Psycho-Pass, Fruits Basket: these animes that changed studios for better or for worse (part 2)

We already had the opportunity to explore the subject of our today’s article last week, so you must certainly be well informed about animes that have changed studios! In some cases, a change of studio can feel like a regression, but in other cases, the changes are for the better. Sometimes the change hardly seems to affect the work. Regardless of the impact of the change on the series itself, it’s always interesting to know the production history of the series.

#1 Yu-Gi-Oh!

Almost all seasons of Yu Gi Oh! were made by Studio Gallop – except for one. Toei Animation was indeed the first to adapt the manga, but its attempt, now called Season 0, was canceled after 27 episodes because the adaptation was not well received by Japanese fans at the time. . Studio Gallop has revived the series with a new anime titled Yu Gi Oh! Duel Monsterswhich is the series most fans are familiar with.

Although Duel Monsters told a full story, this version did not address the violence of Season 0. Originally, Yu-Gi-Oh! was meant to be a horror manga with game elementsbut he ultimately focused on a single game, Duel Monsters. The new anime picks up the manga from the game in question, while Season 0 tackles some of the most brutal attacks by the ancient Egyptian spirit. The viewer is free to decide whether this change is a good thing or not.

#2 Psycho-Pass

The first season of Psycho Pass was made by Production IG, a studio known for its high quality series as Haikyuu!! And Eden of the East. Tatsunoko Productions resumed production of the second season. This move makes sense because Production IG was originally a subsidiary of Tatsunoko Productions and the two companies still had a business relationship. This change may also have been influenced by the fact that, from the first season, the team was so exhausted and overworked of work that she had to outsource episodes 17 and 18 to another studio, which resulted in subpar quality and forced her to redo the episodes.

However, this change was not beneficial. The quality of the animation remained relatively stable, but the story itself has deteriorated greatly. The second season, written by Tow Ubukata, who succeeded Gen Urobuchi, is poorly built and no longer respects the codes it used to follow. For example, Kamui, the main antagonist, was supposed to be made up of body parts from all the victims of an accident he was involved in, rendering him unreadable to the scanners that monitor everything in this world. If he was illegible, he wouldn’t have been able to blend into society the way he did. The characters are also few – Shimotsuki’s arc is only an unsatisfactory reworking of Ginoza’s. Would Production IG have done a better job? Hard to say – but the quality has definitely changed between the two series.

#3 fruit basket

New fruit basket is a reboot, not a sequel – but it’s not uncommon for reboots to be made by the same studio as the original. Although it has its own charm, anime fruit basket from 2001, produced by Studio Deen, failed to adapt Natsuki Takaya’s manga. It only covered the early volumes of the manga and ended on a note that made any further development of the manga logically impossible. Natsuki Takaya has repeatedly clashed with Studio Deen director Akitaro Daichi over details such as coloring, casting, storytelling style, and more.

For this reason among others, during an interview with Funimation, Takaya said this about the remake:

I made several requests from the start. One of them was to do it with a completely new team. Completely new. Each person. I said [aux producteurs], if you want to reopen the curtain, then do everything again. Please rebuild the world of Furuba from scratch, with new elements.”

Consequently, the 2019 reboot was handled by TMS Entertainment, and none of the former voice actors, writers or otherwise returned. The reboot picks up the manga’s entire story, revealing secrets about the curse, introducing new characters, and resolving romantic issues. The 2001 adaptation will always retain its nostalgic value, but the new series is artistically and aesthetically superior to the original.

#4 Fate/stay night

Unfortunately, Studio Deen has not finished disappointing, in spite of itself! Although they produced excellent series like Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu And Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal, they have a terrible reputation in the anime community. This is partly due to the way they handled major works like the original Fate/stay night. This anime, which was an adaptation of a graphic novel, attempted to combine the game’s three possible storylines into a single 24-episode series. It results poorly developed characters and a barely believable romantic plot. Moreover, animation quality was significantly lower what she could have been.

the reboot, Fate/stay night : Unlimited Bladeworkswhich only follows one of the arcs of the graphic novel, was produced by Ufotable and is generally considered a far superior versionboth in terms of animation and storytelling.

#5 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

The first season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (also known asOregairu) is a Brain’s Base production. Brains’ Base is a very well-known studio, responsible for very recognized series as Baccano! And Natsume’s Book of Friendsbut also romance novels like My Little Monster. Season 1 was a pretty jovial school comedy that was fun to watch.

Studio Feel took care of season 2. Studio Feel isn’t as renowned – their most important titles are probably Hinamatsuri And Tsuki ga Kirei – good series certainly, but it is certainly not at the level of Baccano! But while the change might have seemed like a devaluation, season 2 ofOregairu is what made this series stand out from other school comedies. Rather than using character traits to make people laugh, Studio Feel chose to explore the psychology of Hikigaya in depth. He is one of the few characters of the genre to give the impression of being a real person.

Brain’s Base is able to develop great characters, so it’s possible the outcome would have been the same if the studio change hadn’t happened, but the second season was a work of art.