Enjoy this deep dive into the unusual Winter 2021 anime season: let’s talk about its extraordinary concentration of brilliant creators and robust teams capable of supporting their ideas, but also the huge yet uneven impact of the pandemic, widening the already existing inequality rifts in the industry.
We’ve yet again gathered a team of fans from all over the world, as well as animators, directors, and indie creators to share their favorite works and creators in the world of animation according to various categories—2020 might have been a year to forget in many ways, but the least we can do is try to preserve some sweet memories. Enjoy the sakugabooru / Sakuga Blog Animation Awards 2020!
Ojamajo Doremi became a formative experience for a whole generation. An impossibly daring team with a perfect overlap of young and veteran talent at Toei accompanied kids across topics no other anime would tackle with such maturity. 20 years later, they still do.
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.
Let’s dig into Pokemon Twilight Wings: the simply stunning production, the beautiful exercise in storytelling efficiency, and the secret at the core of it all—a young team channeling their childhood memories. This is what a labor by the Pokemon generation looks like.
If Pokemon: Twilight Wings left you wanting for more information about its production, this interview with series director Shingo Yamashita and his assistant Yoh Watanabe might address that need, as they talk about their creative approaches and goals, hidden secrets, and the Pokemon memories that fueled it all.
A few days ago, the stunning trailer for Hades served as an introduction to Studio Grackle. We had an opportunity to chat with the person who directed it: animator and now studio founder Spencer Wan. He opened up about their origins, production methods, and the creative and labor goals behind it all. They’re a team to keep an eye on, now and even more so in the future!
Yuzuru Tachikawa’s DECA-DENCE is one of the most unique action anime in ages, but its ambition, scale, and the coherence between themes and design philosophy make a whole lot more sense once you examine the long road behind the production we see now. So let’s do that!
It’s no secret that Re:Zero‘s staff is facing more adversities than ever before, so how have they been managing to still knock all the big moments in the series out of the park? Let’s dig into the understanding of the material and resource management that have been making that somehow possible.