Kyoto Animation (KyoAni for short) is an animation studio founded in 1981 by husband-and-wife team Hideaki and Yoko Hatta. For their first two decades as a company, they mostly did contract work on shows like Inuyasha and Tenchi Universe. In the new millennium, they started serving as the lead studio on a number of anime series, including The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzmiya, Clannad, and Nichijou. A decade later, they began producing their own films, such the well-received A Silent Voice and Liz and the Blue Bird.
KyoAni has been widely praised for the quality of their art and the fluidity of their animation, and their influence has been wide-ranging. Some analysts have even attributed the start of the “moe boom” to the studio’s work on the aforementioned Haruhi Suzumiya, as well as K-On! and Lucky Star. From the perspective of labour, KyoAni is also a rarity in the industry; all its employees are salaried rather than paid a piece rate for each frame.
And now I turn it over to you: what are some of your favourite KyoAni works? Also, as always, please feel free to use this space to discuss what you’ve been watching/reading/eating/playing/listening to lately.
Sentai Filmworks has started a fundraiser for victims of last week’s tragic arson attack on Kyoto Animation. You can donate here.