Toshimasa Ishii’s direction on 86: Eighty Six elevated a war drama with a keen political outlook, but despite his team’s many successes, they always faced an uphill battle because mismanagement from above dealt them an unfair hand. This is the reality even for anime’s most brilliant directors.
A teaser for 86: Eighty Six‘s second cours dropped today, so let’s look back at this surprisingly daring show—a stunning showcase of a beginner director’s vision, technical skill, and confidence to stick to his unique style all the way through, except for one brilliant interlude.
Anime isn’t escaping unscathed from these turbulent times, so we’ve got a bit of a special season preview: focused not just on the new Spring anime that look like the most interesting gatherings of talent, but also those best prepared to weather the storm and avoid falling apart.
As a follow-up to the roundtalk featuring the show’s chief animation directors, here’s a translation with SAO’s director – one of Mamoru Hosoda’s pupils, Tomohiko Ito. Series director interview: Tomohiko Ito