Animation Legend Rintarô – Les Utopiales 2022

Animation Legend Rintarô – Les Utopiales 2022

Few anime fans probably know about the name Shigeyuki Hayashi. But under his pen name Rintarô, he belongs to the hall of fame of the most important and influential directors in anime history. He left a considerable legacy in anime history, be it for his huge...

Makoto Shinkai’s Japan: Suzume no Tojimari Review

Makoto Shinkai’s Japan: Suzume no Tojimari Review

Saying that Makoto Shinkai is one of the most prominent Japanese directors of the last decade would be stating the obvious. Since the worldwide success of Your Name in 2016, everybody inside and outside of anime fandom, regardless of their opinions on the director,...

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,...

INU-OH Is A Film About Artists, For Artists

INU-OH Is A Film About Artists, For Artists

Masaaki Yuasa’s work has been formative to my development as an anime fan.  So many of the projects he has put his stamp on have revealed to me what animation is truly capable of and made me realise how artistically diverse the landscape really was.  INU-OH took me...

A Glimpse of Garden of Remembrance with Naoko Yamada

A Glimpse of Garden of Remembrance with Naoko Yamada

On Wednesday, June 15th, 2022, Naoko Yamada was at the Annecy festival to hold a work-in-progress session about her subsequent work in studio Science Saru: Garden of Remembrance. She was accompanied by studio staff, most notably the CEO Eunyoung Choi, who drove the...

What’s the deal with slice-of-life anime?

What’s the deal with slice-of-life anime?

2022’s Winter anime season came and went pretty fast but it was an enjoyable one nonetheless.  Out of the many shows that aired during the weekends over the last twelve weeks, it was the slice-of-life anime that stood out from the rest for me.  This season led to the...

What’s hidden in Studio La Cachette?

What’s hidden in Studio La Cachette?

French animation studio La Cachette, created in 2013, has in recent years become a presence that animation fans worldwide can't ignore. After their first viral short, Kairos, they have become famous for their work on the 2019 series Primal, for which they have done...

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...