Our surprise for today is an exclusive interview with Yuki Hayashi – once Toei Animation’s ace, and now a highly regarded freelance animator. He talked about his lengthy experience at the studio, what pushed him to pursue animation, his working relationship with the one and only Rie Matsumoto, future plans, and a whole lot more!
After three episodes into Mob Psycho 100 S2, we’ve got three gems of different kinds. And yet it feels like the show has barely just begun!
Shingo Yamashita was one of the pioneers of the digital animation movement in anime. He made a name for himself drawing stunning, emotionally loaded sequences, and then moved on to become a creative leader as he experimented with directorial duties and the possibilities enabled by new toolsets. Despite being quite busy, he kindly lent us his time to talk about the changing landscape of this industry and its professionals, the world of digital animation, his evolving creative philosophy, and even…
Our animation archive Sakugabooru celebrates its fifth anniversary today, having grown more popular than we ever could have hoped for. After all this time we’ve amassed plenty of information regarding people’s favorite pieces of animation: the most beloved artists, the nature of those sequences, what kind of format and even length are favored – enjoy this very illustrative look at how fans all around the world consume animation!
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…
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!
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.
Since Your Name has finally seen its bluray release in Japan, we’re going to give a thorough look at the neat details hidden in the film, the artists who made it all possible and their personal approach, as well as the usual notes about who animated what. There’s an essay on the film coming up as well, but for now this already should be a huge treat for fans of the film!
I dared to keep Tachikawa away from this column for one week, and now he’s pissed off and back to reclaim his rightful throne. You know which series I have to start with this time.