CGI in Anime
Will there ever be an anime that achieves the success and widespread acclaim of Toy Story? Over the past two decades, there have been regular attempts to make all-CG anime, often (though not always) aimed at the world market. Some are enjoyable – we recommend the sci-fi action film Appleseed Ex Machina – and some woeful, such as Appleseed XIII, another version of the same property. The 2013 CG film Stand By Me Doraemon remade a beloved trad toon about a friendly robot cat; it was successful in Japan, but isn’t likely to challenge Pixar in foreign markets.
The CG studio Polygon Pictures has made some ambitious recent productions, including Ronja the Robber’s Daughter (a children’s show co-produced with Studio Ghibli) and the horror-themed Ajin: Demi-Human. Polygon’s space opera serial Knights of Sidonia is available in Britain.
In Knights of Sidonia, the young heroes defend a giant spaceship carrying the last humans.