Anime Snapshots: Mob Psycho #10 Fire Scene

Sometimes an anime struts along that is charismatic from beginning to end, a complete package that is so much more than the some of its parts . And sometimes a more run-of-the-mill series can break form and produce a wondrous episode that you can neatly lift out and up onto a pedestal. But once in a while this glory lasts only a fleeting moment – a…

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Episode Spotlight: Mob Psycho 100 #8

Director: 立川譲 (Toshiyuki Takei) Storyboard: 立川譲 重原克也 (Yuzuru Tachikawa  Katsuya Shigehara ) Animation Director: 亀田祥倫 (Yoshimichi Kameda) Yoshimichi Kameda is undoubtedly the pedestal animation force behind this series. Although he was responsible for the character design, he did not take up the credit of chief animation director that usually accompanies this. Generally the chief animation director is the…

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Art Direction: Illya vs Orange

In simple terms, what you see when watching an anime is the culmination of two different visual elements – the animation, which is the things that move, and the art, which is the static backdrop. After the director approves the layout for a cut, which is like the rough blueprint of how each shot will…

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On the Postponement of Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars

Phew, that was close! I was almost a tragic victim of irony. You see, I was just about to sit down and polish off a new blog post extolling the 2D hand-drawn mecha animation and surprising levels of enjoyment I was getting out of Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars when BAM, the show’s production committee…

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Episode Spotlight: Mob Pycho 100 #1

Staff: Director & Storyboard: 立川譲 (Yuzuru Tachikawa) [Series Director] Writer: 瀬古浩司 (Hiroshi Seko) [Series Composition] Animation Director: 亀田祥倫 (Yoshimichi Kameda) [Series Chief Animation Director] If you have an appreciation of animation, Mob Psycho will grab your attention and mercilessly pound it into absolute submission. I’m still in intensive care, but they’re letting me write this post under…

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The Magic of Mitsuo Iso

Mitsuo Iso is my favourite animator – that’s an unequivocal fact. Regrettably, it hasn’t been a good decade to be a fan of Iso. Since his work as director on the commercially unsuccessful Denno Coil, he has been an elusive, enigmatic figure, making only scant appearances uncredited here and there. Recently though, we’ve had good news…

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Episode Spotlight: Re:Zero 15

Staff: Director: 土屋浩幸 (Hiroyuki Tsuchiya) [9,15] Writer: 梅原英司 (Eiji Umehara) [14,15] Storyboard: 細田直人 (Naoto Hosoda) [10,15] Monster Animation Director: 小柳達也 (Tatsuya Koyanagi) [Show-wide] Last night I watched an episode of anime the visceral impact of which took the wind out of me and left me lost for words. I had to just watch the credits roll, silent and still as…

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Erased – Digging Deeper

Over the last couple of years, I can see that my focus on this blog has pivoted from general anime enthusiasm toward celebrating a very particular strain of anime with a gushing, obsessive level of discussion. The kind of anime I’m talking about here isn’t just ‘good anime’, an anime that ticks all the boxes…

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Ryo-Chimo & The Digital Animation Movement

3 months ago I started writing a blog entry on one of my favourite ‘under-appreciated’ anime from the last few years, Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta (NOT to be confused with the mind-numbingly dreadful original Yozakura Quartet TV anime adaptation!). Other than singing its praises, I wanted to hit home the fact that the series…

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Shirobako – It’s the people, dammit!

Within the diverse, colourful spectrum of overzealous anime fans across the world there exists a small but growing number of us with a particular bent. If you’re like me, then, at some point, being able to just enjoy good anime wasn’t enough – to satisfy a growing curiosity I had to know why it was…

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