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Primary, Secondary, Tertiary – Reducing Anime to Color

Primary, Secondary, Tertiary – Reducing Anime to Color

The Impressionists had been fascinated with color. It was a playground for them; a fertile field from which they could explore that very subjective experience of color qualia. A hundred years later, anime studios continue to carry on the tradition of experimention. However, I think we sometimes take for granted how the mood is conveyed in anime. We certainly can dissect it, talk about the lighting, the facial features of the characters, the placement of the items, all the while coherently pick out the mood that the scene contains, but we haven’t delved far into the heart of the art behind it at all. Let’s take a second and see just how the completed product – the artistic experience from watching anime – can be reduced to the most fundamental of building blocks: color.

What Exactly Constitutes “Original Anime”?

What Exactly Constitutes

While discussing the new Anime no Chikara timeslot, Omo from Omonomono noted that it’s a little difficult to come up with a decent list of anime originals that are both critically acclaimed and popular. Omo brought up Gainax‘s Evangelion and Gurren-Lagann, and the subsequent comments mentioned titles like Code Geass, My-HiME and Cowboy Bebop. My […]

A Reflection on a Decade

A Reflection on a Decade

Near the beginning of this decade, I looked at the anime medium as a source of fresh ideas full of creativity and passion, completely unlike the everyday drivel that filled the American airwaves. For the first few years when I feasted on the cream of the crop my belief was seemingly reaffirmed. As my internet […]