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Posted 7/14/14 , edited 7/14/14
Is this ever a good thing? The people using it can't possibly think it looks good, right? Is it a money thing? I know very little about the behind the scenes stuff involved with creating anime so feel free to enlighten me.
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Posted 7/14/14
it's quicker and easier
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Can't say I've ever liked it but it's never really bothered me like it seems to do some people.
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Posted 7/14/14

aidenraine wrote:

it's quicker and easier


I guess I kind of figured.
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Posted 7/14/14 , edited 7/14/14

JeremyK9880 wrote:


aidenraine wrote:

it's quicker and easier


I guess I kind of figured.


Which in essence promotes cheaper...So even if it is not a big hit, they won't lose as much as if they would have with another style. Excluding Stencils of course...nothing cheaper than that style.
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I don't really mind it tbh unless it seriously bothers me with the style of the show. Look at Sidonia. The show uses CGI but was brilliantly done in the end with the overall execution of its adaptation for the first season.
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I think it works very well with action anime, it gives a little more depth. For other genres,which I really haven't noticed if they are using it, Maybe not. However, as with any technic depending on the work it's self and the artists concept the result is what it is. I still hold a place for the still shots with voice over type of animation, I think that's the truest form of adaption of any manga.
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Posted 7/14/14
I am ok with it.
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There is CG that flows really well with the story and the feel of an anime and then there is CG that sticks out like a sore thumb <------ I hate this kind of CG with a passion It Takes you completely out of the moment and can sometimes ruin an anime for me.
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I don't mind CGI per se. It's just when the transition from one to the other is blatantly jarring; that's when it irks me. FMP had some pretty good integration, almost to the point of not noticing it. And as Stark says above, Sidonia was very well done, but then again, that was all CGI....

Characters should stay one or the other though. An example I didn't like was in Black Butler, which was going along doing well with cutlery tossing as usual, but then out of the blue, it was as though someone possessed was manipulating and catching falling champagne glasses. The dining room itself as a background would have been pretty much OK, and sure the glass catching thing would have been tough and time-consuming to draw, so I see why they did it, but still, it really seemed out of place.
Posted 7/14/14
I like it when it is kinda subtle, and is just used to enhance or make something just a teeny bit more fancy. Like, adding brown sugar to oatmeal.
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It depends on what you mean by "CG in anime". Coming from the '80s anime I can say definitely that CG effects in anime for things like lasers, magic circles, etc are a huge improvement. It makes those effects much "flashier" and brighter than their hand-drawn counterparts. I also believe CG use in creation of mechanical elements such as cars, military vehicles, ships, and the like are a great improvement. But, and a big "but", only when done with keeping the CG elements fit within the overall feel of the hand-drawn animation.

I'm on the fence on using CG for characters. It worked fairly well in Arpeggio but there's just something about hand-drawn characters that is so much more expressive than what they can achieve with the current tech / budget constraints.
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Posted 7/14/14
I can't say that Sailor Moon Crystal appealed to me, but in terms of traditional animation styles- I noticed most of the backgrounds in the first episode appeared to be hand drawn. Which probably explains the long production schedule- so there are tiny shreds of hope.
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Never bothered me a whole lot. Sometimes I thought it made the scene look much better, such as in the mech battles in aldnoah.zero.
I mean, Arpeggio of Blue Steel was done entirely in cellshaded CG, but I still thought it was a very good looking anime and it ended up as my favorite of that season. To each his own i guess. It took me an hour to convince my friend to actually bear with it and watch since he hates anything remotely CG.
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Posted 7/14/14
If they don't use it, it'll never get better.

And I agree with maelstrom ^ Arpeggio looked pretty great, and told a good story, too. For me, it's always just an episode or some of adjusting, and then I'm fine.
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