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Aspect ratios are something I’ve often taken for granted when it comes to anime; although I acknowledged them, I didn’t necessarily look into their importance and their impact on the concept of space within film. In this episode, I will be looking into what ‘space’ is in the context of filmmaking and how aspect ratios play a big part in warping our perceptions of certain anime. What is the beauty of the 16:9 aspect ratio in anime films today? What is the purpose of 21:9 if it’s perceived as ‘restrictive’? Is the concept of space in anime under attack? This will all be debated in this session.

Small correction – I refer to 21:9 as ‘2.35:1’ quite a lot in this podcast and although that isn’t necessarily ‘wrong’, 2.35:1 isn’t an anamorphic aspect ratio that is used today (2.39:1 is much more common). So when I say that specific ratio, take it with a grain of salt or just know that I’m referring to anamorphic aspect ratios.


Main Anime Discussed: Your Name (2016), Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018), Spirited Away (2001), Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu-hen, Yozakura Quartet: Tsuki ni Naku (2013).

Key Filmmakers mentioned: Tatsuya Oishi, Akiyuki Shinbou, Hayou Miyazaki, Makoto Shinkai.

THIS EPISODE contains minimal spoilers (only plot details for kizumonogatari, in the 2nd half of the episode)


Kizumonogatari (movie) (Bakemonogatari Wiki)

Aspect Ratios Explained: When To Use The Major Three ( (Article by Noam Kroll – August 04, 2014)

The Best Moment In ‘Spirited Away’ Is A Scene Where Nothing Happens (Insider (Youtube Video))


Mandatory Overtime by Joth

8-Bit Title Screen by Joth

Difference by chasersgaming

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