Shout out to Frog-kun for the inspiration behind today’s post! Her original post can be found here: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/29294190/posts/12918. You should definitely check it out! She has some great anime related content! Don’t forget to hit that “follow” button while you are there 😉
Frog-kun dove into the aspects of weather bright colors make or break an anime. I want to talk about whether bright/vivid colors will be trending in the following years. While bright/vivid color schemes aren’t new to the anime scene and have been around for many years, there has been a spike in recent years of anime using SUPER bright colors in their shows. Some of these colors could even be considered almost neon. Take No Game No Life for example or even Luck & Logic. Both anime are richly packed with hues of pinks, blues, purples, yellows, and every other color of the freakin rainbow!
Honestly, when I first watched No Game No Life the bright colors hurt my eyes. I was like, “Uh…what the hell is going on here!? Why is it so fucking bright!?” But then my peepers adjusted to the colors and I was like, “Man…this is pretty fucking cool and original!” I hadn’t seen another anime as bright as NGNL. Then I started to notice a trend in brightly packed anime. Shows like Amnesia, C3 (CubexCursedxCurious), Rolling Girls, The Asterisk Wars, Karneval, Comet Lucifer and the anime film Colorful all have bright/vivid color schemes or characters. It has even spilled over into music videos such as DAOKO’s Girl, Joe Inoue’s Me! Me! Me!, and Porter Robinson’s Shelter.
I feel like bright/vivid colors enhance the viewers perception of anime. Bright/vivid colors draw the viewer in and make a striking impression. While brightly colored anime really leaves a lasting impression, it might not be for everyone. Some people might even find these types of anime distracting or distasteful. These types of shows can even over-sensitize a person’s senses. I guess it all depends on your own personal taste.
I have noticed a lot of anime are also going for that bold outline character design as well. You can see examples of this in Attack on Titan and Drifters. I feel like studios are REALLY trying to make their anime series/characters stand out or at the very least make a lasting impression on their targeted audience.
I would also like to mention that digital technology has made digital coloring a lot easier for anime artist. As Frog-kun quotes in her blog: “Advancements in digital technology have made digital coloring easier, but in the end, good coloring still comes down to having a strong vision and a sensitivity to how colors and tones mesh with each other.”
This goes to show you that just because an anime might be bright/vivid doesn’t mean it’s going to work. Everything has to be combined perfectly in order to get the right blend of color and tone you want to bring across to the audience. If one thing is off then so is everything else. The studio is then left with an ugly multicolored piece of crap that no one wants to watch.
It’s hard to say whether or not this will become a “super trend.” I would like to think that bright/vivid anime might become more common in the coming years. I think we will see more and more being made in order for these anime’s to be unique or distinct. You have to stand out somehow right?! So why not burn the corneas off of your viewer’s eyeballs in order to do so? Haha…just a thought I had 😛
Safe to say bright/vivid colors are here to stay. I don’t think they will be going away anytime soon. I wonder what other anime will knock our socks off next? Maybe the No Game No Life: Zero movie? My bets are on that! We are also getting a new show in the Luck & Logic franchise. It is called Hina Logi! And I think my other bet is on the upcoming show 18if. I mean just look at this synopsis:
“Haruto Tsukishiro wakes up in a dream world and sees a mysterious girl named Lily. Following this, he meets a man named Kanzaki and learns of the existence of witches, which from here on entangles him in all sorts of incidents.”
Any shows having to do with dreams, games or fantasy aspects usually end up being pretty damn bright/colorful.
(Karneval artwork can be found here: http://www.zerochan.net/1665839)
What are your thoughts on bright/colorful/vivid anime? Do you like the bright colors in anime or do you think they are too distracting? If you do what are some of your favorite shows? Do you think we will see more of these “bright” anime’s in the future? Do you think this trend will pick up? Let me know in the comments section below!
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