Production Highlights – Aikatsu Friends! 11 and Recap

Production Highlights – Aikatsu Friends! 11 and Recap

With a key episode in the bag and the series reaching its first turning point, it’s time for us to return to the world of Aikatsu Friends! for some more coverage – not just of the wonderful episode #11, but also of how the production has fared since the beginning and the way they’ve built Mio’s textured character in particular.

Production Highlights – My Hero Academia 49-50

Production Highlights – My Hero Academia 49-50

My Hero Academia had been building up to something big, not just in this arc but throughout the whole series. Only the best would have satisfied all the viewers who were looking forward to All Might’s deeds depicted in all their heroic glory – and that’s exactly what we got. The result was an all-time high not just for this series but for action anime as a whole, which also forces us to look towards the future to understand how it…

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Ghibli Star Kosaka Kitaro Confronts The State Of The Theatrical Anime Industry: Okko’s Inn [Annecy 2018]

Ghibli Star Kosaka Kitaro Confronts The State Of The Theatrical Anime Industry: Okko’s Inn [Annecy 2018]

The massive success of anime movies in recent times is causing a quick, big expansion in this field. We’re now getting all sorts of movies by high-profile anime creators, to the point that the comeback of studio Ghibli-affiliated Kosaka Kitaro to direct a movie 11 years after Nasu: A Migratory Bird with Suitcase doesn’t seem all that extraordinary anymore. Unfortunately, it’s not all good news – Okko’s Inn is a fascinating little film that showcases many of the problems that creators in…

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Masaaki Yuasa Masterclass: Science Saru’s New Movie Revealed [Annecy 2018]

Masaaki Yuasa Masterclass: Science Saru’s New Movie Revealed [Annecy 2018]

Beloved director Masaaki Yuasa has returned to France, to the same Annecy setting where last year he was given an award for his joyous film Lu over the Wall. Accompanied by other key figures from the project, he hosted a retrospective of his career as director, and even unveiled their all-new project. Tune in for all the details!

Mamoru Hosoda’s New Film: Mirai Of The Future Impressions [Annecy 2018]

Mamoru Hosoda’s New Film: Mirai Of The Future Impressions [Annecy 2018]

Mamoru Hosoda’s new movie Mirai no Mirai / Mirai of the Future has screened at the Annecy International Film Festival, and after watching it and meeting the man himself, we’ll be providing our non-spoilery impressions of his immensely enjoyable work. It feels quite important in this case, since it’s fairly different from what you might be imagining!

When Anime Localization Upsets Its Creators: To Be Heroine

When Anime Localization Upsets Its Creators: To Be Heroine

Though at this point we should know better than this, edited versions of animated series that go against the wishes of the creators and upset the team that made them are still a factor sometimes. To Be Heroine is a sad reminder of what can happen when the localization of anime goes wrong, made even worse by the fact that most viewers aren’t even aware of what’s going on because the compromised version is the one being broadcast in Japan and…

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Production Highlights – The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments 19

Production Highlights – The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments 19

There had been insider rumors about episode 19 of The Seven Deadly Sins’ second season being quite the impressive action outing for about a month, and to no one’s surprise, they turned to be right on the mark! Once again we’ve got to thank an ambitious team of up-and-coming artists for this work, but they’re a crew that doesn’t really conform to what we’ve come to expect from young anime creators. Let’s see what they had in store!

Studio Ghibli’s Overlooked Training Project: 25 Years Since Ocean Waves

Studio Ghibli’s Overlooked Training Project: 25 Years Since Ocean Waves

Back in May of 1993, Japanese audiences got to experience a curious experiment: studio Ghibli’s first and essentially last large-scale TV project, a film meant to put their younger staff under the spotlight for a change. Let’s look back at a fascinating little chapter in their story, since both its achievements and shortcomings are rarely discussed with the full context in mind.

Production Highlights – Hugtto! Precure 16

Production Highlights – Hugtto! Precure 16

Hugtto! Precure #16 was a historical high not just for the franchise, but for magical girl anime and Toei Animation altogether. Though we’ve already covered the main culprit behind it, a look at the episode itself and the whole team who made it possible was well-deserved. Anime doesn’t get much better than this!

Anime’s Future: Koudai Watanabe

Anime’s Future: Koudai Watanabe

We’re back to highlight another rising anime star, perhaps one of the most exciting ones we’ve tackled. Someone whose talent, ambition, and unwillingness to back down has allowed him to shine as animator, supervisor, and even immediately make a splash in directorial duties after giving them a try. There’s no ceiling for Koudai Watanabe’s potential!