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Anime Craft Weekly #34: Masaaki Yuasa And Science Saru Flash Back

Anime Craft Weekly #34: Masaaki Yuasa And Science Saru Flash Back

Masaaki Yuasa is without a doubt one of anime’s most unique voices; someone worthy of the endless praise he receives as an inventive director, but also a bit of an unsung hero as an actual animator. His particular brand of expressionism and relentless pursuit of love in unexpected corners make him a personal favorite of mine. So here’s the story of his new studio, and how tools can get in the way of the artist even if they’re not intrinsically…

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Anime Craft Weekly #33: Kyoto Animation Studio Tour

Anime Craft Weekly #33: Kyoto Animation Studio Tour

Photos of Kyoto Animation’s new building have been surfacing as it was being built, thanks to very dedicated fans. It seems like there’s quite a lot of confusion about this development even within the Japanese fandom though, so let’s explore KyoAni’s studios and their specific purposes!

Anime Craft Weekly #30: The Precure Recipe – Part 1

Anime Craft Weekly #30: The Precure Recipe – Part 1

As of late I’ve been talking about mainstream and family anime properties that don’t get all that much attention in the west. One of the few franchises that does have a bit of a fanbase is Precure, the everlasting kids show. Most fans don’t have much of an interest in a show openly aimed at young girls, but its sincere positivity and the fact that it’s one of the last strongholds for magical girls have made it gain a bit…

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Anime Craft Weekly #29: Major Mainstream Misunderstanding – Part 2

Anime Craft Weekly #29: Major Mainstream Misunderstanding – Part 2

On the first part of this essay I addressed some common misconceptions about anime widely enjoyed by general audiences; first regarding misguided attitudes like mainstream acceptance being related to excellence and artistic intent, but also important facts like the existence of huge family series invisible in online discourse. And perhaps more relevant to people’s interest, a sample of latenight shows that managed to reach non-anime fans, which proved that the assumed biases against common aesthetics and premises are massively exaggerated…

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Anime Craft Weekly #28: Major Mainstream Misunderstanding – Part 1

Anime Craft Weekly #28: Major Mainstream Misunderstanding – Part 1

Mainstream popularity is often looked down upon by snobby fans who deem themselves more refined than the masses, but anime’s peculiarities have caused the similarly ridiculous opposite thoughts to flourish; latenight titles have rightfully earned the scorn of many fans, and the subsequent demonization of otaku properties made the idea of anime not aimed at those niches sound inherently better. A very questionable train of thought, made even worse by the fact that most people don’t really know which titles…

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Anime Craft Weekly #27: Winter 2017 Opening Festival

Anime Craft Weekly #27: Winter 2017 Opening Festival

It’s time to look at a handful of notable opening and ending sequences from this season of anime, briefly disclosing the staff that made them possible and highlighting their particular strengths. Since people were fond of this concept last time, I went ahead and decided to make it into a recurring thing. Enjoy!