The popularity of anime and manga has led to the recognition of a classic anime art style. However, there are anime series that deviate from this typical style and have a unique and distinct look. Here is a list of ten unconventional anime series that stand out for their art style.
1. XXXholic: This series features an extremely stylized version of the typical anime style. Characters have long, thin arms and legs, and the show often focuses on the characters by not filling in details on background characters.
2. Shin-Chan: This series has an art style that resembles crayon sketches. The characters have strange, cartoonish bodies, adding to the childish feel of the show.
3. Mononoke: With a look reminiscent of classical Japanese art styles, such as Ukiyo-e paintings, this series uses limited animation with movements fading across frames. It also incorporates complex patterns, creating an alien and suspicious atmosphere.
4. Afro Samurai: Influenced by American art styles and hip hop culture, this series uses thick outlines and dynamic colors to create a world that mixes feudal Japan with the distant future. The focus is on action, making the animation style cool and stylish.
5. Pop Team Epic: This animated sketch series explores various art styles, including live action, pixel art, CGI, and a deliberately ugly art style. The base style is simplistic, with characters appearing as bean-shaped bodies, allowing for over-the-top comedic sketches.
6. Tatami Galaxy: This series uses a stark art style, with characters’ skin left pure white and barely visible outlines. Characters have more proportionate and softer features than typical anime characters. The heavy use of black-and-white emphasizes the colors that bring the world to life.
7. Gankutsuou: An adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo, this series combines CGI for visual effects and backgrounds with traditional 2D animation for the characters. The 2D animated elements use complex patterns, adding an ethereal nature to the interactions.
8. Dead Leaves: This film has a style similar to adult animation in the US rather than traditional anime. It incorporates bright colors, heavy shading, and a madcap action that creates a deranged and comedic atmosphere.
9. Kaiba: From the same director as Tatami Galaxy, this series takes anime back to its roots with a style reminiscent of Astro Boy. It has a light shading and simpler style similar to that used in the 1960s.
10. Panty & Stocking: This comedy series uses a sharp art style with hard outlines, drawing inspiration from both Japanese and Western sources. It pushes boundaries and is not for everyone, but it offers a unique blend of the two aesthetics.
These anime series stand out for their unconventional art styles, which range from stylized to cartoonish to experimental. Each series offers a unique and refreshing experience that goes beyond the typical anime art style.