illustrating A Singular Worldview: Sonny Boy And Shingo Natsume

Sonny Boy is an anomaly in commercial media, let alone as a TV anime: a fascinating creator given a blank cheque that he cashed in to explore his philosophical views, mixing cultural touchstones and personal musings into a unique sci-fi story, and tweaking animation production norms to illustrate a singular worldview with unmatched cohesion.