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I was watching some old OPs, and became downright heartbroken at the realisation that Shaft will never again make anything bizarre. The studio that made all these great openings and awful-but-crazy-looking series doesn't really exist anymore. Isn't it sad? Don't you miss them?
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What about Salami-san?
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>>101928409
You are wrong. Isn't it sad?
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>>101928620
Whut? I don't actually watch anime, dude, I just make bad threads. Why are you in my house?
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Dafuq are you talking about? Is the Kaiki x Crab OP not weird enough for you?
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>>101928777
>Dafuq
Stop this.
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>>101928777
That was the latest decent OP from them.
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>>101928810
NEVAR!!!
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>>101928777
In all seriousness, Second Season was good, but it was way too slickly-produced, and resorted to the same few, old, safe visual gimmicks over and over.
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>>101928849
Well, looking only a little ways back, what about Rune, rune, re, rune, Maria Holic Alive OP?
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>>101928995
I remember the song- not so much for the visuals.
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None of the Hidamari openings are unusual though.
SHAFT openings are still good (see Monogatari) but they're not quite as bizarre or sexual as stuff like the SZS first opening.
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>>101928995
Maria Holic was pretty good.

I didn't mean to imply that all their productions since 2007 have been boring and bland, but it's been a slow downhill slide. And now, seven years later, they're doing generic haremshit and Vocaloid promotions. Their time has passed.
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>>101928620
Sasami's opening was incredibly bland.
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>>101929105
SZS had the best OPs. Zan was definitely my favorite.
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>>101929105
I included Hidamari OP1 because of the use of photographic elements (that goes for the show proper, as well). You really don't think that counts as unusual?
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>>101928867
It didn't have as much humor or as much text-flashing as Bake and Nise. It was a lot more seriously and kind of lost the series' tongue-in-cheek character.
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What about all the EDs in Monogatari Second Season?
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>>101928995
Alives ED was pretty fucking unusual.

>>101929264
I think they just had too much story to cover in such few episodes.
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>>101929352
Forgettable.
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>>101929228
Nope. You are just living in the wrong age. That is to say, nowadays they filter the photos, kid. In the past they just plain out used them.

That being said, Shaft were infamous for their use of photos. Except among us, Shaft fans, who actually liked it.

>>101929264
Naaa, it was great. Almost better than Bake. Then again, I am literally hooked on listening HanaKana lose it.
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>>101929228
It was done in the style of the show itself, so the actual OP wasn't unusual.
That said, I kinda miss those pictures. I wonder how'd they look in SHAFTs newer shows.
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>>101928409
>tfw there will never be a masterpiece like Maria Holic ;_;
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There's a little thing called Madoka The Rebellion Story I don't know if you've heard of it
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>>101929458
Way too many words per second. Still enjoyable though, but most jokes are so fast you have to give up on some and try to listen to the next one
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>>101929431
Well, I wasn't just talking about OPs, though they certainly used to stand out the most; Shaft's animation in general has been looking more and more normal. It's especially disappointing in a series like HidaSketch, where you can see more crazy visual tricks getting left behind with each new season. Honeycomb might as well have been animated by JC Staff.
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>>101929142
And why is that. They are the studio that made bookus of cash from Bakemono and Madoka magica, not exactly full on mainstream trash. Why did it devolve into its current state?
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At this point nobody really knows how Mekaku is going to turn out, it might be strange. I'd really like to see a return to Shinbo's bizarre mind. Nisekoi is so... regular it's hard to believe it's Shaft.
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>>101929728
SHAFT can make a cellphone talk an Arkanoid game.
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>>101929488
Rebellion looked fantastic, you're right. But now, Madoka's done. Soon, Monogatari will be done (though it's been pretty much neutered, but maybe Kizu will be reason enough for them to go a bit wild again).

What are the chances they'll choose or be given a weird property to adapt, henceforth? If this year is anything to go by, they'll be sticking with totally safe, bland, mainstream series.
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>>101929728
It's an anime about the reincarnated powers and pains of a hikikomori god. That sounds strange at least, doesn't it?
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>>101929816
>Monogatari
>done soon
There's still the whole "Monogatari Final Season" series of books to go through, and god only knows when Kizu will come out. I can see the franchise extending as far as 2016.
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>>101929816
>Monogatari
>done soon
There's still the whole Monogatari Final Season series of books to go through, and god only knows when Kizu will come out. I can see the franchise extending as far as 2016.
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>>101930265
>2016
>far
Anon, you know it's 2014 now, right?

>>101930255
>It's an anime about the reincarnated powers and pains of a hikikomori god.
Wait, didn't they make that last year?
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>>101929728
>Nisekoi is so... regular it's hard to believe it's Shaft.
It's hard to ignore that it's Shaft with how many assets they reuse in it from other shows. They'll probably fix all that in the BDs as per usual, but it does seem to lack a sense of originality. The Shaftness feels pasted on, it doesn't generate anything memorable.
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>>101928409
> awful-but-crazy-looking series
> awful
Wait, what?
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>>101929816
Considering what they do with totally safe, bland, mainstream series, it's not the most awful future possible. Nisekoi is actually enjoyable, in contrast with its manga.

But I certainly hope they adapt something weird, and do it soon.

Like, a Dowman anime. Can I dream of one, please?
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>>101930423
She got out of the house by episode 3 though.
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>>101930423
Just because "hikikomori" and "god" are in the same sentence does not mean it's like Salami-san.
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>>101929728
I don't know, it should be interesting. They could definitely play it for the weirdness if they want to.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONyfbDPc7y0
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>>101929816
>If this year is anything to go by, they'll be sticking with totally safe, bland, mainstream series.
They might be conserving their assets for something major that's still under wraps. God knows they're not hurting for money (thanks to Monogatari) so it's not a question of funding.
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>>101930541
>awful-looking
Ambiguous hyphenation. Of course, they were hardly all winners in overall quality.
>Negima!?
>Vampire Bund
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>>101930766
That entire thing takes place in an alternate dimension. Also
>smiling after being impaled by a large rod
Why is Hiyori such a slut?
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Wasn't Shaft going to make some new original Mahou Shoujo anime? When's that due to come out? Also, did the Pani Poni Dash BDs ever get released?
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>>101930885
PPD BDs? What?

...oh fuck it, they will be probably even worse than SZS.

...and tp7 will never finish the fucking typesetting ;_;
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>>101930541
Negima!?. It's somehow even worse than the first anime.
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>>101930885
You mean Prism Nana? Yeah, about that. . . pachinko.
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>>101930885
I don't recall hearing about any upcoming Shaft mahou shoujo anime. So far only Mekaku City Actors has been announced for them, and that's April.
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>>101930999
I liked it. It was enjoyable for a spinoff.
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>>101930870
Is the heat haze days plot line not included in the novel?
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>>101930885
>>101931000
A quick Google search revealed that apparently there is a TV anime based on Prism Nana, supposedly by Shaft, airing at a yet-unknown time.
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>>101931084
It's connected, but those events don't happen in the real world, they take place in something similar to a reality marble.
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>>101930774
Well I'll just assume he meant awful as in "awe inspiring" or awful in an artsy sort of way.
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>>101931127
It's listed on Wikipedia, but I'm not sure that isn't just a leftover from two summers ago when nobody knew what the project was. Was a TVA ever really, actually confirmed?
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>>101931127
Nope, anidb lists it only because of the promos

These fucking promos were great, but nah, there's only panchiko for the moemnt, no anime.
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>>101931184
Okay, but why are you telling me this? Because it tones down the weirdness of it or something?
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>>101929728
Shinbo has very little to do with artistic direction, Nisekoi is what you get without Inu Curry and co.
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>>101931000
This makes me so mad. What's worse is they haven't outright said whether it'll ever be a real thing so there will always be a little bit of hope in my soul.

Pic related, it's Shaft.
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>>101931493
I don't really know how reliable this is, but according to the page about Inu Curry on MAL they were only heavily involved in a few Shaft shows.
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>>101931662
Yeah the ones that are the edgiests, not to say he has nothing to do with it but camera angles and quick shots are only a fraction of what make a shaft show, look at nisekoi,



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