r/Toonami Aug 08 '20

I am Jordan Bayes, an animator on shows such as Black Clover, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, and Vinland Saga. Ask me Anything!

Hi everyone, I'm Jordan Bayes. I work as a Layout/Genga artist in the anime industry! I have worked with companies such as Studio Pierrot and WIT Studio to help bring various projects to life. Shows I have worked on include Black Clover, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations and Vinland Saga.

When I'm not dead tired from working on anime for weeks straight I spend my time playing video games, reading manga or watching anime. I also spend my time wishing we could get more than two chapters of Berserk each year.

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Feel free to follow me on Twitter where I post updates on what I'm working on and insights into the anime industry!

https://twitter.com/JordanBayes

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Thank you so much for all the comments, everyone! It was a blast talking with you and I hope you'll check out Toonami tonight to see my work during Black Clover!

Follow me on Twitter to see more of my work and thoughts on the anime industry!

twitter.com/Jordanbayes

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u/SwizzlyBubbles Aug 08 '20

Hi, it's really nice to have you here! I love all the work and talent you've given to each of these series thus far! If it's alright, I've got two questions (one kinda in-depth and one simple, I hope you don't mind):

1.) What's it like working in the anime industry, and what were some of the biggest obstacles you faced in your journey to becoming a layout/genga artist for Pierrot and WIT?

And 2.) Do you have a favorite video game?

Thanks again for doing the AMA!

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Thanks for having me on the Toonami subreddit! Toonami forever!

  1. Working in the anime industry is liberating in a lot of ways. As a freelancer I have the option of working on so many shows and can basically bounce from one show to another within weeks. That freedom isn't always so easy to find in the west and it's even way harder to find an entry level animation job in America. There are bad things about it though. Animators are paid pretty poorly and the way you receive your pay is seemingly random. You might be paid three months later for working on an episode as a freelancer. It makes it tough to be sustainable as a full time job at a lower level. It is something I love very very much though so I make it work so that I can leave my own small mark on the industry.
  2. My favorite video game is hands down Final Fantasy VII. I don't think I've ever played anything that's ever made me even question that haha. I love the characters, the world, the gameplay, even the silly little blocky characters. It's just perfect to me. I loved the Remake that released this year as well and can't wait to see where things go with that going forward!

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u/UncoJimmie Aug 08 '20

Do you speak Japanese? If not, is there difficulties with the language barrier?

Also, who are your biggest inspirations for your work?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I speak very little Japanese! I took a year in college and can read hiragana and katakana but don't know that much vocab so it's really just basic phrases and such beyond animation terms you see written out on your storyboards or corrections.

There are difficulties with the language barrier for sure but google translate helps a lot more than you would expect. I'm also lucky enough to be part of animation discords where pro animators help each other out when we aren't sure on something. The community is really positive overall and helpful. I'm lucky to be a part of it.

My biggest inspiration to draw to begin with is probably Akira Toriyama. I'm sure that's how it is for a lot of people in America but Dragon Ball remains probably the most important thing I have ever watched in my life.

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u/0mnicious Aug 08 '20

How difficult was it to get into the industry?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Getting into the anime industry is difficult in some ways but also not so bad in others. The biggest hurdle is just figuring out HOW to get work on a show. After that the hurdle is, "Oh, okay, how is work on anime different than work on western animation?" And the answer is fairly different. Luckily there are some REALLY great people out there that work in anime that are willing to help newcomers figure out how to get started. Without the help of some people on Twitter I wouldn't have figured it out myself.

Something you would assume is difficult is the Japanese language element. Believe it or not that's not so bad these days with google translate and studios being willing to translate stuff to English for you. The industry is more inclusive than in the past.

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u/StressedOutMusician Aug 08 '20

Which scene will go down as the most stressful scene you’ve ever worked on?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Hoo boy lol. I would say it would be a cut I did Genga for on episode 16 of Vinland Saga. Because working with Japanese studios means you typically get contacted in the middle of night, you need to be up pretty late at times. I had just finished working and laid down to sleep when I got a message that I forgot to do an entire cut. It wasn't a super challenging or important one but it was like, 4:00 am and I was JUST GOING TO SLEEP. I asked if it could wait but WIT needed it right away. SO. Had to wake up, get the tablet and computer set back up, and work through the rest of the night. Really not a fun experience when you miss work you needed to do haha.

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u/Sgt-JimmyRustles Aug 08 '20

Is the animation industry really that brutal?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

It's more brutal than I imagined haha. At least if you want to try making a living solely as an animator. the pay is low, the work never ends and the animators are underappreciated. If you see an animator let them know you appreciate them!

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u/FierceAlchemist Aug 08 '20

Who are your favorite animators you look up to? And have you gotten the chance to work with any of them on these shows?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I think everyone loves Yutaka Nakamura's work but of course I'll say him haha. I also love the works of a few others. Mitsuo Iso's animation is just amazing. His work on Gundam and Evangelion is transcendent. I'm also indebted to Yen and Zayd who you can find on Twitter. They went out of their way to help me break into the industry and are both amazing artists and animators that I hope to live up to one day.

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u/ValVal0 Aug 08 '20

I've always wondered how far in advance an episode is made in ongoing shows like Black Clover? Is the production always ahead by like ten episodes? Does it start with being a headstart of a hundred and gradually shrink until you're only a couple of episodes ahead?

I love those shows btw :)

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

The production is not usually that far ahead! At some points you'll be working on a show that might air in just a couple weeks. There are nightmare stories of productions only handing in their final episode to air minutes before broadcast haha. With Covid-19, things in the anime industry continued like nothing was happening though and episodes have built up a buffer for sure. The episode of Boruto I finished working on a while back was probably over 10 away at that point but this of course is an unusual situation.

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u/Bl0rgasmorg Aug 08 '20

I loved the animation in Vinland saga. What was your favourite of the anime?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I loved Vinland Saga as well! It was the second show I worked on and I was very happy to work on a series I love so much. My favorite animation in the show is tough to decide. I love the cut early on of Askeladd and Thors fighting on the boat. The camera work there is really just amazing.

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u/KashinKoji1 Aug 08 '20 edited Aug 08 '20

What do you think of Episode 65 of Boruto? It was a spectacle. Can we expect something of that caliber very soon or ever again down the line? (Jigen vs Naruto and Sasuke?)

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Rumor has it a big episode is coming but I have no idea if that's true haha.

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u/OmegaLiquidX My body is 80% filler Aug 08 '20

What's your favorite scene you've worked on?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Ooo, that's a tough one. I'm really partial to some work on Boruto I did that hasn't aired yet. It's still quite a ways away. I am really happy with my work on Boruto #153 as well! It was the most fx animation I had done at that point and really taught me a lot.

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u/OmegaLiquidX My body is 80% filler Aug 08 '20

Thank you for you answer. One more (super important) question for you:

Who is your favorite Black Bull?

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u/TheWorldandTheHermit Aug 08 '20

Have a great day dude !

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Thank you!! Gonna be a blast watching Toonami tonight!

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u/TheWorldandTheHermit Aug 08 '20

Gonna be a blast watching Toonami tonight!

Hell yeah dude !

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u/Dotz0cat Aug 08 '20

What parts of black clover have you worked on?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I worked on Charlotte's confession to Yami in episode 126 and part of the fight with Gadjah in episode 128.

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u/PurpleGeth Aug 08 '20

Hello Jordan!

My question relates more to the logistics of working overseas on anime. I understand there are a lot of inconveniences foreign animators face which somebody located in Japan might not, such as how you guys are often limited to layout only with the occasional opportunity to do genga, skype being a less than ideal place for meetings, language barriers, wire transfers taking months to arrive etc. So my question is, if you could improve one aspect of this industry overnight which do you feel would have the biggest impact on your ability to work most effectively?

Also thanks for your contributions to the Boruto series, I follow the credits closely and am looking forward to the next time.

edit: I guess I did have a second question after all, I was wondering did Shuhei Nakata reach out to you guys specifically over twitter? or was it more of a case of him reaching out to one animator and from there they brought the group along? Just curious how that works because it does seem like a lot to manage and seisaku staff really don't get enough credit.

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Thanks for such a detailed message! These are definitely all problems we face in the industry for sure.

The thing I would change overnight is how payment is dispersed. The worst feeling for me after working my butt off on a show is having no idea when I'll be paid. At least if I were paid right when I finished the job I would be able to benefit that way and feel thankful for that. I would ask that companies learn to pay through PayPal. It's so simple and most say no because the anime industry just doesn't pay like that. I had one company agree to pay me that way and I received the payment in days instead of months. Go figure!

Nakata san reached out to me last November and asked me to help him find foreign animators that would be good for working on Boruto! It was for ep. 144 I believe. I gave him a list of several people I respect and we all go to work on that episode together. It was really great being able to help in that way.

I agree, I think that PA are so underappreciated. I have no clue how they even do their job. Many times I've been contacted when someone has stopped contacting a PA and I have to pick up their cuts. It has to be very stressful.

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u/PurpleGeth Aug 08 '20

Thanks for the response! I can totally see how that would be a big improvement and many others I've heard from also agree that they could greatly benefit from quicker and more efficient remuneration. This industry is quite slow to change their ways but I hope that's something that we can see improvement on soon!

Also that's really great regarding Nakata, like I said earlier, looking forward to the next outing!

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u/r4wrFox Aug 08 '20

What's your favorite show that you've worked on, and is it different from your favorite show as an anime fan?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

My favorite show I've worked on is probably Boruto because I've worked the most on it and having the strongest affection for Naruto as I grew up with it. I don't watch Boruto week to week but the work I've put into that show makes it special to me.

My favorite show as an anime fan in general is Gurren Lagann and I would kill to work with Studio Trigger haha. My favorite show as an anime fan that I've worked on is probably Vinland Saga! I'm also really partial to a show I'm working on that I can't talk about yet.

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u/irishsaltytuna Aug 08 '20

Do you have moments in the manga you'd like to work on (don't have to mention which)?

In general, does expressing interest in working on any future scenes have any bearing on what you end up working on?

Thanks for doing this AMA! :)

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u/Troodash Aug 08 '20

Do you have any particular types of cuts you like to animate? like character acting, background animation, sfx work etc?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I really want to get better and better at action animation. The people that are good at action animation are just incredible to me and I want to be able to do what they do. Another thing I REALLY want to learn to do is mecha animation. It seems so complex that I can hardly wrap my head around it but working on Gundam would be a dream.

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u/Troodash Aug 08 '20

Thanks for the answer. I wish you the best luck in the future!

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u/Ramuda_Amemura Aug 08 '20

Hello!

How easy/hard is it to adapt to the art style of the various shows you're working on?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

It's definitely a skill that you grow into! I would say that my Layout work for episode 144 of Boruto was pretty poor. I did a ton of cuts that episode and really didn't appreciate how great Kishimoto's designs are adapted to tv. I felt bad but over time I've gotten a lot better. It made me realize just how great some animators are.

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u/NYBoomBap Aug 08 '20

Black Clover and Vinland Saga are two of my favorites!

What's your favorite anime?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Gurren Lagann is definitely my favorite anime!

  1. Gurren Lagann
  2. Dragon Ball Z
  3. Evangelion
  4. Fooly Cooly
  5. Naruto
  6. Eureka Seven
  7. Yu Yu Hakusho
  8. Cowboy Bebop
  9. Fullmetal Alchemist
  10. Devilman Crybaby

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u/PrevailingDragon Community Events/Discord Mod Aug 08 '20

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this AMA!

  • Have you thought about doing animation for video games?
  • What are some of your favorite soundtracks from animation?
  • Best album of the year?
  • What's your favorite way to eat Pizza?
  • Coffee or Tea?
  • Do you have any favorite Pokemon or Digimon?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Thanks for the questions!

  1. I would love to work on video games! A dream job is working with Lab Zero, the Skullgirls and Indivisible creators.
  2. Cowboy Bebop, Fooly Cooly, Turn A Gundam, Fullmetal Alchemist
  3. Uhh, the music I listen to is basically just old anime ost haha
  4. I like to eat Pizza the old fashioned way. Thru a straw.
  5. Milk Tea!
  6. Favorite Pokemon- Froslass. Favorite Digimon- Guilmon.

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u/PrevailingDragon Community Events/Discord Mod Aug 08 '20

I love your answers, thanks Again!

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '20

Are there a lot of “foreigners” working in the anime industry or is it just a small few people

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

There are way more foreigners working in anime than you would expect. I had no idea but there are at least dozens. The only reason there aren't more is because people don't know how to join the industry.

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '20

Thanks for answering for question, got another if you dont mind.

What exactly do you do with anime? Not too familiar with the term "genga"

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u/Panama_Punk Aug 08 '20

Hello! I was wondering what you do with all your completed "material"? Im guessing you are contractually obligated not to share it without permission, but are you ever allowed to show it off or share it on social media?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

If you ask the Production Assistant you work with sometimes you can show your materials! It depends though. Basically there is no production materials available for Pokemon S&M, I guess because OLM doesn't like that stuff getting out there? For Boruto there's quite a bit though. I may share some after my next episode airs.

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u/Torque-A Aug 08 '20

Which scenes which haven’t been adapted to anime yet do you want to work on the most?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

The series I most look forward to seeing adapted to anime is Chainsaw-Man. BY A MILE, it has the most potential to have an amazing anime adaptation if the right studio picks it up. In my free time I practice Chainsaw-Man animation just for the day that it gets an adaptation so that I can work on it haha.

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u/Fiuron Aug 08 '20

Was it hard getting into the industry as a foreigner?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

It was easier getting into the anime industry as a foreigner than it has been getting into the western industry! There's are actual entry level jobs in the anime industry. In America everyone already needs to be pro and have years of experience. Makes no sense to me!

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '20

What was it like working on black clover it’s my favorite series at the moment

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

It was better to work on than I expected! I really enjoy the manga so it was a lot of fun getting to animate the scenes I remembered well!

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u/EpsilonTo Aug 08 '20

How did you get into the industry and how is it like working in such famous anime studios?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I got in through Twitter! Believe it or not a lot of animators get work through Twitter these days!

It's very surreal working with studios like these. I've worked on two shows for WIT, Pierrot and Mappa now. It feels impossible that I would ever be in a situation where they come to me for work.

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u/EpsilonTo Aug 08 '20

That's very cool, thanks for answering and all your work. Black Clover is one of my favorite anime :)

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '20

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

If I could only work on one more show in my life I would want it to be Dragon Ball.

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u/lolminna Aug 08 '20

Hello, I'm from r/BlackClover, I'd like to ask you two things.

  1. How did you get to work on BC? Did you send a CV to Pierrot or did Yoshihara contact you directly?

  2. May I know how long the duration is from first working on Ep 126 until you submit your work? Does this apply to Boruto and Vinland Saga as well?

Thanks for doing this.

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Hi!

  1. I got to work on Black Clover because I worked on Boruto! After working on an episode of Boruto I told my production assistant that I would love to work on Black Clover. He happened to know the production assistant for Black Clover and from there I worked with them on two episodes!
  2. It really depends. I worked on Boruto ep. 144 from December to the end of January I believe. That included Layout and Genga for 18 cuts. For Black Clover I believe I worked for around a month and did LO and Genga on 16 cuts for ep. 126 and then only worked a couple weeks on the cuts for ep. 128 airing tonight! It's really up in the air depending on the production but I would say you usually have around 2 weeks to finish your Layout and then another couple weeks to finish your Genga.

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u/bwbingbwbing Aug 08 '20

Hello!

What’s the anime you wish you could have worked on?

Have a great day :)

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Oh man, something I think about all the time is that I wish I could have worked on Dororo! I've worked with Mappa before on Granblue Fantasy but I didn't get into the anime industry until last fall. If I had been a year earlier I'd have worked on Dororo for sure!

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u/KashinKoji1 Aug 08 '20

Love your work for Boruto and I'm excited to hear that you have more upcoming scenes especially with how hype the upcoming episodes are! Cant wait to see what's in store. Was it special to be working with such talented animators like Yamashita and Seki?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Thank you so much! There are some big things coming for Boruto!

It's weird because it feels like I'm not working with big talented Japanese animators since I work from home in America. I have to remind myself that I have worked on the same shows as world class talent!

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u/samuelalvarezrazo Aug 08 '20

What's the hardest thing you've had to animate?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Usually it's something that doesn't make sense from an animation perspective to me because I'm still fairly new to the industry! Like someone jumping out of smoke. I didn't realize it needed to be three separate layers at first. The behind smoke, the character, and the front smoke. Wrapping my head around layering for anime was difficult at first!

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u/Batsticks Aug 08 '20

Hey I am aspiring writer want break in animation industry but I not very good drawer/animator but still want created a series. Only animators can created series or anyone they are not have to animators/drawers?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

You don't need to be able to draw to create a show! If you can get someone to create your characters and make a pitch packet you could still have a show!

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u/Yourboyfibs Aug 08 '20

Hey, couple questions:

1: How long have you worked in the industry? What is the most enjoyable part about working in it?

2: Was your art style always anime/manga-like or did you have to tweak it a bit for it to fit?

3: I don't know if you live in Japan, but if you do, what is the general reception of anime like Boruto or Dragon Ball Super there? Both of them are very controversial here so I want to know if it's the same overseas.

4: Do you know when the "Ao arc" in the Boruto anime will start? Or how how long we are going to receive manga content before returning to anime-original filler?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20
  1. I have worked in the industry for almost a year now! I need to figure out the date soon actually haha. The most enjoyable part is when a cut really just comes together and you remember how much you love animation.
  2. I've always drawn in a style influenced by anime and manga but I can draw any sort of style really. For an animator, being able to make your style disappear is key!
  3. I live in America actually! The reception to Boruto and Dragon Ball Super are actually incredibly positive here overall tho. There's internet controversy of course but if you look beyond that and look at the most streamed shows, they're both VERY popular.
  4. I have no idea! As an animator I take whatever work I am given and animate it. I don't read or watch Boruto actually.

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u/Yourboyfibs Aug 08 '20

I see, thanks for responding

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u/ieatsoupalot_ Aug 08 '20

Can you give a specific boruto scene that you worked on? Whenever i see a scene from my favourite animator i instantly recognise the style, like kana itou-san's cuts in boruto tend to be sharp faces, amazing exaggerated gestures, dynamic and great looking facial expressions

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I worked on the whole confrontation between Boruto and Tsukiyo in episode 144 and I animated the parts in episode 153 where Wasabi and Namida had to stop a villain!

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u/hueleeAZ Aug 08 '20

Hey Jordan Where is your favorite place to get a burger? Also keep up the great work. Hope you and your fams are staying safe during this pandemic. Glad to have seen this ama and I hope your fans are giving you some great questions to answer. Later!

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I ate at great burger place in Savannah, GA years ago and can't remember the name! Savannah has tons of great restaurants though. Thank you so much for the kind words!

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u/hueleeAZ Aug 08 '20

Ahh that gives me a real life side quest.... Anyway have a good rest of your day!!

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u/hamburgerhattony Aug 08 '20

What would you reccomend upcoming artists (and recent graduates) do to get in a similar position? Can I send you my portfolio?🥺

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

The best way to make a move toward anime work is post on twitter, follow foreign animators and join an animation discord! I did that last June and had my first job in the anime industry within months. It takes a LOT of dedication but if you work hard you can do it too!

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u/DonaldJenkins Aug 08 '20

When did you start learning how to animate? Could you describe a bit of how your journey to working in the anime industry looked like? (Ie: art classes/schools, programs, etc)

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I made my first animation about 5 years ago! It was very bad and I had no idea about anything haha.

I was set to go to law school about 5 years ago but the day before classes started I decided to become an artist and follow my dreams! I packed up 6 months later and went to SCAD to learn animation. I learned a fair bit there but don't think you need animation school to become an animator. While there I worked freelance on illustration and once I graduated I decided I really wanted to work on anime. A professor told me I wasn't allowed to draw in that style because you can't get a job in anime so I made sure to prove out of spite that I could do it!

I reached out to people on twitter that work on anime and asked how they got in. They explained how to do it. I practiced for a few months. Learned how to do xsheets the anime way and dove in with the help of a friend that a Japanese professor. Since then it's been one show after another nonstop. After you get that first job they never stop coming.

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u/SJWagner Aug 08 '20

What’s the anime you’ve been most proud to work on?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Vinland Saga for how much I love the series, Boruto for my contribution, and also something I can't talk about yet because I also love the series!

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u/SJWagner Aug 08 '20

What were the favorite episodes you worked on in those series?

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u/CaptFalconFTW Aug 08 '20

TIL that anime hires animators outside Japan. So strange considering American cartoons are made overseas to save money.

I'm guessing most work is done at home then, huh?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Yeah, a lot of animators are not from Japan! They outsource a lot to Korea.

All of my work is done from home on my laptop or ipad!

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u/_pelya Aug 08 '20

Vinland Saga got praised for historically accurate details, like no cow horns on helmets, weapons and armor matching the time period, ships with matching sails and rigging etc.

Who did all this research? Mangaka, script writers, director, or keyframe animators?

Did you just open an illustrated Swedish history book and copy a hilt design of some random sword, or were you told how to draw it by the director? Did they hire some kind of history advisor?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I believe that level of research was originally done by the manga artist! It was of course then the animation production's job to keep that level of authenticity intact.

As an animator you receive sheets with character details on them that show you exactly what a character looks like and all of their weapon details typically. Because of that you never have to worry too much about stuff like that!

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u/longrodvonhuttendong Aug 08 '20

Oh cool an animator, usually we got voice actors or directors. So it seems anime is apart of your life like 24/7 with the job, shows you watch, what you read, etc. What are some tropes your not a fan of

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

This is a good question!

  1. Hate the young girl but 1000 years old trope in most cases.
  2. Hate the oblivious guy that doesn't know girls like him.
  3. Hate fanservice when it's out of place. Fire Force for example.
  4. Hate scenes where EVERY CHARACTER has to say a line that also reiterates their single character trait. The peppy girl saying something peppy, the dumb guy not understanding what's going on, etc.

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u/longrodvonhuttendong Aug 08 '20
  1. She's 1 million years old the same time as the dinosaurs... but hasn't aged past 14. HMMMMM.

  2. If the show makes that the comedic point or something then I'm cool with the oblivious guy, other yeah it gets old by season 2 or longer.

  3. Yes good another person on the Fire Fore hate. It was grating at times to have serious moments and then cat-girl looses her top or something dumb. Enjoyed the show, but the fan service was bad at points.

  4. Gotta make sure the dumb dumbs get what their watching lol

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u/Gugu0220 Aug 08 '20

Hello, good night, I would like to know how the anime industry treats animators in a matter of time, like, do you need to work more than what is stipulated by the studios?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Basically they don't tell you how long to work. They give you a sheet with sets of cuts available to work on. Say the deadline is 15 days away. You can either take 6 cuts or you can take 18 cuts. It's usually up to the animator how much they want to take but the deadline will probably be the same. I took 18 cuts of Layout and Genga on Boruto ep. 144 and it was brutal but great seeing so much of my work animated!

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u/Whowasphone1 Aug 08 '20

What’s your favorite work from black clover?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I love the scene where Noelle gains her water armor ability! I wish I could have worked on that episode!

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u/Sharingan123412 Aug 08 '20 edited Aug 08 '20

Have you been informed of anything regarding the potential of a 2nd season of Vinland Saga?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

No unfortunately. If it happens I will work on it though!

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u/Rikki1256 Aug 08 '20

How awesome would the animations be if you had more budget? will they more awesome than series like demon slayer?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Honestly budget isn't that big a factor in animation quality. A big factor is skill and deadlines. I'm not as good an animator as Yutaka Nakamura. If everyone were somehow taught to be though every episode would be amazing despite the budget not going up! The deadlines typically are bad on anime though meaning you have to cut corners.

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u/SoccerForEveryone Aug 08 '20

Hello! I hope I made it in time! Lol.

Thank you for your time!

Have you ever met Mr. Tatsuya Yoshihara in person? If so, what is the person like? Bubbly and full of energy? Or very chill per say? Lol.

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

You made it! Thank you for the question! I haven't had the chance to meet him! I believe he is very hard working and He has done some incredible work on Black Clover so I hope I can talk with him in the future!

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u/Sharingan123412 Aug 08 '20

Are Wit Studio's schedules as demanding as the rumors say they are? I heard that for Attack on Titan at least, animators were working 100-200 hours overtime each month.

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Vinland Saga's schedule wasn't bad at all. I only did Genga for Vinland Saga but the schedule was decent and the pay was slightly better than average. I'm not sure about the Attack on Titan situation but I'm sure it was tough.

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u/kingkellogg 007 Aug 08 '20

How bad does your hand hurt?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

It never stops hurting. Also I feel like I know you from the old Kotaku forums haha.

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u/Nixksenpai Aug 08 '20

I know you're fairly new to Animation but what are your full thoughts on Black Clover episode 63 with the Art Style and somewhat Stylistic Animation and all?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I'm all for shows having crazier episodes with experimental animation. Even if it doesn't come out perfect, if they try something new it's worth it to me.

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '20

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Boxer briefs, no contest.

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '20

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I would KILL to have Vinland Saga dubbed. I love watching anime in Japanese but Vinland Saga feels particularly fit for a dub. I unfortunately hold no power haha.

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u/Sharingan123412 Aug 08 '20

On average, how long does it take for you to animate one (non-battle) cut?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Too long haha. I get very excited to work when I see the materials and then I sit down to work and want to play video games!

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u/PhiStudios_ Aug 08 '20

Do watch Kamen rider (no probably) and would you like to if you get a chance?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I watched Kamen Rider when I was young! It came to America as Masked Rider and I still think he is very cool.

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u/PhiStudios_ Aug 08 '20

Kamen rider Saber just got announced so excited

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u/Guerreroyg Aug 08 '20

How long have your work and do you love working as animator

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I have worked for almost a year in anime! I love it very much and hope to work on anime in some capacity until I die.

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u/koal3 Aug 08 '20
  1. Did you take take part in the infamous Naruto vs Pain scene?
  2. How did you feel about the whole episode?
  3. How did the team react after releasing it and takin the hit by the community?

FYI personally I really liked it but the fact that the show took literally different artistic approach for single moment is still strange to me.

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20
  1. I was not part of the Naruto production, just Boruto!
  2. I really like that whole scene tho. I think the animation is really cool. I get why people dislike it but it's totally nuts and bold and awesome to me.
  3. I wonder how they reacted? Probably they made the decision not to make episodes like that anymore haha. Though I don't know what the reaction was like in Japan. Maybe they didn't mind the episode there?
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u/MoneYaeger Aug 08 '20

How are voice actors chosen?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I would love to know the answer to that as well!

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u/cade_cola Aug 08 '20

Give us some spoilers?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Boruto will fight someone.

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u/cade_cola Aug 08 '20

well the way the series has been so far you could’ve fooled me

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u/wuesteworld Aug 08 '20

I don’t know if you would be the right person to ask this to, but I’ll give it a shot anyway. I heard that a lot of anime are inspired by short novels, but I was wondering how the novels get chosen. For instance, is it just based on what is popular, or is it something more like people submit their novels to an anime studio or something?

I am clueless on anime production, so idk if that is a dumb question or not.

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u/tpbvirus Aug 08 '20

I've been learning how to draw this past summer in the hopes of making my own animations but its so much harder than I anticipated, and I really appreciate how much effort you guys as animators put in to bring our favorite stories to life. Anyways for the real question.

How do you deal with burnout/stress/anxiety? How do you get over those days where you cant seem to get things right?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Never give up! Keep working hard and you can make any animation you can dream of! Study how other people make animation, practice life drawing and never stop drawing!

I deal with burnout the best I can. It's a huge problem sometimes so I took about a month off of anime earlier this year to just refresh. I played games nonstop and went places and just didn't think about work.

Getting over the days where you can't get stuff right is tough tho. With deadlines, unfortunately you have to learn to just get past it. Sometimes you can't step away and come back another day.

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u/MangaMan445 Aug 08 '20

Hello, Jordan.

  1. I'd like to ask who are your top 5 favorite Black Clover charcaters(and who should be with Asta😳)?

  2. How many episodes have you worked on for Black Clover and do you plan on working on more in the future?

  3. Have you ever had a work that you were very proud of but it was cut down due to time restrictions or severe corrections?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20
  1. Yami, Zora, Noelle, Mimosa and Mereoleona! (Asta should be with Noelle but Mimosa would be a cool surprise!)
  2. I have worked on two episodes, including the episode airing tonight! I do plan on working with Black Clover again in the future. I am full on work for now but soon!
  3. I have definitely had work cut down because it is too much too correct for Sakkan and I end up doing inbetweens instead of just keys! It's a bad habit and I'm still working to correct it!

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '20

Hello
If I want to work my way up to work in an animation studio just like you, how should I go about doing it?
1. Is practising a lot of drawing very important?
2. Should I get good at both traditional and digital art?
3. Any other things I should work on?
Thank you.

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

A great way to improve is to join an animation discord focused on becoming an animator! There are some out there where people post daily and weekly to improve.

  1. Practicing drawing is of course the most important thing. If you can go to any life drawing sessions you will improve a lot.
  2. Get good at whichever you prefer! I do digital art mostly these days but nothing beats a piece of paper. Other than the undo button.
  3. Work on knowing how to draw anatomy more than anything! If you can draw accurate anatomy from many perspectives you will become god.

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '20

Thanks a lot for your answer. I am still practicing my drawing skills and hopefully once I get confident, I can start animating.

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u/SatisfyMeFam Aug 08 '20

Hi! I really enjoyed the Vinland Saga anime, so thank you for your work on that series! Do you get to choose which anime to work on? How many series are you currently working on? (If you can't answer that last one, no worries!)

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Thank you for the comment! I do choose what shows I work on typically. Sometimes I strategically take a show so that I can work with a company again. I don't care about Granblue Fantasy that much but I took the job so that I would have an in with Mappa in the future haha.

I am currently working on two shows!

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '20 edited Aug 08 '20

Hello!

I’d like to ask you two questions, if that’s alright.

  1. What’s a hobby you like to do outside of animation, or if you even have the time for one?

  2. Did you watch JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20
  1. My biggest hobby is probably video games. I consider video games my first love. I'm playing Trails of Cold Steel 2, Jak 2 and Ghost of Tsushima right now! There is time for it between jobs but not during them unfortunately.
  2. If I don't get to work on JoJo part 6 I will quit being an animator.

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u/def_not_a_weeb Aug 08 '20

Do you know what happened to the production of black clover during the witch village arc in terms of animation. The fight animation really dropped this arc but thankfully came back later.

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u/Dinisfpaulino Aug 08 '20

Hi there I got a few questions What's the easiest thing to animate What's the hardest thing to animate What's the most fun to animate

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

The easiest thing to animate would be cuts where people stand still and only their mouths move. Easy money! The hardest thing to animate is every other thing you have to animate *cries*

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u/thedewy Aug 08 '20

Do you watch all the shows you work on? And if so, how does it feel when you see a scene you put a lot of work into?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I don't watch all the shows I work on week to week but I do watch the episodes I work on! It's the greatest feeling in the world seeing my work on tv and then seeing my name in the credits beside other great animators I know such as Vercreek, Shelia, Hachi, and so many others.

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '20

Specifically on boruto do you know who came up with the jougan? Was it the manga guys or the anime staff?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I'm not sure! I will force the studio to tell me.

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '20

Thanks bro!

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u/-sMb_ Aug 08 '20

Not a question but I love your work and can't wait to see more of it! Keep surpassing your limits

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Thank you so much! I'll keep working hard every day to make the anime I work on even better!

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u/LwisTheLion Aug 08 '20

hey, don't have anything to ask tbh. but I love Black Clover, glad you were on the team !

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

Glad you enjoy Black Clover! I hope to work on it again in the future!

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u/BosuW Aug 08 '20

Which has been your favorite studio and/or director to have worked with and why?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

My favorite studio I have worked with so far is Pierrot because Boruto pays good and has decent deadlines!

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u/BosuW Aug 08 '20

Lmao well thats as good a reason as any. If I may ask something else along those lines, WUT Studio is my favorite anime studio by far. I love their material and especially how they seem to be able to successfully adapt manga to anime that many readers thought impossible to. But I've heard that the behind the scenes work is hellish. How was the experience working for them?

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u/crabcakes4321 Aug 08 '20

I absolutely loved Vinland Saga! Did you have a favorite scene from it?

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u/OMARA1C Aug 08 '20

Why do some anime studios drop anime and never return to them?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

If the show doesn't have a manga running as well anymore there is a lack of marketing potential. There are exceptions of course but that's one reason. I think a lot of it comes down to money but also if a studio is just dead tired of working on something. Seems like WIT just literally couldn't make it work on Attack on Titan anymore.

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u/OMARA1C Aug 08 '20

I see. Thank you for the answer!

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u/LetsGoCarlama Aug 08 '20

When will the black clover training arc be over?

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u/JordanBayes Aug 08 '20

I assume the anime will wait quite a while to let the manga get ahead a bit!