Guide to Studios – Kyoto Animation
Next up is the studio that seems to create the most hype in the fandom.
Name: Kyoto Animation
Founded in: 1981
Most well received works: Clannad (After Story), Full Metal Panic (Fumoffu, the Second Raid), Kanon, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu,
Most popular works: Air, K-On!, Kanon, Full Metal Panic (Fumoffu, the Second Raid), Lucky Star, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu,
Other recognizable works: Hyouka, Nichijou
Known for: Fluid animation, heavily influencing the moe boom, making relatively unknown seiyuus into superstars, adapting Key’s visual novels
Objective Analysis: KyoAni is an interesting one. For some reason, the anime community is rather obsessed with them and everyone loves keeping tabs on them. Their shows always become highly anticipated. They took the Full Metal Panic! reigns from Gonzo and produced the very popular and well received comedy spin-off, Fumoffu? as well as the direct sequel. They really managed to make a name for themselves once Suzumiya Haruhi was released in 2007, and anime fans have been fawning over KyoAni ever since. They gained even more popularity after all of the adaptations of Key’s visual novels (Air, Kanon and Clannad), as well as K-ON! Subsequently, the starring cast members, which were then relatively unknowns, were immediately launched into superstardom, which happened with Haruhi and K-ON! KyoAni also has a very heavy hand in boosting the moe trend.
Subjective Analysis: I dislike this studio immensely. They’re very hit and miss for me, and their misses greatly exceed their successes. I’m hardly a fan of moe moe kyun, so naturally I don’t really gravitate towards their stuff. I’m also very hostile towards their Key shows, save for Clannad which I actually liked. (Although, that’s probably because I watched it during my beginning anime days and my tastes were drastically different.) I really don’t enjoy watching their stuff (last time I liked them was Clannad: After Story and the Haruhi movie back in 2009-10). However I feel obligated to follow the fandom and keep up with all the cool kids. Their upcoming anime for the fall, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! looks like Code Geass: Luluko of the Student Council Rebellion. Prove me wrong. I really can’t wait for fans to learn that they really aren’t that great. It will be a glorious day.
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