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Easily Recognizable Art Styles
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I've noticed that some animation studios and manga artists have distinctive art styles that are easy to recognize.

For example, a lot of times, when seeing an anime done by Kyoto Animation or P.A. Works, it's easy to tell that one of them was in fact the studio behind it.



The same goes for manga artists. Akira Toriyama, Hiromu Arakawa, and Akira Amano are some artists whose character designs I think are pretty recognizable.



So my question is: Are there any animation studios or specific artists whose work you can recognize before you know for a fact that it is their work?

This can also work for directors, too--or any other person who works behind the scenes. "Artist" doesn't necessarily have to refer to the people responsible for the drawings you see on the screen. (Take Akiyuki Shinbo, for example; if you see a head tilt, it's most likely his direction at work. )
Posted 10/23/14
What is the second show called by the guy who did Fullmetal Alchemist?

Also I have always wondered why Dragon Quest looked so damn similar to DBZ art style. I never realized he was affiliated with a game too.
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Posted 10/23/14 , edited 10/23/14
If the art looks like it was drawn by a guy on narcotics, it's probably Shaft.

Studio Ghibli's work can be spotted a mile away.
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Shaft has unique art style. I love it.

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Posted 10/23/14 , edited 10/23/14

furytime wrote:

What is the second show called by the guy who did Fullmetal Alchemist?


It's called Hero Tales. Was an alright show, but only alright. It doesn't really come close to FMA's quality. (Also Hiromu Arakaw is a woman)

Hiroyuki Imaishi is someone that you can generally tell when he's the person at the head of a show. Earlier with Gainax and shows like FLCL, Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking and then at Trigger with Kill la Kill.

Yasuomi Umetsu has a pretty distinct visual style that is very easy to pick out from the character designs. He's the one in charge of Kite, Wizard Barristers, Galilei Donna, and Mezzo Forte.

And then of course there's Akiyuki Shinbo and SHAFT, who's style has become something you can point out instantly after watching maybe 5 seconds of one his shows. The entire Monogatari series, ef: a Tale of Memories/Melodies, Maria Holic, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Madoka Magica, Nisekoi..........

Edit: And here's a negative one that's incredibly easy to identify. Hisashi Hirai's character designs. It's so incredibly easy to determine if he was in charge of character designs for a show, which is disappointing cause i've always thought that he was an abysmal character designer. He's worked on Gundam SEED/Destiny, S-cry-ed, Heroic Age, and Majestic Prince.
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Posted 10/23/14 , edited 10/23/14
type-moon (i guess mostly Takeuchi) has an easy to recognize art style for most of their work
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Posted 10/23/14

TheAZ126 wrote:

I've noticed that some animation studios and manga artists have distinctive art styles that are easy to recognize.

For example, a lot of times, when seeing an anime done by Kyoto Animation or P.A. Works, it's easy to tell that one of them was in fact the studio behind it.



The same goes for manga artists. Akira Toriyama, Hiromu Arakawa, and Akira Amano are some artists whose character designs I think are pretty recognizable.



So my question is: Are there any animation studios or specific artists whose work you can recognize before you know for a fact that it is their work?

This can also work for directors, too--or any other person who works behind the scenes. "Artist" doesn't necessarily have to refer to the people responsible for the drawings you see on the screen. (Take Akiyuki Shinbo, for example; if you see a head tilt, it's most likely his direction at work. )


i was actually mindfucked by the fact that amano designed the characters of psycho pass as well
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Posted 10/24/14
Urashihara – from the Langrisser and Growlanser JRPGs, but also from Plastic Little in anime – is easy to catch. His female characters and costume designs are very distinctive.

Obari – from what seems like every bad '90s anime, including such anti-classics as Battle Arena Toshinden – is also easy to catch, but for opposite reasons. I am still convinced that the man has never seen a real, live woman.

Yasuda – from Durarara! and the Devil Survivor games, among others – is another easy one to catch. He is currently doing character design for Ai! Tenchi Muyo.

Lastly, Kozaki, who did the character designs for Fire Emblem: Awakening and No More Heroes, also did them for Speed Grapher.
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Posted 10/24/14
Hirohiko Araki. Guy who makes Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. So damn colorful.
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Posted 10/24/14

rcsatcrunchyroll wrote:

Obari – from what seems like every bad '90s anime, including such anti-classics as Battle Arena Toshinden – is also easy to catch, but for opposite reasons. I am still convinced that the man has never seen a real, live woman.


Dude, I had Battle Arena Toshinden 3 when I was a kid... *nostalgia flooding in*

*looks at intro animation* Oh my, this is terrible lol
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Buriki, the character designer behind Denpa Onna, Nagi no Asukara and Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai; if I ever see another anime announcement with his awesome style on the cover I will squeal like a little girl.

As for studios, KyoAni and Madhouse has the most distinct look. And Shaft, when I see really big artistic shortcuts being taken along with that overly cyan and yellow art style.

That said, a lot of people mistakenly thought Grisaia was a Shaft anime at certain points, so they're not THAT recognizable to the average watcher.
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Posted 10/24/14
Takahashi Rumiko's works.
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Posted 10/24/14
The funny thing is that I recognise quite a lot of h-mangaka's art style.
Like Nitta Jun, Shinozaki Rei, Kawady MAX, Kurenai Yuuji.
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Posted 10/24/14

hexecutive wrote:

Buriki, the character designer behind Denpa Onna, Nagi no Asukara and Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai; if I ever see another anime announcement with his awesome style on the cover I will squeal like a little girl.

As for studios, KyoAni and Madhouse has the most distinct look. And Shaft, when I see really big artistic shortcuts being taken along with that overly cyan and yellow art style.

That said, a lot of people mistakenly thought Grisaia was a Shaft anime at certain points, so they're not THAT recognizable to the average watcher.


I'm pretty sure because the Monogatari series and Grisaia shared a character designer or something along those lines.
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