Hoshiai no Sora / Stars Align was one of 2019’s best shows… then its team got backstabbed, and it became emblematic of the fundamentally unfair system for anime creators. It can’t be forgotten, but the show deserves to be remembered as more than that.
The new season’s already starting, so you know what that means: it’s time for another detailed rundown of all new anime with particularly talented creative teams, to see what’s got the most potential and how each production is faring.
Anime’s possibilities have multiplied with the growth of digital 2D animation, both in terms of techniques available and accessibility. This industry has more tools at its disposal for more people than ever, but how did we get to this point? Who are the main people responsible for all this change? And how did they convince both industry peers and audiences that this was a valid path worth heavily investing on? That’s what we’re here to address in a very special anniversary!