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Heike Monogatari kind of came out of nowhere and already there’s so much to unpack from a visual perspective. In this episode, I attempt to break down this anime’s approach to visual storytelling by going through the work of the various storyboard aritsts & episodes directors that featured on Episodes 1-4. How does it’s approach fit with the epic’s themes? How does Naoko Yamada’s style as a director influence the anime’s aesthetic? All this and more on this week’s edition of Get In The Mecha.

this episode contains spoilers for heike monogatari (e1-4):

Creatives Mentioned In This Episode: Naoko Yamada – Ai Yukimura – Shuntarou TozawaChina

Anime Mentioned In This Episode: Heike Monogatari, A Silent Voice, Just Call It Love (Music Video), Fire Force S2

Timestamps (Audio Version):

0:00 – Intro

1:18 – Context

3:31 – The Yamada Style

9:34 – The Ai Yukimura Episode

12:26 – Shuntarou Tozawa’s Direction

16:32 – The China Episode

20:27 – Learning From This Anime

25:02– Outro + Music Credits

Music In This Episode:

Synth Wave by Alex by Alex McCulloch

Mandatory Overtime by Joth

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