You won’t notice it unless you pay attention, but tons of
Almost every show fits into at least one of these categories. Intentionally or unintentionally.
Let’s take an
What kind of
And what about an
How would you describe the art style used in this
While you try to figure it out, here are 10 types of
I’ve categorized each one into my own set of “phrases” to make it simple to understand.
Anime Art Styles:
1. Kawaii art styles
Kawaii art styles in
One of the best
New Game is a slice of life/comedy series about the gaming company: Eagle Jump, and the employees who work within it.
The first thing you’ll notice about New Game is how bright the colours are, and better yet: the kawaii drawings and art style of each character.
Despite the “Kawaii” art, the creators still manage to represent the ages of each character realistically. Or at least to a degree. it’s an impressive example of a Kawaii style
2. Realistic art styles
Then there’s a style I call: “realistic”.
There aren’t many
Remember how I mentioned Cowboy Bebop earlier? That fits into the realistic art style category.
Alongside shows like:
All 4 of these shows are “Seinen” by definition. Which is aimed at older
Like arms deals who sell weapons and make tons of
3. Chibi art styles
There’s also “chibi” art styles. This is more obvious than the last 2 I’ve mentioned.
Chibi by definition is childish in every way, shape and form. And any
Though not all of these
Is The Order A Rabbit?
All of these shows have childish looking drawings and characters. Especially Lucky Star, which features 17-18-19 year old characters who look much younger.
In contrast: Kinmoza has a main character who’s 16 years old, but you wouldn’t believe it from the art style.
4. Moe art styles
“Moe” is confused with Kawaii for obvious reasons. They’re both so similar it’s hard to differentiate.
The best way to describe “moe” art styles is with
These shows best describe the art style of Moe better than any other series. I define it as a mixture of:
- Characters who “look” childish, but still believable for their age.
- Characters (and art) that’s Kawaii without being over the top.
5. Beautiful art styles
Beautiful art is a tricky one in the
In some ways it’s close and comparable to realistic
The best shows that describe this art style are:
Garden Of Words
A Silent Voice
The Ancient Magus Bride
All of these 5 shows have realistic drawings and art, but there’s more to each one than that. The animation, quality, backgrounds and characters will blow your mind.
It’s “eye candy” at its best.
6. Weird art styles
And then you have weird
The best way to describe this art style is with images from
Knights Of Sidonia
As you can tell – the
But I respect the creators even more for “trying” to step into new territory, and try something new.
It’s no good if a creator rests on their laurels after all.
7. “Standard” art styles
It’s exactly as it sounds. Standard is the typical type of art we see in the average
Don’t get me wrong: standard styles aren’t bad, in fact they’re amazing (Sakura Quest, Clannad). But these types are hard to categorize, hence “standard” is the term used.
Ecchi art styles
Why? Because the characters are either half naked, have BIG
You know the kind of
High School Of The Dead
High School DxD
To Love Ru
Shows like these are classics in the harem/
Especially for female characters in particular.
9. Cartoon art styles
“Cartoon” is the best way to describe this style, because it reminds you of the visuals done in American cartoons.
This is because of the colours used (and how much of it that’s used).
As well as how much emphasis the artists puts into each character (and backgrounds in general).
Kill La Kill
Little Witch Academia
The first 2 of these series were produced by Studio Trigger.
I like their way of animating and designing. It’s always fresh and stands out compared to other studios.
10. CGI art styles
CGI is the final one worth mentioning.
CGI is least common art style out of ANY
Besides it’s not something the
It’s not perfect, but some shows do pull it off better than others.
Good examples are:
I put God Eater last for a reason. It has the best CGI of any
The animation (and the art) is out of this world. It’s hard to say if even a series like Violet Evergarden could compare.
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