One of the most recognizable studios in the anime industry, mostly due to a certain man named Akiyuki Shinbo. Like KyoAni, I loved Shaft back in the day. I liked how they tried to cover up their low budget with stills and camera shifts. It’s like how Hideaki Anno covered up his low budget regarding Kare Kano and Evangelion by utilizing sketches and still frames with a huge amount of atmosphere. Whilst you can definitely see the cheapness, it was much more preferable to talking heads and at least the director is trying, which is something that isn’t as common as you may think. I also like how more studios are being influenced by that style, although I’m not so much of a fan of how they don’t quite “get” it.
Problem? Well first off, I got used to their style and now pay more attention to the actual writing, which quite frankly is terrible for a lot of their stuff. Second, they have a lot of money now from Monogatari and Madoka so now their animation can be really good. But they still won’t grow up in the actual writing, and they still won’t stop doing that style, which has quite frankly gotten annoying to watch. Why are you using it when you have money? Somebody rein Shinbo in and maybe I’ll see why people love them so much.
Anime Are Ranked Based on What Order I’d Prefer to Watch:
Yet The Town Keeps Moving (or Soremachi for all you weeaboos)
Arakawa Under the Bridge
Sayonora Zetsubou Sensei
Dance in the Vampire Bund
Katte ni Kaizou
ef-a tale of memories
ef-a tale of melodies
Coda: You know, it’s ironic that after Shinbo finally got enough money to do whatever the hell he wants, my affection for his stuff has decreased a lot. I honestly just don’t really care about Shaft anymore other than the fact that they’re a recognizable anime studio. Well, the Prism Nana thing looks kind of cool, but otherwise I’m not holding my breath.