Hey guys, so this has been bugging me since G-Reco started airing, maybe drawfags can clue me in on this a bit. The digital animation process on G-Reco is really interesting, but I have no idea if this is a brand new system Sunrise played with for G-Reco, or if it's a style they were always able to do, and Tomino simply pushed for it.
Three things I've noticed with G-Reco: These odd "textures" in the blacks, almost like the ink of an outline breaking up. This is very obvious in shots like the ED here, though interestingly it clears up when the shading moves.
The second thing I've noticed was this almost brush-like texture to the mecha coloration. It doesn't seem to ever affect human colors, only mecha. Unfortunately, the TV rips make this very difficult to judge, and I haven't bothered to grab BDs yet.
Third, the outlines seem to be very sketchy in comparison to most modern shows, almost as if its emulating cel outlines, but still with a fairly uniform thickness.
Has anything come out about the production of G-Reco that might shed light on this?
no idea, have a story board
That has to be some kind of a deliberate easter egg. The proportions in that last frame are an exact match for the original Gundam action figure by Clover. Some off-model cels from the original series were even drawn with it as reference.
And for an example of what I meant...
And here is a still shot rather than a split second webm.
Intentional QUALITY. This is the first thing you see it ep 7.
Gundam ACE has some interviews with Yoshida, maybe he says something about it.
Do you not know how animation works?
It is a far away shot, thus, the lack of detail is due to distance. It is a common trick for anime to do this as it save time and also tricks to make things look far away.
I'm guessing that you didn't even notice that until it was pointed out in this thread.
What they're saying is that they think they intentionally drew fighter planes on the deck for that shot instead of mobile suits or base jabbers, and that they think that the Gendum moment in G-Reco was actually intentional as well.
It's really not that farfetched when you look at it. As >>12459377 points out, the low-quality shit in G-Reco had some serious attention paid to it.
It's the fact that digital animation, and art in general are finally getting to a point that it can emulate the artifacts typically left in hand drawn media.
When digital animation first began, it was much cleaner than traditional cel animation, perhaps too clean. It lacked the warmth that traditional styles had from their inception. But, those were the breaks, the tools weren't precise enough (or alternately people simply weren't trying) to intentionally add back in those artifacts.
Drawing programs can now faithfully recreate the textures and effects of drawing with an ink pen or marker, something that took a little while to really nail. With these 'new' tools in hand you can make digital works that more resemble those traditional techniques.
In G Reco, you can see these pen tools, and they very likely hand colored the frames instead of just using fill tools. It is a slightly more time consuming process, but it makes each frame that much more unique.
As for the blacks, they likely just ran it through a very noisy film grain filter.