With the large success of Demon Slayer, animation firm Ufotable has turn out to be well-known within the anime neighborhood. Whereas the corporate is not by any means new, having animated the Destiny collection and a number of other anime variations of the Tales of collection, it has seen elevated recognition for the way it dealt with the Demon Slayer anime and film. The latter has even damaged information for Japan’s highest-grossing movie, a title beforehand held by Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away.
Ufotable was based in Nakano, Tokyo in October of 2000 by former staff of Telecom Animation Movie, led by Hikaru Kondo. Whereas the corporate had a gentle output for a number of years within the type of collaborations and in-betweens for some collection, it would not be till 2007’s The Backyard of Sinners that Ufotable would break into the mainstream. Not solely did the corporate turn out to be identified for its detailed animation, but additionally for its use of claymation for some scenes, resembling in Tales of Symphonia and The Backyard of Sinners.
The corporate began with 90 employees members, however as of 2016, that quantity has elevated to 200. The employees could be cut up between two buildings, and have a subsidiary in Tokushima Prefecture. Not solely did Ufotable present animation for TV collection, but it surely additionally supplied cutscenes for video games like Destiny/keep evening and Black Rock Shooter: The Sport. The standard of its productions stems from doing few tasks whereas utilizing in-house employees to animate, very similar to Kyoto Animation. Often, corporations give attention to producing as many exhibits as potential, counting on freelancers and time beyond regulation to fulfill tight schedules.
Doing this causes inconsistency in animation high quality and elegance whereas retaining tasks in-house ensures a extra cohesive look to the animation. Ufotable additionally incorporates extra CG into their works than different studios, mixing 2D animation with 3D to create extra dynamic photographs.
Regardless of Demon Slayer doing so properly, Hikaru Konda and Ufotable have been investigated for tax evasion. It was discovered that the studio owed over ¥400 million (about $3.85 million USD) in taxes, and in 2020, Kondo was charged for not paying ¥139 million (about $1.28 million USD) in taxes. He and the studio have been charged underneath the Company Tax Act and the Consumption Tax Act, and the corporate launched a public apology assertion.
Regardless of its monetary woes, Ufotable continues to be highly-praised for its dealing with of Demon Slayer and its supply materials. It was the studio’s first shonen battle collection, a significant change from the standard mild novel and sport variations. The animation for the battle scenes has been praised for its clear, colourful, dynamic motion sequences.
It additionally did not shrink back from exhibiting the characters as they have been written or take away from their personalities to try to cater to anime followers. It left them as they have been, and that works to its profit. Too many instances, studios attempt to reduce corners and attraction to sure varieties of followers, however Ufotable instructed a narrative in a manner that paid homage to the unique supply materials.
The success of the film proves that the studio is able to nice issues and that its mannequin of labor manufacturing is useful, each financially and stylistically. Ufotable was capable of take a narrative in a extra area of interest medium and make it accessible to a bigger viewers.