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The underrated craft of designing anime openings.

It’s also Art. Why shouldn’t it be?
Anime openings, or rather TV openings in general, are usually neglected by both viewers and producers.
What’s the point of an opening? Some people will just use it as extra time to quickly grab a snack before the episode starts or check their Facebook and Twitter feeds. If you’re fast enough, maybe you can even try your luck with the bathroom.
It’s always the same thing, with the same names, same faces, same scenes. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen it all.

From production to launch date, OPs will usually stay on the bottom of the “to do list” or even get outsourced to a different staff since everyone from the main crew would be busy polishing up the premier/pilot episode and checking series continuity/composition. There’s no need to make it awesome, you won’t be telling your story through it anyway. It’s just an eye-catch and obligatory “see, this person made this” credit list.
On top of that, it’s a tricky business.
Do you hire a good musician to perform or just add some synthesized “music” and call it a day? Maybe you could try something more deviant? …but then the audience backslash could be troublesome.
Either way, if your OP turns out to be shit, you can always remove it from the pilot episode or simply delay it, adding a nice and exciting intro/prologue before.

There’s no point wasting money and energy on something like this.
Hm.
r-right?

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[Spice & Wolf] Lawrence’s finances (anime ver.)

Here’s an interesting post –damn, I’m using the word interesting quite too often recently-
Ehh… Here’s an curious post that I put together back when I still used the defunct MyAnimeList “Blog” function. I was rewatching the anime series of Spice & Wolf and decided to write down all the numbers they mentioned.
I’m making sure to give especial note to the fact this is anime only data because (for better or worse) Hasekura-sensei, in many occasions, didn’t bother making note of them in the novels. This leads to a contradictory amount of coins/profit at the end on the anime and its respective novel counterpart.
Still, it’s an interesting cash flow and I had lots of fun making it.

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Shinkai is losing his magic.

As we wait for any news on his upcoming movie in the end of 2015, I revisit once again 5cm/s and grumble about his storyline choices.

Makoto Shinkai is my favorite director from the current industry: known fact.
5cm/s is one of my favorite stories ever: known fact.
If I were on a romantic relationship with this guy, this is the time I’d ask for him to take a seat over there and have a serious talk.

He had something that made me fall in love with …HIS WORK, and I believe he’s somehow losing it after his two recent premiers.
I’ve followed his career ever since he started with indie production “Kakomareta Sekai”, so I’m sure there are others who feel the same way.
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The Mandatory Newbie Anime Pack

[OLD CHART! Still working on the updated version]

~The Mandatory Newbie Anime Pack~

Few considerations about it…

1- Series are in decrescent order of importance.
Yes, it means I consider the first ones to be the best.
    ┗[1.1] Exception to the item above: Romance and Psychological.
In both, all series are great.

2- Last row reserved for recent series, doesn’t necessarily means it’s worse then the older ones.
3- Series that have more then one strong genre are tagged under the one that stands out.
4- I added the “Deviant” label for series that excel in any genre. TV Series/Movies/OVAs/AMVs, hidden gems and above-average.
    ┗[4.1] Dokuro-chan is an exception. It’s there for its mediocrity.
“It’s so bad that it’s good”.

5- Series with more then 100+ episodes demand a lot of commitment, only watch if you’re sure about it.
6- There is no separated column for SpaceOpera neither Sci-fi. Series from these genres are mixed inside Psy, Mystery, Mecha and Adventure.
7- Most of the series listed here have some sort of sequel/side-story that is worth watching as well.
    ┗[7.1] Haruhi’s Endless Eight (2nd season) is an exception to n. 7
    ┗[7.2] FMP? Fumofuu! is already a spin-off from FMP. Both are in the chart.

8- If you consider yourself as a Drama/Romance fan and haven’t watched Clannad/Kanon/Air yet… Do it now.
9- Most of the Slice-Of-Life are “Cute girls, doing cute things, in a cute way”.
    ┗[9.1] Bartender, Kannagi, GTO and Haruhi are exceptions.
    ┗[9.2] Yes, K-ON! is not here.
Instead I added TariTari, another highschool music oriented story.

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Why Clannad’s [After Story] final arc is one of the most clever narratives of emotional storytelling.

クラナド アフターストーリー
WARNING> Contain heavy spoilers.

From all kinds of authors and stories out in the wild, some of them are what we label as “drama” and others “romance”.
This kind of stories usually carries a message, be it a life lesson, a tale of fortune/misfortune or even some kind of warning or criticize. Their goal is to make you, the viewer, to basically… FEEL.
However, some dramas do invoke feelings on you, but these feelings end up limited to things like “oh, that was sad” or “jeez, what a horrible person”. Apocalypse Now, for example, is impossible to watch and don’t have that sad feeling of “man, what a fucked up thing war is”.
Furthermore, there’s a kind of story that we could label as “drama/romance”. These are often called “EMOTIONAL” stories.
You’ll either love it or hate it. But if you hate it, it’s a sign that it also fulfilled its objective.
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