Fall 2022 Anime Is (Almost) Here | GITM Podcast Ep. 116

On this episode I'm taking a bit of a break from the usual essay-style content to take a look at all the amazing anime coming out this Autumn / Fall! With so many shows coming out, let's take a look at what this season has to offer as well as the promising artists who are … Continue reading Fall 2022 Anime Is (Almost) Here | GITM Podcast Ep. 116

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