Shows like Madoka Magica and the Monogatari shows were crafted by this unique studio. Daring visuals and storytelling techniques separate Shaft from the others in the anime industry.
Shaft is probably best known for the Madoka Magica franchise, which has many different adaptations and a broad fan base all over the world. Shaft has been around since 1975 and has produced a multitude of other shows. I’ll take a look at some noteworthy shows that I’ve seen.
Madoka Magica is an unorthodox story about the life of magical girls. A genre defying show with interesting visuals, strong script and a dark underlying theme. The strong script is thanks to Urobuchi Gen, who was also responsible for the series composition.
The theme magical girl can be a bit misleading for this show. It is indeed centered around the magical girls and their activities. This show separates itself from the other series within its genre by its complexity and background story. The way it is presented is a blend between colorful and haunting, creating a complete package that delivers an unique experience to its viewer. The success this show has obtained over the course of time since its release is well deserved and should be watched by any anime enthusiast.
Denpa Onna is series about a girl, named Erio Tōwa, who believes she is an alien. She was missing for half a year and doesn’t remember anything about that period. The only explanation that she could think off, is that it was all an alien scheme. One day her life takes a new twist with the arrival of her cousin, Niwa Makoto.
This is a show with slice of life elements where an extraordinary girl finds her way to blend in with society, together with her cousin Makoto. The events are cute and interesting, showing how someone with a turbulent past and attitude tries to finds its way into society. Learning how to function and to communicate with other people.
The show in itself isn’t revolutionary, but it depicts a character that faces familiar struggles. It is not the events that make this show any more special than others in the same genre. It is Erio who is the embodiment of opening up to society and finding the right people to shape one’s life.
In Bakemonogatari we witness how Araragi helps his friends and family to get rid of mythical creatures that possessed them. With the help of Oshino he tries to free his friends and family of the supernatural beings who took them over.
It must be said that Bakemonogatari is very culturally focused. There are many references to mythical beings that speak to the imagination for many. The series tries to explain them within the narrative. It shows the beings in an original way, trying to explain their importance in the story. Bakemonogatari also features a lot of frames full of texts, that aren’t possible to read in their entirety. Maybe it was the intention of the producer to let the viewer pick up a group of words to create a certain atmosphere for the next scene.