Nightmare made film: Phil Tippet’s Mad God

Mad God is a nightmare-made film. Quite literally so, as director Phil Tippett, one of the most renowned animators and special effects artists in American film history, confessed...

On the Topic of Older Anime

What was the first anime you liked? What was the first one you fell in love with? What was the first anime you watched and realized it was anime?   The answer to these...

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...
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...

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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....

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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....

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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...

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