Happy Mob Psycho 100 Finale! I couldn’t have asked for this good of a good story with such good characters. It’s one of my favorite stories of all time, and here’s to this bittersweet ending!! Now we wait for the anime to catch up
So my friends convinced me to wear my Princess Tiana cosplay to Walmart. Considering I wasn’t at a con, I was surprised with all of the happy kids and parents begging to take pictures. In light of this, I ended up driving to Toys-R-Us just for fun.
I’ll never forget this little black girl who asked to take a picture with me. As she walked away with her mom, she exclaimed how happy she was to see a princess that looked like her in real life.
THIS IS WHY REPRESENTATION IS IMPORTANT. I can remember all of the times I wondered why none of my favorite Disney characters, or video game characters, or even anime characters had the same dark skin as me. Or the same wide nose as me. Or the same thick lips as me. Or the same coily hair as me.
When Princess Tiana was introduced, I nearly cried. I waited until I was a young adult to have a Disney Princess who had my features and was seen as beautiful. And seeing children so happy –showing them that their dark skin, wide nose, thick lips, and coily hair are beautiful– moves me to tears.
B can you give us your top 10 anime you watched this year? I'm rlly curious! Thank you :3
Oh my my, this is the hardest thing to do…but let’s try! Let’s go from 10 to 1 this time, for the dramatics of it!
TOP 10 ANIME I WATCHED IN 2017
10. Ouran High School Host Club
I enjoyed it very very much and it’s probably the most EXTRA thing I’ve ever watched. I loved all the characters, the twins especially, and how surprisingly deep and diverse their characterization was! A true classic.
A very very late discovery that managed to get on this list at the last minute. This is not a perfect story with perfect characters (which I personally ADORE), but it managed to get me hooked from the start and left me wanting to know more and more. I’m in love with this very dark universe, but you know it’s easy to win me over with vampires ;)
8. Boku No Hero Academia
Despite being the protagonist of the Top 10 Anime Betrayals when I said I’m not that fond of BNHA now, I can’t forget how hyped I used to be when I first watched the anime and read the manga. It’s a story that has a lot of my favorite characters, like Todoroki and Kirishima, and I find its plot incredibly well written. I may have grown distant with time, but it’s always in my heart.
Barakamon was my first slice of life anime ever and it made me fall in love with this particular genre. It’s…just so good, so funny and so touching one may call it a perfect anime, and probably it truly is.
6. Poco’s Udon World
Well, you all know how much I adored this anime and I still do. It spoke to me on so many levels, it made my heart explode with every possible feeling. It’s a story that felt so painfully real to me and it taught me so much, from the importance of appreciating the things you have to accept that, sometimes, to move forward you just have to go back. It’s a true hidden gem everyone should watch at least once, especially if you are in your late twenties or older…you’ll see why ;)
5. Tokyo Ghoul
Once I read that sometimes disgrace attacks a single person with the same force that it’s usually reserved for an entire country and this basically sums Tokyo Ghul up. I live in a state of constant fear when it comes to my ghoul kids and my most beloved Ken kaneki, but I’m still looking forward to what season 3 will bring us (i.e. to far more pain).
4. Owari No Seraph
Speaking of pain, here’s another great source of it. It’s a story that I literally devoured, both in anime and in manga form. It means so much to me that it’s even hard to find words to describe how much I love it. Let’s just say it has it all: vampires, mysteries, questionable characters that you end up loving regardless, ANGST, tears, friendships, an older character adopting a bunch of teens and, let’s say it, tons of gay. Beautiful.
3. Black Butler
The one with Balck Butler is the longest journey I’ve embarked myself this year. I’m usually scared to start series that have been going on for so long, but it was totally worth it, even just for the magnificence that was Book of Circus or Book of the Atlantic. Also, I always wondered why people were always head over heels for Sebastian and well…now I know, and I am one of them (and this is how my Ono Daisuke worship started, rip).
You all know my troubled history with Noragami. It was an anime that I didn’t like at all at first but, watching it again after a 6 months break, I ended up loving with all myself. Yato is honestly one of the most fascinating (and attractive) characters I’ve ever met and all the rest of the cast is just as well developed and layered. Also, it’s the anime that made me fall for Kamiya Hiroshi’s voice once and for all.
1. Bungou Stray Dogs
How many words did I already spend about BSD? Way too many but never enough. This is an anime I will never stop to recommend, the universe that captivated me the most, the set of characters that I hold the dearest. In one word: a masterpiece.
- bonus: Kimi no Na wa: this incredible movie deserves a special mention and can’t be ranked because it’s in a league of its own. It was utter perfection in plot, animation and music, and I don’t remember having cried that much out of raw emotion ever in my life. It’s an Oscar-worthy movie and I loved every single second of it.
The first season hooked me up. the second one made meworship and love it. Seriously what a magnificent anime
Reason to whatch it:
This is a little masterpiece, You don’t really need more than this lol
Great and unprecditable drama
Best opening I’ve seen in a while. One of my all time favorite op
The feels are real and will et you alive
PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GO WHATCH THIS
3-gatsu no Lion
This anime once again proved me that underrated anime are the best. This anime strugges are so real that it just breaks your heart. Once again umino chika (Hachimitsu to clover) lived up to her name
Reason to whatch it:
Rei. One of the best devolved protagonist I’ve seen
His problems are so deep and real you can’t help to cheer for him
Great side characters and charachter devolpment
Great balance betwen comedy/seriousness/sad scenes
Come for the charachters and stay for the feels
Hands down to one of the most beatiful shonen’s ever made. You don’t need the sad past from the 1 episode to pity the charachters . Afer 400 episodes is more epic
As the precedent arc Gintama was the anime that made me laugh and cry more than everything. The great balance between commedy and serious scenes is what makes gintama so special.
You don’t need reasons to go and whatch this. Just do it , you will thank me later. It’s probably better than any overated shonen anime like one piece ( yeah I said one piece) , Fairy tale, and even Naruto which I love with all my hear.
-My favorite part of the season was about zura’s bacstory and fight scene. I already loved him but the deepness sorachi added to him left me spechless.
American cartoons animated by Japanese studios and the hybrid art style that results is EXTREMELY my aesthetic and the basis for my art style - a post
I’ve been nerding out about this on twitter all day but I wanted to make a post here about it too - people often cite my work as reminding them of things like Lupin the 3rd and Cybersix, and honestly, I”m not surprised.
But do you know why?
Its because both shows were animated by a little (and by little I mean one of the oldest animation studios in Japan) animation studio by the name of Tokyo Movie Shinsha (as they were known up until the 2000s, and are now known as TMS Entertainment).
TMS is responsible for a really large chunk of my favorite animated media growing up. They are my biggest inspiration both animation and art style wise. I’m honestly completely infatuated with the hybrid style that was created in the 80s and 90s as a result of Japanese animation studios being outsourced to do American cartoons in general, but TMS really stands out as being the masters of this.
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)
This movie went through distributor hell, falling through the hands of WB, Disney and various others. But it had an American director and was animated by TMS studio under the instruction of using a western style. Its initial release was in Japan. To this day no one really knows who owns the film property. But its one of the most shining examples of Japanese > American hybrid animation to this day and is the most prolific in making kids SWEAR this movie was anime, only to watch it again as adults and be totally confused. lmao. It’s my favorite animated film of all time.
Galaxy High School (1986)
This cartoon aired on the American CBS network in 1986, and was created and mostly written by Chris Columbus. It was also animated by TMS. This show sports some of the cutest animation I’ve ever seen out of TMS studio - they seemed to be given slightly more leeway on how “Japanese” it was allowed to look, despite being provided model sheets by the American character designers. This show has BIG BIG hints of Lupin throughout - mostly showcased in how the expressions, movement and especially the various running/chase scenes are animated. This show has the absolute /perfect/ blend of Japanese > American hybrid cartoon animation style, in my personal opinion. One of my absolute favorites.
Cybersix was a Canadian production, originally airing on the Teletoon Network in 1999. And what do you know, yet again animated by TMS studio! This show was an absolute staple of my teenhood. Not just for its gorgeous style and characters that would very clearly influence my work for years to come, but also its themes - its probably the only show I’ve ever seen to feature a truly genderfluid character, and handles gender identity with such care I’ve NEVER seen in a TV show since. This is a classy show. The animation is always breathtaking, and never skips a beat. Sadly though, due to some conflicts between production studios, the second 13 episode season never went into production, so the series is left on a bit of a cliffhanger. Still, I can not stress enough how this is a show NOT to be looked over. Its more than worth a watch.
The Real Ghostbusters (1986)
The production of this show is kind of a huge roller coaster ride that seasoned Ghostbusters fans have WAY more knowledge of and have covered it in way more detail already than I ever could ( @phelous has some great videos on his youtube channel that are worth a watch) - but it is worth noting that I had to do some slight sleuthing to discover that TMS is YET AGAIN responsible for the animation for the first 5 seasons of this show (with a Korean animation studio doing the last two) - as only DiC is credited with the production almost everywhere you look. But it’s not all that hard to see the CLEAR signs of this show being animated by a Japanese studio. The hybrid style is very prevalent here. Again, this is a show I REALLY enjoyed thoroughly as a kid due to its style and characters. I swear, I think I was just really hard wired to be drawn to TMS’ art style. lol.
These are my favorite examples. TMS is also responsible for some of my other favorite shows growing up such as Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Inspector Gadget (under the DiC label), Ducktales, Rescue Rangers, and Gargoyles (under the Disney label), and Animaniacs (under the WB label). Most of my absolute FAVORITE western TMS productions were done under the Telecom Animation Film label.
Some of my favorite anime productions of all time were done by TMS too, such as Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira (yes, the animated film with the most frames per second of all time and some of the most gorgeous animation ever put on screen), MOST installments of Lupin the 3rd, Tetsujin 28-go, Ashita no Joe, Detective Conan, Space Adventure Cobra, Magic Knight Rayearth, and tons more.
(And trust me, I do understand the underlying negative implications of what it means to outsource animation in asian countries. I of course don’t EVER support the abysmal treatment and underpaying of animators in Japan.)
But I do want to pay my respects to these animators, because whether they know it or not, they created something really wonderful in this process that I admire and am extremely inspired by.
In my opinion, TMS deserves the same amount of respect and notoriety as the likes of studio Ghibli.
So yes, whenever someone sends me an ask “hey, your style reminds me of (insert TMS show here) - and its always these shows they point out, lol - I’m just going to direct them to this post.
I can’t stress enough just how clearly this style has influenced my own. I hope you all can see it now. lol.
Thanks for reading and taking this time to geek out about animation aesthetics with me. ;;; I’d also love to hear about any shows you love/loved as a kid that feature this Japanese > American animation style in the replies to this post!
I started drawing (like characters and scenes from books and fan art - I’ve technically been drawing since I was a kid) when I read the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. All I wanted to do was to draw my favorite characters. Percy Jackson also started my love for books and fantasy in general. This was 7 grade. I was 12.
Skipping to 8 grade. 13 years old. My anime phase. I call it a phase bc it burned bright then died down. Not only did I stop reading books for a few months, but my art style also went to: anime. My art teacher actually told me to get out of the anime; that is wouldn’t do me good as an aspiring illustrator. But I ignored her, thinking I could make my own way without help from better artists.
Summer going into 9 grade, 14 years old (a few months after 8 grade ended) I read The Mortal Instruments series. I read those books in under a month along with The Infernal Devices series. It broke me out of my anime stage. I started to find my own style while drawing the characters. It not only shaped my art, but it brought me back into the world of literature that I didn’t realized I had left behind.
Now. 15 years old. Going into my sophomore year of high school. One year later from reading TMI/TID/TDA. My art has improved. Clary and Jace still mean as much to me now as they did then if not more.
If you would have told me when I was 12 that when I was 15, that The Shadowhunter Chronicles would replace PJO/HOO as my all time favorite series, I would’ve called you a liar. If you would’ve shown me I would be drawing this three years later - I would’ve laughed in your face.
But it’s true. This is real. This is me. My art. My passion. Books do change people. But only if you let them.
Examples: Witch outfits, being around a cauldron, characters attempting spells, riding on broomsticks
Favorite fight scene
Includes romantic and platonic
Also includes favorite friendships/bonds
Favorite episode(s) or arc(s)
What kind of familiar would your favorite character(s) have?
Least favorite character
What would your favorite character(s) look like as demons?
If you or your favorite character(s) had a demon, what would it be?
Can be involving your favorite character(s)
Can be an existing scene within anime/manga
Good vs Evil
Examples: protagonist vs antagonist, favorite character vs least favorite character
Examples: ritual for summoning another character or demon, before bed rituals, forbidden rituals
Examples: fall outfits, fashion based on the season
Examples: character(s) in a dark forest at night, character(s) in a graveyard
What would you or your favorite character(s) carve out of a pumpkin?
You or your favorite character(s) reaction to a scary story
What your chosen scary story would look like with
What would the relic look like?
What would it do?
Your favorite character(s) as ghosts
What would those characters do as ghosts?
How would those characters react to seeing a ghost?
Under the bed
If you or your favorite character(s) had to look under the bed, what would be the most terrifying thing to find under there?
Character(s) reactions to going through a haunted house
Examples: Character(s) being possessive over one another, character(s) being possessed by something otherworldly
If your chosen character(s) got possessed, what would they be made to do by the one possessing them?
Can be a sacrifice made within the anime/manga
Can be a physical or emotional sacrifice
Can be a ritual that includes a sacrifice
What would your character(s) be willing to sacrifice to get something they want in return?
Inktober is one of my favorite times of the year, so here are some prompts to encourage and inspire you all to create something! Please tag GintamaJustaway or SkyChasingDreamerso I can see what you come up with! Best of luck!
what or who are your inspirations? cause when i first saw your "squip enters" animatic it kind of gave me "archie" vibes ^^ not saying that you don't have a unique style! just curious if you have people you look up to
The most huge inspirations I have come from the things I saw as a child.
Like Disney renaissance movies, the little mermaid, the beauty and the beast, Aladdin ecc (The little mermaid is my favorite Disney movie of all time honestly) I love her
Then there are manga and anime obviously. When I was a kid there were lots of cool anime broadcasted in tv and my favorites are the ones that I still like and influence a lot my style. Like Ranma ½ is one of my top favorite manga (and anime just because I love the italian dub actors) I love Rumiko Takahashi’s sense of humor, the body language of the characters is so entertaining, each character is memorable and hilarious.
Then City Hunter for my kinky side because as I said before, I’m a sucker for stupid jokes and sexual innuendos and that manga is hilariously full of all that idiotic stuff and I love it. Plus the drawings are really cool too!
Then Fullmetal Alchemist (duh, Jeremy’s hair rings any bell?) I don’t think I need to show it, if you don’t know it I’ll feel very very old and really really sad.
Then from the modern era there’s a comic book italian artist, Mirka Andolfo (that actually works for dc comics too) She has a mixture of cartoon and american comic style that I love
Then OBVIOUSLY MY FAVORITE COMIC ARTIST OF ALL TIME Alessandro Barbucci, another italian but works mostly for french comics (I don’t know if you’re familiar with W.I.T.C.H. and Monster Allergy, but he’s THAT guy)
I went to a convention I didn’t have the money to go to, just because I found out he was there xDDD That says how much I love his work
There’s a lot more that I like but I guess this are the ones that really influence my style. Sorry for the long post
So this little number has been sitting on my desktop since April 2017 to celebrate the 10th Birthday to my favorite anime of all time.
I’m sure a lot of you are wondering why I’ve chosen such a strange array of characters for this piece… the reason is mainly because since it’s release, Gurren Lagann has been the thing that brought me and my best friends closer together. Each character in this show meant something special to me in some different way because I related them to my friends. So this is an homage to both the show, and my dear friends.
Happy (Much Belated) Birthday, Gurren Lagann!! Keep piercing the heavens!!!
Victor blurted out the question not long after that, no longer able to keep it inside himself. “What do you want me to be to you?”
But Yuuri’s answer was not at all what he expected.
It was, however, the kind of answer he liked. It sparkled in his mind and puzzled him enough to keep him awake that night, pondering the irony while he was sitting alone in his bedroom with the smell of ocean salt and driftwood still clinging to his hair.
“I want you to be yourself,” Yuuri had said in reply.
And wasn’t that just the funniest thing?
This whole time, Victor had been trying to figure out which mask to wear to make Yuuri happy, when all he wanted was for Victor to take it off and show him the real person beneath.
Victor is my favorite YOI character, and you’re about to find out why.
This story is told from his POV and is meant to cover the earlier part of Season One. (To be specific, Episodes 4ish to the end of 7.) It will fill in the scenes we didn’t see in the anime. (Like that day at the beach from the end credits, pair skating practices, falling in love, Victor struggling with his relationship with Yakov, Yuuri’s free skate fitting, and MUCH more.)
While this story can be read entirely on its own, it’s technically a prequel to my other story Winter Song, which covers Episodes 7-12 and beyond. So if you enjoy this two-part, Victor-centric prequel, you can keep reading in Winter Song, which is currently around 120,000 words and will be wrapping up soon.
The title of this fic comes from the song Can’t Help Falling in Love, the significance of which my WS readers will recognize and the rest of you can probably take a good guess. :)
Rules: Are anime’s that were release and finish in 2015 and I actually watch (I can’t watch everything). They can’t be another season, sequel, or prequel, because that is another list that I am making. Also, it my opinion, so write down your thoughts on the list and not about whether or not my decision are terrible.
This was a cute short series about Haruki (the young male protagonist) and his four sisters. This anime shows a sibling relationship. This series is only 3 minutes episodes, but they have cute and funny moments that was fun for me to watch.
This anime had very interesting characters. One of the protagonist is deaf, which is something new for animation in general. Like I never see a deaf character that actually did sign in anime before (not 100% sure about this). The other characters are interesting as well as the story. My only complaint is how it ended and how it is not getting a second season, due to the company who made got bankrupted and this was there last show.. Another company could make it, but I highly doubt that.
8. Kyokai no Rinne
This series is on here only due to nostalgia. This had the same mangaka as Inuyasha and Ranma ½. Since Inuyasha help me start watching anime, I kinda watch anything from Rumiko Takahashi. This series has a really cool concept that I hope gets more explored in the second season that is coming sometime in 2016. Also the character have unusual personalities.
7. Kekkai Sensen
This had a very colorful cast and an unusual story. One of my favorite things was the opening and ending to this anime, both were as colorful as the characters (I thing the internet agree with the ending part). The setting is interesting. It is in New York, but with monsters and humans living together. The story is kind of all over the place though, but it might not bother you so much.
6. Assassination Classroom
This has a fantastic story and cast of characters. The octopus teacher that will destroy the world, unless his middle school students can kill him before the end of the year, is something that is very creative. This anime also focus on individual student or the students as a group to accomplish something. Sometimes its to kill their teacher, while other times its to help each other with problems (both school and themselves). I also can’t wait for the second season which is coming very soon 2016.
5. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
This series is very adorable and romantic. The development of the relationship of the two main characters is real, fast, and well develop more so than other romantic anime I have seen. I hope to see this two keep growing in their relationship as well as other characters in the series. Especially since this is also getting a second season in 2016.
4. Prison School
This was a well animated series with a great story. This anime might not be for everyone, especially those who don’t like violence and nudity. The story is quite engaging as well and funny (also stupid, but in a good way). The characters are diverse and can be very intelligent to solve a problem (sometimes stupid, but not always). I also hope it gets a second season.
3. Ore Monogatari
This is possibly my favorite romantic comedy’s of all time. Also it is not afraid to mix up the whole love story. The characters are what makes this show. The story is of course interesting, but the main character which drove me to watch the next episode each week. The main character being a teenage that looks like an adult with a gorilla like face falling in love with a cute teenage girl that love him back is just so sweet. I also hope for another season for this as well.
2. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
This had a very unique story and characters. Switch bodies with someone by a kiss is something I would not think about, but this show does this and much more in its very own way. Yamada, not only search for the witches, but also helps them with their problems. The story develop from that as well as relationships with characters.
1. One Punch Man
You must be living under a rock if you have never heard about this anime. This one of the must well animated and awesome anime series this year. The action and comedy in this series is one that I probably will remember for the year 2015. I hope this one gets a second season as well, but for know I will wait for the Mob Psycho 100 anime which is the same mangaka as this series.
i started writing this earlier but fell asleep pretty much the second i got home and out of the car! i have to say that i am not very familiar with some of irino-san’s roles outside of todomatsu, sora from KH and haku from spirited away, so some of what i’ve written down has been supplemented by information other fans shared on twitter. if anything i’ve posted here is inaccurate or not a good translation reach out to me so i can correct it.
the panel started with one of the directors of social media services for funimation (i did not write down his name so i just refer to him as “the interviewer” here) briefly introducing miyu irino and discussing some of his more famous VA roles. miyu came out and said hello to everyone in english, which got a huge response from the crowd! he was very humble and said that his english wasn’t good enough to speak publicly. of course, he said that in english and i don’t think anyone in the room thought he had a poor grasp of the english language. he didn’t seem to struggle to find the words he was looking for. also maybe i’m projecting but i thought he sounded like he had a tiny bit of a british inflection to his voice when he spoke in english. for the remainder of the panel he mostly spoke japanese but he would jump back and forth between japanese and english occasionally. the translator that accompanied miyu onstage joked that there was no need for him to be at the panel and with that, we got started.
miyu began acting at the age of 4 in children’s theatre productions. he did not start as a seiyuu but spent some time acting in commercials and television before his breakout role as haku in spirited away in 2000, when he was a junior high school student. his career exploded after spirited away and he credits that movie and miyazaki with really helping his career getting started. miyu mentioned that when he recorded spirited away, the audio recording was done in a theatre with the director/production staff present in the same room as miyu instead of in a traditional recording booth with the production staff separated from miyu by a thick sheet of glass. he said that the recording process for this movie made him nervous because it was very much unlike a standard VA recording session. (at this point i noted that he was being excessively modest about how much english he spoke and that he sounded fluent to me!
at this point the interviewer switched over to talking about one of miyu’s most famous roles, sora in the kingdom hearts series. the crowd cheered wildly and miyu looked out and acknowledged a few KH cosplayers in the room, saying that they looked “lovely” which got the crowd super excited all over again. miyu was asked if he plays video games himself, and he said “of course!” when he was a elementary/middle school student, he would frequently play games for 8 to 12 hours at a time when he was on break from school. he said he enjoyed many different genres of video games and that mario and final fantasy/squenix games were among his favorites. miyu mentioned he had purchased the special edition ps4 with the kingdom hearts theme and was playing KH 2.8, and looked forward to “working hard and playing games” when he went back home to japan.
the interviewer then began talking about miyu’s character in mobile suit gundam, saji crossroad. (in my notes, this is where my handwriting starts to deteriorate as i struggle to keep up with the flow of conversation) his character had a lot of development happen over the 2 series of this anime and miyu said he tried not to read too far ahead of the lines he was currently recording so that his reaction to what his character was about to do or say would be genuine. as the show was airing, he said, the fans’ reaction at first seemed to be that of “do we really need this character in the show?” but a major event near the end of the first season changed his character development and the opinion of some of the fans as well. miyu found the role of saji to be challenging, but said that he was very excited to be part of the gundam franchise because it’s so huge and popular. he joked that he was said he/his character could not pilot a gundam but he was happy that he could be “part of a gundam" since his character’s vehicle attached directly to the gundam body.
discussion turned to haikyuu!! and miyu’s character, koshi sugawara, which got a huge response from the crowd. a few people in the audience held up their itabags for miyu to see. he wanted to know if we as non-japanese fans enjoyed the show and if we thought it was very different from what our junior high experience was like. the general reaction from the crowd was that it was very different from the atmosphere in an american junior high school. he was curious about how the show was received outside of japan but thought that the character he played was relatable because it was a role that could be identified with regardless of what you grew up with - he plays a character that’s vice captain of the basketball team who’s overshadowed by a younger, more talented player and has to struggle to compete with him (tell me if this is inaccurate, i really haven’t watched any of this show!). miyu said that the haikyuu!! manga is ongoing and to please continue supporting the manga if we wished to see more of it animated in the future.
conversation switched over to anohana and his character jintan, which was also very popular with the crowd. miyu saw this role as a great stepping stone for his career and considers it an anime that is enjoyable for people who are not necessarily anime fans. he said his character was a fragile person and that he viewed his character as a human role instead of just a typical anime character. from there he began talking about seraph of the end and yuichiro hyakuya. miyu said that he was surprised non-japanese fans enjoyed this show as much as they did, because it was not a very popular show amongst japanese anime fans. he said he tried to bring the fantasy aspect of his character to the forefront, since the story is from a fantasy manga that runs in shonen jump. the manga for this is still ongoing as well, so please continue to support it if you would like to see more of the anime in the future.
at this point miyu and the interviewer began talking about osomatsu-san and todomatsu, my absolute favorite of irino’s characters. i got the impression that not everyone in the room had seen osomatsu-san, but the people who had watched it were loud and very passionate! when the interviewer initially brought up osomatsu-san, many of those fans started cheering and screaming TOTTY! over and over. miyu was incredibly surprised that osomatsu-san was popular outside of japan at all, since the humor of the show is “incomprehensible” at times and a very japanese style of comedy with lots of gags and wordplay. he said that even in japan, some people don’t understand the humor of the show and he wondered how well it translated to a non-japanese audience. miyu asked that we tell him during the q&a session at the end of the panel what we found humorous about the show and what we as non-japanese speaking fans thought of the jokes that weren’t really translatable into english.
discussion switched to miyu’s roles in your name., garden of words, and a silent voice, which was about to have its US premiere later that day at anime expo. your name. had a very different production process than many of the other projects that miyu has been a part of, in that shinkai had finished the artwork for the movie and recorded temporary audio tracks of himself reading the lines of his characters before the actual voice actors were brought into the studio to record their lines. we were shown the trailer for garden of words, which was unsubtitled. i am still learning japanese but am not fluent enough to accurately describe what was going on in the trailer, but i look forward to learning more about it. we then saw a subtitled trailer for a silent voice. i started tearing up pretty much the second it started playing, which kind of surprised me. i am a fan of the manga and found it very touching and sad at times but i didn’t expect to have such a strong emotional reaction to seeing it animated. i am really looking forward to this movie and i hope that i’ll get a chance to see it in theatres sometime soon. miyu stated that the overarching theme of the movie, aside from the obvious theme of bullying among adolescents is human connection. he said that it a role that required very emotional acting from him, which was challenging. he is proud of his role in a silent voice and hopes that everyone will go see this movie and support it!
the final anime discussed was the upcoming code geass ova. i hate to say it but i was trying to write so fast here that i can’t read my own notes. i’ll upload pictures of what i was trying to write and maybe eventually i can decipher my handwriting.
miyu was asked what kind of characters he likes to play and said that his personal favorite role is sora from kingdom hearts. he has played sora for 15 years and wants to continue playing him in the future. he mentioned that in japan, aside from voice acting, he also participates in theatrical productions and releases cds. miyu asks that we come to japan and see him perform on stage and listen to his cds, and please continue to support him in the future.
at this point we were supposed to be able to ask miyu some questions, but there was only time for 3 people to ask questions (which i didn’t write down because i was trying to get in the question line) before the panel had to end. i was fortunate enough to get an autograph ticket for miyu so when i got my todomatsu book signed, i told him i loved osomatsu-san, i hoped he would return to anime expo next year and to please bring the voice actors for the remaining matsuno brothers with him.
I absolutely love the official artwork for BSD so it took me a long time to decide which piece was my favorite. After a long time of just staring at all the different art I decided that the following piece is my favorite (for now):
Just look at these cuties all dresses for fall! Combine my favorite season with some of my favorite characters and it’s probably going to be my favorite artwork.
Honestly any of these pieces could become my favorite at any time. It’s all just so good.
(Also a note: I don’t own any of the art/gifs/images included in this post. Full credit to the artists at Bones for the artwork)
Tumblr and Twitter are full of Chuuya’s photos today! My heart is more than happy ^_^
As I have said before, my daily wish is for Chuuya to get all the happiness he deserves, be it in canon or in fanfictions, and may it involve Dazai or not. As much as I love Soukoku, I believe it is also good to look at Chuuya in a way that there is more to him than just his relationship with Dazai. He is an amazing and lovable character by himself. I’m looking forward to his own back story in the movie! And OMG, I do hope he gets valuable screen time in Kunikida’s upcoming OVA.
Chuuya absolutely looks good all the time, but these are my favorites:
My Favorite Anime Screenshot
My Favorite Drawing from the Manga
My Favorite Official Art Drawing
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I have seen many people saying how K-On is a cheap anime with no creativity and effort put behind this anime. In this blog I want to try to explain what makes Kyoto Animation so appealing and why this statement is not true.
Kyoto Animation is a popular studio which is known for great animation and their slice of life stories, with their unique character designs and very relaxing atmosphere. The funny thing is that what I just said is something you normally shouldn’t. Let me explain this.
I think we have all seen statements like “The animation from Studio Madhouse is amazing” or “Toei Animation always suck”. The reason why it’s not really fair to say that is because the staff for the most studios are usually changing. You don’t have the same team working on every Madhouse production. You don’t have the same director working on every Toei Animation production. Many animators are freelancer who have their own style and way of drawing. So if you see a scene which is really badly animated, it could be the result of just one or two animators screwing up. So blaming the whole studio is kinda unfair. The same can be said about great animated scenes.