December 6, 2008

Awards 2008: The Pretty Award

Filed under: Anime — jroxas @ 12:46 am
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Prettiest animation of 2008: Kara no Kyoukai

It has been said of this series of movies, “You can use any frame as a wallpaper.” This is no exaggeration. Kara no Kyoukai wins this award by a ridiculously large margin, and I can’t imagine anyone with a functional pair of eyes disagreeing.

Let’s narrow things a bit…

Best television animation of 2008: Clannad & Clannad: After Story


Remember these?

Kyoto Animation once again demonstrates its attention to detail and good handle on composition. I’ve commented in the past concerning Clannad’s visuals in one episode. In essence, what sets Clannad’s animation apart from the other shows to which I considered giving this award (mostly Gundam 00 and Tales of the Abyss) is how well the animation is used to emphasize the content. Surely, the art is nice, the backgrounds are deep and detailed, and the movements are fluid - but these qualities are present in just anything with a reasonably large budget.

However, in Clannad, KyoAni¬† makes excellent use of characters’ faces and body language to enhance the expression of emotion. These elements are as vital to a narrative like Clannad’s as fights and explosions are to something like Gundam 00. KyoAni’s execution in this regard is superb, if not flawless. This series would not nearly have the strong emotional impact it has had if not for the multitude of subtle blinks, eyes widening, blushes, and other signals.

Even the action scenes are well-done, too - Tomoyo smashing Sunohara throughout the series and the recent street fights in After Story match or surpass the animation of the action sequences in most action-centric shows.

Say what you will about Clannad’s story, genre, or whatever; in the visuals department, it is the winner.


  1. you forgot chaos;head

    Comment by Moogy — December 6, 2008 @ 1:07 am

  2. rofl. By “best,” I didn’t mean “most eye cancer-inducing,” Moogy.

    Comment by jroxas — December 6, 2008 @ 1:09 am

  3. I don’t know, I’ve the impression Clannad would be equally moving in terms of emotion if it just had voices, graphics, and tex- oh wait.

    true tears seems a better candidate for this if you ask me.

    Comment by Owen S — December 6, 2008 @ 5:28 am

  4. True Tears is definitely up there too, for more or less the same reasons. I think Clannad still wins because of the larger variety of sequences that are well-animated. True Tears doesn’t have a whole lot past the drama scenes and symbolism; Clannad has that plus sports events, comedy scenes, fist fights, etc. The stunningly beautiful “other world” scenes count for a lot, too.

    Comment by jroxas — December 6, 2008 @ 10:29 am

  5. True Tears does not utilize has much bloom effects as Clannad does though :P
    Bloom for anime is just :3
    That or I’m a FPS graphics whore xD

    Comment by AOforever1 — December 7, 2008 @ 11:15 am

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