Kyoto Animation: Why we Love Them

Tragedy strikes at random moments. We are reminded that living means chaos, and no matter how hard we try, we cannot control everything around us. Someone in this universe had the plan to scatter a flammable fluid in the KyoAni (Kyoto Animation) studio and set the building ablaze. At this moment 25 people died and multiple are wounded. Why someone would do this, or wish harm on others in this way is beyond me.

KyoAni is a marvelous studio. Admittedly, animation studios hardly get my attention because I don’t read Japanese and mostly skip the intro’s. But KyoAni is one of the few studios that I know, due to their exceptional work. They always produce stunning works, some of my (season) favourites were produced by this amazing studio. In light of recent events I would like to take a moment to not pay too much attention to this person that made a horrible decision, but pay attention too the amazing works this studio has produced. Here are all the works that I either think deserve a place on my humble little blog, or I have personally enjoyed thoroughly. So many titles will be missing, feel free to add them in comments on my social or email me!

Violet Evergarden

This show was broadcasted on Netflix. I really love it when anime is set in a western setting. It always makes for a pleasing Victorianesque aesthetic. This anime is animated beautifully and tells a bitter sweet story of a girl finding emotions again through writing. Central lies the age old contradiction between talent en technique.

Free !

I have never seen this anime, I just know that there was a big ruckus surrounding it. I loved this concept so much, because I feel (might be biased who knows) the market is over saturated with male oriented fan service. I found it refreshing to hear that a series solely focused on bishies (pretty boys) was getting so much attention. It’s something different from the usual bouncy chests and panty shots.

A Silent Voice

I saw an AMV (anime music video) with this series. The art was (per usual from KyotoAni) stunning, so I had to check it out. This story is sad, for some unfortunately relatable. Two people, trapped in their own kinds of loneliness, find each other and slowly something, like a lotus in a muddy stream, something beautiful starts to grow. 

Hyouka

I was enraptured with this anime. I love high school romance anime (check my top 5 different shoujo manga) and mystery anime. This was a perfect combination. It was an absolute delight to look at. With a curious female lead and a clever male lead, covered amazing animation sauce, you get an absolutely lovely anime cake that calls for seconds. 

Beyond the Boundary

This came out after Hyouka. The art looks similar? Cool people fighting other cool people? Cute weird high school shit? You bet your butt I am watching this! An interesting mix of slice of life and fantasy for sure.

K-on

I haven’t fallen in love with this series as hard as others did. I just did not grab me (don’t come for me cancel culture). However it deserves a spot on this list. Countless songs, amv’s, cosplays and other types of fanculture hommages I have encountered online or at conventions. Although I did not love it I knew of it, and mostly known to me was the deep adoration that so many still feel for this iconic series.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Speaking of iconic series: After the endless eight debacle it is safe to say: I hate that I love this. Again this weird mix of mystery and highschool that KyotoAni seems to excel at has captured the hearts of many. And who can forget that catchy song God Knows  from episode 12?

Air

This series has a big BIG nostalgia factor for me. I watched this at the start of my otaku transformation (also known as the weeb conversion). I was fairly young, complex theme’s were hard to follow with crappy translations in a foreign language. To this day I am still not sure what this series was about, and I’d like it to stay that way. All I can remember was that this series is cute, bitter sweet and definitely worth the 12 episodes of time it will cost you.

Clanned

Clanned, this was a hit. When you thought of shounen you said Naruto, bleach when you thought shoujo you said Clanned. A description would be to generic, you either love this type of anime, or you don’t have the patience for it. Either way: a classic you must experience for yourself.

A list would not be complete without some honourable mentions such as: Lucky Star, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragonmaid or Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! -Heart Throb-. Thank you Kyoto Animation for creating. In my humble opinion: you helped shape anime what it is today, so many slice of life mixed genre’s that you produced helped set the bar and shape the landscape.

Anyways, take it easy and talk to you soon.

J.

Add: Sentai Filmworks set up a go fund me to help KyoAni heal

I do not own any of the rights to the series or art mentioned/portrayed in this article

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