Daicon, back in context

Daicon, back in context

The two Daicon shorts, Daicon III and Daicon IV, are still today considered to be emblematic monuments of otaku culture. A large part of this reputation comes from the fame of its creators, the ones who would go on to create studio Gainax, but also from the array of...

Evangelion: You Can (Not) Deconstruct

Evangelion: You Can (Not) Deconstruct

You’ve probably heard or read this somewhere: “Neon Genesis Evangelion is a deconstruction of the mecha genre” - or of SF, or even of shounen as a whole, if the person writing this is ambitious. This interpretation of one of the most famous mecha series ever is almost...

Animation fundamentals – A short history of Layout

Animation fundamentals – A short history of Layout

In my previous post, I mentioned that I would make a follow-up about the role of the layout in the production process of anime, so here it is. However, here, I also hope to show that the layout isn’t as simple as I explained last time: if you take a historical...

Animation Fundamentals – Timing and Spacing

Animation Fundamentals – Timing and Spacing

Animation is an art, but it’s also a craft. And it is precisely by understanding the craft that you get to understand the art, how it works, and what it means. The goal of this series is just that: laying out some fundamental techniques and concepts of the craft that...

Kamichu! #14 – Animating from under the kotatsu

Kamichu! #14 – Animating from under the kotatsu

 You can read a breakdown of the first episode of Kamichu here ! If you know a bit about the Japanese lifestyle, or if you’ve seen enough anime, you may be aware of the fact that most Japanese houses have this thing called a kotatsu : a table covered by a futon under...

Sakuga Espresso

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....

Character animation done right : Kamichu ! #01 breakdown

Character animation done right : Kamichu ! #01 breakdown

Kamichu !’s first episode is pretty much a self-contained story, and that’s why it works so well : in 24 minutes, it establishes its characters and setting, quickly reaches a narrative and thematic climax, and resolves it with a beautiful confession scene in the sky....

Fuchi no Mori – Meeting with Hayao Miyazaki

Fuchi no Mori – Meeting with Hayao Miyazaki

The cleaning of Fuchi no Mori, a forest located near Hayao Miyazaki's residence, gathers volunteers to help the famous director maintain the place, ensuring its cleanliness and upkeep. Volunteers are then thanked by being able to address a few words to Mr. Miyazaki....

Fire Force – Animation Review – Episode 1

Fire Force – Animation Review – Episode 1

The first episode of Fire Force was amazing. My jaw dropped to the floor and it stayed there. Explosion after explosion, flame after flame; I was glued to the screen. It would be really easy to keep gushing and just rant about how awesome this singular episode from a...