Response to the last post

It just so happened that I may have made a mistake in my last post and also I didn’t explain clearly what was going through my mind at the time (what, you mean besides being brain dead ?). First, for the shows I listed, I don’t dislike any of them, I just wished that each character would look like they were developed individually, like if someone were to change their hair style, they wouldn’t be mistaken for one another. That being said, someone pointed out that the character designs in some of the shows are really distinctive, and a good example to counter my argument was Ohran (or Ouran) Koko Host Club.

I’ve been repeatedly told by people including the co-host of this site that it’s a wonderfully funny show with great character development…Well, yeah, OK, I do watch shows with real character development once a while (Black Lagoon), rather than plain gun-them-down shows (Noir) or Moe shows (Binchotan), but anyway, I was grossly over generalizing in my last post about most anime in ’90s and beyond seems to use the same character designs for almost all the female characters. I guess I watched too many harem shows ala Shuffle, To Heart, To Heart 2, and so on.

Now with Ohran, I guess this was the kind of picture I saw when I watched previews:

So, the men and the women are designed differently, but what about men-only designs? These guys have the same shape of eyes, chin, and glittery smile. This is what I’m talking about – they ‘re build from the same mold. Where as some male or female character groups from the past would look different. Like different face shapes, different eyes, nose and so on.

There are many shows with each male character different from another male character, and a female character different from another female character, but the market is saturated with shows with characters coming out of the same mold. Now, I may like these shows, and a lot of them are certainly very good, but I just can’t help but notice that the girls share the same face.

(Just drop it man. It’s too time consuming for creators to draw really different individuals)

Well, this is a rant or a slight gripe.

(Oh, and next time go to an ’80’s blog to talk about ’80s!)

Hai…

Yeah, so…this ends the filler before the episode walkthroughs.

One thought on “Response to the last post”

  1. Contrary to the picture you posted above, the first image of Ouran I saw was this:

    http://otaku.ptitlutin.free.fr/images/Ouran/Ouran%20Pre%CC%81sentation.png

    Hikaru’s and Kaoru’s eye shapes are definitely different from Tamaki’s. Their eyes seem more cat-like, owing to their mischievous nature. Tamaki’s eyes are smaller but more laterally elongated, with a hint of narcism and glamour. Kyouya, being the “shadow king” has devious-looking eyes, while Mori’s eyes exhibit wistfulness. Honey’s eyes are of the typical cute-kid kind.

    Similarly, the personalities of the hosts are reflected in their smiles. Hikaru/Kaoru usually have the prankster-type grins, Kyouya the dark type, Honey the innocent type, and so on.

    Overall, however, I agree with you that a lot of shows these days tend to mass-produce the same face. Nonetheless, the quality of character design does not necessarily correlate with the quality of the anime itself.

    I wasn’t intentionally picking on your choices for your last post; but your arguments weren’t particularly clear, and you didn’t exactly pick examples that would support whatever you were trying to say (except perhaps the Sailormoon one, which I agree with). Topping it off with “90’s sucked majorly-sorry-mf#@%#$%$#%-asses” just did it for me. :) Anyway, no offence taken. I will continue to love you. <33

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