#16 What Anime Do You Think Has the Best Animation?
Attack on Titan
I would like you to read the following blog post about the anime that I think has the best animation bearing in mind that, when it comes to animation, I’m a complete novice whose entire knowledge base consists of things I learned watching Shirobako! I don’t know how it all works (despite having grown up with technology it still mystifies me) and I don’t know any of the fancy-pants terminology, so please bear with me, somebody who’s going to do their very best to explain what they love about Attack on Titan’s animation, in patience and in kindness!
The reason I chose Attack on Titan for the purpose of this blog post is that, whilst its animators can’t animate horses for love nor money (seriously, they are janky as hell!), they do do an awesome job of capturing the fluidity and rapidity of humans in motion. The show’s fight scenes are fast-paced, with kicks, jabs, punches, and grapples coming one after another in quick succession. Nevertheless, these scenes look flawless! They’re like a whitewater rapid, there’s an energy, a ferocity to the movement involved, yet they still flow in perfect, ceaseless motion. You’ll be hard-pressed to find recycled shots, off-model characters with arms twisted or necks craned at impossible angles (unless they are broken, which does happen, obvs), or, motion lines aside, dumb looking FX that both disrupt the flow of movement and detract from the grittiness of the fight! In short, Attack on Titan’s fight scenes are amazing. And that is entirely down to its animators, whose hard work and skill ensures that they are brutal, fast-paced, and realistic!
But what blows me away the most about Attack on Titan’s animation is the way in which its animators capture the movement of characters using the maneuver gear. The idea behind this piece of equipment is that it allows its user to catapult themselves into the air, soar through the sky, and perform incredible acrobatic feats, all in order to kill titans. It ought to come as no surprise then that, as with the movement of characters caught in life-or-death struggles, the movement of characters using the maneuver gear is fast-paced and dynamic. It’s almost dizzying to watch! The show favours a third-person viewpoint, however, as the camera follows its characters during their swift ascent, as they rapidly traverse cramped cities and dense forests, and as they speedily maneuver up and over the grasping hands of hungry titans, it practically hugs their backs, so much so that you feel like you’re soaring with them! It’s almost as if Attack on Titan allows me to experience how it feels to actually fly, and it’s fantastic! To fly, to really fly, has long been a fantasy of mine, so when I sit down to watch this show and I suddenly find myself doing just that, my heart races and adrenaline courses throughout my body! And that wouldn’t be possible if not for the fact that, through a combination of the magic of technology and the skill of people who have spent years honing their craft, Attack on Titan’s animators were able to perfectly capture the precision of human movement and blend it with the speed and velocity of soaring through the sky!
As you might imagine, not having the foggiest when it comes to animation made writing this blog post very difficult! All the same, I hope that it wasn’t difficult to read and that I made up for my lack of knowledge with pretty, poetic words! So, which show’s animation has stood out to you? Remember to use simple words so as not to confuse this total novice!
The first time I saw the motion gear in action I was pretty much blown away by it (I think my jaw litterally dropped on the floor lol😂) I definitely agree that this anime has got a seriously wicked animation style and I certainly think it’s one of the best out there too.
For me (at least up till now that is) Violet Evergarden has so far been the anime that impressed me the most when it comes to the best animation. It’s such an incredibly beautiful world they created with that one, and the characters were absolutely amazing. So much details, that you simply something new every time that you watch it. I really enjoyed reading this post, and I had not difficulty reading it at all. Nor did I think at any point you lacked knowledge: in short this was just a great post! 😊
It is no exaggeration to say that the maneuver gear takes my breath away! It makes the impossible possible, is way more novel than, say, your traditional gun/sword type weapons, and has this awesome steampunk type look to it! I love it!
I’ve been meaning to get ’round to watching Violet Evergarden for quite some time now, but I’m worried that it can’t possibly live up to the hype surrounding it!
You know, I work extremely hard when it comes to everything I write, but I’m rarely ever satisfied with it! I can’t help but think that other people are more funny or knowledgeable, and so would do a better job of talking about the subject at hand! That’s why I’m so grateful when somebody takes the time to encourage me or to say that they enjoyed reading my posts… So thank-you!
Well, I am pretty new to your blog (I have just started following it since last week😊), but if this post is anything to go by, I really wouldn’t worry too much. This is truly are really well written post, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future 😀
As for Violet…I felt the same, but this is for a change an anime that is worth the hype. It starts slow, but it really pays of to stick with it. I have literally cried my eyes out on quite a number of episodes, and for me it has so far been the best anime that I have seen all year. I highly recommend it 😊
And you are so right about the maneuver gear. I could not agree with you more 😀😀
Well I’m already enjoying your patronage! You seem like a really nice guy! You know, I have a cousin in Holland who’s about your age! I’ve never met him, but I think you share the same name too!
Alright, alright! I’ll give Violet Evergarden a go! Would you be interested to hear how I found it once I do?
Haha, well thank you very much, that is very kind of you to say! 😊 You are very kind yourself😉 And interesting to hear that you have a cousin living in Holland!
I would definitely be interested in hearing what you have to say about the series! I hope you will enjoy it. As I said it starts off a bit slow, but it really pays to stick with it! Looking forward to that post if you decide to write/watch it 😊
Yeah with this anime I even enjoy watching the horses run! The fight scenes with their gear are fantastic! This is one of the only shows that it really makes a difference in what definition you watch it in.
I think the maneuver gear, more than the titans, even, is what sets Attack on Titan apart from other action shows. It’s what keeps me coming back season after season!