Re: Gonzo Set For New Last Exile Anime Series
It should be interesting to see how this ends up, story-wise. Prequel? Sequel? Side-story? Alternate universe? (The last one would just be a strange decision.)
The events in the existing series are of such significance that a side-story would be somewhat hampered while a sequel could be either really cool or kind of strange. A prequel would be fascinating, regardless of whether it involved any of the existing characters or not.
I'm somewhat ambivalent about the 3D idea. Hopefully the final product ends up being more substantial in some way, rather than just being a showpiece. Gonzo's CG, in and of itself, has been of decent quality for the budget in a number of their productions. Their biggest issues, in my opinion, have always been twofold:
1) Awkward compositing and final animation results when CG elements are sharing the screen with 2D animation elements.
2) Inability to consistently present an even level of quality between CG and 2D elements in a show that shares them.
The latter, in particular, is a problem with the existing Last Exile series, whether folks want to readily admit it or not. Is it a good show? Sure. Is it interesting to watch, with characters that are compelling? Sure. Are those characters well-animated? Not consistently, and there's a slight but progressive drop in the quality of that character animation throughout the series, which is a shame.
Not that this is anything new for anime, but it's always been disappointing for a show like Last Exile, and baffling when folks tend to sing the praises of the animation quality, especially the irony in that the presentation of CG elements is strong here (thanks to Yasufumi Soejima, who really knows his stuff) and that that is really what carries the show in terms of animation quality and what folks are likely thinking of when they recall the show as being animated well.
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