For all you fans of the popular YuruYuri anime and manga, good news! A new app is out full of the actual storyboard drawings and original artwork used in making the anime!
It's got all the storyboards used to make episode 1 of season 2, giving you an unprecedented look behind the scenes when making an anime episode.
I actually hadn't yet seen episode 1 when I downloaded the app, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. And if you download the app before 11/30, you can get all this for the happy price of 350 yen.
Because these are the actual storyboards, there are a lot of interesting notes about the show written on them. Those of you looking to get into animation could probably learn quite a bit from this app.
The storyboards (upper left) are labeled by chapter name and page number, making it easy to navigate through all the pictures. You can flick through the pages and pinch zoom to get an up-close look at the sketches. One unfortunate point is that, because there are just so many pictures, navigation by thumbnails would be useful option but unfortunately isn't available.
Tapping a section of the storyboard brings up that section's original artwork (upper right).
Here's a quick video of the app in action:
On original art that has an "action check," you can actually flick through the art flipbook-style to see the pictures come to life. Good idea, eh?
There's also a slideshow function, with plenty of settings to tweak. I'm really amazed with all the options and smart programming decisions in this app; it's sure to make any fan of YuruYuri happy.
As you can probably guess from the settings screen above, this app is a port from the original iOS version. The iOS version already has all the storyboards and stuff from the entire first season, so I'm hoping they'll release all this content for Android soon.
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Time used: about 1 hour
Device used: Nexus 7
Publisher: Visualworks Co., Ltd.
Last updated: 10/31/2012
Price: 700 yen (350 yen until 11/30/2012)
Compatibility: Android 2.2 or higher
Translation by Jason Morgan