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How to identify different animation supervisors

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I agree that it had a very cinematic feel to it, but I must say I really hated the regressive bobble-head/toothpick-neck designs of the humans.
The what?

Is this a 'Sun and Moon versus old designs' argument with ICY being the latter.
 

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The what?

Is this a 'Sun and Moon versus old designs' argument with ICY being the latter.
Err, no. I just hated the disproportionately big head:body ration with a skinny neck that could never physiologically support such weight. (In the anime proper this trend was worst in DP/BW as far as I remember. Admittedly SM probably has the best body proportions since OS...) Although I'm much less sure about M21's art style, it seems to be better on this front at least!
 

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Ah, yes, I Choose You had some of the best animation I’ve ever seen in this franchise, miles better than anything being produced over here in the states these days.

Back on topic, another way to identify Masaaki Iwane’s work is a little technique that I’ve nicknamed, the “punch-smear”. I believe it made its first appearance in Diamond and Pearl (around the time that his animation started to get really good), and it continues to be a common presence today.

Here are some examples of it so you’ll understand what I’m talking about:

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There are many more cases than these, but I wanted to keep things simple for now.

Way back in the Kanto days, there was an animator named Yasuhisa Kato who did some really distinctive work for the series in only four episodes; “The Tower of Terror”, “Wake Up, Snorlax!”, “Holy Matrimony!”, and “A Scare in the Air”.

Among their unique traits include:

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Jagged smears,

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a love of teeth,

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and lots of wacky exaggerated expressions. This last one almost looks like something you’d see in Sun and Moon.
 

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Way back in the Kanto days, there was an animator named Yasuhisa Kato who did some really distinctive work for the series in only four episodes; “The Tower of Terror”, “Wake Up, Snorlax!”, “Holy Matrimony!”, and “A Scare in the Air”.

Among their unique traits include:

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Jagged smears,

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a love of teeth,

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and lots of wacky exaggerated expressions. This last one almost looks like something you’d see in Sun and Moon.
Lol
 

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Here’s another character design comparison between different ADs, this time with Cynthia:

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I’ll bet you can guess which one I think looks the best...
 
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Oosh, Kinoshita's Cynthia looks rough to say the least.


also hey whadda know, this thread is back from its hiatus
 

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Oosh, Kinoshita's Cynthia looks rough to say the least.


also hey whadda know, this thread is back from its hiatus
Yeah, thank goodness they got rid of Kinoshita after Diamond and Pearl.

Time to dust off this old thread. Today I'm going to be comparing the four major animation directors' interpretations of Korrina. Most of Korrina's episodes were thankfully handled by good animators, so there shouldn't be too much of a difference.

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These are all pretty good, but I'd have to say that my favorite is either Iwane's or Tamagawa's. Iwane's is the best when it comes to action scenes, but Tamagawa outclasses him when it comes to comedy. Natsume's is pretty wacky too, but feels more restrained. Finally. like most of Shimura's episodes, she just does what's expected and delivers a solid-looking, but nothing special, episode. The other directors that I didn't include here all did well, but I just wanted to stick with the four main directors.

Next time, I'll be comparing Max's designs....
 

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Speaking of Anime News Network, according to them Studio Trigger did some stuff for the XY series.
Coming back to this we didn't just get Trigger, XY (and especially XYZ) had a pretty big list of animation studios helping out including BONES, Pierrot, Satelight, J.C. Staff, Wit Studio, David Production and Asahi Production.
 

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The various designs of Max...

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Max is a pretty hard character to get right. For every Iwane or Tamagawa, there's also a Yusaku Takeda or (shudder) Chuta Kamiishi (not included here), whose Maxes looked unappealing, and somewhat creepy at times.

This may be a shocker, but, for once, I'm going to give this point to Izumi Shimura. Instead of just following the model sheets, she put her own unique spin on it while still keeping him recognizable.

Next time, I'm going to compare Dawn's designs, so, stay tuned...
 
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