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I was always quite intrigued by the art style evolution of each manga artist. Do you guys some good examples of this?
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Ohh me too! D. Gray Man would be a good example. The art style changes rather often in it.
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do you mean over a course of one manga or multiple mangas by the same mangaka?

in the case of the former, Gokusen, Hana Yori Dango, & Angel Densetsu come to mind. Mangakas Mashima Hiro (Fairy Tail, Rave Master) and Yoshihara Yuki (josei/smut mangaka) for the latter.
Posted 8/19/14 , edited 8/19/14
Fruits Basket changed a load from the early chapters to the latter ones. Went from being somewhat poorly drawn Shoujo art to unimpressive Shoujo art seen in loads of mangas to strange rounded out characters with flat/wide faces and rubbery looking bodies. I never did like any of the art to be honest, but the shadow work/ chiaroscuro was impressive.



CLAMP changes its artstyle with every manga, but a good example of changed artstyles would be from X/1999. Started in 1992, set in 1999, and on hiatus since 2003 - the artstyle changed quite a bit. It was always stunningly gorgeous (often cited as the most beautiful CLAMP manga ever, and one of the best drawn mangas ever). The art went from being incredibly ornate/detailed early 90's style with rounder faces/thin lines, to mid-late 90's ornate/detailed with progressively sharper faces/more detailed yet neater colored eyes/cleaner line art then finally to angular faces/more rounded out and proportionate bodies and neater artwork overall. (For the latter most art, CLAMP was influenced by their other on going series at that time, Chobits). I think if you actually see it on paper, then you'll really understand how different the art of X/1999 from early to mid to latter volumes look from each other.

Here's a set of one of the main characters from X/1999 - Fuuma, from (volume 1 --- > volume 11 ---> volume 19). Notice as he gets more evil, his hair becomes cooler.

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Long running Shounen titles. Like Bleach, for example:

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Posted 8/20/14
SoldierSangria, Furuba is a great example!
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It's not a very well known sports manga. But in just 7 years, Eyeshield 21 sure made a dramatic improvement in art style!

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Posted 8/20/14 , edited 8/20/14
Gantz

Gantz become a very well drawn manga to oh my freaking god that is amazing drawn manga.
3x3 Eyes which was good but was also kind of muddled and busy became alot better.


Berserk and Naruto as well. I hate Naruto but the art of it at the start was awful and it became alot better.
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ah! my goddess

you look at the first chapter and then a chapter later in the series and you would think they are two different manga artists.
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It's like Chopper's head is absorbing all his body fat.
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Posted 11/11/14
Bleach definitely sticks out for me. chapter 1 Ichigo barely looks like current Ichigo.

Naruto changed a bit, but not nearly as drastic as Bleach. It has been pretty much the same since part 2 started.

Ah My Goddess is a huge one. Sorry, but original Belldandy is fugly, while new Belldandy is beautiful as anything.

When looking at Dragonball(the manga) that changes like crazy since the manga includes both Dragonball and Z as one story. The Z anime also drastically changes as it goes on. Goes from loose drawings of muscle definition to drawing every single muscle in detail and the faces change a lot as well.
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Posted 11/11/14
Angel Densetsu; while the art is never particularly good, the main character goes from looking just ugly, with a rounded sort of face, to having a very harsh triangle-shaped head, and by the end it's even more round than when it started, and he looks almost childlike.

Also, the hair for the protagonist in Umi no Misaki: he starts with a normal, modestly spikey buzz cut, and by the end of the Manga looks like he's wearing a Goku (Dragon Ball) wig.

If you are looking for an artist's evolution between manga, check out Kawahara Kazune. I read a bit of My Love Story (Ore Monogatari) and liked it, so I wanted to read some other things by the same mangaka; I ran across Sensei! and couldn't believe that it was done by the same person.
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Posted 11/11/14
This is easily the most art-changing manga ive read so far.
First love suicide pact. This is the same character in the span of 35 chapters.

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Posted 11/11/14
Soul Eater changed quite a bit.




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