Sakuga Espresso #8 – Lupin the 3rd (1971)

What I find most interesting about this clip is how little it actually shows us. This clip from the 1971 Lupin the 3rd is only seven seconds long, and has seven cuts. Easy math tells us that each cut only lasts on screen for a second, so it’s quite fast. But...

Sakuga Espresso #7 – Ping Pong

I think sometimes we forget that good animation does not have to be flashy or lavish to be considered good. Yes, an objective element of technicality does have a large influence in the value judgement of a piece, but technicality and flashy are not the same thing....

Sakuga Espresso #4 – Kizumonogatari

In animation, a line means everything. Take this scene in Kizumonogatari for example: Panicked and afraid, Araragi’s gaze pierces us. He trembles until his panic overtakes him, clambering to get away. The action feels frantic. Part of that is due to the fact...

Sakuga Espresso #2 – Yu Yu Hakusho

It is no question in my mind that animator Atsushi Wakabayashi (nicknamed Kaba-san by peers because that name is a mouthful!) embodies the aesthetic of anime. The way his characters dart in and out with smooth kineticism, from far in the background to right up into...