Post Reply How has anime production changed over the years?
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Posted 8/8/13
Take Sword Art Online, a generally high quality modern anime. What new techniques make it different from something like... say, Astro Boy?

Have these new techniques made it easier for studios to produce anime, or have they increased cost? I mean, how much would it cost to make an episode of SAO anyways?

p.s. I read the one article on anime production costs, but when I look at SAO, I can't help but feel that the info is outdated or doesn't apply to something of SAO's quality.
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I can't really speak for the animation that A-1 did in Sword Art Online but I think Fate/Zero(ufotable), Hyouka(Kyoto Animation) and Kids on the Slope(MAPPA) are better examples of high animation quality in TV anime.

For Movies, there's The Rebuild of Evangelion(Studio Khara) and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya(Kyoto Animation)
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Posted 8/8/13
add in more frame detail use latest adobe stuff

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Posted 8/8/13
Everything changes over time.
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Posted 8/8/13

Better directors, equipment and software make:


Better animation quality - See Hyouka
Better direction - See Hyouka
Better soundtrack - See Hyouka
Better script - See Hyouka
Better overall quality - See Hyouka

And it's easier too.
That makes it not so expensive to do.


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Posted 8/8/13
It's mainly time and technological innovation that changed animation production as well as the art style a studio has picked up over time. Oh and money. Lots of money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJxPjUo5-cI

Golgo 13: The Professional was made back in 1983. Granted this was one of the first animated titles to use CGI and the CGI stuff then is basic but still this is pretty bad. Should've been animated in 2D.

Now fast forward to 2013. Take a look at Sword Art Online or pretty much anything made by Production I.G.
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Posted 8/8/13
It's digitally done instead of by hand.

I'd also like to throw the K Project out there for newer examples of animation production.
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Posted 8/8/13
Attack on Titan is probably the best definition as of now for the progress of animation.
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Posted 8/8/13
Digital coloration and in-between outsourcing are probably the two biggest changes that have come about in the industry since the era of Astro Boy, and both reduce costs, allowing more money to be spent on key animation.

There's also computer generated images, but even in 2013, most of their usage in television anime is pretty obvious.
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Posted 8/9/13
I see... then this number would be fairly accurate? http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/10/30-1/how-much-does-one-episode-of-anime-cost-to-make
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