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A Look at the Sakuga and Animation of 2017

A Look at the Sakuga and Animation of 2017

Good evening, good afternoon and good morning ladies and gentlemen! We find ourselves at the end of another year, recalling the good and the bad times, celebrating the lack of a hangover despite a wild night out, but also struck with the fear of hanging over a toilet bowl on New Year’s Day to keep the scales balanced. Most importantly, though, it’s the time of the year where we round up the sakubuta to present the ever-growing Sakuga Bowl and…

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Land of the Lustrous / Houseki no Kuni Production Notes 12 And Final Impressions

Land of the Lustrous / Houseki no Kuni Production Notes 12 And Final Impressions

And so Land of the Lustrous comes to an end, not in grand fashion but with a melancholic look back that highlights just how much things have changed. One last chance to address the vision of the creators, the quirks of this special production, the likeliness of a sequel, all those details you come here to find out. It’s been a pleasure to cover this show for you!

Land of the Lustrous / Houseki no Kuni Production Notes 10-11

Land of the Lustrous / Houseki no Kuni Production Notes 10-11

Land of the Lustrous is approaching its ending, and yet it still finds a myriad of ways to keep on surprising us this late in the game. New registers and tones it also excels at, new ways to combine traditional and digital craft, new directors to share their vision. This is a truly special show, so don’t hesitate and read more to find out about its secrets.

Land of the Lustrous / Houseki no Kuni Production Notes 7-9

Land of the Lustrous / Houseki no Kuni Production Notes 7-9

Over the last few weeks, Land of the Lustrous has nonchalantly pulled off some of the best work we’ve seen in TV anime this year. The already unique source material happened to overlap with exceptionally talented anime staff, both veterans and newcomers – something that stands true for the show as a whole, but even more so when it comes to this arc in particular. Let’s learn the secrets of this fascinating production.

Anime’s Future: Yoko Kuno

Anime’s Future: Yoko Kuno

One of the most interesting young independent artists has made it to the professional industry in a major way, gaining notorious acclaim through her work in Land of the Lustrous in particular. We’re talking about the multitalented Yoko Kuno, whose enchanting style is bound to make waves in the world of anime. Today we’ll look at what makes her work so special, as well as the less well-known sides to her career that allowed her to get to this point….

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Land of the Lustrous / Houseki no Kuni Production Notes 1-6

Land of the Lustrous / Houseki no Kuni Production Notes 1-6

Now that Land of the Lustrous is at its halfway point, it feels like a good moment to look into the intertwined creative decisions that have led to such a special series, as an adaptation and on its own right. The staff have been fairly open about the production process too, which means we can peek behind the scenes a bit to look at their craft and the mindset behind it. Hopefully this will deepen your appreciation of the show,…

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The Worlds of Fall 2017 Anime

The Worlds of Fall 2017 Anime

Dissociating individual elements from productions as a whole isn’t as easy as it might seem, but sometimes it feels like some aspects are faring particularly well. We’ve had seasons of anime with many instances of outstanding voice acting, animation, and this time around I would say we’re lucky in another regard — the art direction. There’s little to no barrier to appreciating beautiful sceneries in anime, and yet it tends to stay just as that, without giving actual names and underlining…

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Land of the Lustrous: Director Takahiko Kyougoku Interview

Land of the Lustrous: Director Takahiko Kyougoku Interview

Land of the Lustrous has immediately managed to captivate its audience with its very particular atmosphere and striking visuals. And it’s achieved that not in spite of its almost fully CGi production, but rather because of it, for the most part. This interview, originally published online in animate Times, sits down with director Takahiko Kyougoku, to talk about his approach to such a unique setting, the fascinating ambiguity of the manga and how he translated it into anime form, as well as the…

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Fall 2017 Anime Preview

Fall 2017 Anime Preview

Every new season we do our best to curate the massive wave of new TV anime, so you know which projects don’t only have interesting premises, but also the staff to allow them to flourish and an environment where production isn’t at risk of crashing. Many interesting creators have gathered this season on projects you might not have paid attention to, so don’t miss this special feature!