Director # 2 Akiyuki Shinbo

2008 Works:

  • Ef – Tale of Melodies (Supervision)
  • Goku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
  • Hidamari Sketch x 365
  • Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Describing Akiyuki Shinbo’s style is not easy – it is best to experience it. While many people work on the storyboards for his anime, some of the distinguishing features of his shows are frequent interjections with symbolic content and surrealistic imagery. In a way, it is somewhat similar to Eisenstein’s work.

Warning: This video from Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei may be disturbing for some people.

19 thoughts on “Best Anime 2008: Shows

  1. I like how you made different categories that cover a wide range of things and from what I’ve seen this year and your choices, I’d have to agree with most 🙂 Happy New Year!

  2. Very well done! Many of the verdicts I agree with. Some of the rest I can’t assent to – not because I disagree with you but mainly because I was unable to follow a lot of the series profiled here. orz

    Happy new year!

  3. Ugh, tried to finish reading the post but the combination of separate page formatting and losing consciousness due to illness forces me to give up prematurely.

    Good analysis but only one gripe. Needs more ef 🙂

    1. Keep in mind that this is a post for the entire year. I mention only about a dozen titles and watch about three shows per season. This is a relatively moderate consumption compared to the number of shows some people devour 😛

  4. Very good list. I agree with most of your picks or at least see the logic.

    I’d forgotten about the musical from episode 6 of Kure-nai; definitely one of the funniest episodes of the year.

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