This Cold Money-Driven World and Magical Girls: SHAFT Completely Sells Out

SHAFT always struck me as a unique studio. Their keen eye for design as a result of tight budgets and scheduling, their ties to subculture with the songs used in their shows, and their off-beat otaku edge made them a studio worth paying attention to. It also helped that the original works SHAFT adapted from

With All That Said, I’ll Probably Watch it Again on Blu-Ray: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Over the past few years I’ve become a rather big fan of director Shinbou Akiyuki and studio SHAFT. However, my relationship with these two has naturally had some rough patches, especially when it comes to the Shinbou side of the equation: Between keeping up with his current collaborations with SHAFT, and catching up with his

SHAFT’s Edge, PART 2: Hidamari Sketch, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Bakemonogatari

In a previous blog post, I went on for a bit about the specific qualities of Tsukuyomi -MOON PHASE- and Pani Poni Dash that make them stand out amongst other moe-centric works. Since those shows strayed a great deal away from their source material in a variety of ways, I devoted a lot of words