Here is an interesting article on Studio Khara/Project Studio Q transitioning from 3ds Max to Blender. They’re using Blender on a Neon Genesis Evangelion movie. Grease Pencil, and lower cost seem to be major factors in the decision. The seamless mix of 2d and 3d animation in Blender seems like a no-brainer for anime studios. It’ll be interesting to see if more anime studios start looking into Blender in the next few years.