a/n: I wrote this ages ago and never published it…but here it is 🙂
It’s a strange topic to cover how characters move in a specific anime. I guess I could call it directing, but what I’m discussing in this post is the way the art director chooses to have the characters move. In many cases, the each studio has it’s own specific art style
KyotoAnimation is praised (quite lavishly) for their beautiful art, and indeed it is beautiful. It utilizes light and colors quite vibrantly. The fluid movements of the character emphasizes the flow of life and creates something gentle and pleasant to watch. All together, this creates quite an astounding image.
Meanwhile Shaft uses lots of close ups, sharp cuts and movements and still movements juxtaposed with dramatic movements to emphasize the drama and the sharpness. Their style is very punctuated. At times, often, they choose to have the character move very little and use the movement of the frame, clothes and hair to convey movement. It creates something dynamic and different to watch. (Let’s not forget about the very famous Shaft head tilt)
But enough about Shaft and KyoAni. We’re here to talk about The Perfect Insider (which is what I’ll refer to this anime as). It’s produced by A-1 Pictures who has created a myriad of animes including Sword Art Online, AnoHana, Fairy Tail, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, and a whole brigade of very popular anime. Each has their unique look, and all with fantastic art.
While I’ve only watched a handful of their anime, The Perfect Insider is a standout in terms of art within their line up. Not in the way where the art is very unique like KyoAni’s or Shafts but the way the chose to implement movement of the characters as a tool.