Thursday, 17 December 2015

Top 10 Favourite Cuts (Animated Sequences) of 2015

Well that certainly was quite a year for anime. Continuing on from how good 2014 was, 2015 was yet another good year with lots of shows to enjoy. Plenty got ridiculously popular. Yutaka Nakamura had a particularly noteworthy year producing some of the best work of his career and that's saying something since his work is always exceptional. On the movie front we got a meh Psycho Pass movie that at least was a decent action movie rather that total shit like season 2. Miss Hokusai came out, Studio Wit didn't completely screw up with Seraph of the End. Ufotable shit the bed on God Eater and i laughed for days. A lot went on this year but overall for me this year i probably watched a lot less anime than i did last year. Mostly down to personal preference as there were less shows i could really get into but the ones that were there for me entertained me to no end. My favourite anime of the year is a four way tie between Shirobako, Seven Deadly Sins, One-Punch Man and Ushio and Tora. Ushio and Tora specifically started a bit slow but i've grown to really love it despite the fact it hasn't been giving me much sakuga to sustain me. The good scenes we have gotten were by Yoshihiro Kanno and Kanno is whats keeping that show afloat with his episodes as animation supervisor being the best by far. Now like last year, the 3 simple rules i set for myself are as follows:
  • I have to have watched the show (no just seeing a cool clip on sakugabooru, i have to have watched a good amount of the thing).
  • The show must have aired this year (only episodes of a continuing show that aired this year count).
  • One sequence per show.
Warning before we continue as usual, there will be spoilers for many shows including but not limited to Seven Deadly Sins, One-Punch Man, Shirobako and more. Now without further adieu.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Fairy Tail Animation Analysis Part 2: The adventures of Toshiharu Murata and Sachiko Ohashi

The last time i wrote about the animation in Fairy Tail was around the start of the current series and in that i mostly shat on it for being ridiculously inconsistent (even more so than the first series). As I'm writing this post I'm in a much less irritable mood. I'm back on the Fairy Tail bandwagon after a while of just being sick of Mashima stalling for time with boring arcs. At the start of the Tartaros arc is where the series really hits its stride and gets back to what i loved about the earlier arcs and as i'm enjoying the new episodes i've had some time to look back at the old show and do a bit more research into the people that made that show look good when it did. I already made a sakuga MAD of the old show but as it pertains to this post the most appropriate video accompaniment would be this.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Vixen (Miniseries) Review

As a fan of Warner Bros Animation's DC Comics related output you can probably imagine how excited i was when they announced that they'd be producing a series focusing on one of the more memorable characters from their much praised series Justice League Unlimited. Having never read up much on her origins i figured this would be an educational watch in that regard. With some of the writing staff from The CW's cape shows on board and it being announced that it would officially be set in that same universe, me watching this show was pretty much a foregone conclusion. I did have misgivings however, such as the fact that it would only be six episodes at around 5 minutes each. As a test run i concluded it was better than nothing so i waited eagerly for it to premiere. Now that its concluded its run i thought i'd share my thoughts on the series.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Reviews of Nanatsu no Taizai, Shirobako and Parasyte

With the winter season firmly in everyones memories and my blog going unloved for the past few months i thought i'd share my thoughts on some of the shows i followed that recently finished. Lets start with Nanatsu no Taizai.

Nanatsu no Taizai

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Animator Spotlight: Toshiharu Sugie

I briefly touched upon my thoughts on Toshiharu Sugie in my Fairy Tail Animation Analysis a while back but now that i've had a lot of time to analyse his style i feel it's time i extrapolated upon my opinion of him. To start off here is the first of the series of sakuga MAD's i made of his work.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

DC Animated Movie Reviews Part 1: Telecom Animation Film

WB Animation have  been consistently putting out a lot of entertaining cartoons and movies for a while now. Their adaptations of DC Comics properties in particular have been some of their best efforts with their latest classic being Batman: Assault on Arkham (a.k.a. a pretty fantastic Suicide Squad movie that just happens to feature Batman). Not all their projects have been up to par but for the most part they have been enjoyable. Now looking at the series of animated features they've been producing for several years at this point (starting with Superman: Doomsday), one would wonder how there can be such a difference in quality from Justice League: War to Son of Batman. The credits of these movies will reveal to any intrepid fan that to put out the number of movies they do a year it only makes sense that they would outsource to multiple different studios. Therein lies my interest. Each studio has a different style with my favourite at the moment being Moi Animation who (mostly) never disappoint. They however aren't the only good studio WB Animation has at their disposal. More after the customary video.