Tag: SHAFT

Vampire lolitas and Shinbo Akiyuki together once more!

Okay guys, a long time ago before Shinbo made that Zetsubou Sensei show everyone who speaks English knows him for, when he first joined SHAFT they put their heads together like a merry band of brothers and made Tsukuyomi -MOONPHASE-. For those who haven’t seen it, Tsukuyomi -MOONPHASE- is...

Formula for Despair

When the first installment Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei aired around two years ago, it impressed me with just how artistically and skilfully it presented dark, sarcastic humour. The second series, Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, set the bar a bit higher by speeding up the pacing and cranking up the insanity,...

I need a cool drink each time I watch Natsu no Arashi

Natsu no Arashi is, in some ways, quite interesting. To the normal layman anime fan, it may seem somewhat standard fare, but what one has to realize is that Natsu no Arashi is the first show both illustrious studio SHAFT and daring director Shinbo Akiyuki have worked on that...

The Guns of SHAFT (1961)

Monday, May 4th. 11:30. First day of Golden Week. Generally establishments are closed during this series of holidays, so as a precaution I ring up SHAFT’s “Filming and Digital Division.” After just one ring, a man answers. “Yes, this is SHAFT.” His voice is heavy with fatigue–as if he...

Look out! It’s the Bakemonogatari trailer!

As a fan of director Shinbo Akiyuki and studio SHAFT, I tend to look forward to programs they’re slated to produce with some degree of excitement. However, I’ve grown a little disheartened with the combo as of late–ever since Tsukuyomi -MOON PHASE- this dynamic duo has done nothing but...

Goku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei: ffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

It was yesterday when kransom shot me a most curious message. The message was composed of two parts– one being a youtube link, and the other being a bit of commentary regarding said link. His thoughts on the link were short, to the point and read simply as “fffffffffffffff.”...

ハッピー☆マテリアル リターン

For some reason, a lot of current OVAs don’t have good openings. All attention is put on making the show proper, so openings just tend to be an afterthought. What you usually see is just reused footage from the show matched to a song, or sometimes there simply won’t...