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Fall 2011 Logos

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October 28, 2011 at 8:53 am

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Summer 2011 Logos

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July 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm

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Spring 2011 Logos

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Fireball Charming (ファイアボール チャーミング) has such a fantastic logo. Beautiful use of stylized Japanese characters. It looks like an alien language. This fits perfectly with the show since it is a comedy about a mechanized civilization living on Earth in the year 48234 of their calendar. It is the sequel of Fireball. This is the logo of the previous show. It was OK, but making it much more chaotic by adding チャーミング improved it a lot.

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C – Control – The Money and Soul of Possibility has an extremely cool logo. The dirty and disorganized look suit really well this show about people battling each other with money on a strange realm called Financial District. Despite the unclean look, the logo is made of shining squares. That adds the idea of something modern. Bits and data. Besides the logo, another thing I really like are the scenes where the characters of the other realm speak to the protagonist. Part of the screen is covered by black rectangles. As these characters speak with a modulated voice, a transcript of what they are saying appears on white text. Like this.

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Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai (あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。) translates to We Still do not Know the Name of the Flower we Saw that Day. What a challenge to make the logo of such a long title. Problem solved with a simple solution: build it like it was written on piece of paper. I love the font utilized here. The missing and excessive ink in the details of each character is gorgeous. Evokes the idea of something delicate, unique, and handcrafted. Two thin strokes wrap the structure and cleverly add movement. The idea matches perfectly with the show. The story revolves around a group of friends who drifted apart after the death of one of them. The girl who died returns as a ghost a few years later and the old friends will need to reunite to grant her forgotten wish.


The logo above comes from Moshidora (もしどら), a baseball show about a girl who uses Peter Drucker’s Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices to administer the team. Great utilization of the squares. It instantly reminds me of the baseball field and the bases. The arrangement and the color make it light and ebullient. The arrow surrounding the hiragana も nicely brings the idea of organization and direction. Below the logo, it is written もし高校野球の女子マネージャーがドラッカーの『マネジメント』を読んだら which translates to What If a Female Student Manager of a High School Baseball Team Reads Drucker’s “Management. Moshidora is a bit easier to enunciate.

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Nichijou (日常) has a very simple logo. And that is part of the joke. The title translates to Everyday, sort of transmitting the idea of ordinary, commonplace. The show is the exact opposite. It’s a comedy that depicts the frantic life of some students and a young inventor who built a robot-girl to take care of her. Below is the fun logo of the show within the show called Helvetica Standard.

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April 26, 2011 at 3:32 am

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Hourou Musuko Logo

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Hourou Musuko (放浪息子) has a beautiful logo done with delicate colors that match impeccably the mood of the show. The color tone sort of reminds me of Kimi ni Todoke’s logo, but the form and the details done to resemble watercolor definitely make it unique.

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February 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

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Star Driver and Kuragehime Logos

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Two more logos from the fall season. Below is the logo of Star Driver Kagayaki no Takuto (STAR DRIVER 輝きのタクト) which has a great balance due to the positioning/sizing of the letters. I like the subtle underline that cuts the letter D. Together with the blue background, it transmits the idea of water which is important since the setting of the story is an island where some of the main characters aren’t allowed to leave.
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The next one is from Kuragehime (海月姫 〜くらげひめ〜). Another logo that efficiently captures the essence of the story. The male protagonist is a cross-dressing university student from a distinguished family who ends up becoming a friend of a female NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) who is passionate about jellyfishes. The vibrant colors and the round forms that directly resemble the jellyfish contour on the right are very neat.
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December 9, 2010 at 11:32 am

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Five Logos

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While trying to remember interesting logos from shows I’ve seen, I ended up with a handful that I thought were really well made. Four recent and one from the nineties.

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Yojō-Han Shinwa Taikei (四畳半神話大系) received the English title The Tatami Galaxy. It has an extremely slick and simple design for its logo. It cleverly uses the kanji 四 by constroying it from a square shaped like a classic tatami layout which is very important to the plot.

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I wrote about Kimi ni Todoke (君に届け) on my very first post after moving to WordPress. I love the pastel colors used on this logo which are very appropriate since the whole show has an amazing color palette.

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Toradora! (とらドラ!) may have a similar logo as Kimi ni Todoke, but it is applied in a different way. While both have sillabaries on top of circles, Toradora! likes to play around with logo by rearranging the circles around as episodes go by. The colors also differ a lot since it chooses some strong colors that supposedly represent the two main characters and their three close friends.

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Bōnen no Xamdou (亡念のザムド) received the English title Xam’d: Lost Memories. Among anime logos, this one jumps to my mind because of it’s unusual compactness. Really bold.

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Lodoss tō Senki (ロードス島戦記) received the English title Record of Lodoss War. The rock texture around the shiny golden letters contrasts a lot with the previous logos. It looks dated, but it conveys the Dungeons and Dragons atmosphere of this franchise with incredible efficiency. Built into the logo, the sword and the star are simple elements that automatically bring forth the idea of sword and sorcery.

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November 30, 2010 at 3:53 am

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Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Logo

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Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is the new Gainax show and it has one of the most beautiful logos I have ever seen in anime. Fantastic combination of colors, font, and details.

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October 2, 2010 at 1:03 am

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