Welcome back to the most special post of the year! As is tradition, we’ve gathered writers from different communities but a shared trait: a love of animation and all it encompasses. The goal, to praise at length the greatest productions and most resonant direction in all of 2018 anime, according to a series of categories. These are our yearly anime awards – the sakugabowl!
In contrast to last week’s somber post detailing the awful conditions faced by the anime industry’s newcomers, this time we’ll bring you a much more upbeat look at young animators in Japan – a piece highlighting some of the most impressive trainees in the industry, brilliant youngsters who have managed to impress in their first year learning the ropes within the industry. Enjoy!