Lighting in Bakemonogatari Episode 1: A Tribute to VOFAN?

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When Bakemonogatari started, a lot of praise was given to the show’s spectacular background art, not so much because of the detail or style of the backgrounds, but because of the extensive lighting techniques. Some people have commented on the way that Bakemonogatari would not have been possible without modern technology, and many see it as a bridge into the future of what anime will look like. Of course, it being a SHAFT anime, most of the series doesn’t quite live up to the splendor of the first episode, but there’s something I feel the need to point out: I think there’s a good reason that this in particular was the show to use those new techniques on, and that reason was VOFAN.

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Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu is Shin Oonuma's Redemption (Episode 2)

Yes, please.

When people talk about anime made by studio SHAFT, they often toss around the name of it’s chief director, Akiyuki Shinbo. After all, Shinbo’s influence as a director has the biggest effect on the creativity of SHAFT anime, as proven by the fact that his style has largely been retained from his time before going to SHAFT. However, a lot of people give him too much credit, when SHAFT is more like a body with singular goals with him at the head, rather than him dominating the creative influence. Shin Oonuma would have been proof of this. Oonuma is one of the important members of SHAFT, who co-directed Pani Poni Dash, along with other SHAFT anime. Oonuma got his personal directorial debut with 2007’s amazing ef ~a tale of memories~, but somehow, his influence was overshadowed.

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The SoulTaker – Released and Relinquished Part One

Welcome, all, to Released and Relinquished, the panel where we teach you about great shows that actually got released on DVD in America but sold so horribly that the copies still litter the shelves. We have a great variety of shows from different genres and time periods, all of which are still pretty easy to find. There’s no time to waste, so let’s get started with our first show!

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Zen of the Zetsubou Girls 2: Abiru Kobushi

A post in the “Zen of the Zetsubou Girls” series.

Digiboy and Akiyuki Shinbo here, once again, to bring you our thoughts on the Zetsubou girls and what makes them so damn hot! Today we have Abiru Kobushi who, in stark contrast to the last girl, is very easy to find pornographic images of. Abiru appeals to quite a few fetishes, so I look forward to diving into her!

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Zen of the Zetsubou Girls 1: Ai Kaga – Don't F This Up (5)

A post in the “Don’t Fuck This Up” series. In reply to comment number 24, by Owen S.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is a show that stars a fairly large cast of voluptuous young ladies. When I was put to the task of delving into what exactly makes each of these girls so attractive – getting into ‘the bones of my boner’ so to speak – I knew I was facing quite a challenge. First, I knew it would have to be done in a series of posts. And second, I knew it couldn’t be done alone. The reason you see this Itoshiki avatar next to my text is that I’ve enlisted a fellow author to help me in the task of boning the Zetsubou girls! Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to introduce the man himself, the director of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Akiyuki Shinbo!

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11Eyes ep. 1 – For A Minute, I Thought I Was Watching The SoulTaker. Then I Realized I Was Wrong.

The opening minute or so of 11Eyes makes no sense, but will probably be explained somewhere down the line, long after I’ve stopped caring. It’s a scene from the protagonist’s past wherein his ‘big sis’ (not by blood) evidently killed herself – that’s about how much we learn by the end of the episode. The imagery, however, is unexplainable as of yet except by one train of logic – this show thinks it’s The SoulTaker.

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