Photography and resolution of anime

A couple years ago, I wrote a piece talking about the Anibin blog and how the author measured resolution of anime by using the television broadcast. Later on, I noticed that the methods used to judge the productions from Kyoto Animation was a bit suspect. Simultaneously, I started to notice the photography of shows a lot more, especially on the Blu-ray versions of the show. I’ve seen many people quote that KyoAni produces at 955.5p for main feature and full HD for openings and endings. I accepted it initially as I trusted Anibin as a source, but later I started to question that as the logic behind producing something like that didn’t add up. The following is a brief overview of the photography of anime and how that affects Anibin’s resolution guesses. Continue reading

Free! and the future of KyoAni productions

On April 26, 2013 Kyoto Animation announced their 17th self-produced animation production entitled FREE!, a series about a group of friends re-uniting in their passion for swimming after going their separate ways following a victory in the elementary school nationals. What really got people in an uproar was the fact that all the main characters in this series were male and a previous advertisement involving these characters was very focused around their appeal towards female viewers. Of course this caused certain fans to be upset, things have been said, etc. I’m not going to focus on that (it’s been covered already). Nor am I going to focus on what mistakes have been made in covering this series (again, already covered). What I want to focus on is the impact FREE! has in future productions by Kyoto Animation that’s been heavily ignored by most fans, production and revenue (and no, not focusing towards a different audience).

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Chuunibyou episode 12 KyoAni Comments

And so we come to the end of our journey. Episode 12 has come and Yuuta/Rikka have gotten together and accepted their chuunibyou past. Personally I thought it was a lovely episode, though the series composition for the anime could have been better (as you’ll hear much about in a future post). For the meanwhile, let’s take a look as to what the staff for episode 12 put on the website. Continue reading

Chuunibyou episode 5 KyoAni comments

That was an amazing episode of Chuunibyou. I can’t put into words how much I enjoyed seeing the start of Yuuta and Rikka’s relationship. It was so lovely and yet so natural at the same time. Having said that, let’s see what the employees of Kyoto Animation (mostly their sister studio Animation DO) have to save about this wonderful episode. Continue reading

Chuunibyou episode 4 KyoAni comments

As it is now a weekly occurance, I have finished translating the bonus material on the Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! website to let international fans enjoy the extra materials Kyoto Animation uploaded for each episode. After a revealing 4th episode, what would the staff at KyoAni (well, their sister studio Animation DO) think about this episode? Continue reading