I always see this, but lately there’s been a huge rise in people saying that anime usually is generic crap that all looks the same in order to defend the hilariously terrible Aku no Hana anime adaptation. I’m going to crush that line of thought really simply with four pictures. Imagine you’ve never seen these shows, but are an anime fan and so the idea that any drawing from Japan looks the same is out the window, and tell me – are these four images from the same show? Are two or three of them from the same show? Or, are none of them from the same show? AND NO – I did not “cherrypick” these, these are from 1, 2, 3, or possibly 4 shows that recently aired and/or are still airing and are screenshots I had taken while watching them previously;
Guess what – if you said they are from 4 different shows, you just proved my point. Anime art being generic on any level more than rarely is a stupid goddamn myth. If you picked any of those possibly being the same then you’re a dipshit, by the way.
Every series released – with some exceptions – have their own style. The only thing they share are the fact they are anime and thus feel like anime, but in terms of looks there is no way you can claim there is a generic overused crap style. Anyone who says shit like that, I promise you, is simply saying “m-m-moeshit” without saying it that way to avoid sounding like a moron – it’s got nothing to do with anime looking generic or similar to one another and all to do with them hating an entirely made-up-in-their-head “moe” style that they apparently believe every single anime uses. Which amounts, funnily enough, to about 1 anime ever – usually K-ON, which has a very unique art style that you won’t find even in KyoAni’s more recent shows.
Oh and Aku no Hana is, in one very elegant word: shit.
Anyone who claims this went for a “realistic” style can lick my fucking chode. The show looks like you were playing a very shittily made FPS and then turned the textures to lowest and the Draw Distance to fucking 10 out of 100. People’s faces phase in and out of existence, blobs in a slightly human form bounce around awkwardly. This is not realism, it’s the nightmares of a person who was born blind and has to imagine how the world looks.
This is by far one of the biggest pieces of shit ever to grace the entirety of the entertainment industry as a whole – not just anime. It’s fucking awful, I’d sooner watch all of SAO and get a subscription to WoW than watch a single second more of this utter pile of shit that looks like someone decided to not wipe their ass for a month then smeared it on a fucking live action video and threw it to the TV studio.
The pacing was shit too.
For anyone who wants to pretend that it’s only being hated on so heavily because it’s doing something different, two things; it’s not doing something new, rotoscoping has been used in anime for fucking years and there’s been full movies with fucking k.reeves in them entirely done rotoscoped that looked GREAT. This however was done pathetically bad. For the second thing – doing something “different” does not mean it’s automatically good. If I smeared my turds all over my truck and claimed it’s a new paint job – does it suddenly become a masterpiece just because it’s unusual and unique? NO – IT’S A CAR COVERED IN FECES.