Hero Academia Season 2: It’s not the budget

Anime culture is fast forwarding towards becoming a worldwide phenomenon. With the recent surge of fans in the west, this industry has found itself in high demand and bolstering fandom throughout the world. This is also the reason there are a high toll of anime being broadcasted every season, to cater to the demands of fans. But it also becomes a bane as artists, writers, directors, and basically entire studios are caught up in a whirlwind of hectic production schedules, conflicts, time restraints, and, unfortunately, low pay to chug out one show after another.
The vast majority of long running animes suffer because of such a schedule as new episodes must be made on a weekly basis, and this conundrum offers no respite for the artists as they have to constantly be working to meet the end goals of the week. The worst case scenarios are where an anime doesn’t air a new episode that week, and at best the quality suffers. The small respite a studio gains from this hectic scenario is when its production starts way ahead of time and hence the creative team finds the time to polish its product as much as possible before it starts airing, the case being made here is of ‘My Hero Academia Season 2”. In no way was the first season bad, the animation quality for most if not all fight scenes was exceptional and quite fluid, and showed passion in the work, but what was apparent however, was the amount of static animation for the rest of the show’s smaller scenes, (still shots of characters, showing little or no movements except lips and such etc.). And these small scenes were quite more expressive and showy in the second season. That comes down to the time available to the studio staff and head animator to do the touch ups before the episode has aired.
Making anime is a lengthy process and that is why it takes a lot of time for a quality anime to air, one season after another. The fact that the season 2 of Hero Academia is so well polished is because the studio had revealed that they were ahead of schedule during production. Production for the season’s 7th episode was in production back in January, 3 whole months before the season was due to start airing.
Studios are divided into production units and that’s how anime productions are managed. Which brings us to the studio in question, Bones. The studio responsible for shows like Kekkai Sensen, FullMetal Alchemist, and, as apparent, My Hero Academia. The reason, for mentioning this is to understand how the studio managed to gain such an advantage in production quality and time. And disregarding the average viewer’s perception of budget increase, which it isn’t as there has been no significant change in budget for this new season. The actual value to an anime can be attributed to proper time management, because it’s arguably one of the most, if not the most, important asset for a studio to have. It doesn’t matter if you have great talented animators in the studio if they don’t have the time to make the anime good.
Coming back to the studio, the way the studio bones is structured is in a way of subdivisions. There are 4 divisions within the studio (A, B, C, and D) which produce different animes in its pipeline within a season, with separate producers, directors, head animators, and a separate team of freelance animators. Season 1 of Hero Academia was in the pipeline of studio A, which was already producing the second season of another show at the time (Noragami). And hence there was little time for the division to properly give time to the show. The result was still great at the most important moments, but not quite stellar in comparison to others.
Now, after its airing, the studio was scheduled to put forward another sequel to another anime, during which time it would have been impossible to produce both that, and Hero Academia, the anime was shifter to another studio, which had no anime at the time of this in its pipeline. Hence, the amount of time available for the studio to make it was increased dramatically, and therefore we have gotten such a stellar anime so far.
The industry is vast, the artists overburdened, but they are still trudging along making anime we know and love.

The Last Ashra

Almost 1400 years ago, Muslims were blessed with Ramadhan, a month better than all other months of the year, a month that 1.5 billion Muslims all across the globe practice with great devotion. This month has such great importance in our religion that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to prepare for it a month before it even began. The month as referred to in Ahadith is divided into three parts known as Ashra, the first one being of Rehmat (Blessings), the second one being of Maghfirat (mercy) and the final being of Aag se Nijaat (riddance from fire). The first two Ashra have passed and those of us were fortunate enough to witness them and have made them worthwhile should thank Allah as much as we could. Now with the start of the final Ashra, which is probably the most important 10 days of this most important month of the year, we should do all that is in our power to make use of it as much as we can. The importance of this Ashra can be explained with just one fact that it holds the Lailat ul Qadr (Night of Decree), then night on which the Quran descended upon Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), a night better than a 1000 nights, and probably Allah’s biggest gift to the Muslim Ummah. This night is so holds such importance that all sins of a man practicing Ibadah on this night will be forgiven and one who practices these last 10 days of the Holy Ramadhan will be freed from the fires of hell as promised by Allah (SWT). This night of decree as per Ahadith is to be searched in the odd nights i.e. 21, 23, 25, 27, and 29 of the last Ashra, with 25, 27, and 29 being most prominent. But this is not just it, the last Ashra still holds one more night, which we tend to forget most, the night of reward, Lailat ul Jaizah, the night before Eid-ul-Fitr, where Allah promises to reward the Muslims for all their deeds in this holy month. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Whoever stands in worship in the night before the two Eids expecting rewards from his Lord, his heart will not die when other hearts will” such is the importance of this night. We should all start now if we haven’t, or put even more efforts in if we have being practicing Ramadhan as it should be practiced, because this Ashra is what we call a make-or-break time of the year for us. In the end I would just like to mention the fact that yes Allah’s mercy and blessings are at their peak in this month, yes blessings are poured from the sky like rain in this month, but there is just one thing that is worrisome and that is what if we fail to do what was expected of us, even in this month.
I’d like to end it by quoting a Hadith about this, Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, ascended the pulpit and he said, “Amin” It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, you ascended the pulpit and said amin.” The Prophet said, “Verily, Gabriel came to me and he said: Whoever reaches the month of Ramadan and he is not forgiven, then he will enter Hellfire and Allah will cast him far away, so say amin. I said amin.” May Allah have mercy upon us and give us the strength to please Allah as He is to be pleased.

Personality Transition in Ramadan, are we actually fasting?

Ramadan is a month which teaches patience and tolerance but the scorching heat wave in Karachi is testing the tolerance level of the people
For people like me it is easy to write then to feel all the problems the masses have to face every day. The only entertainment these days is the Ramzan Transmission on various channels which is much larger than life. However this also turned out be unacceptable, when recently an incident happened on screen in a TV show where an anchor lost his temper and started bashing a young debater. That’s probably because he was fed up with the electricity breakdown schedule or may be the increased prices of food items (particularly in Ramzan) or to an extent to push the ratings high, the anchor ended up making this into a planted script!
So my only apprehension is, are we fasting? Or we are in FAST track??
All I can suggest to people of my city, to keep their rage under control and understand the true meaning of this month i.e. patience and forbearance. Be composed and stay calm because that is what this month is all about!

Happy Fasting!