In defense of Kou Yoshinari’s creatures in Made in Abyss

“I like everything but the monster animation. It’s too weird and jarring with the rest of the show” has been a common criticism of Made in Abyss since its much-lauded debut.

In a world where praying skeletons hint at a cataclysmic end for a past society and the current generation has built their entire infrastructure around exploring a gaping maw in the ground the rough lines and blurred movement of the Abyss’ more fantastic inhabitants is jarring to say the least.


On Studio Trigger and Inspiration: Yoh Yoshinari’s Little Witch Apprentices

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“The theme was about a young animator who joins the industry looking up to a -sorry for the term- lowbrow late-night magical girl anime. So he’s mocked by people around him.”

-Yoh Yoshinari on Little Witch Academia, interview with Animestyle (2013)


I love the way you move, Butter!!!

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“I guess the basic difference is that animation is sequential in time but not spatially juxtaposed as comics are. Each successive frame of a movie is projected on exactly the same space – the screen – while each frame of comics must occupy a different space.”

-Scott McCloud, “Understanding Comics”

Anime, and animation in general, has it easy sometimes, specifically in its ability to portray movement as opposed to a drawn medium like manga. This isn’t to say that manga is unable to show the reader how its subjects move; however, it has to work a bit more to be effective.