Animation styles are definitely more diverse now than they were a few years ago. CGI shows like Ajin and Knights of Sidonia are showing up more and more, and even Kowabon from a few seasons ago was an interesting take on animation.
But as techy as something is, the aesthetic still has to be considered. When Aku no Hana was released I didn’t watch it because the animation looked weird and I didn’t like how it looked.
But there are some animes where it could have a garbage plot but ill still enjoy it because of the aesthetic of it.
There’s 6 animes that I have seen that are aesthetically beautiful.
Nagi no Asukara
Hate it or love it, call it cliché or weird, this 26 episode series is beautiful. With a significant part of the show taking place underwater, the color choices and light play are important and the two worlds did flow very well together.
Looking at it I melt. The soft colors and the sight chibification of everything made everything feel cute, while the show carried some heavier plots, like human sacrifice!
The studio is P.A. Works, who has also produced Charlotte, Shirobako, and Another, all series with similar Chibi-features but do not beat Asukara in colors or atmosphere.
When I opened the first episode, I was floored. The animation of God Eater looks amazing. I don’t know what the style is called, but Ufotable did a fantastic job with this one. It has a less 2D feel if that makes sense.
What I have come to like about CGI animes is the consistency it brings, because the models are created beforehand.
The action in the series and the expanding weapons definitely are enhanced by this style.
Uftoable is known as the studio that did the Fate Series.
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
This series is very interesting. Its very 2d, to the point that the textiles don’t move. So as Sensei walks across the screen, his outfit is constantly changing pattern.
The show isn’t detail heavy, but like I mentioned in my post about this series, its very much like an art project. Its ‘subjective’. I enjoyed the content more than the animation, but I enjoyed the animation a lot. Its definitely not something you see every day, but it’s a good series.
The studio responsible is Studio Shaft. They have been the studio to handle the Monogatari series, as well as the Madoka Magica series. Nisekoi was also handled by Shaft, and I can see similar textile overlays in that series.
Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
This series is very similar to God Eater, in that it has a realistic feel. The series doesn’t shy away from blood as well. The series itself had be hooked episode 1 and I continues to surprise me at every turn.
Wit Studio is also responsible for Shingeki no Kyojin, Seraph of the End, Hoozuki and Rolling Girls. Huh, I never would have guessed.
Fukigen na Mononokean
It is a recent series, and the content is a bit iffy but the aesthetic of the animation is on its use of color. In the Underworld its almost like inverted colors. The oranges and greens and yellows and purples are so bright they pop so well against each other it feels like a painting. The outline is even in a lilac-ey purple. Abenos color choices are pop-ish as well. Bright blonde hair with a bright red yukata.
Series that have to do with the Underworld or Hell usually have bright color pops, like in Hoozuki as well. The bright colors in Mononokean just.. Really appealed to me.
Pierrot is the studio who produced this, and has also been the studio for Naruto and Bleach. I can see similar color elements as in the Rock Lee SD spinoff mini-series, but they’re handling Eldlive as well!
Pierrot produced 3 episodes of Korra?!
And finally, Drumroll please!
Holy shit the animation in Drifters, from the eyes to the comedic bits, it was just… Gwaa.
I just finished season 1 of drifters an I cant wait for the second!
Hoods Entertainment is also responsible for Seikon no Qwaser, BlazBlue, and Daitoshokan. Im not really a fan of some of those series, so this is shocking. Daitoshokan was released in 2014, and Drifters is the first one since then. So they’ve really upped their game in the two years.
The boob jokes remained though. “Octo-breast” dead.
So these series all took my breath away, and I would rally really really recommend any and all of them. They are all different from one another and other animes.
So have you seen any of these animes? Have the animation styles interested you or are you annoyed by the changes? Did you get used to them? Let me know down below!!