It seems like I see a lot of posts in video forums about tweaking Anime cartoons. Curious why this is.
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Thread: Why the fixation on Anime?
Anime is very popular in most of the world. In the US it was also very popular during the early rein of Disney,...Micky Mouse, Donald Duck and other videos. It's still popular here on TV with the Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park and others. Generally Anime films are enjoyed by several age groups, from very young to fairly old.
Sorry, I call all animation videos 'Anime'.
Yes, but ya see, "anime" is only one form of animation. Snow White and Dumbo are anime? Mmm....No. But call 'em whatever you like, I guess.Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. -- Henry David Thoreau
Sorry Red ol' buddy, but I have to side with everyone else against you on this one.
The most I have ever been into "anime" is from when I was growing up and watching Starblazers and "Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets"
My son, who is now 27, is into real "Anime" but I don't get the big attraction, must be a certain generation that is
He used to watch it and get into it when he was growing up and a teenager.Originally a member since 2001, LONG LIVE TARAN's!!!
A good story is a good story, told in a film, video tv series, or anime or any other format. The first anime I ever saw was Speed Racer, in the 1970's as a child.
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. -- Henry David Thoreau
back to the topic, there are quite a lot of reason for tuning for "Anime".
1> Large fan base
2> Many of these fans not only just watch these video, they archive them and treasure them
(Unlike western production, Japanese anime have a high standard for artwork[usually], and the BGM/theme songs are often commercialized and sold as CD separately)
3> Anime have different art style.
Roughly speaking, the anime world is divided into two artwork styles--- realistic vs. simple
The realistic one use a lot of gradient, shadow, texture...in very detailed way, so encoding this will be similar to encoding a real-life drama.
The simple one, use line art and simple fills. No complex texture or light effects. So encoding may focus on getting optimum sharpness with minimum ringing at line boundary, optimizing color so that the image will not look blocky/uneven.
Example for "simple" style:
Transformer-series (cartoon), Simpson, Most anime-series from Disney, SouthPark, Atashinchi (あたしんち), Doraemon
Example for "realistic" style:
Air, Kanon, Clannad, Gundam series, Macross series, Haruhi series
There are of course many borderline cases. This is just to show that there are different encoding tuning for different art type.
Concerning the term "Anime", it is usually being referred to "Japanese animation" nowadays. Yet, this is merely a custom and both "Anime" and "Cartoon" means the same thing.
Further more, Japanese animation usually target an older audience (teenage an above), while western "cartoon" are more oriented for kids. So, while a kid will not be that fuzzy about a video's quality, it will not be the case for the older people. With the proliferation of Japanese animation, of course more people will care about encoding them properly.
lol...just a joke. Obviously not all anime is that pr0n stuff but when I saw this thread pop up yesterday I wanted to chime in but decided to wait and see what would come of it. I myself have asked that question through my internet years. It's like any other fixation. Those who like Star Wars or Star Trek or anything similar. I got chastised once for commenting on a film called Trekkies. The Trekkies didn't like that at all lol.
I also grew up on the original stuff like Speed Racer in the 70's (I lived there). What about the live action anime...Ultraman?
Anime or Manga...just an animated hobby for enthusiasts...like gardening
Ultraman falls into a category called "Tokusatsu " or "SFX" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokusatsu). Harray Potter movie, Transformer movie also falls into this category.
Anime/Cartoon actually means making a lifeless object looks alive. So that actually include those Pixer production like Toy Story and Finding Nemo.
Anime, is just a presentation method, not fixed in theme, art style or plot. So any anime can have very different review from different people. (Vividly illustrated in the anime "My younger sister can't be that cute" http://bakabt.me/details.php?id=161799&page=4). ACG Fans themselves are not a homogeneous community at all.
The western population and the older generation(pre-1980's) are not that found of JP anime, partly because of culture and experience disparity (notably the schooling environment changed a lot in recent decade), but even more important is that Japan production companies are not that keen on overseas promotion. A lot of classic works are not aired by major TV stations outside Japan. Hence, non-Japan ACG fans get hooked on this just by chance that they encounter a work that fit their taste.
In order to make an anime sells good, most of them nowadays included some form of "sex-appeal" or "cuteness", but most of them are NOT R-18 p0rn. Otherwise, they will have difficulty to be aired by TV stations.
Here are some representative anime, some may fit your taste:
Politics and battle
Moving, Touching, Warming
Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay night
Hayate no godoku!
How could I ever forget to mention Speed Racer!!!!!!!
I still have the Mach V with the Speed action figure sitting in it and the spridle and Chim Chim action figures with the picanic basket hiding in the trunk!!
Oh wait, Picanic Basket is from Yogi Bear!!!
But the Mach V car is quite a many years old now.Originally a member since 2001, LONG LIVE TARAN's!!!
Heh, heh... Any of you old timers remember watching "Kimba the White Lion" or "8 Man" as kids in the late 1960s?
etc Etc ETC.
Last edited by El Heggunte; 17th Dec 2013 at 23:16. Reason: wrong interjection : - /
"It seems like I see a lot of posts in video forums about tweaking Anime cartoons. Curious why this is."
It's the nature of the creation. That is, animation forces the viewer to focus on what the animator wants you to focus on. If the primary image of focus is jagged, blurry or off-color, it's far more distracting than an imperfect live image. Any imperfection in the animation distracts from the "reality" of the image. Whereas an imperfect live action "real" image is still closer to reality than any animated image.
Our brain knows what the real world looks like and can easily fill in gaps of an imperfect live image. If an animation is imperfect, our imagination has to guess at what the animator intended.
PS: Who had a crush on Trixie in Speed Racer?
lingyi raises hand. <GRIN>
Last edited by lingyi; 18th Dec 2013 at 00:27.