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DARLING in the FRANXX – Episode 3

DARLING in the FRANXX – Episode 3

The third episode of DARLING in the FRANXX is, and I’m sure this won’t surprise you at this point, yet another product of past Gainax experiences. Once again we’ll follow the careers of the creators involved to better understand their work here, plus we’ll highlight the behind the scenes production mechanisms that are rarely talked about. Fans of Shelter can’t miss this one!

Anime Creators Books: Comiket 93 Edition

Anime Creators Books: Comiket 93 Edition

Since people seemed to enjoy the first rundown, here’s another look at many interesting books released by individual staff members and creative teams during the last edition of Comiket. It’s not just a very direct way for them to reach fans, it also allows us access to production materials and original art that wouldn’t have been shared otherwise. Enjoy!

Winter 2018 Anime Preview

Winter 2018 Anime Preview

The Winter 2018 anime season is upon us, and that means it’s time for us to detail which of the many upcoming projects are most likely to deliver on their promises. A usual, we’ll be highlighting the series where interesting premises overlap with creators who can properly handle them, as well as general comments on the health of the productions, and some behind the scenes comments. Titles like DEVILMAN crybaby, DARLING in the FRANKXX and Violet Evergarden were a given,…

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Keep Dreaming – Why The Million Live Anime Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

Keep Dreaming – Why The Million Live Anime Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

Tokyo Game Show is currently underway, bringing with it a wave of news related to Japan’s top gaming IPs. A wave everyone’s prepared to ride under normal circumstances, but that got a bit derailed by an unexpected announcement: The [email protected] franchise will see a brand new theatre branch added to its ranks in 2018, as an addition to the current 765AS (original flavour), Cinderella Girls, Million Live, and SideM. This has once again sparked the arguments on why won’t Namco simply focus…

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Shelter the (Incredibly Good) Animation

Shelter the (Incredibly Good) Animation

The internet’s still buzzing over Shelter, the recently released music video made in collaboration by Porter Robinson and A-1 Pictures, and for good reason. It’s a production birthed in the west and nurtured in Japan, overlooked closely by both parties to ensure it met their shared ideals. If the title of this post didn’t give it away already, then allow me to spell it out once again: they hit it right out of the park. It’s worth noting however that while…

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Shelter Web Interview – Toshifumi Akai

Shelter Web Interview – Toshifumi Akai

The release of Shelter hit the internet like a massive wave just yesterday. The music video had garnered incredible amounts of anticipation despite only being announced less than a week beforehand. Renowned music producer Porter Robinson was behind the original concept, and he reached out to A-1 Pictures to have said idea turned into a short anime. Toshifumi Akai — whose name should be familiar to readers of this site — had the honour of being assigned as director for the project, and saying…

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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Staff Interviews – Yuusuke Matsuo x Toshifumi Akai

The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Staff Interviews – Yuusuke Matsuo x Toshifumi Akai

Last week I made the bold claim that the Dereani complete fanbook translations would be making their way to the blog every Friday/Saturday, and in a move that defies all odds, I’ve managed to follow up on that this week! The goods this time come in the form of a roundtable with Dereani’s character designer and chief animation director Yuusuke Matsuo (aka Fugo) accompanied by key staff member and ROCK lover Toshifumi Akai, who give us some delectable details regarding the…

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