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8:15 am - 10/08/2013

Manga and anime, my how you’ve changed!

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Anime and manga have been in the global mainstream for a few decades now and like anything else, they have a way of evolving over time. Sometimes, though, the changes are so gradual that we don’t notice it until someone throws it all up in a handy infographic such as this one that surfaced on the internet recently. In it, the creator points out some key differences between female characters in the 1990s and those of the current decade. Let’s see what’s going on in the translation below.


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It seems that overall, faces in the ’90s tended to be sharper whereas current characters tend to have smoother faces both in shape and shading. On the contrary, ’90s hair was bushier and fuller while current hair drawings appear sharper and straighter.

When talking about the nose shape of ’90s women, the writer is referring to the Japanese hiragana letter for “ku” (く). Also in the middle of the image the writer refers to dōjin which is fan-made manga, anime, and so on.

Some netizens were surprised at how drastic the changes actually were when put side by side. Many seemed to have preferred the look of the ’90s, and one commenter put up this image of Mio from K-On! Drawn in the styles of each decade.



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baka_tenshi 8th-Oct-2013 01:07 am (UTC)
i didn't even think about the fact that the styles changed. but they did! that 90s style on mio though is kinda scary LOL
neen_chan 8th-Oct-2013 01:18 am (UTC)
omfg Mio why the 90's one scared me for real..
sky_fish7 8th-Oct-2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
Haha XD My thoughts...
umbrellaphone 8th-Oct-2013 01:22 am (UTC)
Still forever a 90's anime girl. /old
slowtech 8th-Oct-2013 01:25 am (UTC)
i love it all tbh!
kurakura_chan 8th-Oct-2013 01:47 am (UTC)
same :D

Edited at 2013-10-08 01:48 am (UTC)
kurakura_chan 8th-Oct-2013 01:44 am (UTC)
woah it changes so much.
nansuki 8th-Oct-2013 02:21 am (UTC)
Woaaah, was the 90's really exaggerated like that?? All I can remember like that is Slayers. I like the 70's & 80's. Of course, the current one isn't too bad.
egabrielle 8th-Oct-2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
haha; yeah, the first thing I thought was "slayers!"
hotaru_schiffer 8th-Oct-2013 02:34 am (UTC)
I love the '60 and '00 style, but the '90 style is seriously scary >,
chochajin 8th-Oct-2013 02:34 am (UTC)
I liked the old style better. I guess because that's why I "grew up" with. (80s/90s)
Nevermind that I was already a teenager in the 90s! ^^;

Edited at 2013-10-08 02:36 am (UTC)
ailurosan 8th-Oct-2013 02:37 am (UTC)
00's Mio is similar to 80's Mio
70's Mio is gorgeous
edneichon 8th-Oct-2013 02:44 am (UTC)
80/90's that's my thing....
rainbow_yarn 8th-Oct-2013 02:44 am (UTC)
hahaha this is pretty cool to see, despite my not being interested in any recent anime
kemi_chan 8th-Oct-2013 03:10 am (UTC)
These are very interesting observations! Oh, despite having grown up watching animes in the 90s I like the current style the best!xD

It's amazing how one can date the creation of a manga/anime just by looking at the drawing style!
rosesnwine88 8th-Oct-2013 03:19 am (UTC)
woah, 70's Mio is so elegant!
so much amusement for 90's one though, those bug-eyes xDD
myharu 8th-Oct-2013 03:22 am (UTC)
I like all the styles but the 90s, I only really like a few series from the 90s
spitfire_bijoux 8th-Oct-2013 03:48 am (UTC)
I think the thickness of lines and shading in the 90s compared to now was due to analog/digital difference. I mean, if you were inking with inking and shading with markers instead of a computer, surely your lines would be less fine.
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