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How Anime Art Has Changed: An Explainer

I came across an article about how anime art has change throughout the years. As an anime watcher, I knew that the animation has gotten better but in terms of character designs, I didn’t know specifically what has changed.

This short articles breaks down the changes from the early 1990s to 2010.


How Anime Art Has Changed: An Explainer


I have watched old anime such as DBZ, Yu Yu Hakusho and Ranma ½ and compared it with the current popular ones like Naruto and Fullmetal Alchemist and realized the changes seem pretty accurate. Some depiction of Anime eyes from the 90s were largely exaggerated making their faces small in comparison. Current anime, the eyes have gotten smaller/more round and the eyebrows are placed higher. The outlines of the characters are also less defined. I think the facial structure is more proportionate and human like. I believe in 10 years, anime art will become even more realistic as it tries to imitate the human body to its correct dimensions. Overall I’m very excited with the direction that anime art is going and hope that it continues to evolve.

How Anime Art Has Changed: An Explainer

What do you think? Do you prefer the 90s style or the current?


  1. mchong wrote:

    Although I am not an anime person, I love drawing and have always been aware of the different types of anime. Art constantly evolves because of culture and as society modernizes, so will art. The change in anime drawing styles reflects this concept. Nowadays, the trend is to have a slick, clean, and minimal aesthetic. By reducing the amount on paper, such as thinning the lines and reducing the nose to a dot, the drawing style is reflecting modern culture. I think it will be interesting to see how much more anime artists reduce in their drawings ten years from now.

    Monday, December 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
  2. jbah wrote:

    I’m a huge Anime fan and have been one for the past 20 years (very much indicative of my age, I know). I started watching with shows such as Robotech, Appleseed, and Sailor Moon as well, and I agree, the style has improved significantly over the years, especially in the art. Previously certain cels (art frames) were very inconsistent and there was a lot of distortion in the figures and it made certain elements looks sloppy. Now the lines are much cleaner and there is more vividness to the overall feel of newer anime. I hope this trend continues into the future and improves as time goes on.

    Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Permalink