It’s time to go over the many interesting offerings in the Spring 2021 anime season to talk about their creative teams, the themes they’re touching on, and their production circumstances—with a lengthy talk about the increasingly more polarized state of the anime industry.
We’re back with another episode of Megalo Box, since it doesn’t seem to get tired of featuring outstanding work. Things have changed quite a lot this week though: a director with personality and very different priorities arrived to offer the most characterful episode so far, which he personally key animated alongside only one other artist. Quite the achievement!
Starting this season we’ll be offering our usual production analysis and behind the scenes information for some individual episodes on top of the full series we commit to. And no better start than Megalo Box: Ashita no Joe‘s 50th anniversary commemoration project has been catching lots of attention due to its impactful old-school vibe, but it’s also been a source of misunderstandings due to its unique aesthetic. Let’s dive into those production quirks and the vision behind it all!
We’re heading into a Spring anime season that, barring a few exceptions, won’t have as many prestige projects and obvious animation festivals as some of the lineups we’ve covered before. However, it makes up for that with a multitude of smaller projects with potential to shine in unique ways. With talent being spread so thin, including some unlikely projects that would normally get overlooked, this preview is more needed than ever!