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Posted 4/23/13

Noblesse_0blige wrote:

I appreciate the creative risk behind the animation style, but I have to wonder if it's not an obstacle to character development in some ways. The lack of detail in the animation makes the characters come off as incredibly remote/detached, esp. Kasuga and Nakamura. Can anyone with knowledge of the source material tell me if this is intentional or not? All misgivings aside, I am intrigued enough to explore the series further and see how far into the dark recesses of the human mind this show is willing to travel.


It's a fair enough question.

Animation does so much more than just portray moving figures on the screen. Like acting, there are many facets to how characters are developed. This animation style was a big risk and we've seen the reaction to it.

I haven't read the source material, and I won't until this show is done, but it is clear that Nakamura and Kasuga are outsiders in their own society. You've touched on a bit of that with your statements above. Also the tension between the realistic and abstract portrayal of people adds an ominous mood to the show. If you were to animate this differently, you'd lose that and I think the show would suffer. So I definitely think this animation style adds to character development, but that's just my opinion.
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How do Nakamura and Kasuga have a lack of animation? Their faces show an incredible range of emotion because of the rotoscoping, the nuances of real body language and facial expression have really been captured.
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hgibson88 wrote:

Episode 3



Yeah, I still can't believe that happened. I was almost expecting someone (like Nanako) to walk into the library and catch them for sure!

In any case, Takao needs to build some muscle or something because what took place in the library shouldn't even have happened.


I was kind of expecting her to make him walk home in the uniform.
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hpulley wrote:


Instead we got...



If that is Nakamura on the cover, then I'd say the anime is doing a much better job of conveying these characters in their artwork. The anime Nakamura just looks...disgusting, and so any erotic quality her weird games might have had are washed away and replaced with a sense of falling into an abyss. At least that's how I feel every time she's on the screen. Meanwhile, that manga Nakamura looks more like she's just a mischievous girl looking for some kinky adventures.
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Posted 4/23/13 , edited 4/23/13
not made by me but show what i think

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The anime Nakamura looks fine, if anything, I've thought Nakamura in the manga looked too pretty. And that was before I had even heard of the news of this being made into anime.


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Lack of moe forces you to look for other qualities to enjoy. I love the guy with a afro for instance

Lol, I like that guy a lot too. He reminds me of some fond memories from middle school.
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Posted 4/23/13
I really liked it!
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Lack of moe forces you to look for other qualities to enjoy. I love the guy with a afro for instance
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hpulley wrote: Obviously... he likes it!
Yeah, he's the interesting character here. Most of us would have pushed Nakamura into the river by now, assuming we were sad enough to even let it get this far. But the fact that he allows himself to keep getting in deeper with her is the really interesting development.

How I'm reading it is that at this point he feels truly intimidated by her and that, and probably a "boys don't hurt girls" norm, is the main thing that keeps him from fighting back. But he's also becoming fascinated by her and the whole situation, and that fascination is entwined with and part of that genuine fear.
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Seconding the love for Afro Guy, whose name I do not remember. (Has anybody said his name in the show?) And I am interested in all the discussion the show is generating here.
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Seconding the love for Afro Guy, whose name I do not remember. (Has anybody said his name in the show?) And I am interested in all the discussion the show is generating here.


It's Yamada. I'm not sure if they directly said his name, but it was definitely on his gym uniform.

I also like the discussion here. In general, I've found the CR anime forums to be a better place to discuss anime than a lot of other sites since people here seem more willing to have rational discussions.
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i am really loving this anime! Theres just something about it, can't stop watching it. I think the art style has a charm to it, its nice to see something different.

I hope the rest of the episodes satisfy.... if so i think if may be one all my all time favorite animes i think

Is the Manga worth reading?
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So, Nanako must at least suspect him, right? Especially after the ep. 2 library scene, one where in a "normal" anime that would have resulted in him getting clobbered comically with some tsundere response, but instead she just ran away in shame or thought it was bullying, at least. Perhaps it was that she might have liked him a little from afar, but now that she thinks it maybe was him, she's depressed? Why else has would her personality changed so much from the happy, admired, popular, smart girl she was, to always being sad-faced and not meeting anyone's eyes. Sure, it's not a happy thing to realize you have unwanted secretive attention, but she's acting like she thinks she's the one that's to blame or something...
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The scene in the library:

Interesting that even after that happened Kasuga still felt like Saeki's uniform smelt evil - his purity is still at the forefront, I feel kind of sad that we're almost certainly going to watch him unravel . His line "I didn't know the path of evil would be so difficult" is so poignant and for me I feel like the whole story is being weighed up against that one line: what does it take and what happens when a soul gives in to evil?
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Posted 4/24/13 , edited 4/24/13
top 25 MOE anime heroines of spring 2013, via type B otakus hosted on SC



3. Nakamura Sawa (Aku no Hana)

4. Saeki Nanako (Aku no Hana)




I know I don't have 20/20 vision but WOW WTF... peoples this anime is moe

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