30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 16
Before I announce what I think to be the anime with the best quality animation there is today, I want to preface it with some information on what type of animation I like and the studios leading the way in this regard. There are three studios in particular that stand out to me in terms of animation, Kyoto Animation, Shaft, and Ufotable. Each studio has its respective style, but the one thing they all have in common is clean animation with great color choices.
Kyoto Animation has mastered the art of animating cute girls. Starting the moe craze with K-ON! and continuing the trend themselves with shows like Chuunibyou, and Hyouka. Their use of vibrant colors is the best in the business which complements the type of stories they pick well. Kyoto Animation is probably the most consistent studio out there as they have had many releases but none of them I have genuinely disliked.
Shaft uses their endless supply of money from the Monogatari series well to continue to be the most popular studio today. With their signature director, Akiyuki Shinbo, they lead the way with their unreadable 3 frames of words, zooming in on the characters faces, and of course the head tilts. Their are small differences in the styles of their recent works, but they all have the same essence that is so loved by the anime community.
Ufotable, the newcomers that came out of nowhere with their amazing animation in the Kara no Kyoukai series of movies. Honestly where did they get their money from to make something like that? The few releases before this series were not the most popular. Ufotable has the best use of a dark color palette, and few other animation studios are able to do it well.
Before I decide let it be known that I am not an expert on the technicalities of animation so I am choosing with just how visually pleasurable the anime was to me. And the winner is, (drum roll)
Fate/Zero by Ufotable. I think good animation really stands out in action sequences and I have yet to see any better than in Fate/Zero. A few honorable mentions are Garden of Words, and Kyoukai no Kanata. Fate/Zero just had that extra oomph with the rare somber colors, and skirmishes. Also I cannot wait for Fate/Stay Night : Heaven’s Feel by Ufotable.