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The Promised Neverland Production Notes 02-06

The Promised Neverland Production Notes 02-06

We’ve reached the halfway point of The Promised Neverland, which is a good time to examine this adaptation – whether it’s living up to its prestigious source material, the philosophy behind its direction, and the individual artists who’ve managed to stand out.

The Promised Neverland Production Notes 01

The Promised Neverland Production Notes 01

The Promised Neverland is already turning heads all around the world, so it’s time for us to start revealing the ins and outs of its production – how the staff and studio are approaching the project and who’s responsible for the best (and worst) aspects of this adaptation. And don’t worry, no spoilers awaiting if you’re an anime-only viewer!

Winter 2019 Anime Preview

Winter 2019 Anime Preview

The Winter 2019 season is already starting, so we’re back to do our usual job: figuring out which new titles have premises with high potential and creative crews that can do them justice, to save you the headache of doing it yourself! Let’s run down the most interesting offerings this season, both the ones you’re already expecting and some curious surprises.

Yama no Susume Season 3 – Production Notes 7-13

Yama no Susume Season 3 – Production Notes 7-13

Before tackling this new season, it’s time to wrap up our coverage of Yama no Susume / Encouragement of Climb season 3 and explore at length why it’s not just a quietly spectacular anime production, but also an exceptionally efficient storytelling effort!

Yama no Susume Season 3 – Production Notes 1-6

Yama no Susume Season 3 – Production Notes 1-6

Yama no Susume / Encouragement of Climb is, three seasons into the series, the most ridiculous current production that barely anyone watches. Following up on the understated sakuga madness the previous seasons offered, we’ve got a crew that includes the youngest anime director, one of the most influential animators in this generation worldwide, a group that used to be studio SHAFT’s aces, one of the rising stars behind the upcoming The Promised Neverland anime, and much more. They all compliment an already…

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Summer 2018 Anime Preview

Summer 2018 Anime Preview

Summer season is upon us! To be perfectly honest, anime’s strongest creators are for the most part taking a bit of a break, but that only means that curation is even more important. It’s time to detail which upcoming shows have gathered the strongest creative crews under premises with potential!

Shorts as a Creative Venue – Part 3

Shorts as a Creative Venue – Part 3

We’ve covered a number of chapters in the story of shorts so far, from the first boom that put them on the map to begin with, to how that legacy was carried and expanded upon over the years. We’ve also seen multiple mentions throughout regarding Yama no Susume’s position as the most integral part of the story, yet never truly delved into why that’s the case. Worry not, though. I don’t want you to just take my word for it…

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Shorts as a Creative Venue – Part 2

Shorts as a Creative Venue – Part 2

Last time we took a look at how the history of short anime, which had been rather unremarkable up until this point despite some interesting exceptions, encountered a paradigm shift in 2013 that lead to the proliferation to many auteur-led projects and the embracement of digital-focused animation, which was still seen as relatively unconventional at the time. We also completely skipped over Yama no Susume, another integral factor to this new era and arguably the most crucial part of the story overall, so…

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