Scale, Space & Ranking of Kings’ Visual Worldbuilding

Scale, Space & Ranking of Kings’ Visual Worldbuilding

Ranking of Kings is a ‘big’ anime for various reasons.  First of all, this series serves as Yousuke Hatta’s debut as a series director.  Hatta has made leaps and bounds of progress in the past few years, featuring as a storyboard artist and episode director on many of...
Another Look At Heike Monogatari’s Incredible Final Act

Another Look At Heike Monogatari’s Incredible Final Act

After eleven episodes, the curtain has finally closed on the story of the Heike clan.  Although it was a short affair, Heike Monogatari was able to deliver a phenomenal experience from start to finish.  However, the final act of the show took it to new heights by...
What Sonny Boy Can Teach Us About Living In Times Of Uncertainty

What Sonny Boy Can Teach Us About Living In Times Of Uncertainty

‘It’s been a tough year.’  This is a phrase that we’ve all heard countless times lately.  Whether it is through the news, social media or word of mouth, I am often reminded that the world is in the middle of multiple crises and that I’m unwillingly stuck in the...
Hunting Flying Saucers: Contextualising ‘The UFO’ in Anime

Hunting Flying Saucers: Contextualising ‘The UFO’ in Anime

Those that follow the Japanese animation scene closely would know that the so-called ‘UFO’ has made a decent number of appearances in the past year and a half.  The UFO’s resurgence presents us with an opportunity to draw some connections between it and other...
Morphing Animation – An Art of Control & Manipulation

Morphing Animation – An Art of Control & Manipulation

Morphing cuts and sequences involve the animated transition of a subject from one form to another.  These are pretty complex on the basis that they take many factors into account in order to deliver the appropriate amount of impact that is required for the scene,...