This show even after its premiere continues to use 2D animation mixed with 3D animation. Like previous show’s that have tried this the animation is still to jarring. fortunately the story is interesting enough to keep me distracted from it.
Like berserk this show constantly flips between 3D animation and 2D animation for characters. Here’s the thing, Japanese animators believe that 3D animation should be treated the same way they treat 2D animation. But that it’s not the case. Character who don’t move in 3D constantly jar up the experience because of their fluid movements. While 2D animation can look quite good even if the characters are not moving in some frames. While the same does not apply for 3D.
Using a mixture of the 2 has always been a challenge, since the late 90’s movies like Sinbad and The Road to el Dorado use 3D for big set pieces while their characters stay in 2D. This show does not follow that logic. Instead of having big set pieces in 3D, like when Kado get’s reveled or the animation for the cube, that would be in 3D. And I would have no problem. My problem is that they use 3D and 2D in the same scene for different characters. As I’m watching I’m thinking 2D animation is being used for minor characters while 3D seems to hold the superior motive for the animators. I’m not saying it shouldn’t be done, all I’m saying it looks bad.
3D animation in Japan seems to be stuck in the past, Japanese animators seem to want to portray a style across the board for all studios. I think when it comes to 3D, each studio should find their own style and look for something that looks good, rather than something that looks the same. The same happened for 2D animation, everything looks the same, apart from some studios that try to actually go into their character design and make conscious decisions as to what exactly makes a 2D character look good, while still trying to make that character look anime-ish. TOEI and Polygon are the Japanese animation studios that dominate 3D, or at least studios that produce good content with 3D animation. In my opinion that doesn’t mean they should look to imitate each other.
Oh and the episode was quite good actually, with just the right mixture of answers and questions. The cube is still interesting and Shindo and Yaha-kui zaShunina (or whatever the hell his name is) make a good partnership. Also are they trying to hard to ship Shindo with his coworker? idk…
At least it’s better than Berserk, oops sorry not sorry.