I doubt this. Why else would shaft shows be littered with ugly and off model drawings?
Answer: Because Shinbo don't care. Shinbo is well-known for leaving some of the bad drawings intentionally out which actually makes the screens better or create some issues around the internet. Since you are discussing about it, some of Shinbo's intention seems to be quite successful.
---- He doesn't direct and still gets his name in the credits?
I find that admirable. Hell I envy him.
Answer: You shouldn't envy him, since he is one of the busiest director ever in existence. He is indeed director, but if you are thinking that drawing conti or screen-play is the only work of direction, there is some huge mistake there.
Beside, most of the directors (with some exceptions like Yamauchi shit) 'truly' directs the only first episode. After that, other staffs basically 'copies' that first episode direction throughout. Obviously, Shaft can't really need that since their direction is all over the place anyway.
---- >So, one of the most told animation studio is probably Kyoto Animation, Shaft, P.A. Works and GAINAX.
Stop reading that shit there
Answer: I'm really curious, since everyone always bitch about this statement everywhere, yet I can't find anything wrong with it. If you say 'YOU FORGOT JC-STAFF MADHOUSE SUNRISE MIYAZAKI TOTOTOTRO!!!', then I just have to giggle again.
---- Experienced Shinbo fans can detect his style, apparently.
Bakemonogatari was indeed directed entirely by him.
Answer: Not just Shaft, but none of the anime is directed entirely by one person. There are only a few exceptions, like Cencoroll etc.
---- Does Shinbo direct anything himself then?
Answer: Every Shaft production is directed by Shinbo, of course. It's just position of 'series director' that makes Shinbo's work much less. However, I can't deny that Shinbo's name value is one of the major reason. (According to the poll in Dengeki-online, Shinbo is the second most favourite animation director for media mix.
---- Minor, almost inconsequential fixes are done by practically every studio in the industry, so you shouldn't make it sound like Shinbo is doing anything special.
The shitty animation in shaft shows is mostly due to poor time management and lack of skilled animators to fix these issues, since most of their stuff is outsourced to begin with.
Answer: Shaft basically 'RE-MAKES' the entire animation in DVD/BD version. It's not just simple fixing.
Poor time management is very true; Shaft is the studio with the worst scheduling capability. In case of Bakemonogatari, they were doing key animations and colouring 'A DAY BEFORE' its airing. However, 'lack of skilled animator' is obviously not the case.
---- If I'm wrong, I apologize. I just remember one discussion wherein one Anon said Yuasa did GL's episode 4.
Answer: Yep you are wrong. It's other guy from Gainax, who got sacked after that incident, with few other staffs who were going 'lol rage' to otakus on the INTERNET.
This episode just revealed something that a lot of people were somewhat already expecting, but its impact was off-limit.
Seriously, those directions. Shinbo and Shaft is going all out. Urobuchi removed his limiter and going endless zetsubou roller-coaster ride. Being 12 episodes, pacing is incredibly fast, but amazingly suitable for creating for creating anticipation, horror and satisfaction. This animation is destined success.
'Bento' by Asaura, about a boy-suddenly-falls-into-the-battle cliche type light novel with girls fighting over lunch box selling in half price, is getting animation. I wonder which staffs will do this...
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Spring 2011 data base will... come once I finish it... >_>
According to 2ch, a lot of markets are already suffering (or smiling) from Madoka's ending singles by Kalafina, 'Magia', being sold furiously. Around Akihabara, already tons to places are getting out-of-stock, regardless of limited or normal edition.
Sooooo, being loyal Shaftard, I will start collecting any questions/flaming/shits/craps/shock and awe/needless bablings/fanboy+hater comments about Shaft and their staffs+works. Just add comments in this post if you have anything specifically interested about how Shaft studio etc. works, beliefs, aims and stuffs. Also, I will also accept some other questions related to animation studios, but the answer is most likely to become limited.
Author of Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, Ishiguro Magikatsu, expressed his high oppose towards Ishihara's TAF and Tokyo Teenage Youth Bill. TBS decided to join TAF for an indirect purpose, and once even listed his anime work with Yumekui Merry. He was disgusted by it, and when he later found it out, he immediately protested TBS about it.
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Only one who needs to contract with Kyuube is Ishihara.
- Logo is re-newed as Japanese Kanji version.
- The list of works now includes until Madoka Magica.
- Shaft is currently recruiting more animators (Key drawings + Animation/Video department) and producers. This recruit is a bit different from last last years emergency call for Bakemonogatari and Zan SZS. It's more like they are really becoming a 'big' company now.
MB = Misconception Breaker MB = Initial of current Korean president who is crazy as Kim Jung Ill.
During my surfing through 4chan and other various forums, it seems there are few fans/anti-fans who have some misconceptions about 'studio Shaft'. Thus, I'm trying to break it via presenting some of the major quotes by staffs from Shaft or those who are involved with, so that I can again provide better understanding on what their mindset really is.
Shinbo (asked how does he discuss with the direction staffs of shaft): After checking conti, if I just say "You know what I mean?' and give it to them, they know what they should do.
Only work with that impression (of having great public favour) was bakemonogatari.
(asked to state the reason for bakemonogatari's success) ....It's all coincidence. I can unwillingly say that horoscopes agreed. My style and novel was well-matching and the novel itself was also matching with the era's demand.
Q: There are people who call [Shinbo Direction] and think you are making animation arbitrarily. Shinbo Akiyuki: It cannot be helped even if it looks like it. To put it in an extreme way, Me, 'Shaft' and our works never once evaluated positively.
Q: It seems that you think of your animation as 'merchandise' than 'work'
Shinbo: at first stance it is 'work', but I think 'work' and 'merchandise' is the same thing.
Q: In the public, they are curious why you are directing so many animations at once.
Shinbo: It's all thanks to our staffs who are working enormously hard. (laugh)
Shinbo: All staffs who remain in Shaft are the staffs who has congenial attitude. Even if it is in production stage, they already have a feeling that 'director will definitely retake this conti again'.
Shinbo: I remember that I ordered Watanabe Akio to draw Hanekawa's panty even more precisely. (laugh)
Q: Are you saying that panty shot was a plausible scene?
Shinbo: Of course it is. Because, we will be happier if animation starts with panty shot than just ordinary opening right?
Shinbo: The reason that I need to contact a lot with original creator is to make animation that even original fans can watch. There is no meaning if I make animation that producer wants. If original one is selling 50000, first we need to think how to satisfy that 50000 fans. We also must include the elements that can bring first-timer fans. If we can't do that, there's no meaning of making that animation.
*from animage original vol.7
* Interview article of 'team shinbo'
Q: Do you guys watch the response of the viewers from the internet?
Oonuma Shin: Very often.
Oishi Tatsuya: I even read ongoing threads at the time of the broadcasting.
Oonuma: Before it was a knotty problem, but since I did 'neko mimi mode' in 'Moon Phrase' so I went to see its response which was quite funny, so I'm still reading those. However, Pani Poni Dash's start was 90% anti posts.
Oishi: The first episode was even worse.
Oonuma: It was completely shredded. (laugh)
Shinbo: I didn't read any of them, I just asked Oonuma-san 'how was it?'. (laugh)
Shinbo: I always leave some attachment to work, so if it is something that can be edited regardless of time, I have strong thought of wanting to fix it. I don't want to leave it roughly.
Oishi: There are still things left that can be milked from pani poni dash.
Oonuma: Yep, it was intentionally left.
Shinbo: If I can work on it, I want to do it anytime available...
"Shinbo is very strict. Usually, he grins a lot and walks swinging his arms in light mood, but when it comes to work, he changes entirely. Even his voice tone is different. Not only that, he is checking every single works by 'himself'. Even though he never appears in a staff role, he checks contis, layouts, after-recordings, series compositions with amazing speed. He also has very strong belief over his works." - Newbie staff of Shaft
Urobuchi: I was very surprised on how everything goes very smoothly and in harmony. It was so liberal, that I had to say 'is it really ok to do whatever I want?'
Aoki: With the feeling of "emm, I think it will be ok with this", there was no such modifications on overall course. There weren't even much ofminor corrections. So, as checking props and settings, they advanced minor adjustment in order to make animation notable during the transformation scene.
Aoki: the image that I have on Shaft is "student who isn't honour-student, but very famous". Including Shinbo, all staffs in Shaft aren't really a genius but still has an image of having some kind of genius-like talents, and also have some sense, so even though they didn't change a lot in "Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica", they are showing their image more distinctively than they did before.
From the new type megasine interview on Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica;
Urobuchi: When I heard [We don't know what image we will get], I was also very anticipated. Shinbo does not care about the length of script or the number of scenes. I have been thinking arbitrarily that animation is [Creating theme and script calculating back from the completed image], but you cannot do this reverse operation for SHAFT's production method. It's like stage play; they add fleshes to their work with improvised ad-libs time to time.