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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 16

Anime with the best animation

I think it’s impossible to answer this question. Animation quality varies with each series (and sometimes seasons), however, they categorize the best animation as Sakuga. Animators “skip frames” in order to save money. Motion exists, but it’s not fluid. A scene may only depict the mouths of characters moving if the scene only called for speaking. Sakuga is different. It animates each frame, resulting in movement that is so fluid that its realistic. They do not limit anime to reproducing realistic scenes. So even unreal scenes have realistic effects. Action oriented anime series often use sakuga the most. Fight scenes benefit the most from fluid action. Some anime series reserve sakuga animation specifically for action scenes. The episodes produced can have select moments that are sakuga, but the rest of the episode isn’t.

They also use Sakuga animation for emotional moments. Some sakuga animation can take the “fluid” motion too far. This can make characters appear distorted. Fans can find this of putting. If done correctly and with artistic style, the distortion may be more appealing. Sakuga does more than look good. It can make an anime feel for alive. This is especially important for series with complicated motion. Sport anime like Yuri on Ice and Haikyuu come to mind. As I’ve mentioned previous action or shonen anime, benefit the most. Anime like Naruto and Bleach selectively use the animation style, focusing on the most important battle and fight scenes. Regardless, sakuga animation isn’t for everyone. Some anime fans seem to hate it. I think sakuga allows anime to reach its peak. Breathing life into characters and environments that can feel lifeless and unrealistic.

One of my favorite sakuga scenes is Kakashi vs Obito. Check it out:


Kakashi vs Obito