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Post Reply I hate to say it, but I won't watch an anime if I don't like the artwork.
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Posted 11/13/13
I do the same thing sometimes.
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I think this is actually a pretty understandable problem. Anime is a visual medium. The quality of the animation and whether or not you like the aesthetic of any given show matters, whether people admit it or not. A lot of it is subjective too. Some people really hate Shaft's style of animation, for example, but I personally like it a great deal. There are some examples where you can just "get used to" a style, or the other parts of the show are compelling enough that you can deal with an aesthetic that you don't like, but it's always a factor. For some people an awful lot of the enjoyment of anime (understandably) comes from the art and animation itself. I don't think it's anything to be ashamed of. It's part of the medium, and it absolutely matters.
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This happens to me way to often, I notice it a lot thought when I try to watch older shows... even shows from like 2003-2007 range, some of them at least just take awhile to get used to or I can't even push myself to watch enough to like the art... definitely spoiled by the art from the last couple of years shows.
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98% of the time I will vehemently refuse to watch an anime unless I like the art style. One of the rare exceptions is Kill la Kill and I only chose to start watching that because I have a special place for anything even remotely related to Gurren Lagann. Otherwise I would have NEVER even bothered paying attention to it (at least I'm honest )

I also won't watch an anime if I don't like the character design. Thankfully I have started branching away from my stance after watching "Accel World" though. I hated the character design for Haruyuki and passed over the anime for a couple weeks but when I finally gave in I completely fell for the anime/story and feel it made him more likable/relatable in the long run.

As far as sub-par-animation-but-still-good-story animes go I'd probably suggest "Katekyo Hitman Reborn!" I watch a couple episodes every so often when bored and think it really is a good anime in it's own right. It starts a little slow (character development, but it's funny and good episodes all the same) but once it gets going it will have you hooked.
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ahhh i believe a lot of people, especially younger, have this problem. I know quite a few kids who won't watch older anime because of it the old style animation, even if the story is really good. *shrug* idk, some people just watch it for the art, and that's okay i guess
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Posted 5/7/14 , edited 5/7/14

downoteof wrote:

98% of the time


98% of the time all statistics are made-up.
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I find the art in newer animations and older animations to be awesome in their own right. Some get better with age, while other wither. The MoeBlob modernization can produce horrendous results as does some of the older iterations of the genre. Really, for me it comes down to how is it animated? Did the creator put time and effort into the work, or was it a rush job for a cash in? You can tell by animation quality, let alone story cohesiveness.

Doesn't mean I haven't been outright dismissive of watching something based on it's looks, but usually I give it time first, many a hidden gem have been found that way.
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The best one is the 70
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There are very few shows where I find the artwork to be displeasing...I can get behind most artistic styles.

PS: 70s K-On look pretty wonderful...90s is an atrocity .-.
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I'm still having problems with artwork. Mostly not something that is:
- computer animated (lol I prefer 2D handdrawn to CG)
- no retroscoping (Sorry flowers of evil)
- weird artwork (Sorry, I just supported the Kickheart because it was the first crowdfunded).
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I am not that picky about the artwork, as long as I can find acceptable, I'll watch. Art work that's Aku no Hana level is to be feared tho.



00 - Adorable.
70 - Beautiful.
60/80 - Meh.
90 - *cowers in fear*
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Depends for me. I can deal with bad animation if everything else is great but certain styles I just can't handle. One Piece comes to mind. People seem to love that style but for me it's an instant turn off. Same thing with Dragon Ball. Any anime that makes teenagers look like little children... So yeah, style more often than quality.
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I love different art styles. It's best to view anime art in the context of the particular show instead of ranking it as "good" or "bad." Ask why this particular style was chosen, and what effect it was meant to have on viewers. That may help you better appreciate a wide range of styles.

That said, there are certain styles that, visually, I just find less appealing than others, and it does influence my decision to watch a show. That's perfectly normal in such a visual-based medium. I don't fancy the old 80s and 90s-style animation as much as the more modern style, so I tend to gravitate towards more recent series. This is also one of the reasons that I have yet to give Jojo's Bizarre Adventure a try, but I am still interested in it, despite my stylistic preferences. I'm not likely to reject anything solely based on art style.

I also really like experimental, rough-around-the-edges types of animation. I gravitate towards anything that strikes me as different and new. I thoroughly enjoyed Kill la Kill's unconventional style, and yes, I very much appreciated the style of Aku no Hana. Those deviating styles just fit the series, more than a conventional style would, I think. (I know the Aku no Hana manga has a much more mainstream art style, but the anime's style gave the story a new life all its own, and I do appreciate what the studio accomplished with it.)
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I know it's about personal preference, but honestly, artwork is uniqueness and to quote "The Comic Artist and his Assistants" the most important thing about manga (obviously the art in anime is based off the manga art) is being unique.

You'll get used to it. I know I was put off by Kimi ni Todoke when I was younger, but dear god how much I've come to love that show now.
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