Let’s Talk Art, Fall Season 2016 – From Cardboart Cut-Outs to Sakuga.

fall season 2016

We live in a post-Trump elected world and it’s another season of a not arts student nitpicking cartoons.

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True hetero bros will tell you that even though Yuri on Ice is (a little) gay, the animation is amazing so it’s okay to watch it. Mappa’s animation is what they’re known for, and I’m not talking about aesthetics like a lot people seem to confuse it with, but actual animation. You know, the nitty-gritty basics of asking a studio “how many frames per second can you draw?” – Mappa hits all the sweet spots when it comes to fluidity, and although the first two episodes do everything to convince you that this is no exception, episode three misses the mark many times showcasing one of the worst use of recycled animation I have seen in a very long time.

And that is the thing – Yuri on Ice looks sounds and is amazing – but it’s really obvious that Mappa headquarters had a few discussions of how they can cut the time and expenses in a way that it won’t be noticeable. Typical anime stuff, you know – chibi cuts, cardboard cut-outs just standing there and, worst of all, recycled scenes or animation cycles (as seen in episode three). This is no reason to get mad at all, it’s the expected, but I guess it’s just more noticeable for a show like Yuri on Ice which look fantastic, except when it doesn’t. Even so, the good (character animation, backgrounds, choreography, cinematography) heavily outweighs the bad,  so I’m just nitpicking here.

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Kiss Him Not Me has no reason to be visually spectacular – it’s not a project driven by an especially big amount of passion, it doesn’t have especially big hype going on about it, the story is nothing especially complicated and, thus, the animation fits what it is and although it has no qualms, I also have nothing to praise it about. Junko’s character designs have been perfectly adapted into motion and the cartoony style might be a turn-off for some, I’ve gotten used to it over the years of reading her work. If there’s anything I have to mention it’s that our main character has really pretty eyes. And, uh, that’s about it for Kiss Him Not Me.

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Ping Pong Girls has the qualities that shows like Kuroko no Basket and Haikyuu has, but unfortunately doesn’t take of them what makes sports anime so dynamic, which is good character animation. Then again, seeing that Ping Pong doesn’t have a lot more than running from left to right and swinging your arm and have a lot of internal monologue, it requires the animators to get creative. In Ping Pong the Animation it’s the aesthetics of it and, in Ping Pong Girls, it has nothing that doesn’t appeal to anyone who doesn’t care for moe. Again, I’m nitpicking, because although this doesn’t take away from the experience it also definitely doesn’t add anything to it. Then again, only like, three of you are actually watching this so I could be talking about senpais titties and y’all wouldn’t notice.

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You know water animation has been done well when you want to take all of your clothes off and jump in it, drinking it on the spot and being able to smell the chlorine and sunscreen through your lap top, feeling summer heat just by looking at it. Keijo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! doesn’t do this, but what it does do is be buttastically titidculous. If anyone asks, say you’re studying the female anatomy.

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Just like Yuri on Ice, Fune wo Amu has a couple of noticeable product cost breathers peppered throughout the episodes in which chibi dictionaries develop souls and start talking to us about the meaning of words. We all know their intentions, but it doesn’t really matter because the rest of the episode looks stunning. As it should be, because unlike the aforementioned Yuri on Ice which is about passionate ice skating, Fune wo Amu is about making dictionaries. While not the most exciting premise in the world, it goes without saying that the characters don’t really move a lot – so, when they do move, it’s gorgeous.

Zexcs has the urban backgrounds down perfectly and, in some parts, it feels like they’re mixing up CGI with hand drawn animation – but I wouldn’t know. Either way, the similarities in character design compared to Rakugo is remarkable, but that is to be expected when the manga adaptation was drawn by the same person.

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Nanbaka is the colourful mess you drew in middle school and your art teacher told you she liked it just to be nice, before kindly saying ’you draw anime? my son watches manga too’. That said, DevianArt had a fantastic time drawing up the designs for this series which is campy and colourful and looks like what Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures would look like if the people working on it had a lot less talent. Either way, it’s obviously the point and, unlike a lot of people on the internet, I don’t really care for how glittery and colourful it is – mostly because I stopped watching the show around episode three. My point stands.

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I wonder what the pre-production conversations were like at A1 when they were planning what they were going to do with Occultic;Nine. I imagine that it went something like – yeah, we’re still making it rain so we can make this show look gorgeous, so let’s also pour half the budget in the titty bouncing bowl. This is why working on anime must be the best job in the world because at some points you have to discuss how much emphasis you want to put on animating the boobies. Either way, the rest of the show looks just as great and fluid as the titties and I did not expect this from A1 Pictures because the cafetaria scenes look like animated paintings. I especially like how the characters almost blend with the background.

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Who cares just watch Girlish Number lol

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