I was very excited to do this day because 8 is my favorite number and for no other reason haha. Welcome to day 8!! If you missed the first few days here is the idea behind the 30-day anime challenge. I saw this post on Pinterest and thought it was a fun little challenge to do for the first month of the New Year. I did a challenge similar to this back in 2013 so I am curious to see if my tastes have changed much in the past 10 years.
I think the purpose of this challenge is to just post a picture but me being the extra person that I am, I will write a blog about each topic.
This is different from what I am used to blogging, which makes me excited to test my creativity and go back to find the answers to these writing prompts. On day one I found that I couldn't just pick one anime so I decided for each of these questions I will be doing 5 for every topic.
Feel free to join me in the comments below! I'd love to hear your answers too!!
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Day 8 favorite artwork/directing
Now I am not an artist or work in the animation industry, so I didn't feel qualified enough to judge others' directing styles. This list is just going to be my favorite art styles and why I think they are my favorite. As I mentioned I am not an animator, I have just seen a lot of anime.
One of the things that I love about anime is all of the different art styles. I love that there is a staple anime look but artists are free to create their own worlds. Which causes animation style for one show and then a completely different style for another show. When I am looking at an anime to watch I always think about the animation style. The animation style isn't a huge reason people pick an anime but it is a huge factor. If you are going to be watching a show for hours you would want it to be visually pleasing to you. If it's not a style you connect with a style, it's impossible to watch a bunch of episodes of a show with that style. For example, I cannot stand the 3D 2D look. Basically when the characters are in 2D but their actions are in 3D. A great example is Hi Score Girl.
I am not going off any rating system, just creating a list of my favorite art styles. These styles made it on my list for no other reason than I love them. I might make up the name of the style if I can't find its name. I have written about different animation styles, but this is going to be a list of my favorites. If you want to see more about different animation styles, Click to read my blog about it.
Gothically Inspired Whimsical Art
The art style of Soul Eater and Fire Force is unlike any other, yet it's so well-received and appreciated by manga and anime fans worldwide. I was first introduced to Soul Eater back in 2013 and fell in love with the art style. Every character is extremely unique, yet you can tell they all come from the same world. I rewatched soul eater in 2022 and again was in love with the art style. Almost 1o year's later and the unique style was still able to keep my eyes locked on the screen.
I am currently watching Fire Force. On the site I watch anime, there is a random anime button, and one day I wanted to click it and play whatever came on. That anime was Fire Force. Not even 10 minutes in and I was already on google to see if they were animated by the same artist. Sure enough that unforgettable style had my attention again.
Ohkubo's art is nothing short of remarkable and will undoubtedly go on to serve as inspiration for future artists willing to push the boundaries with characters of their own.
Old-school animation is such a vibe. Every character is extremely unique, bodies have eccentric proportions, Hair that defies gravity, and fun color pallets. I have found people who grew up with this style of anime (Like myself) love this style because of the nostalgia. And if you didn't grow up with the style please give it a try because it is so fun and the stories are always amazing.
When I find an anime that was created in the 80s to early 2000s I am always impressed with the art. They didn't have the technology or resources we have today, yet they were able to create masterpieces that are still raved about today.
They didn't care about making anything look realistic. I love the colors and scenery that make you feel like you have been transferred into another world entirely.
I have seen this style in art but never in anime until I saw Great Pretender, and then again in words bubble up like soda pop. This is a completely different style from other artsy anime. One of the biggest things in this style is the bright color tinting. You can tell the animators had fun creating this show. They went all out with the characters, backgrounds, and anything they can do to bring their imagination to the big screen.
The pop art style was unlike anything I had ever seen. They were extremely creative with their color pallets, which caused your eyes to be locked on the screen.
I also added Great Pretender to the most underrated anime. If you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favor and check it out.
I don't know of a better way to describe this style other than Kawaii. This art style has soft features with larger-than-life eyes and bright colorful pallets. I found out yesterday that this style was created by the animation studio Kyoto Animation.
They have a very recognizable style. They created Lucky Star, K-on!!, Clannad, Hyouka, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Tamako Market, Beyond the Boundary, and their most stunning work in Violet Evergarden.
I am a complete sucker for this style. Even if I know nothing about the anime I will still watch it just to enjoy the adorable characters on the screen. This art style fills me with joy which means of course it made it on this list.
The Classic Shojo (Romance anime) style
I hate to be basic but honestly, the classic shojo style is one of my favorites. I am a sucker for slice-of-life anime. Some great examples of shojo are Komi can't communicate, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-Kun, fruits basket, and My love story!!
This is one of the most popular styles of animation. I would say 70% of anime I have seen has been in this art style. I think this is a great style that can create a lot of uniqueness in characters while keeping things simple.
I love it when a show has a somewhat realistic storyline yet has unique and creative characters. This isn't an art style to brag about but I have found some of the best anime I have seen have been in this simple animation style.
After going over the different animation companies this list was pretty easy to create. There are so many incredible art styles for anime, but these are just my favorites. Again I am no artist but I can appreciate how much thought goes into each character, background, and unique style for every anime.
Now even though I am not an artist, I am a musician. So tune in tomorrow for my top 5 anime that has the best soundtrack.
What is your favorite art style? Do you agree with any of the ones I listed?
I'd love to hear in the comments below
Thanks for Reading!!
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