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Spring 2017 Animator Count

Spring 2017 Animator Count

With a bit of delay, here’s our seasonal feature looking into the numbers of TV anime: how many key animators and animation directors the new Spring 2017 TV series required, as well as the degree of outsourcing involved. Complete with commentary to contextualize the data as usual, which this time focuses some nasty recent industry trends.

The Pre-Production of Anime #3: Design Work

The Pre-Production of Anime #3: Design Work

Welcome back to The Pre-Production of Anime, Megax‘s series following the path of an anime production from the inception of the project until it’s ready to be animated. Last time we talked about how a production organizes its writing work, so today it’s finally time to examine the design process and the main roles it entails. Let’s get to it! Part 3: Design Work

The Pre-Production of Anime #2: Scripting

The Pre-Production of Anime #2: Scripting

Welcome back to megax‘s series “The Pre-Production of Anime”, following the journey anime goes through before coming to fruition. On the first post we mentioned how the initial pitch is used to gather the necessary funds and creators, so now it’s time to actually begin the creative process. How is anime written? Part 2: Scripting

SakuQ&A: Anime Industry and Production Questions #6

SakuQ&A: Anime Industry and Production Questions #6

It’s time to answer another batch of anime industry inquiries sent by our supporters. We’ve got interesting questions to address, like what do anime creators do when they take a break from the industry, as well as the contractual relationships between animators/studio and the usage of 2D animation in 3D projects.

The Pre-Production of Anime #1: Planning

The Pre-Production of Anime #1: Planning

Welcome to megax‘s new mini-feature “The Pre-Production of Anime”, where we’ll detail how a production goes from a mere idea to the point where the animation process starts. Much has been written about the actual creative endeavors (including drawing, painting, background art, compositing), but there’s nearly no guides out there talking about what happens beforehand. To address that, we’ll go over every pre-production step to give you a better idea of how an anime is born. Part 1: Planning

Anime Craft Weekly #41: I Can’t Believe It’s 2017 And I Have To Write That Anime Is Hand Drawn

Anime Craft Weekly #41: I Can’t Believe It’s 2017 And I Have To Write That Anime Is Hand Drawn

Anime is hand drawn. By people, with their hands. That’s honestly all there is to this enduring myth, which is somehow alive on both sides of the pond. I’m used to western fans spouting the classic I miss when anime was hand drawn rhetoric, but it got to me last week when I saw Japanese press report Ghibli successor Studio Ponoc as a source of traditional hand drawn animation in an age of digital anime…even though their country has hundreds…

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SakuQ&A: Anime Industry and Production Questions #5

SakuQ&A: Anime Industry and Production Questions #5

Our Q&A service is back after some delays, but once again so loaded with anime industry questions that we’ll splitting the answers into two posts. For now, let’s address R&D in the anime industry, the process of delivery of animation materials, the role of layouts in Japanese animation and some more specific creator and studio inquiries.