“Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!” and the Joys of Animation

Since we’re starting off a project that will be looking at animation, for this week’s blog post I wanted to spotlight a show that’s been airing that, for me, is perhaps the most joyous celebration of the act of creating, specifically creating animation, that I’ve seen.

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is an adaptation of a manga series of the same name by Sumito Ōwara, produced by the studio Science Saru, led by director Masaaki Yuasa (of Tatami Galaxy and Devilman Crybaby fame). The series revolves around three high school girls who form an animation club, with the intent to release their own films. The show has this incredibly compassionate drive for the work of creating an animated work, from the process of animating by hand or through computer programs, the various steps in the production pipeline (from making storyboards to hiring environmental artists to sound design and everything else you could possibly imagine). Much of this manifests through breathtaking animation showcases that show off the design process of the main characters, bringing concept art and sketches to life.

It’s a delightful show, and I would encourage anyone who is interested in the art of creating animation, or creating anything really, to check it out over on Crunchyroll!

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