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Why did they replace the Gen 1/2 art style with a generic desu kawaii style?

#1NotChris_HansenPosted 2/6/2013 11:45:35 AM
Back in gen 1/2, Pokemon characters were drawn in a unique, iconic art style. Look at the Ethan's original artwork for example:

http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/a/a3/Gold_Silver_Ethan.png

The washed out colors and rigid lines gave Pokemon characters a unique look. Even if you didn't know Ethan was a Pokemon character, you'd recognize that Ethan couldn 't possibly belong to any other series as long as you were somewhat familiar with the Pokemon art style.

And then in gen 3, Game Freak trashed the old art style and replaced it with a generic kawaii moe style. Nowadays it's impossible to distinguish Pokemon characters from your standard desu-game characters.

Look at HG/SS Ethan, redrawn in the gen 3/4/5 desu-style:

http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/thumb/c/c0/HeartGold_SoulSilver_Ethan.png/303px-HeartGold_SoulSilver_Ethan.png

As you can see, Ethan has been rendered a generic moeblob. You could literally insert New Ethan into an episode of Lucky Star or K-On and nobody would bat an eyelid, because it's the exact same style.
#2Sebas27Posted 2/6/2013 11:49:07 AM
Original humans are the best. Death to the pretenders
#3MugilokoPosted 2/6/2013 11:50:00 AM
TC stop lying.

You ARE Chris Hansen
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#4vital_tundraPosted 2/6/2013 11:51:40 AM
Nah, I know if something is Pokemon with the new style or not. And the new style isn't really that cute.
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#5Capitan_KidPosted 2/6/2013 11:52:28 AM
Ethan's new artwork>>>>>>>>>>>>>>old artwork
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#6Infernus93Posted 2/6/2013 11:58:19 AM
I definitely prefer the old style, but this generally has no impact in the games, so I tend not to care.
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#7sonicfanaticjtbPosted 2/6/2013 11:58:22 AM
They didn't replace anything. The official artwork has simply gotten better and reflects the improvements made to the character designs in game.
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#8Dark_ZoroarkPosted 2/6/2013 11:59:13 AM
sonicfanaticjtb posted...
They didn't replace anything. The official artwork has simply gotten better and reflects the improvements made to the character designs in game.


Gen 5 says hi.

Gen 1-4 look the same.
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#9RoobitysuPosted 2/6/2013 12:01:15 PM
Hey, an artist changes style over a long period of time.

For example...

Here's something I drew in Sept. 2010:
http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/251/e/3/white_by_aisukaiko-d2y6t5l.png

And to compare, here's something I drew in Jan. 2013:
http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/028/7/e/return_of_sylvia_ferr_by_thematty-d5q8qej.png


And that's just a bit over two years. That right there is, like, ten? If anything, it's interesting to look back and see how Ken Sugimori's style has evolved, because I never noticed until I looked back and realized it was different.
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#10ArcvalonsPosted 2/6/2013 12:02:50 PM
You are not alone. i found this:

http://static.fjcdn.com/large/pictures/c8/b9/c8b9b2_1792813.jpg
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