The start of the anime industry – Toei Douga & Hakujaden

Anime historians loathe to settle on one ‘first anime’, going to great lengths to traverse back to the most ancient relics of Japanese animation. But I’m going to have to pick a practical starting point that doesn’t have me dusting off my tools and traveling to Japan on an archaeology expedition. A popular choice for kicking… Read More The start of the anime industry – Toei Douga & Hakujaden

Anime Snapshot: Kameda Burns Lust (FMA Brotherhood)

Spoiler warning: Significant spoilers for Full Metal Alchemist It’s been a long while since I watched Full metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Names of characters, the beats  of the story and most of the dramatic climaxes have faded to a distant haze. But one brief moment of the 60-odd episode saga still leaps to mind with perfect… Read More Anime Snapshot: Kameda Burns Lust (FMA Brotherhood)

Why 3DCG Cannot be Allowed to Replace 2D Animation!

In the late 90s, after Gegege no Kitarou 4 went digicel after the 64th episode, the Japanese animation industry quickly transitioned from being filmed with a camera to being scanned and composited in computer software. Over the last decade, there has now been some further evolution with stylus and tablet often replacing pencil and paper… Read More Why 3DCG Cannot be Allowed to Replace 2D Animation!

Episode Spotlight: Needless 13

  Storyboard & Director: 沼田誠也 (Seiya Numata) Animation Director: 坂井久太 (Kyuuta Sakai) Animation: 沼田誠也 (Seiya Numata), 坂井久太 (Kyuuta Sakai) It was late at night after a long week. Lying on the couch with my partner powering through a few episodes of anime,  my eyes were starting to close on their own as sleep overcame me. It was at this point… Read More Episode Spotlight: Needless 13

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… Read More Anime Snapshots: Mob Psycho #10 Fire Scene

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… Read More Episode Spotlight: Mob Psycho 100 #8

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… Read More Episode Spotlight: Mob Pycho 100 #1