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The amazing set of facial expressions as demonstrated by Cross Game

Hey guys! Are you ready to see the amazing set of facial expressions as shown by Azuma of Cross Game? Get ready for a barrage of screencaps…

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…I think you get my point.

I mean, lets compare Cross Game to Spice and Wolf for a second. Craft Lawrence has about 5 million different facial expressions and Horo has twice that when you factor in her ears. Those two can carry out an entire meaningful conversation while the voice actors are off drinking tea. On the other hand, each character in Cross Game has a set of 4 facial expressions: Happy, Confused, Angry and the Default Blank Face which basically means ‘figure it out for yourself’.

Don’t get me wrong, I actually really like Cross Game. But please nobody say that the artwork is ‘charming’ or ‘surprisingly effective’. This is 2009, this is just plain bad.

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  1. kadian1364
    Posted July 27, 2009 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Hmm. I think you might be just projecting what you want against what Cross Game is. Cross Game is just a simple story about baseball and high school, with simple characters and simple art design. Comparisons to Spice and Wolf do a disservice to both shows because they are completely different in tone, setting, directing style, etc. Just because it’s 2009 doesn’t mean the man (Mitsuru Adachi) who’s been drawing that way for years has to suddenly copy everyone else’s art style. Particularly with Azuma, he’s intentionally characterized as the man with one facial expression, effectively conveying his one track personality.

  2. Posted July 27, 2009 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    First I would like to stregthen the point that I really do like Cross Game and in paticular Azuma. I love the change he has made from generic baddy to one of the main characters.

    Maybe it’s because I’ve always been anime>manga type of person but I’ve always liked it for directors to take liberties with the manga. They had no problem editing the story in several places, such as the first episode where they raced through the entire first volume, so I don’t see why they had to stick so strictly to Adachi’s bland designs and facial expressions. OK maybe the Spice and Wolf comparisson was a bit overboard but the only anime I can think of with less an array of facial expressions is Cromartie High School.

    I just find it annoying how often the anime has to revert to the default blank face when better artwork could have told us so more about the character. I’ve never really been that picky about animation but it bugs me in Cross Game because I feel it would be a greater anime with better artwork.

  3. kadian1364
    Posted July 27, 2009 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Eh, I guess we all have our own little animation pet peeves. I generally get irked by choppy frame rates, off-model drawings, and constantly reused animations (think Minami-ke 3rd season), but Cross Game has none of these, so I don’t mind.

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