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What do you like to see in regards to art style in anime? Is there anything specific that anime artists do that bugs you?

I've heard a lot of my friends insult the soul-eater art style, but honestly I love it.
I've also heard plenty of people make fun of Clannad's style, but I've never had a problem with it..

What shows do you find beautiful? Which do you find repulsive?
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I find One Piece a bit repulsive
But other shows are fine
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well.. i'm not a fan of the overt "moe" style, turns me away from many anime. But i can't really think of any others, I've watched ones with little animation and still enjoyed the style.
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Makoto Shinkai's works? Anybody? I have like 5 screenshots from his movies saved to my computer. So beautiful

Also, stuff from KyoAni is always impressive.

I also really enjoy CLAMP's art style, but a lot of people might disagree with me
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I'm not a fan of Soul Eater, but one thing I actually really like about is its art style. It's creative and while I don't particularly care for the show, I appreciate that they took a risk with the artwork.

I adore the late Satoshi Kon and I think his visuals are phenomenal.

My favorite type of animation, or the kind that I just go crazy over, is animation that takes advantage of its medium and creates visuals that couldn't possibly exist in reality. I love the witches labyrinths of Madoka Magica and the backgrounds of Gankutsuou.

As far as repulsiveness? I try to keep an open mind but one thing that turns me off shows is eye size.The larger the size of the characters eyes the less likely I am to watch a show.There are shows whose characters have ginormous eyes that I still enjoy though. For me it's less about the way the eyes are drawn and more of what large eyes signify in the anime world. I associate giant eyes with moe, and I hate moe and everything it stands for, so the bigger the eyes the more likely a show is to be moe.
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If we are only talking visuals here then anything produced by Shaft, Ufotable, and P.A. works is usually an Orgasm for the eyes IMO
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Well there are 3 main components to animation :
1. Writing
2. Direction
3. Visual Style

Each of those 3 are considered art on their own or when coupled with other elements, so logically animation is art.
Honestly, there is no difference between animation and live action film, especially in this day and age. Artistic expression in either is limited only by human imagination.

That said, there are plenty of animes that are used more as simply a method of displaying commercially favorable ideas than as a method of expressing artistic innovations.

Strike the Blood for example is pure fan service. It's a display of knowing before hand how to get the largest amount of viewers for the least amount of work. It exploits popular tropes left and right.

Nobunaga the Fool on the other hand, as much as I don't like it, has very vivid, colorful, and creative character, environment, and mecha designs. Its story attempts to fuse heights of western and eastern history into a big ball of drama. It's artistic, but not entertaining, to me at least.
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My favorite anime art is the kind of thing you see in much of SHAFT's work. Look at the zaniness of the witch labyrinths in Madoka Magica, the frenetic scene cuts in Monogatari, and everything in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. I love it when things don't make sense. There's nothing so satisfying to grapple with intellectually as something that has no right answer. That sort of chaotic reality-breaking artistic wackiness is right up my alley.

On a related note, M.C. Escher and H.P. Lovecraft, my favorite visual artist and writer, respectively, appeal to me for exactly the same reason.

As for what I find ugly in anime, I've never been able to quite get into shoujo-style art. I'm not sure what it is, but the characters often seem to look too much like mannequins. I can still watch it, but something just feels... off. On the far end of the spectrum is, well, Great Teacher Onizuka. I'm gonna be frank here and just say straight-up that I hate the art in GTO. I understand that the ugliness of the series was a conscious decision, and I think it was a pretty clever idea stylistically, since it does fit very well with the content. But it's still really ugly, and I don't like it.
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I like most art styles (from moe to quasi-realistic etc), but i'm particularly fond of "blurry", "impressionistic" art style with sort of "dull" colors. I don't really know what i'm talking about, so i'll just list examples:

Usagi Drop
Natsune Yuujinchou
Mushishi
Sketchbook ~ full colors ~
Aoi Hana

I don't know what it is, but I think its the sort of "faded" colors that really appeal to me for some odd reason. But i'm also a fan of the moe style, so things like Hidamari Sketch, Madoka Magica ,and Lucky Star, Oddly enough, though, I'm not a huge fan of Key's style (so things like Clannad, Air, and Kanon - weird, huh?)

As for art styles I can't stand, well, I don't know how to describe that either. I guess "dark," "gritty" or "edgy" stuff. Its not that I don't like it and won't watch the show, but its an initial turn off. So, things like Ghost in the Shell, Serial Experiments Lain. Ergp Proxy etc.
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I've also heard plenty of people make fun of Clannad's style, but I've never had a problem with it..



No matter how much I love other Keys works, and how many great things I hear about this anime, to this day I still cannot watch that anime because of this picture I saw on reddit somehwere

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I enjoy Kouta Hirano's art-style

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