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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.

TV Anime, A Deadly Landscape Even For High Profile Productions: SK8 And Wonder Egg Priority’s Struggles

TV Anime, A Deadly Landscape Even For High Profile Productions: SK8 And Wonder Egg Priority’s Struggles

SK8 The Infinity and Wonder Egg Priority are two original passion projects, both also being high-profile productions that have been in the works for a long time. Despite being exactly what anime needs on paper, they have crashed to the point where only extreme crunch might allow them to make it to the goal by the intended date. Understanding their distinct issues will help you grasp the nuance of TV anime’s structural problems.

Primer On A Complete Animation Storyteller: The Memorable Formative Stages Of Tomomi Mochizuki

Primer On A Complete Animation Storyteller: The Memorable Formative Stages Of Tomomi Mochizuki

Tomomi Mochizuki’s seamless, all-encompassing approach to animated storytelling made him one of anime’s most brilliant directors in the 80s and 90s, setting him on a path he’s still walking through nowadays. Time for a primer on this terrific yet overlooked director!

Ufotable’s 20th Anniversary: A Tale of Wild But Meticulous Growth

Ufotable’s 20th Anniversary: A Tale of Wild But Meticulous Growth

Studio Ufotable recently hit their 20th anniversary, which they celebrated with their most successful title to date. Their history up till this point has been marked by consistent ideology, but they’ve still gone through very distinct eras—including some of the craziest experimentation seen in commercial Japanese animation. Theirs is a tale of wild but meticulous growth.

アイマス15周年記念 – 過去から未来へ、「アニマス」から受け継げられた思いと意志

アイマス15周年記念 – 過去から未来へ、「アニマス」から受け継げられた思いと意志

15年の時を経て、『アイドルマスター』は様々な業界にその名を轟かせてきた。その記念として、2011年にアニメ化された『アニマス』が大ヒットになるまでの道のりだけではなく、それを可能にした情熱と、それがシリーズの未来とどう繋がるのかを振り返ってみたいと思います。

Fifteen Years of The [email protected] – Carrying a Legacy Forward to the Future

Fifteen Years of The [email protected] – Carrying a Legacy Forward to the Future

With fifteen years officially in the record books, it’s safe to say that The [email protected] has made its mark within the plethora of industries it’s now attached to. To commemorate this, we’ll be taking a much overdue look at not just the path its 2011 adaptation took to becoming a smash hit, but also the passion that made it all possible in the first place and how that connects to the series’ future.

Rebuilding Kyoto Animation: Uncompromising Principles, Now And Going Forward

Rebuilding Kyoto Animation: Uncompromising Principles, Now And Going Forward

To bring closure to this special week of KyoAni posts, we’ve recapped how they’ve reacted since the arson attack one year ago: their firm decision to double down on all the positive aspects that had made them so special, the rebuilding moves they’ve already done, and what’s coming for the studio in the future.