Ojamajo Doremi became a formative experience for a whole generation. An impossibly daring team with a perfect overlap of young and veteran talent at Toei accompanied kids across topics no other anime would tackle with such maturity. 20 years later, they still do.
It’s become a common occurrence for My Hero Academia‘s management staff to allocate every capable individual available to the episodes where big developments happen. And since the production of the franchise’s first movie happened to wrap up just at the right time, the best animators in this team got to return to handle yet another climactic point. The satisfaction most fans have been feeling over this last week speaks for itself!
At this point you might already know the drill: twice a year we take the opportunity to share some samples from books that animators, directors, background artists and production teams sell during Comiket, either individually or through more official means. These are always a good way to keep a finger on the pulse of the industry – what do anime creators like, what work are they proud of, and how do they make some always needed extra cash? We’ll see!
The second episode of DARLING in the FRANXX is also very much rooted in studio Gainax tradition, but its awkward budding sexuality and mecha happenings have a different flavor under the expert hand of one of the most interesting female creators who matured at the studio in the 00s: Shouko Nakamura. Get ready to catch up on the ways she polished up those unique skills, since that provides lots of hidden context to this episode.
Good evening, good afternoon and good morning ladies and gentlemen! We find ourselves at the end of another year, recalling the good and the bad times, celebrating the lack of a hangover despite a wild night out, but also struck with the fear of hanging over a toilet bowl on New Year’s Day to keep the scales balanced. Most importantly, though, it’s the time of the year where we round up the sakubuta to present the ever-growing Sakuga Bowl and…
My Hero Academia’s animation producer Yoshihiro Oyabu mentioned on twitter that episode 30 was the result an all-out lineup of creators, commanded by Yoshihiko Umakoshi…who’s celebrating his birthday! Let’s see if the episode delivered on all that promise.
Everybody’s favorite heroic adventures return after a break, introducing us to a new story arc while delivering exciting new opening and ending sequences to raise our spirits after that cruel period of HeroAca starvation. So as usual, let’s unravel exactly who and what made it all shine.
My Hero Academia wrapped up the UA Sports Festival arc, and with it the first cours of the second season. Hard to believe we’re already halfway through, but time passes quickly…particularly so with HeroAca, since its episodes always seem to be over the moment you blink. Let’s take a look on the production highlights but also the low points of the latest three episodes.
Manga readers knew what was coming, and even anime-only fans could guess something big was approaching simply by looking at the impressive staff lineup. This might very well be the most important episode the My Hero Academia anime has to offer, one that will be remembered for quite a while.
Better late than never! We’re back to cover another two episodes, which to some degree equal the calm before the storm. Even the less intense buildup of HeroAca is a production worth exploring though, so sit tight!