Just recently, Bones produced the poltergeist comedy, Mob Psycho 100 and Show by Rock!!, the second season of My Hero Academia, and later this year the follow up to Kekkai Sensen will be out. They’ve contributed to the cut scenes in the Persona 4 rhythm game for PlayStation Vita, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, and the Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.
Bones excels in choreographed action sequences, crisp visuals and subtle comedy. Their portfolio includes some of the greatest anime from the '00s, namely, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Ouran High School Host Club and Soul Eater. The programs brilliantly balance high-intense action and dramatic moments with light-hearted jokes about our favourite characters.
In this way, Bones focuses on unique and subversive series with intriguing plot, worlds and protagonists. In Soul Eater, Maka is a refreshingly badass female lead in an action heavy series that deals with themes of family, friendship and corruption. In Mob Psycho 100, Mob is a ticking time-bomb incapable of expressing his emotions, preferring to bottle them up inside until he explodes. The world of My Hero Academia is inspired by both western comics and popular shounen, artistically conveying this by drawing the teen protagonists in a traditional shounen art style and adult characters as westernised superheroes.
All of these shows are excellent examples of the highly energised action in Bones’ productions. The animation is crisp, bright and vibrant, and scenes are always accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack.
As seen from their portfolio, Bones’ appeal reaches multiple audiences. Their original works aren’t anything noteworthy but their anime adaptations are some of the best in the industry. The pacing, quality in animation and consideration of the source material in Norigami and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is near perfect, and their shows that do stray from them, feel contextual and original without ruining the appeal of its characters.
If you’ve never seen a Bones show before, we recommend watching some of their classics available on AnimeLab, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Ouran High School Host Club; or one of last year’s best, Mob Psycho 100.
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