Code Geass R2 DVD vs TV: Massive Revisions Evident

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The DVD version of Code Geass R2 episode 18 (volume 7) has been roundly hailed by fans as an exemplary case of a DVD release being done right – the episode brings the animation quality up to a uniformly high level, where previously some doubts were in evidence amongst fans as to the quality.

The comparison above, courtesy of 2ch, shows the changes in excruciating detail.

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  • zer0nix commented on July 22, 2009 09:13

    quite the contrary; the white guy with blonde hair gained chinky eyes with this revision. massive fail imho, and i'm a chink :(... More

  • zer0nix commented on July 22, 2009 09:09

    unfortunately, some of the pictures on the left show people who don't even look like people anymore; the renderings go from appalling to 'BLURGH' .... More


Star Ocean 4: English Version Dumps Anime for CG

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It seems Japanese RPG publishers are convinced the western gamer will never have any truck with funny Chinese cartoons, for we hear that upcoming oppai RPG Star Ocean 4 will be stripping out plenty of its anime visuals in favour of Final Fantasy-esque computer graphics, which when combined with the completely English dub will help spare the American consumer the distaste of having to deal with anything too foreign.

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  • Anonymous commented on May 26, 2010 14:09

    Do you guys know that the ps3 game actually have both the CG AND 2D interface. As well as English AND Japanese voices + subtitles in like 5 diffrent languages including English.... More

  • Anonymous commented on February 16, 2010 22:18

    There's a fine line between aesthetics and something looking so far out of place. There are people here who think the graphics themselves look horribly out of place because they grossly mismatch the artwork. That's... More


White Album: Eroge, Manga, Anime & PS3 Compared

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Musical anime White Album has a long history, starting off as an adult game by Aquaplus, and being adapted into a manga, an anime and a PS3 visual novel.

The character designs show some notable changes throughout:

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  • Anonymous commented on November 18, 2009 16:19

    the vidya games are always better fsn gaem >> animay... More

  • Anonymous commented on January 23, 2009 18:57

    I'd go with the PC because of it's an eroge... More


K-On! KyoAni-ficaton

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Four panel manga けいおん! / K-On! (by Kakifly) is set to receive an anime adaptation, due to air in the spring, and handled by none other than Kyoto Animation.

Their usual illustrative style permeates the character design noticeably; above you see the original, below is the anime version:

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  • Anonymous commented on September 17, 2010 04:32

    Wow so this is where the whole K-on thing started huh? Wow its almost sad how big it got and it ended poof.... More

  • unicogirl commented on April 7, 2009 12:44

    Hmm I wish the animation and character design didn't look like Kannagi. It seems like Japanese animators have a hard time keeping design quality with frame rate. Kyo Ani sacrificed design quality and detail, to have smoother... More


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The latest issue of Shonen Jump reveals an amusing new character in Square Enix’s upcoming Final Fantasy XIII, an afro-donning, dual pistol wielding man whose hair is apparently large enough to serve as living space for his pet chibi chocobo: サッズ・カッツロイ / Sazh Katzroy.

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  • Anonymous commented on March 26, 2010 23:49

    this is cool, we need more black people to represent in the anime/game verse ;)... More

  • savantique commented on February 26, 2010 20:02

    "Racism is a state of mind, my man. ^^" Tell that to the doctors who orchestrated the Tuskegee project. One would think as old as you claim to be, you'd know better than to think it's... More


Market Forces Moe: GeGeGe no Kitarou

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This is the prosaically named Nekomusume from very long running anime franchise ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 / GeGeGe no Kitarou; the number indicates the season, and a movie version is also pictured.

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  • Carrot_Glace commented on August 22, 2010 01:48

    Live action version is so very cute...... More

  • KuroNii commented on May 6, 2010 18:58

    I'm sorry, but the image labeled #! is just creepy. #3 isn't too bad, and #4 and #5 seem to be pretty nice.... More


Epic vs Enix

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Veteran Final Fantasy designer Tetsuya Nomura, of Square Enix, is here pitted against veteran Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski, of Epic Games. Both now have careers on rather similar footings, though their design styles could not be further removed from one another.

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  • Anonymous commented on January 27, 2012 03:18

    Juicer's vs. Boy Band. No matter who wins, we lose.... More

  • Justin commented on January 1, 2011 22:52

    Actually I think a lot of Japanese guys look like that... More


The Moefication of A Certain Magical Index

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The huge gulf between the character design used in the initial A Certain Magical Index light novels and that used in more recent volumes, as well as more widely in the anime and similar, has recently been pointed out by fans. Especially the differences in Index’s design

You can see a simple comparison illustrating the huge differences below:

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  • Emanon Suomynona commented on October 13, 2011 07:43

    me too.... More

  • Anonymous commented on June 7, 2010 23:20

    and I like me some moe. we'll all move onto the next big thing for the next decade once 2011 hits.... More


Fans Despair of Minami-ke Okaeri: Comparison

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The imminent third season of troubled baka-yarou anime Minami-ke, Minami-ke Okaeri, has been unveiled in modest detail with the release of a brief trailer, allowing a fair comparison between the three seasons.

Minami-ke fans are seemingly split between those who consider the new series to represent a complete collapse in design quality, and those who think it compares well with Okawari. We need not consider the other possible opinion, vanishingly rare as it is.

You can evaluate it yourself below:

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  • Renigami commented on April 20, 2009 05:34

    Also, Haruka in the third season actually shows other emotion besides the selfless kind self that is pretty much dominant (or more like all the time) in the second season. I actually seen Haruka show... More

  • Renigami commented on April 20, 2009 05:31

    Animation and image wise, I think it got worse. The second season looks way too like the stereotypical drama-anime. However, the style of the art is more like the first season (without the subtile shading... More


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A Christmas card wallpaper on the official Spice and Wolf website provides us our first good look of Horo and Kraft as drawn by the new character designer for the 2nd season of Spice and Wolf:

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  • Zing Freelancer commented on December 24, 2008 22:27

    Yea, whats up with Holo, is it not supposed to be Horo?... More

  • Tommy commented on December 24, 2008 12:01

    Hope to see some good change since the change have been initiated.... More


Alien 1452

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A rather accomplished Korean artist whose works you may already have seen, but not known the source of, is Alien 1452. You can see a sampling of these fine works below:

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  • t//B commented on February 7, 2009 16:33

    Ah, following random links in SC yet again nets me a nice catch.... More

  • firaku commented on December 22, 2008 15:30

    na I agree, specially as a lot of fail art critics can't even draw anyway, anatomy if fucking hard sometimes!... More


Tsukasa 33: The 33 Faces of Tsukasa

Tsukasa 33: The 33 Faces of Tsukasa

In this intriguing parody image, Lucky Star’s beloved Tsukasa is redrawn using the illustrative styles of 33 different anime and manga. How many can you identify?

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  • Anonymous commented on January 29, 2012 12:19

    from top, left to right: zetsubou sensei, ??, ichigo marshmallow, yotsuba, nichijou, pani poni dash sumomomo momomo, macross F, code geass, gantz, chokotto sister, noien school days, saint october, kamichu! yu-gi-oh, elfen lied, fate stay night eureka 7, zegapain, manabi straight dragonaut,... More

  • Anonymous commented on May 17, 2009 21:41

    code geass and yu gi oh wtf... More


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