Drifting Through The Memories of Yesterday – How Keiichiro Saito Explores Identity & Nostalgia In ‘Tomoshibi Serenade’

Quite a lot has changed for animator and director Keiichiro Saito since the last time I covered their work.  The biggest development that occurred during this time was the recent announcement that they were heading the upcoming TV anime series Bocchi The Rock at animation studio CloverWorks.  However, I wish to concentrate on continuities rather … Continue reading Drifting Through The Memories of Yesterday – How Keiichiro Saito Explores Identity & Nostalgia In ‘Tomoshibi Serenade’

Bringing Letterboxes To Life: Toshimasa Ishii, Tomohiko Ito & Eighty-Six Episode Twenty-Two’s Use Of The 21:9 Aspect Ratio

My experience with 86 (Eighty-Six) was pretty varied.  After offering a strong eleven-episode package for the first cour, my expectations for the anime’s second half were quite high. Unfortunately, they were not met in their entirety but that does not dismiss the fact that there were some rather memorable moments during the second half.  The … Continue reading Bringing Letterboxes To Life: Toshimasa Ishii, Tomohiko Ito & Eighty-Six Episode Twenty-Two’s Use Of The 21:9 Aspect Ratio

The Talking Dog’s Tale – Exploring Sonny Boy 08 & Keiichiro Saito’s Direction

After watching Keiichiro Saito's first storyboarded episode of Sonny Boy (Episode Three, 'The Cat Who Wore Sandals'), my expectations for this series had already been surpassed. From the excellent shift in lighting, made complete by debut animation director Nobuhide Kariya, to his use of several visceral close-ups, Saitō had already made his mark on this … Continue reading The Talking Dog’s Tale – Exploring Sonny Boy 08 & Keiichiro Saito’s Direction

Wonder Egg Priority: Character-Acting, Understanding Emotions & Being Human

Wonder Egg Priority (2021) has already received a lot of praise in multiple areas, from its incredible staff lineup to its intriguing narrative - I would think that this is the sort of positive reception that almost any team would ask for. This is an anime I also feel quite passionate about too, so I thought … Continue reading Wonder Egg Priority: Character-Acting, Understanding Emotions & Being Human

4:3 in Anime – The Aspect Ratio Gaining Significance With Time

Aspect Ratios are something I think about constantly, mostly because they are a component of film that simply are not thought about enough (and I tend to be a bit of a contrarian).  Within some of my previous content, I have thought about what makes the 2.35:1 cinematic aspect ratio transformative for our understanding of … Continue reading 4:3 in Anime – The Aspect Ratio Gaining Significance With Time