Boundaries continue to be pushed in incredible ways in the ever-changing anime industry. The story an anime tells and the characters that drive it forward are crucial ingredients, but audiences have become increasingly savvy about a series’ unique animation and visual language.

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There’s now as much excitement surrounding the animation studios involved in some adaptations as there is for the series itself. It’s exhilarating when an animation and animation studio turn into the perfect team, but there are also plenty of instances where poor visuals become a show’s greatest claim to fame.

ten Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories erases all fear with its Lo-Fi presentation style

Anthology storytelling is able to thrive in anime and Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories has become a tradition for the past decade with ten seasons under its belt. All the horror stories that Yami Shibai the gifts are inspired by urban legends and Japanese folklore and last only a few minutes.

Yamishibai clearly opts for a minimalist aesthetic, but the animation can be so limited that it removes any possibility of genuine fear. The stories are so generic and predictable that a lackluster animation style becomes Yamishibai into an even more pedestrian product, but which has found a dedicated audience.

9 Its circumstances neglect its visuals in favor of stronger themes

Hideaki Anno’s unconventional narrative approaches led to compelling visual experiences towards the end of Neon Genesis Evangelion. These artistic impulses are even more apparent in His situation and his situation. The humble rom-com turns into a surreal examination of human relationships where Anno prioritizes dialogue over visuals.

Frequently, storyboards, static shots, or even popsicle stick renditions of the characters are used instead of smooth animation. It’s a jarring style that represents Anno’s unique qualities, and it helps turn this series into a more memorable experience, even if it’s one that strays from its source and isn’t for all the world.

8 2016’s Berserk Disgraces Kentaro Miura’s Artwork With Shiny CG Veneer

by Kentaro Miura Berserk manga is a dark fantasy masterpiece that struggled to transition to anime because it’s difficult for smooth animation to replicate Miura’s meticulous artwork. The 1990s Berserk the anime, as well as the movie trilogy that follows it, does a decent job with the source material.

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However, the 2016 two-season series that follows Guts’ years as the Black Swordsman and his growing conflict with God Hand and Griffith is a visual disappointment. The sterile and overproduced CG aesthetic of 2016 Berserk turns out feels so antithetical to Miura’s manga, and it doesn’t do the series justice.

seven Inferno Cop’s Motion Comic Aesthetic Puts Out The Series’ Flame

Cop from hell is sheer excess and the absurd revenge story centers around the titular hot-headed officer of the law who is basically a combination of Ghost Rider and the Punisher. Inferno Cop’s vengeful adventures are limited to three-minute bursts, but there’s still an infectious energy to this chaotic ONA series that’s a unique burst of passion.

Cop from hell comes from Studio TRIGGER, who are generally animation scholars. Cop from hell intentionally opts for an animated comic book aesthetic, which many have criticized over TRIGGER’s standard style – despite how well it matches the tone of the project.

6 2001’s Fruit Basket borders on parody with its clumsy character designs

Fruit basket is a revered shojo series that mixes awkward romantic dynamics with a supernatural take on the animals of the Chinese zodiac. 2001 Fruit basket comes from Studio Deen, and it unsuccessfully attempts to cram the entire series into 26 episodes, which are further held back by sterile art design.

2019 reboot of Fruit basket is superior in every way, especially since the manga’s full story is adapted over a much longer series of episodes. TMS Entertainment also excels in production and ensures that Tohru’s love story looks as good as it deserves.

5 One-Punch Man’s second season struggles to forge a visual identity

One of the reasons why the satire of shonen and superheroes One-punch man resonated so much in its first season because of the ambitious and experimental animated shows that Madhouse brought to life. It’s never easy when an anime has to change studios, but the drop in quality experienced when JC Staff takes over for season two is drastic.

One-punch manThe second season of doesn’t look bad, but it’s still such a generic throwback from the highs of the first season. A third season of One-punch man is on the way in 2022 and the look of the anime will likely play a major role in its reception among fans.

4 Junji Ito Collection Turns Into Generic Horror Stories Instead Of Legendary Adaptation

Junji Ito is undoubtedly one of the most prolific names in the horror genre and his terrifying designs are the source of hundreds of dark stories. Studio Deen’s Junji Ito Collection adapts 25 of Ito’s classics across 13 episodes, including fan favorites like “Greased,” “Marionette Mansion,” and “Smashed.”

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Tragically, Studio Deen can’t quite rise to the occasion, and their visuals fail to properly accentuate Ito’s brand of twisted terror. Another Junji Ito anime anthology attempt is on the way and the quality of its animation will play a crucial role in its success as the new series is expected to adapt many of the same stories.

3 Season 3 of The Seven Deadly Sins is losing its luster

The seven deadly sins tells a powerful shonen adventure across 100 episodes, and it became one of A-1 Pictures’ major achievements as an animation studio. There are five seasons of The seven deadly sinsand it’s not until year three – especially Escanor’s debut – that the quality of the visuals plummets.

The production leak becomes apparent and hampers what is supposed to be a climactic showdown between Meliodas and Escanor. Subsequent seasons resolve their issues, but season three is still marred by these jarring concessions.

2 XxxHolic fights to retain CLAMP’s wide-eyed aesthetic

xxxHolic is a dark fantasy with just over 40 episodes that is more about riding the wave of atmospheric energy than a complicated story-driven narrative. xxxHolic is inspired by various Japanese folklore, but the animation studio CLAMP feels a bit out of place with this series.

CLAMP is a studio known for its very specific cute art style that isn’t for everyone, but is at least suitable for slice-of-life dramas or rom-coms. In the case of xxxHolicobtuse character models that often look awkward in motion drown out the anime’s message.

1 Dragon Ball Super’s Opening Arc Sets A Botched Precedent For The Sequel Series

A demanding production schedule and constant deadlines lead to many concessions in the anime industry. It’s much more difficult to keep an anime production running on schedule, as opposed to a 13-episode one-off series. Toei Dragon Ball Super delivers 131 episodes, but there are serious signs of a struggle during the anime’s first batch of installments.

Series intro arcs adapt the anime Battle of the Gods and Resurrection ‘F’ feature films, but with significantly poorer animation. Goku’s fight against Beerus is particularly unfortunate, and the sporadic dips in quality ruin what should be an exciting showdown.

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