Dragon Ball Super “Reusing Animations”

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Controversy with the discovery that Dragon Ball Super‘s 97th episode (and its 98th episode preview) has been reusing animations from previous episodes in the series going back years, perhaps an inevitable occurrence considering the problems earlier on

Comparisons provided by one dedicated Twitter user, with the initial animation and its originating episode on the left and the copycat animation and its corresponding episode on the right:

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Whether or not the animators have become lazy or are simply trying to cut production costs (or in the most optimistic interpretation, are intent on homage), some fans have clearly shown dissatisfaction with such cheap handling of a legendary franchise…

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  • Anonymous says:

    Not too surprised. I think sports anime are the most obvious with it like Haikyuu and Kuroko no Basket. You can’t tell me they don’t make the exact same shots over and over again more so if it’s a “signature move” or something. Granted, there’s probably not as much room for variation in the sports genre.

  • Anonymous says:

    If this is going to be a thing, I’d very much rather have 24 episode seasons than this trash. At least that might give them incentive to actually move on with the damn story.

    • Yeah honestly, they should have probably quit while they were ahead. After that point, it would’ve just been logical to say “They’re the strongest, there isn’t anyone left to fight.”

      With a little creativity, they could’ve ended by making DB like One Punch Man, but in the past.

  • Anonymous says:

    For me Dragon ball was always my worst Anime style.

    Its just senseless fighting. What more can they do with a outdated style and concept!

    But the Koreans already work for penuts so why do this cheap trick! Peanuts attract monkeys!

    DB was always shallow in many ways.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s not being animated in Korea. Nothing is animated in Korea. This meme probably got started when someone saw Korean names in some show’s ending credits and then concluded it was all done by Koreans. So now everyone keeps saying anime is animated in Korea. I even saw a guy claim Youjo Senki was animated in Vietnam, because there were Vietnamese names in the credits (they were for the background paintings).

  • Anonymous says:

    Even the original DB, DBZ and GT reused animation all the time. This shit ain’t nothing new to animation in general, unless you’re one of those weebs who think anime and especially fucking Toei doesn’t cut corners or go “fuck it”.

    • Anonymous says:

      I mean while it’s a common DBS overdoes it while rarely ever producing great content. SO yeah they are keeping production cost down, but when will we see a good scene from all those cut corners? I dare say we having seen one in almost 100 episodes .

  • The Honorable Lord Tentpants says:

    Wow, it’s as if anime industry hasn’t already used this practice for ages!

    Not every company can be KyoAni or UFOtable with high end budgets for a single season about 2 years in between each other.

  • Anonymous says:

    Damn the DB hate is strong in SanCom even for the old DBZ. It was never perfect and its not even trying to be. Theres no such thing as a perfect anime. Not Shingeki no Kyojin or One Piece or One Punch Man or Sword Art Online. Some people just need to learn to take what they can get or make the damn thing themselves

  • Anonymous says:

    Figure they might be having their top-tier animators working on better fight scenes for later episodes?

    That said, only two reasons exist as to why they’d reuse animations. Either they’re limited on production costs (which is unlikely, considering this is a huge franchise with a metric fuckton of merchandise), or they’re saving several episodes worth of production costs for the upcoming Goku vs Jiren fight, plus whatever other major fights have been planned out for the tournament.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dragon Ball Super is just one of many, many shows that Toei animation works on. This isn’t a studio with perhaps three or four shows. That being said, budgets are going to be spread thin and animation is going to be reused and look sparse quite often. It’s been seen in Sailor Moon Crystal, One Piece, and Saint Seiya just to name a few. The studio just likes to work cheap when possible.

    • Anonymous says:

      It IS because it is a huge franchise that some beancounter somehwere says “let’s save money by re-using animation and find out how much we can get away with before fans stop buying the shit we make”.

  • Anonymous says:

    as long as there is something to whine about, people will do it. I personally don’t care about some of those animation reuses. At least the background and few minor changes were added.

    Anyway, whatever truly unsatisfactory scene may be improved on the BD release, though I doubt I’ll watch it again, if there is no new content.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, and then these people who cries about this reuse of animations, are watchers of magical girl animes where the five minute long transformation scenes are reused on every single episode.