Story is the most important aspect in a series. But when the animation is not executed properly, the story lacks something. Kyoto Animation is one of the studios that excels in the field of animation. Is this enough to make the story feel complete?
In games the visuals can make or break a game. When textures or animations are incomplete or rushed, it is immediately noticeable. The player’s attention is drawn away from the story, his attention is drawn to the imperfections. This cannot be the intention of the producers.
In the world of anime one studio gets heavily criticized. This studio is called J.C. Staff, which is notable for works such as the Shana franchise and the To aru no Index series. Animation wasn’t the strongest part in these shows. But the studio is able to pull of some impressive products such as Toradora, which was a blow of fresh air within anime.
Despite this, the studio is still lacking on the animation department. Some animations feel as though they miss a frame. Characters don’t move as majestically as some studios like Kyoto Animation can pull off. The animation that is produced by this studio is a benchmark where a lot of studios can work towards. Colors almost pop out of your screen and characters move naturally.
What made this possible is probably a bigger budget and a more experienced staff. Or maybe even the software that is used, that makes fluent animation possible. It is also possible to think that because KyoAni delivers less shows in comparison to J.C. staff, the studio has more time to work on details within animation.
Animation alone isn’t enough though. The crisp animation that KyoAni delivers doesn’t justify any story. It seems that at this moment, the studio has found a sweet spot that makes sales possible and keep revenue up to stay operational. The stories that KyoAni creates, will not be the most interesting for a lot of people. But the way the story is presented, makes the story much more enjoyable. The viewer is not drawn to inconsistencies and will most likely have a more positive attitude towards the end product. Unless the story is really flawed of course.