Breaking the Mold: making Hana the Last Diviner – Interview with Hiroki Taniguchi [JETRO x Kickstarter]

Hiroki Taniguchi is an independent anime and film producer and director who is the head of the studio Public Arts, a tiny company as it has only one permanent member: himself....

Bringing Samurai Pirates to life – An Interview with Ken Yoshida, President of Picona Creative Studio [JETRO x Kickstarter Initiative]

Picona Creative Studio is an anime studio focused on 3DCG animation. Known in the industry for using cell-like 3DCG, they have worked on a wide range of popular anime series,...

Supporting independent anime projects – a JETRO initiative

This week, five independent anime studios have launched crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter. While crowdfunding campaigns have already taken place to help finance anime...

Sakuga Espresso

Sakuga Espresso is our column about appreciating great animation in a format short enough to be read along with a shot of Espresso. ☕️ What makes a scene stand out? How do the drawings convey emotions? Join us as we breakdown what makes stunning animation....
Anime Numbers – 1: How many anime are there?

Anime Numbers – 1: How many anime are there?

Understanding of the Japanese animation industry has developed a lot in English-speaking circles. However, while in-depth records or detailed anecdotes about specific productions have become easier to find, a general overview of the industry as a whole is still...

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Understanding Urusei Yatsura

Understanding Urusei Yatsura

This article wouldn’t have been possible without the direct or indirect help of all the people sharing anime-related resources, scans, photos, translations and transcripts on the Internet. All my thanks go to Harley and Dylan Acres from Rumic World, ehoba, Rick,...

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