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Exclusive Interview With Shingo Yamashita: The Evolution Of Anime’s Digital Animation Pioneer

Exclusive Interview With Shingo Yamashita: The Evolution Of Anime’s Digital Animation Pioneer

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…

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Studio Culture In The Anime Industry – The Curious Story Of Free! And High Speed!

Studio Culture In The Anime Industry – The Curious Story Of Free! And High Speed!

Fans and critics alike love to associate qualities and flaws to anime studios, but to which extent does that hold any water? Have companies managed to build an in-house style of their own, and do they want to do that in the first place? We’d like to address misconceptions in this regard while explaining the potential of studio culture in the anime industry, as illustrated by the very curious tale of one of the biggest anime series of recent times:…

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Preparing Ufotable’s Future: Today’s Menu For The Emiya Family

Preparing Ufotable’s Future: Today’s Menu For The Emiya Family

Today’s Menu For The Emiya Family might be the most inconspicuous entry in the massive Fate franchise, but don’t let its appearance fool you: this cooking spin-off isn’t only a charming series that can be enjoyed by all, it’s also in some regards ufotable’s most brilliant achievement to date, and quite the big opportunity when it comes to their up-and-coming creators. Let’s take a look at their achievements and at the important context!

Keeping The Anime Industry Afloat From The Shadows: Wanpack And Outsourcing Studios

Keeping The Anime Industry Afloat From The Shadows: Wanpack And Outsourcing Studios

It’s no exaggeration to say that outsourcing studios keep anime alive, and yet fans are still mostly unaware of their integral role in the production of their favorite shows. The disappearance of Studio Wanpack, the biggest company of this kind, serves as an opportunity to explain just how important they were, and also what’s been happening to the many animators who worked for them.

The Struggle Of Anime’s Novice Creators

The Struggle Of Anime’s Novice Creators

We often highlight interesting animators and directors who just irrupted into anime and are finding success at a young age, but some times we have to focus on the struggle of less fortunate individuals instead. At a time where anime needs the help of new creators more than ever, the working conditions for youngsters who want to join the industry have grown to be so poor that we’re stuck with very high attrition rates and miserable standards. It’s important that…

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Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel – I. Presage Flower – Impressions

Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel – I. Presage Flower – Impressions

Those of you looking forward to the first Fate/stay night Heaven’s Feel movie, which premiered in Japan earlier this month, please enjoy this long set of notes on the film and the work of ufotable’s crew – worry not, no spoilers! And while this will definitely not cause people to do a 180 on either the franchise or the studio, I recommend that those of you who were on the fence give this a read. As it turns out, this is…

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