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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale – Animation Directors Roundtable

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale – Animation Directors Roundtable

The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale movie has finally been released on bluray in Japan, and so we bring you the translation of the commentary many of its animation directors gave while rewatching the film together. If you’re a fan of the series, or simply enjoy the film’s spectacular action, there’s plenty of insight as to how it all came together. Character Designer/Chief Animation Director: Shingo Adachi x Assistant Director: Hirotaka Mori x Monster Designer/Effects Animation Director: Ryuta Yanagi x…

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Kemono Friends Interview – Director and Writer Tatsuki, Animation Director Yoshihisa Isa

Kemono Friends Interview – Director and Writer Tatsuki, Animation Director Yoshihisa Isa

Today, the bizarre news that the main creator behind the surprise mega-hit Kemono Friends had been removed from his role by Kadokawa hit the internet. Even though it wasn’t a traditionally well produced anime, we’ve already talked about how much of an unusual triumph the whole project was. To honor its staff after this sad development, we bring you the translation of an interview with the staff of this immensely charming series. Director, series composer, scriptwriter, storyboarder: Tatsuki Animation Director:…

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Violet Evergarden Interview: Director Taichi Ishidate At Anime Expo

Violet Evergarden Interview: Director Taichi Ishidate At Anime Expo

A few weeks ago, Violet Evergarden‘s series director Taichi Ishidate attended Anime Expo alongside a few key creators from the project, to witness the series worldwide premiere 6 months before its actual start. The official site made an interview with him available today, where he explains his personal experiences during this trip, how it feels for a Japanese creator to see overseas fans react to their work first-hand, as well as some insight on the staff’s approach to this production….

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Koe no Katachi: Character Designer / Chief Animation Director Futoshi Nishiya Interview

Koe no Katachi: Character Designer / Chief Animation Director Futoshi Nishiya Interview

Our next Koe no Katachi / A Silent Voice main staff interview gives the spotlight to Futoshi Nishiya, the movie’s character designer and the ultimate supervisor of its animation as chief animation director. Nishiya details the attempts to integrate the heart of the characters into the designs themselves, and mentions some of the film’s idiosyncratic points like the expression through drawings of hands and the textured linework. Tune in for all of that and some more!

Koe no Katachi: Director Naoko Yamada Interview

Koe no Katachi: Director Naoko Yamada Interview

We’re back with Koe no Katachi / A Silent Voice creator interviews, starting a new mini-series that will cover the thoughts of the movie’s main staff. And it couldn’t be any other way, we had to start with the insight of its director Naoko Yamada. This is a fascinating look at her approach to this title!

Koe no Katachi: 3DCG Roundtable

Koe no Katachi: 3DCG Roundtable

Today’s Koe no Katachi / A Silent Voice article brings us to Kyoto Animation’s 3DCG department to hear first-hand about their work in this movie. We’ve reached the end of this particular quest through the studio’s different animation departments, though the creator interviews for the film are far from done; next time we’ll be returning to its key staff to learn more secrets about the production and their personal approach towards it. But for now, let’s learn more about its 3D…

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