Christopher Middleton is a Bay Area based artist that appreciates the beautiful artwork that goes into Japanese animation’s backgrounds. So much so that he started his own blog about it.
ANIMEBACKGROUNDS is a blog that is dedicated to showcasing the highly detailed and oftentimes breathtaking backgrounds of anime that many of us take for granted. Middleton takes screenshots of anime and painstakingly removes foreground characters or stitches multiple scenes together to form seamless background pieces.
As you can see, animators in Japan pay as much attention to the backgrounds as they do the main characters of an anime. Take a look at Middleton’s blog for many more scenes and see if you can name which anime they are from.