So I said a while ago I’d be looking into doing a studio tour. I guess I’ll start here. So my general studio is basically a single large room of which I have books and entertainment around the room.
Today I’ll be showing off the anime side of the entertainment which you can see right here. Of course Kalwa and a lot of my work is anime inspired so I try to keep anime playing on the Blu Ray Player whenever I work. This isn’t everything anime I own. It used to be until more series started getting added. This shelf you see here is actually becoming anime SERIES while movies are being added to the regular Blu-Ray and dvd shelves. What ones remain are only to fill out space until more stuff comes out.
So my collection is arranged by two patterns , dvd to blu-ray and oldest anime to newest (or at least most nostalgic.) Dragon Ball is of course a favorite that everyone has probably watched, I own essentially the entire Dragon Ball series except for the new Super series which I’m not all that interested in unless it gets like a super pack similar to what you see below. Unlike probably everyone else in this world, I actually like the original Dragon Ball series over Z as I feel it’s more creative and has much better storytelling, though I confess Z has better characters and fights. Ruroni Kenshin is brand new to the collection, I initially watched it as a kid at a friends house and am growing quite fond of it. It’s also giving me some great story feeds for the upcoming Japanese arch!
Full Metal Alchemist was the first anime I seriously collected as a kid, in fact volume 9 was how I spent my first ever paycheck. Despite the fact that these individual volumes take up more room than a more compressed pack, I can’t get rid of them as I am emotionally invested in them, plus they come with awesome booklets with exclusive art and character profiles. Brotherhood was just picked up and I’m still working on getting through it. I didn’t really like the first 13 episodes because they were just a rushed and more poorly executed repeat of the first series, however I’m getting a bit more on board as it starts to go it’s own path. Digimon is my personal favorite anime from a nostalgic point of view, with season 1 and 3 being my favorites. I kinda regret not getting season 6 and not forming a real opinion.
Finally we come to the blu ray section which is where most of the all time favorites reside. If I like the anime enough I always like to get it on Blu-Ray. Mostly recently I’ve added the first half of Dr. Stone which is objectively my favorite anime without the use of nostalgia. I’ve already ordered the second half and eagerly await it this December. Soul Eater, Outlaw Star and Death Note and One Punch Man (season 1) all rank within my top 5 as well. So I hope this little tour has given you a little insider of what’s going on in the studio while making these comics.