Weekly Post #2- Akira & The Principles Of Animation

Post #2 in a 5 part blog series, uploaded every week (previously every 2 days), where I:

  • Share 3 Songs
  • Write a short article about animation or the animation community
  • Ask 3 questions
  • Share 5 images
  • Share 5 sakuga clips

I’ve realised a few things since Sunday. For one, bi-daily doesn’t mean what I thought it meant. It means twice a day, not once every 2 days. But it sounds right so I’ll keep the name lol. Also the number of clips/songs/images I share is a rough number, I’ll add more on some days.

The article today is long, well over the limit I gave myself. It has a pretty in depth analysis of a sequence in Akira and a discussion about how relevant the 12 principles of animation are when analysing great animation.


3 Songs

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How to Make a Sakuga MAD

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Sakuga MADs are animation highlight reels, made to collect, celebrate and appreciate the work of animators. There can also be craft put into the making of these MADs themselves as they can give the viewer a way to experience animation they may have seen many times before in a new light. Good MADs highlight the effort that goes into animation and can make you look at a body of work in a different light.

I thought it could be interesting to talk about how I make my videos, some editing techniques that are common in Sakuga MADs and what, I think, makes a good Sakuga MAD.

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Your Name Analysis


Last Updated 16/06/2020


“Good animators can make a good story a knockout. There is not much that the best animators can do with bad stories”- Walt Disney

Anime has the potential to give us unique experiences. Japan’s animation industry is filled with culture and perspectives that are missing from Western films. However, this culture is too often used as fancy dress on familiar archetypes. Many popular anime tropes simply show or sometimes celebrate ugly sides of human nature as opposed to exploring them. This is part of what makes anime directors like Hayao Miyazaki or Mamoru Hosoda good. Their films are full of rich meaning and they often subvert and scrutinise harmful anime tropes. This context makes Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name disappointing. Shinkai’s film is technically excellent but severely lacking in meaning and humanity. Pretty visuals are its key focus and are meant to distract from its hollowness. It’s not an awful film, but it’s not a very good one.

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