FEATURE: Anime Academy Explores the Origins of WHITE FOX

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When it comes to learning more about the industry that they love, anime fans are hungry like the wolf and crazy like a fox, and Crunchyroll is here to feed their needs with Anime Academy, an educational YouTube series dedicated to examining the subjects that otaku crave. In an episode from its second season, Anime Academy explores the history, works, and corporate culture of WHITE FOX — a studio that has adapted manga, visual novels, and light novels and covered genres ranging from dramatic science fiction to moe comedy to dark fantasy along the way.

In the video (above), host Victoria Holden traces the origins of WHITE FOX from the early career of its founder, Gaku Iwata, as a production assistant at OLM, Inc. up through Iwata's creation of WHITE FOX in 2007 and She efforts explores WHITE FOX's reputation for reliability and quality in an industry plagued by production crunch, their long-standing friendships with other members of the anime industry, and their efforts to train up new generations of animators with the creation the subsidiary studio, White Fox Izukogen.

The video features examples from WHITE FOX's output, including early works such as Tears to Tiara and Utawarerumono to more recent series such as Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- and Steins;Gate 0.WHITE FOX has also animated fan favorites such as Is the Order a Rabbit?, The Devil is a Part-Timer!, GOBLIN SLAYER, and Girls' Last Tour.

Chino sparkles at the prospect of re-naming the Rabbit House Cafe in a scene from the first episode of the Is the Order a Rabbit? TV anime.

If you'd like to know more about other Japanese animation studios and how they operate, you can check out the entire Anime Academy Season 2 Playlist on YouTube. The other seasons of Anime Academy also cover a range of topics: Anime Academy Season 3 Examines the nitty-gritty details of how anime is made, while the first season of Anime Academy breaks down popular anime terms and tropes.

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