Reblogged from talkingsoup
sorry, but I feel that I need to talk about this bit of animation.
the snk fandom has kind of been workin’ my nerves about it for a while. A lot of the fandom doesn’t understand how animation works and what constitutes for good animation or bad a lot of the time. I’m an animation student, so seeing these kinds of posts generally annoy me. I understand that a non-animator would have less understanding of the situation, I’ll give them that.
But I’ve seen countless people complain about how beautiful the fight sequences are but how “lazy” or “bad” the scenes of people talking or standing still are. Why do you think they’re like that? A show is it’s budget and nobody but animator or animation students seem to understand this. The reason the battle scenes look so good is because that’s where the budget went, that’s where the animators needed to put forth 120% of their effort.
But back to the original reason for this post. This animation of Armin. I’ve seen lots of posts showing frames from this animation
But they aren’t praising the animators in their post. People are going about being like “look at these amazing pictures of Armin” or “quality animation” Which would be nice, if the statements didn’t have sarcasm dripping from each character. There are even worse posts where people even openly say that the character drawings look bad.
As an animation student I find this very offensive because the animation is beautiful. The character drawings aren’t “bad” they’re “pushed”. There’s a difference between bad poses and pushed poses. And as an artist, you can tell the difference between the two. Actually you don’t even need to be an animator to tell.
You don’t have to be an artist to look at something and know there’s something not right about what’s happening. But that isn’t the case with the animation of Armin falling. To be honest, the poses drawn out are in and of themselves rather amazing and they come together to make a stunning falling animation. When I first saw the episode, my roommates (also animation students) and I rewatched Armin’s fall several times because we were close to breath taken by how the animators achieved such a nice fall.
From the moment Armin’s knees hit the ground, you can mentally feel his impact upon each time he hits. His body is limp and tossed around like a rag doll during the fall, this is what would actually happen, it’s by far one of the most accurately depicted falls I have ever seen in animation. But maybe I only think this way cause I go to school for it or something, idk..
Haters to the left please.