Post Reply Are Idol Anime Leading the Way to CGI Characters?
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Posted 11/18/17 , edited 11/18/17
Just as mecha anime really brought CGI into mainstream usage for mechanical designs in anime are idol anime bringing CGI characters into mainstream usage?

I know some people have very strong feelings about CGI characters in anime but setting that aside I've noticed the place where CGI character usage seems to popup the most is in idol anime, particularly in the performance scenes. From a director's perspective it makes perfect sense. You can do more complex shots more easily with very elaborate costume designs than with hand-drawn animation. And if you don't like how something turned out "re-shooting" it is also much easier. Over the years as idol anime have grown in popularity the animation and character movements have gotten more and more fluid to the point at times it can be hard to tell when it transitions from CGI to hand-drawn and back.

In my opinion that CGI characters will eventually replace hand-drawn in most non-theatrical releases is an inevitability. As the technology improves and the cost continues to go down it saves studios both time and money. I just wonder if it's the idol anime that's been at the forefront of that change in a practical sense.

Do you agree? Or do you think there's another place where CGI characters are used even more extensively and consistently than in idol anime?
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Posted 11/18/17 , edited 11/18/17
I have always thought performance scenes in anime looked extremely corny. CGI helps them look even cornier. CGI will be used more extensively in fight scenes though. I don't mind as much as long as they can make the GI characters look hand drawn. Ufotable did a decent job with CGI in the Fate series.
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Posted 11/18/17 , edited 11/18/17
CG needs to stop. It's really bad, and unless it improves , it needs to go. Now. It's bad enough cel animation is no longer done, now we've got CG anime and scenes popping up all the time.
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Posted 11/18/17 , edited 11/18/17
I hate it, it puts a tear in my eye when I see parts of [email protected] Side M performances have CGI.

Joking aside, it makes sense why studio go with CGI for the performance scenes mainly because it's cheap and if the idols are done right, they'll bring the big bux.
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Posted 11/18/17 , edited 11/18/17
Kado: The Right Answer is best use of CG I've seen in an anime. Though that's more of a mix of CG and traditional animation, but I felt that the transitions between 2D and 3D were pretty smooth. And the characters looked absolutely fantastic in CG. I kinda want more anime to be animated like Kado.

I'm not actually a huge fan of CG performances in idol anime (despite being idol trash), especially the ones that stick out like a sore thumb because it just looks...weird, mainly because the rest of the show is traditionally animated. I think they're getting better over time though, and some of the more recent ones aren't too bad (the IDOLiSH7 anime's performance scene looked brilliant), and I imagine the dance sequences are a lot easier to do in CG than your standard 2D animation because it's easier to model the characters.

There are also some idol rhythm mobages that have CG dances (such as all the [email protected] rhythm games & the new Love Live game coming out next year), and the CG performances in them look amazing, so I guess anime could take note from them
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Posted 11/18/17 , edited 11/19/17
Tsukino Productions' two anime, Tsukiuta and TsukiPro both have really great CG dance openings. There's also Tsukiuta's final song with both groups, "Tsuki no Uta", which is amazing.

TsukiPro the Animation (ProAni) is currently airing, and it'll probably have something impressive in the end, too.

.... Marginal #4 is my favorite thing in the galaxy, but I admit, their CG was not great. The whole thing was really low-budget, it's the writing (and the music) that makes it really noteworthy. (It's seriously the best bishounen SoL comedy. It also has a whole episode show-within-a-show of them acting in a mystery drama, which is amazing and worth watching even without the rest of the show).
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