For most directors, doing a wide shot for purposes of establishing the setting means settling for a flat composition. Since an overall view is required, many resign to the idea that there's not much of opportunity for depth and layering.
Anno is not one of these directors. In Kare Kano, he takes advantage of stairways' layered structure to create some fantastic compositions.
Using the multiple flights and floors, Anno is able to incorporate true foreground-background interaction into even his wide shots.
Diagonal lines from the stairways lead viewers' eyes around the frame, while making the shot more dynamic by creating a sense of motion.
The overall principle that Anno employs here, is keeping in mind the 3D structure of subjects, in order to inject dynamism even in wide shots.
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