Season 4 - another style?

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Lapis Lunaris
Dec 20, 2014
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#22
From this:


To THIS:


PLEASE!!!!! The new eyes are PERFECT. If they'll change some childish elements: faces a bit longer and not so rounded, smaller mouths with lipstick and not wide mouths.... It would be a bit closer the manga.
 

Seira Hazuki

Lumen Cinereum
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#24
The manga-style eyes look really good on the Inners, but - no offense - their chins are way too long and Usagi looks terrifying.

Also what is with people's obsession with small mouths? Usagi smiling in that new artwork doesn't look anything different from this or this. Is she not allowed to smile now?
 

Black_Chaos

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#26
Who knows ?

I didn't mind S3's look , but I really liked the original S1/2 style . Maybe if they do another change up they'll give us elements of both S1/2 and S3's designs ?
 

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Lapis Lunaris
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#27
Small mouths and long chins are something about Takeuchi's style.
If they will change the style, I hope they will catch manga's elements and vibe. I just tried to change season 3 style with these elements. :keke: (of course, the editing isn't perfect :mrgreen:... It eas just for showing a "direction" )
 

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Lapis Lunaris
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#29
I want something like this:

I think season 1-2 managed to keep some characteristic elements from the manga. It wasn't perfect and it could be improved, though, but at least it had manga's vibe.

But season 3 went in a direction like this:


I hope season 4 will go back to the manga's proportions and characteristic elements. ^_^'
I just ask Crystal's style to catch manga's style: the style's direction taken with season 1-2 was good (but it needed some improvement) whereas season 3's style drastically changed the direction in something that was moving away from the manga.
This is what I feel, but, of course, this is a just a personal opinion. :smug:
 

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Lapis Lunaris
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#30
I hope that, in season 4, they will find a good balance between homaging the manga's art and have a design that is easy to animate.

Probably Yukie Sako's style was too detailed (but, when done right, it was beautiful!!! :love:: unfortunately, it was rarely done right: probably, it works better in pictures than in animated scenes) whereas Akira Takahashi's style was too simplified.
I think both styles have good and bad points: Takahashi's style is really cute and expressive but lacks details and the manga's mature vibe, whereas Sako's style is more manga-like but sometimes too stiff.
There's the chance we will have a totally different style for season 4: if they plan to change the staff for every season, we should be ready for season 4 to change from season 3 the way season 3 changed from season 1-2.
I am really curious to see the new style.

Actually, if I could choose a style, I would take season 1-2 style (in its best shots: when done right it was really gorgeous) but with the new eyes (really expressive).
I'd vote something like this:


BUT, I think nobody can know how the new season will be. (Probably), a new huge change from season 3?
 

Neon Genesis

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#31
I personally like the idea of having different art styles every season. It helps keep the show fresh and interesting and keeps it from getting stale from the same directorial style all the time.
 

Seira Hazuki

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#33
The animation in those commercials are always sooooo bad. Like it doesn't make sense since they clearly retraced them from her transformation.
 

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Lapis Lunaris
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#34
Premises: if they announced the upcoming season 4, it means they are already working on it (even if we don't know the staff, yet).

When I looked at this pictures for the first time, I thought it was just a slight change from season 3.

BUT, the more I look at this, the more I realize the changes aren't so “slight”:

- the eyes are totally different both from season 1-2 and season 3, not just the way they are drawn but also the proportion eyes/face (the new eyes are bigger!). We have already seen these new eyes in some other recent commercials, and since I don’t think these new eyes are going to be used just for some commercials here and there, I assume these eyes are the eyes we will see also in season 4: totally new eyes (the best ones, in my opinion: better both than season 1-2 and season 3)

- the mouth is far smaller. No lipstick, but definitively smaller (like season 1-2).

- the nose is smaller and better defined.

- No more lucid spots on cheeks? The excessive shining of season 3 (lucid spots plus eyes) seems definitively gone.

- Colors are far more vivid and not “sort of washed out” as season 3: again, a moving back to season 1-2.

- In the last picture, even if really small, Usagi’s pigtails look a bit different: less thin and a bit more curly (again, back to season 1-2′s style?).

Overall, the changes are an improvement.

Now, we have some options.

OPTIONS 1: season 4 won’t be a total change from season 3 but an improvement. In this case, there’s the chance that the new BB’s commercial is actually the style of season 4. Just an improvement of season 3.

OPTIONS 2: season 4 won’t be a total change from season 3 but a mix of season 1-2 and season 3. In this case, besides the totally new eyes, the smaller mouth and more vivid color can be a hint of this mix, but BB’s commercial isn’t the style we will see in season 4, yet (close, but not the final style, yet).

OPTIONS 3: season 4 will be a total change from season 3 (the way season 3 changed from season 1-2). In this case, BB’s commercial is just a vague hint of the changing: the new eyes, more vivid colors and smaller mouth…. among many other changes (Usagi’s pigtails and skirts… not showed, yet).

We must wait for the fist visual of season 4. ^_^'
 

Crystal Moon

Luna Crescens
Jul 11, 2013
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#38
Don't worry. They still have to follow SS3 style in some ways because this is the collaboration of Chocolate B and SMC SS3 (just look at the logo).
 

Seen2

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#40
If only I could go back in time to 2013 and force Toei to use this artstyle from the very start. :P