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Sakuga / Animator's Case Study

Sep 26 2022, 7:50 AM | Updated Sep 1, 8:34 AM
This is a collection of anime that I think is important/useful, or just awe inspiring in terms of its animation. If you are looking to study animation or even just want to appreciate the craft, this stack is for you.

Animator's names of note to pay attention to regarding specific pieces.
Down Load: Namu Amida Butsu wa Ai no Uta
OVA, 1992, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
character animation is actually off the fkin charts.

Tatsuyuki Tanaka
TV, 2014, 24 eps Me:- Author:7
a look inside the world of producing anime. Insightful if you know nothing, but still enjoyable enough if you do.

This entry is not for the animation itself, even though there is some subtle character animation that adds a lot, but rather because it's about animation.
Daicon Opening Animations
Special, 1981, 2 eps Me:- Author:7
The earliest flex here, still amazing.
Movie, 1984, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
first person pov jumping, it's better than you'd expect.

OVA, 1984, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
don't let anyone say older titles can't be animated well. Some insane moments.

Yoshinori Kanada
Movie, 2009, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
fkin cracked.
Mob Psycho 100
TV, 2016, 12 eps Me:- Author:10
Arguably even better than OPM. Hand animation is excellent. Painting on glass parts are genuinely unique.(S2 keeps pushing boundaries, S3 great too). Characters go off model. It's probably the most creative shonen I've seen.

Miyo Sato

Kaguya-hime no Monogatari

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Kaguya-hime no Monogatari
Movie, 2013, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
Some of the most striking animated scenes in anime history.
Ping Pong the Animation
TV, 2014, 11 eps Me:- Author:9
Yuasa shows why he got his own studio. The manga panels to flowchart action is very cool and works.

Masaaki Yuasa
Little Witch Academia (TV)
TV, 2017, 25 eps Me:- Author:8
Bursting with life. Episode 8 in particular is a tour de force. Not only the action though, character animation throughout the series is charming. Watch the movies too.
Movie, 1988, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
This movie must've been an absolute nightmare to animate. Forever amazing.
One Punch Man
TV, 2015, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
god tier work done. Yutaka Nakamura went off in the last ep. (only S1)

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no Tobira
Movie, 2001, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
if you can believe it, cowboy bebop, with even better animation.

Macross Plus Movie Edition
Movie, 1995, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
oof, this was great (except the few instance jarring 3D)
Mind Game
Movie, 2004, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
Yuasa's ugly beautiful acid trip.


Ouritsu Uchuugun: Honneamise no Tsubasa

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise

Ouritsu Uchuugun: Honneamise no Tsubasa
Movie, 1987, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Gainax's 1987 flex

Kill la Kill
TV, 2013, 24 eps Me:- Author:7
honestly Imaishi (and his crew) are just better. Animation shortcuts used meaningfully and 3D is impactful in all the right ways.

Movie, 2019, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
3D animation benchmark.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
TV, 2007, 27 eps Me:- Author:9
Imaishi really deserved his own studio.
Gake no Ue no Ponyo
Movie, 2008, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
the water fish by themselves deserve a spot.

Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yuukaku-hen

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc

Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yuukaku-hen
TV, 2021, 11 eps Me:- Author:7
flashiest fights in the business.
TV, 2014, 13 eps Me:- Author:7
an anthology from awesome animators (S2 is the same if not better).

Bahi JD
Dead Leaves
Movie, 2004, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Imaishi unchained. Preview as to why he got his own studio.
Jiyi Guanli Ju
ONA, 2020, 1 ep Me:- Author:9
rough around the edges and absolutely amazing.


Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Movie, 2000, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
everything feels heavy

Shinseiki Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Shinseiki Evangelion
TV, 1995, 26 eps Me:- Author:2
explosions and weighty, visceral mechanics, as well as some trippy stuff.


Stranger: Mukou Hadan

Sword of the Stranger

Stranger: Mukou Hadan
Movie, 2007, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Nakamura is why you're here.
Tekkon Kinkreet
Movie, 2006, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
some exploratory animation used in the finale

Kaijuu no Kodomo

Children of the Sea

Kaijuu no Kodomo
Movie, 2019, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
some exploratory animation here
TV, 2011, 13 eps Me:- Author:7
ufotable knows how to do effects (same for s2).
Genius Party
Movie, 2007, 7 eps Me:- Author:7
an anthology that has some eclectic pieces.

Misaki Yuasa
Tatsuyuki Tanaka
Robot Carnival
OVA, 1987, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
the attention to detail is amazing.
Kanashimi no Belladonna
Movie, 1973, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
The animation for the most part is rather static, with a choice on background pans rather than true movement. But when they do get their hands dirty and animate some of their abstract representations in movement will haunt you.
OVA, 2000, 6 eps Me:- Author:6
More Imaishi being wild, since my list isn't full, why not have it.

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