The Third Episode Curse


An example of what happens when quality control and animation direction (or perhaps just budget) is not what it could be, showing episodes one to three.

The anime illustrated here, which I need not name, could be any one of hundreds which unfortunately succumb to the realisation that concentrating production resources on the first, second and last episodes, along with perhaps the onsen episode, and maybe the OP or transformation scene, can go a long way to improving the overall perceived quality of the title even if the actual average quality is depressingly low…

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    Comment by Hunter-Wolf
    16:09 05/01/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Now i gotta appreciate how animes like Naruto, Bleach, One Piece and Gintama keep going for hundreds of episodes without any serious drops like this.

    I mean if Gintama for example dropped at that rate by episodes 70 it would have turned into incomprehensible children scribbles XD

    Comment by Tatsu
    08:24 06/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, they've been like that for a while i believe, quality i mean.

    Gintama would poke fun at it.
    Naruto & Bleach have it, but it goes in quick frames so its harder to notice.

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    Comment by yuuji
    15:07 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yea remember that episode in gintama when they woke up and they were just mere sketches xD

    Comment by Mk200114
    18:42 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like the same thing that happened to Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:06 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    probably different director or something like what happened to NHK ni youkoso

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    Comment by Tommy
    16:18 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The 3rd picture look weird

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    Comment by taishi tetora
    16:15 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    uugh . .mabushii~~~ LOL

    *refer to musashi gundoh anime quote about quality

    Comment by Shyster
    13:11 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kanazuki no miko always looked like 2-3.

    Comment by edogawaconan
    14:47 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    DVD version should've improved overall quality.

    Or so I heard.

    Comment by unicogirl
    00:53 05/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't this normal for anime

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    Comment by chad001
    07:06 05/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    so this is Gunslinger Girls 2, Crescent Love, and Gurren Lagann? Those are the three anime? Or am I wrong, cause this confuses me so much...

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    Comment by Aereus
    15:35 06/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What was with the drastic art changes in Noein? They had the very odd stylistic art to start with, then switched to a HQ polished art for like ep2 and a random ep in the teens.

    Comment by Fonzer
    12:45 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol almost looks like a pic drawn from a child reffering to ep3.I kinda drawed it like that once in school and the teacher put my pic up for example.So the wgole school could see it.
    But my drawings are kinda bad.Well they can be good but they gooten worse in time wonder why??

    Comment by RyoBase
    13:06 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG, never thought this kind of anime would really exist. o_O!!

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    Comment by tingle
    06:23 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gunslinger girl Il Teatrino Syndrome

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    Comment by iapfah
    06:45 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gurren Lagann ep 4

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    Comment by Onsokumaru
    06:49 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha. Was just about to mention that.

    Comment by Keni
    10:33 30/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    HA! I knew that episode looked weird! >=3.

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    Comment by relentlessflame
    06:17 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, this specific example is one of those classic "fix it on the DVDs" cases. IIRC, you could basically track the quality of the TV-airing episodes to the name of the studio that got outsourced to do the keyframing in that particular episode. In some cases, they divided the episode in half (so one contractor got the first half, another got the second), and the difference in quality was obvious. Normally the Overall Animation Director is supposed to mitigate problems like this, but yeah... I'd assume "no budget" was a big problem here.

    I'd be sort of curious to see a side-by-side of those three frames next to the DVD versions of the same to see how much they improved it. In some cases, I noticed that the keyframing was completely redone (and obviously for good reason).

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    Comment by Toonleap
    06:13 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry for my ignorance or something, but what anime is this?
    I think another classic example of production decay is "ichigo 100%" tv series...The only thing I enjoyed was the opening.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:20 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na -Crescent Love- (translated into: Brighter than dawning blue -Crescent Love-)

    This was an eroge by August, and the name has the "crescent love" extension for its anime adaptation.

    Note that this series has been nicknamed as "CABBAGE LOVE" for its infamous and ridiculous quality for the said cabbage scene.

    Comment by Alan
    06:07 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Definitely disappointing when animation quality goes down like this. :(

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    Comment by tyciol
    18:26 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which anime is this?

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    Comment by Black King Vegeta
    06:08 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG, thought they were three different anime 0_o

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    Comment by dmil666
    06:13 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a real disappointment when the anime producers resort to things like this. They take a gem and turn it into glass. The fuckwads...

    Comment by Logeres
    12:15 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perfect example for the fact that most studios are apparently lacking a proper QA department (or any Quality Assurance at all).

    Comment by gordon
    10:25 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    macross frontier is guilty of this as well. especially episode 8. but still an epic anime nevertheless.

    good thing code geass R1 and R2 are able to maintain its level of quality.

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    Comment by Shuu
    10:40 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Macross Frontier episode 8... those grossly deformed faces still hunt me in my nightmares -_-

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    Comment by innocuous
    09:01 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    only 3 eps and its already that bad?

    Comment by Firo
    07:26 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Low quality is low XD

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    07:22 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahhh! The horrible quality is melting meee! Help meeeeee! HELP MEEEEEEEEE! D:

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    Comment by otaku
    09:06 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha..theres a secen her face look like kagamin...

    Comment by Anonymous

    cabbage anyone?

    Comment by FourChan

    Horrid I say..horrid.

    Comment by Ren

    Oh god... this is the reason I'm so picky with my anime. I always get the whole "What's so bad about bad animation?" shebang. Well, now it's been proven. I mean, heck, even with a low budget, if companies just budget wisely and put the same amount of effort into each episode, it'll look fine. There seem to be only a few studios who don't do this anymore... -points to Gainax-

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