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?
What about Salami-san?
You are wrong. Isn't it sad?
Whut? I don't actually watch anime, dude, I just make bad threads. Why are you in my house?
Dafuq are you talking about? Is the Kaiki x Crab OP not weird enough for you?
That was the latest decent OP from them.
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.
Well, looking only a little ways back, what about Rune, rune, re, rune, Maria Holic Alive OP?
I remember the song- not so much for the visuals.
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.
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.
Sasami's opening was incredibly bland.
SZS had the best OPs. Zan was definitely my favorite.
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?
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.
What about all the EDs in Monogatari Second Season?
Alives ED was pretty fucking unusual.
I think they just had too much story to cover in such few episodes.
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.
Naaa, it was great. Almost better than Bake. Then again, I am literally hooked on listening HanaKana lose it.
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.
>tfw there will never be a masterpiece like Maria Holic ;_;
There's a little thing called Madoka The Rebellion Story I don't know if you've heard of it
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
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.
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?
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.
SHAFT can make a cellphone talk an Arkanoid game.
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.
It's an anime about the reincarnated powers and pains of a hikikomori god. That sounds strange at least, doesn't it?
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.
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.
Anon, you know it's 2014 now, right?
>It's an anime about the reincarnated powers and pains of a hikikomori god.
Wait, didn't they make that last year?
>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.
> awful-but-crazy-looking series
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?
She got out of the house by episode 3 though.
Just because "hikikomori" and "god" are in the same sentence does not mean it's like Salami-san.
I don't know, it should be interesting. They could definitely play it for the weirdness if they want to.
>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.
Ambiguous hyphenation. Of course, they were hardly all winners in overall quality.
That entire thing takes place in an alternate dimension. Also
>smiling after being impaled by a large rod
Why is Hiyori such a slut?
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?
PPD BDs? What?
...oh fuck it, they will be probably even worse than SZS.
...and tp7 will never finish the fucking typesetting ;_;
Negima!?. It's somehow even worse than the first anime.
You mean Prism Nana? Yeah, about that. . . pachinko.
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.
I liked it. It was enjoyable for a spinoff.
Is the heat haze days plot line not included in the novel?
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.
It's connected, but those events don't happen in the real world, they take place in something similar to a reality marble.
Well I'll just assume he meant awful as in "awe inspiring" or awful in an artsy sort of way.
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?
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.
Okay, but why are you telling me this? Because it tones down the weirdness of it or something?
Shinbo has very little to do with artistic direction, Nisekoi is what you get without Inu Curry and co.
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.
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.
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,