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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shaft Inc.

But wait there's more!

The logo of Shaft Inc.
To those that may have been expecting a non-anime post, please accept my sincere apologies as today is no different.

I'd like to introduce today, Shaft. An animation studio that has either done the animation for many series or at least had their hands deep in others.

The main ones I want to bring up are: Sayonara Zetusubou Sensei (Finished the first series) and Bakemonotargai (I'm currently on episode 10).

If you've read some of my anime related posts, you know that animation quality is a huge factor for me when watching anime and material done by Shaft never disappoints, but aside from quality is their style.

The most prominent feature is that Shaft may use "real life" images for effect such as someone's face or body part. You can see this below, which is a screencap from Bakemonogatari.

The use of "RL"
Another technique they use is written words/kanji. Sometimes it is used in conjuncture with images or it is simply written out as is. Screenshot is from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.

Kanji used in conjuncture with other images

Another method, although common within many anime series is references to animes or known products.
Another screenshot from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.
Haruhi referenced in the top right.
The last thing, although I don't have pics for it is the opening sequences of Bakemonogatari. For many shows (not just anime) you'll hear a theme song and a sequence of pictures or video clips that go along with it and for most series, the song and clips only change once or twice. But for Bakemonogatari, these things change for every story arc. The opening sequence will be directly related to the main character of the arc the anime is currently focusing on.

So for that, I applaud Shaft for their quality and effort of animation.

I do not own or take credit for all of the above images, if you would like them to be taken down, please message me.

 Any animes done by Shaft you enjoy? What cool techniques have you seen done in animes or tv series?


Alice said...

My most favorites from Shaft are Hidamari Sketch and recently Madoka.

Shaw said...

My Shaft favorites are Bakemonogatari, Dance in the Vampire Bund, and Arakawa Under the Bridge.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei!

Timothy Bowen said...

I haven't seen any of these, but they all look really cool.

Kid Shuffle said...

quite cool :)

Kenneth Tso said...

they really put a lotta effort into their anime!

Sylar said...

nice post :P

DWei said...

Zetsubou Sensei is easily one of my most favorite animes out there. Loved it.

Electric Addict said...

love to see great quality :)

ThingsYouWant said...

You can really tell that they put a LOT of time into their work... When it shows, it really shows! :D

nowaysj said...

I would like them taken down

haha, jokes, sorry, just kidding!

My 2 Pesos said...

Haven't seen any, but seem interesting. :D

A said...

Wow. I don't know that I've ever seen that use of real life images in anime before, actually.

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