Each season when looking at people discussing upcoming new shows, people will frequently mention the studios and production staff who are in charge of the show. While I’ve thought that on an intellectual level this is perhaps interesting to others, I’m not primarily interested in how things look when it comes to my anime and haven’t previously been super interested in the nuts and bolts behind how shows are put together. I watch anime for its unique storytelling and different humour, and the studios putting shows together have barely registered on my radar. Until now.
Long Riders (that great show about cute girls riding bikes which probably has little to offer you unless you’re interested in bikes, the bikes are great) has suffered from multiple delays, to the point where the last 2 episodes are going to be released in February separately. Because I’ve been quite diligent about following up on Long Riders news, I did some reading and found out that Studio Actas who has been making Long Riders also brought us Girls Und Panzer, which had its last two episodes come out on DVD only, and Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars, which had its first few episodes air in Summer 2016 but the rest of the show got delayed to Fall 2016. From this experience, I have learnt that Actas shows may not be released to plan, and that I could perhaps have predicted Long Riders’ delays from knowing about the studio. I’m also a little more interested in how an anime is put together now and what may happen to hold it up. I don’t know that this is ever going to become an overriding passion, but I’d like to find out a little more in response to this moment.