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’

Heike Monogatari Episode 9 – A Visual Masterclass | GITM Podcast Ep. 107

I couldn't stop thinking about the anime Heike Monogatari so I decided to make another episode on it - this time, I'm focusing on Episode 9, storyboarded and directed by the amazing Ryouhei Takeshita. This week, I try my best to go into depth on what I think makes this episode a standout one in … Continue reading Heike Monogatari Episode 9 – A Visual Masterclass | GITM Podcast Ep. 107

Heike Monogatari’s Approach To Visual Storytelling | GITM Podcast Ep. 105

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 … Continue reading Heike Monogatari’s Approach To Visual Storytelling | GITM Podcast Ep. 105

When Animation Direction Changes Everything (In Anime) | GITM Podcast Ep. 103

In anime, animation direction is incredibly important - it has the ability to change our entire understanding of an episode and can help convey the ideas that the creatives are attempting to convey. In this week's episode, I take a closer look at how this can really affect out experience as viewers and what we … Continue reading When Animation Direction Changes Everything (In Anime) | GITM Podcast Ep. 103

Sonny Boy – Episode 8’s Incredible Direction | GITM Podcast Ep. 102

Sonny Boy has blown me away countless times and the eighth episode of the anime storyboarded by Keiichirō Saitō honestly took it to another level. In this week's episode I want to break down my thoughts on the way this episode was directed and get to the bottom of why it's so effective at making … Continue reading Sonny Boy – Episode 8’s Incredible Direction | GITM Podcast Ep. 102

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