Yowamushi Pedal The Movie

The art and animation of YowaPeda’s television series visibly struggled to maintain quality. In countless episodes, I noticed character designs melting into extremes. You can make a fair amount of excuses for facial distortions based on the grotesque natures of many of the characters–notably Shinkai and Midousuji–but it’s obvious when the drawing gets sloppy outside of those special circumstances and action cuts. In contrast, the film actually looks great on the big screen, with time and care given to the drawings of the team members’ faces and bodily proportions. CG was used in key areas to smooth the transition to cycling, particularly during dynamic scenes.

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