AnimeRight News (ARN) – In the latest move, Ellation Studios announced it's first Crunchyroll Original series. Surely Crunchyroll, now a big name in the western anime localization and distribution industry, knows anime and knows what their core demographic loves? They would bring us gorgeous magical girl waifus, epic shonen battles, and aesthetically pleasing Isekai, right?
NO! STOP! PLEASE DON'T DO THIS TO ME!
In their 1:30 first look at High Guardian Spice, the Ellation Studios staff repeatedly state how diverse their staff is and how artistic their show will be despite featuring an all-female writing staff and using the same CalArts character design that almost every other western cartoon of the past decade has used. Beyond the vaguest synopsis, information about the show as well as animation that is conspicuously absent. Instead, we get a glimpse inside writer's rooms that would make Silicon Valley look conservative. "It's a very modern reflection of the world--our characters are really diverse, our cast is really diverse, and that's one of the things that excited me the most about it", says staff writer Kate Leth. In a seemingly contradictory statement, head of Ellation Studios Margaret Dean, who also happens to be president of non-profit Women in Animation, explains "We are 50% female in all creative roles, and our writer's room is 100% female. I mean this is what my whole career has been about is trying to get those voices in there that are not being heard."
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This isn't the first time that Crunchyroll has tried tackling cultural issues. Earlier this year at Anime Expo, they hosted an LGBTQ+ panel featuring normalphobic Anime News Network editor Jacob/Hope Chapman (who previously criticized Darling in the Franxx as right-wing propaganda). According to their press release, Crunchyroll plans to announce more new shows as well for their 2019 slate over the next few weeks and we are prepared.