A-1 Pictures: Studio discussion, speculation, and whatnot.
I was going to post an excerpt from an interview with A-1's president Masuo Ueda at Anime Expo, but we didn't have an A-1 thread, so here it is.
A-1 History from Wiki
Selected works from A-1 Pictures
Persona: Trinity Soul
Birdy the Mighty: Decode
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens
Birdy the Mighty: Decode 2
Sora no Oto
Ōkiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~
Senkou no Night Raid
Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin
Togainu no Chi
Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW (Movie)
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%
Sword Art Online
Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 2000%
Saint☆Young Men (Movie)
Servant x Service
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day Movie
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic 2
Silver Spoon 2
Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda
THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE
Fairy Tail 2014
Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin
Sword Art Online II (Summer)
Aldonah Zero (Summer)
Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus (Summer)
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (April Is Your Lie) (Fall NoitaminA)
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (Winter NoitaminA)
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 3000%
Masuo Ueda the president of A-1 Pictures was at Anime Expo, did an interview, looks like Aniplex/A-1 want to take a shot @ that Gundam money.
More mecha is always welcome in my eyes, looks like they have high ambitions but I guess with AGE dropping the ball there is a gap in the market.
The problem with discussing A-1 is that the studio is nowhere near consistent. If I'm not mistaken they setup the teams on a per-project basis so there's not much continuity related to the studio itself.
I like A-1 pictures. Shin Sekai Yori, Sword Art Online ,Vidvid red operation are my favourites series from A-1. Aniplex had failures in "Anime no Chikara" experiments but they used that experiences to make break though animes like Anohana and SAO. A-1 was unable to generate profits in the first few years but later they did well enough that A-1 couldn't even accept the works from the Aniplex anymore sometimes because they also accepted the works from third party productions. I'm glad that finally someone make a thread regarding A-1 picture. :)
I think A-1's reputation has slightly suffered due to how much Magi diverged from the manga and how Alibaba had way more angst and he basically stole the spotlight from Aladdin.
A-1's best is Space Brothers. I recently went from being 10+ episodes behind to only 4 episodes behind(and the Comeback Competition arc was quite good). But of course, Sword Art Online would probably be everyone's go-to example even though SAO is an average show with really good fighting scenes.
When I think of A-1 Pictures, I think of them as JC Staff V2.0. Large studio, backed up by a huge sponsor (Aniplex), very high volume of output and quality ranging from mediocre to great. Production qualities also vary quite a lot. On the whole, in terms of "commercialized" studios goes, I can't say I'm not happy with A-1 on the whole. For every "cash-cow" or popular source material adaptation they have something different.
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