Creator / Studio Shaft

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Studio SHAFT, established in 1975, is an animation studio best known for adding an almost constant stream of references and shout-outs to other series in the backgrounds of their shows. This usually manifests itself as writing on blackboards and posters which change with every cut. Also known for having a somewhat minimalist yet oddly stylish bent to their own productions. One of the more divisive anime studios. People either love the style or hate it. Middle ground is rare. Oh, and keep one thing in mind: whether the adapted work was originally a Widget Series or not, the SHAFT anime will most likely be one. They were one of the animation studios behind Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors.

Akiyuki Shinbo has been their primary director since 2004, and is responsible for much of their present image.

Note that some fans refer to them as just "Shaft". Do not confuse this with a badass mother—(SHUT YO' MOUTH!), or a minor character in two Castlevania games.


Studio SHAFT solo productions:

In cooperation with Studio Gainax:

Shows for DiC:

Other projects as support include:

Sunrise

Other


Tropes associated with SHAFT:

  • Deconstruction
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Eto Rangers contains little to none of the tropes that defines SHAFT.
  • Enhanced on DVD: Their by-now infamous scrambling to meet deadlines during a show's original airing season generally means improved animation for the eventual DVD release. They've become so notorious for it that this practice of revising art and animation has come to be known as "Shafting", as in "Bakemonogatari was Shafted".
  • GIS Syndrome: SHAFT has developed a reputation for this.
  • Harem Genre: Most of their series have at most The One Guy.
  • Off Model: Both intentionally and as a side effect of their trademark Schedule Slip.
  • Retraux: They'll often add old-time-y film effects or use old-time-y orthography.
  • Signature Style: Part from the studio, part from Akiyuki Shinbo, but there are a lot of those:
    • Deranged Animation: To quote a random blogger: "Whenever I watch a SHAFT anime, I feel like I'm on acid. Not just a little bit of acid, a tanker truck filled with it."
    • Design Student's Orgasm
    • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Whenever they stop trying to get some point across...it is as glorious as orthopedic squid panties to behold.
    • Medium Blending
      • Pictures of real-life objects
    • Mind Screw: "Meanwhile at SHAFT..."
    • Unreadably Fast Text
    • Unmoving Plaid
    • Shout-Out
    • Camera showing whatever instead of the characters that are talking at the moment
    • The infamous head-tilt (Now compiled for your convenience)
    • Art Shift: Frequently for asides or flashbacks, the art style will be drastically different from the show's usual style. Just watch almost any five-minute segment of a Bakemonogatari episode and you'll probably get an example.
    • Mundane Made Awesome: SHAFT will often, and for no reason, up the framerate and animation quality immensely, and can focus on incredibly mundane things.
    • They also seem to have a thing for huge, mostly empty rooms that are, in fact, totally impractical but look artistic.
    • SHAFT likes using stained glass or stained glass patterns a lot.
    • Surreal Theme Tune: All of them. Madoka Magica's makes complete sense, you just don't get context until the end.
  • Widget Series: Many of their shows are this. Even if the source material isn't a Widget Series, SHAFT's extra layer of weirdness will turn it into one.

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