December 06, 2005

Elfen Lied & Gustav Klimt


The opening titles to the anime Elfen Lied are some of the most stunning ever created. The artwork is an homage to Gustav Klimt. These two graphics should make the provenance obvious.

The top graphic is from The Kiss by Gustav Klimt.

The Elfen Lied version is an almost exact reproduction. Note especially the positions of the hands and fingers.

Here is a point-by-point comparison with Klimt's oeuvre.

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# posted by Blogger Henry
Interesting circle of influences. Klimt was heavily affected by the aesthetic movement which drew inspiration from the flat, decorative style of Japanese prints.

So here he is feeding back to anime, another heavily stylized form.

But you know, there's something about anime hairstyles I can't take seriously.
12/06/2005 12:03 PM
 

# posted by Blogger Eugene
Anime hair color is a topic that deserves a dissertation all of its own. In fact, you can fine one here.

As I read it, it comes down to three basic reasons: first, in a country where everybody has black/brown eyes and black/brown hair, it helps differentiate among characters; second, hair color is often highly representational of personality, the classic case being Ranma, who has red hair in his female (supernatural) form and black hair in his male (normal) form; third, especially in anime, it's an adaptation to budgetary and artistic limits. Texturing hair is a pain, so color is used as a substitute. This can be seen in the recent digital production of Appleseed, in which hair is left in a blocky, "anime" type style. Rendering the hair alone would probably have doubled the budget. I recall a documentary about making Monsters, Inc. and what a major accomplishment rendering Sulley's hair was. And no Japanese studio can approach Pixar in terms of time, technology and operating capital when it comes to producing a film.
12/06/2005 3:09 PM
 

# posted by Blogger Th.
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I'm off to YouTube to see if I can find this moving.
1/10/2012 10:15 PM