Tag: anime

The future of animation

I can’t not wonder how the Japanese anime industry is going to change in the years to come. I look at the Animator Expo videos, and half of them are basically full CGI. Sometimes it takes minutes to finally get a giveaway hint that it’s not hand-drawn animation. High-polygon models, refined cell-shading, and good direction can disguise CGI really well.

Needless to say, CGI allows much smoother animation much cheaper, since you don’t need people to draw each and every tween, nor worry about the number of tween frames (tweeners are paid by frames drawn usually). People argue that hand-drawn animation still looks better, but how long is that going to hold true?

That English in your anime

Who knows where it comes from? I don’t know about the industry average, but I don’t think that there would be much variety in this matter. That is: if there is something important and clearly visible in English, then there is a high chance it will get outsourced to native translators – it’s another issue that said translators don’t necessarily put in an effort, and the Japanese staff first of all don’t know enough English to realize that, and secondly even if there is someone to point out derps, production-side people don’t really have a say in the matter.

To start anime

Honestly, I don’t remember what was the first anime I watched. Classics like Digimon, Dragon Ball, Case Closed and Sailor Moon were on German channels when I was in elementary school. Digimon got me all right, I still remember all the “öffne dich, Tor zur Digiwelt!” cries (and later ran a Digimon fansite for years). That formed a foundation. I guess if I had to I could say Digimon is what got me hooked.

Digimon new adventure

Last night one of the trends on Japanese Twitter caught my eye: a new series of Digimon! After a short investigation, I found the source of the uproar, a video from the Toei Youtube channel. That in turn led me to the official site of the new project.


My Japanese vocabulary is painfully lacking when it comes to vulgarities. It’s true that in everyday life, Japanese swear very little, and even most of what would be considered swearing if translated to English is considered just barely worse than normal.

Berg Katze

It’s really hard to write about the CROWDS finale without spoilers. I tried, but that just wasn’t enough to blow the steam off. Consider this a spoiler alert.


Gatchaman Crowds

My senpai at work noticed me let me borrow his Gatchaman Crowds BD box, so I finally got to see the final episode’s director’s cut version in its full beauty.





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Legality and popularity

Let’s consider there’s an online outlet for anime – a streaming site, a fansub group or something along those lines. Let’s say that this outlet is insanely popular, and even catches the attention of the creators of the anime. Who, in some sudden urge of generosity, instead of sending a DMCA takedown notice or bringing on some costy lawsuit, offer to make the online releases official even. However, as soon as the service becomes official, its popularity vanishes in a puff. Why could that be? (In a more general sense: why do illegal services lose their popularity once they become legal/official?)