The KyoAni School: Decades Of Commitment To Training Anime’s Next Generations

The KyoAni School: Decades Of Commitment To Training Anime’s Next Generations

While many fans of Kyoto Animation have heard about the KyoAni School, it’s very few who realize their initiative to train new generations of anime creators has been in place for longer than the studio has actually been creating their own titles. This is the story of a well-known but never fully appreciated aspect of KyoAni’s unique strategy—essential to their success in the past, and even more so in the future.

Kyoto Animation Series Directors Roundtable: Tatsuya Ishihara, Yasuhiro Takemoto, Naoko Yamada, Eisaku Kawanami

Kyoto Animation Series Directors Roundtable: Tatsuya Ishihara, Yasuhiro Takemoto, Naoko Yamada, Eisaku Kawanami

One year after the devastating arson attack on Kyoto Animation, we’ve decided to share a series of articles shedding light on what makes them such a unique existence in the anime industry. For starters, here’s a roundtable talk from 2017 featuring many of their series directors, where they have lighthearted yet in-depth discussions about their creative methods and mindset, but especially about the attitude they feel you need to be a proper anime project leader.

Summer 2020 Anime Preview

Summer 2020 Anime Preview

It’s time for the Summer 2020 anime preview: fewer titles than usual due to the mass postponements the pandemic caused, but also an unnatural concentration of talent for a handful of lucky titles with exceptional creative teams, solid ideas, and sometimes both of those!

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 07-12 – Production Notes And Final Impressions

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 07-12 – Production Notes And Final Impressions

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 came to an end with big surprises: touching moments that recontextualized entire relationships, and plenty of non-standard production decisions that allowed it to punch way above its weight, with a flexible team that enabled spectacular individual performances. Time for a last look at the show!

Sing “Yesterday” For Me 01-04 – Production Notes

Sing “Yesterday” For Me 01-04 – Production Notes

While current anime get delayed left and right, Yesterday wo Utatte / Sing “Yesterday” for Me sidestepped all those issues by wrapping up its production early. The smart planning led to a more comfortable team and exceptionally consistent character acting that elevates the show.