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.
Celestial Method has, against all odds, seen a brief revival through its recently released fully original OVA. We’ve taken this chance to revisit the circumstances that lead to the show’s birth, what it means to 3Hz as a whole, and how the story that began five years ago continues to this day.
In an industry where producers push for unreasonable deadlines all the time, we bring you the story of Black Fox: an entertaining action anime that got quietly pushed back and allowed its staff to finish (but did they really?) half a year before its official release. A curious and unusually positive situation worth looking into!
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!
The current season of anime has left us with many eye-catching opening and ending sequences. Now that right about every TV series seems to have shown what they’ve got to offer, let’s examine the most striking examples and the teams behind them – which can be rather small, since in multiple cases these sequences were produced almost entirely by single individuals!
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…