Kyoto Animation is seen as a place of wonders for a lot of anime fans. They’re a creative factory, that’s given the world countless modern classics from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya to Free! Iwatobi Swim Club. Their work has quickly entered the “must watch” lists of just about every anime fan, and their shows almost always launch to some form of critical acclaim.

Even the shows that fail to sell with a greater market find devoted followers across the globe. So, to get a glimpse into the studio’s greater workings is akin to getting Willy Wonka’s golden ticket.

A user on Korean BBS Oeker posted a series of stills from a Japanese special, which takes viewers through the animation process at Kyoto Animation. The stills highlight the entire process, as animators take Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions from a series of sketches to a finished final product.

It’s a fascinating glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of anime, where characters can leap right off the screens and into the hearts of viewers everywhere.

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The screens cover everything from early production

To backgrounds

All the way into post-production.

The photo series provides a wonderful glimpse into a studio that’s brought so much joy and affection into the world of anime fandom.