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Shinbo Akiyuki

When it comes to handing out praises, I’m usually an old fashioned type of guy. I’d rather take the old fashioned dish of excellent stories and memorable characterization than some panache attempt to be avant-garde.

Then comes someone like Shinbo Akiyuki who manage to break out of any known mold. Though he has pretty much failed at providing a consistent stream of the basics of storytelling and character development, he’s one of the few directors along with Miyazaki Hayao and Shinkai Makoto who remind me that anime is indeed a visual medium.

Sorrow-kun reviews his latest (and one of his greatest) pieces Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.

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