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Posted 4/23/14 , edited 3/5/15
I tend to like unique art styles. It's something different. And the generic moe style definitely does not fit the mood of all anime. If Kill la Kill were drawn in a more generic style, it would have lost a lot of its quirky charm. Same with Kyousougiga.

Try not to think of art in terms of "good" and "bad." Instead, try to find the intention behind that particular style. The art style of an anime is a choice, not a coincidence. The producers wanted to create a specific effect with it. If you can figure out their reasoning, you'll probably appreciate the art more.
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Posted 4/23/14 , edited 4/23/14
Bad art for me is when the quality of something is clearly on the downside of things. Different tastes and styles aren't bad art to me.

Anime adaptations from the mid and early 2000' (studio deen staffs cough) where reading the manga sources usually made you cringe thinking about the Anime's art. I think this was during the shifting phase of manual pen strokes to computer cell shading began.

Now a days if you look at the source and watch the anime there is usually little quality deterioration, and in some cases actual improvement from the original just because technology has improved so much in a decade.

Magi is an example of modern day cringe worthy art that starts good and just goes down hill after each episode. This is due to budget time constraints, laziness... etc those are attributes of bad art.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2013/10/04-1/90s-versus-00s-moe-character-design-examined
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Posted 4/23/14
I think Kill la Kill is supposed to be somewhat unattractive, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is an older work, and the original artist for AoT wasn't extremely talented.
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The 70's K-ON! looks best to me. Good old 90s though, lol. I completely agree about jumping to adaptions. I love Shoujo Manga for the art. Every strand of hair, in the series I liked in my fan girl days, were always beautifully drawn. Once it came to adaptions it just felt that all went away and I was sad =/.

With the original poster's later entries to this thread, I'd assume One Piece is popular because its non-moe (weird) style, to him. I'd assume if everything looks the same, without "weird styles," then there would be a greater influence from story, which many shows have in plenty.

That's all.
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Posted 4/23/14
I thought KLKs art style was really great, the easy answer to your question is that it's subjective and you should consider your opinion as one not shared by many.
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Posted 4/23/14

aidenraine wrote:

Kyousougiga had a different art style, yet it's a fairly unknown and vastly under appreciated anime.


that was one of the reasons I couldn't get through it. Well, also the story was confusing to me but, the wild colors and everything were a little too much for my brain lol.

i don't mind different art styles in general. I'm liking Mekauaukkdakaka (???) Actors, it's certainly different. It took me a while to get used to AoT's because the characters were outline, but really, the animation turned out beautiful in that show.
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Now I say 'most' because shows like Code Geass and Higurashi had, what I guess could be described as cute character designs, but for the most part the shows need the art to reflect the atmosphere in which case the answer is, not all shows try to be moe.
At least in the case of Higurashi this choice was also an intentional contrast. Not because the art/story contrast itself is supposed to be important itself, but because you are supposed to sympathize with the kids as being ordinary cute kids amidst all of the darker happenings. They weren't moe to be moe, they were moe to project the innocent lighter side of the story.
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Posted 4/23/14

AsahinaInu wrote:


BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:
Now I say 'most' because shows like Code Geass and Higurashi had, what I guess could be described as cute character designs, but for the most part the shows need the art to reflect the atmosphere in which case the answer is, not all shows try to be moe.
At least in the case of Higurashi this choice was also an intentional contrast. Not because the art/story contrast itself is supposed to be important itself, but because you are supposed to sympathize with the kids as being ordinary cute kids amidst all of the darker happenings. They weren't moe to be moe, they were moe to project the innocent lighter side of the story.


Oh. Fair enough, I suppose.
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Posted 4/23/14

FkYouBish wrote:

I have noticed that the animes that are popular recently have weird style of drawing.

The funny thing is, the anime with the worst drawing of the season is like the most popular one

Ones I'm referring to: Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Now, every time I see an anime with that kind of drawing, I start to assume it will become popular.


worst? Come on now, don't be harsh. Unique artists can tell unique stories you know!

Attack on Titan was a rather personal story in a sense, and the titans reflected this. He wasn't telling the typical romance but the crazed
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Posted 4/23/14 , edited 3/5/15
I find different art styles to be refreshing. I liked Kill la Kill's drawing style from the start. My anime friends don't seem to appreciate it as much as I do, though. Animes where everyone is attractive make me a little queasy (ones with styles like SAO); I don't know why, exactly. Maybe it's because not everyone is good-looking in real life and I can't tell who is supposed to be good looking or not?
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Posted 4/23/14
@aokidanza Valid point about how art styles reflect author's intentions. *that killua avatar, though :D*
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Quite a coincidence that this thread was posted yesterday, I believe, and yesterday was also the day I started watching Akagi for the first time lol. Which has an art style that to me personally is really weird (and dare I say, atrocious) yet the show itself is amazing.

Maybe there's something to it? I really don't think so, though. I think people just tend to remember series with a weirder art style more often. Kind of like how no one's surprised when a liar lies, but everyone's shocked and easily remembers when a trustworthy individual lies (just as a poor example of what i'm trying to get across). In other words, few people probably remember the shows with weird art styles that stink lol.
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Posted 4/23/14
Im confused, I saw nothing wrong with Attack on Titan's drawing...
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Posted 4/23/14 , edited 4/23/14
The fact that you said " worst drawing " made me grit my teeth, what you're pretty much saying is, because someones art work is different it makes it bad? The artwork in Kill La Kill and Attack on Titan was beautiful to me, never once did I think it was inferior to all the other series that have similar art styles. The artwork in a series is only a small part of the anime, the important things that make an anime popular are characters, plot, and setting.
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