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I think people are forgetting that for the past couple of generations some, if not most, of the human characters weren't really designed by Sugimori. He may have done the character art, sure. But he didn't design them.
Before now, the character designers were sticking really close to his style...
I actually thought Serena, Seline II, Elio I, Gloria, and Victor had pretty okay defaults. These protags are the first major screw ups if the, to paraphrase one of the many upset Japanese players, Oh Mikey-looking models don't change.
Like I don't care about the gender neutral school uniforms...
It's just the school emblem we saw by the door in the live action part of the trailer as well as the girl's backpack.
There's nothing really secretive about what they're wearing other than why there's two diffrent uniforms and fruit emblems.
The diffrence between Gens 4 and 5 was obviously art style upgrade. It really wasn't as big as this in retrospect.
I mean it's pretty obvious that someone else other than Sugimori or the other usual character designers came up with the inital designs this time around.
I think they look a little...off to me. The small round eyes just seem weird coming from 8 gens of player characters having either elongated oval eyes or big round eyes. They kind of look like the New Snap NPCs like they borrowed the models or something. I'm really hoping the customization...