He’s gone off the deep end this time by even questioning this. Of course anime needs animation you foolish blogger you are thinking to yourself as you roll your eyes and lean on your right elbow. Anime without animation is manga you stupid head and if it’s not that it probably a visual novel so clearly the defining feature of anime is animation… But how much of anime is really animated?
If you subtract panning shots and lip movement shots then I’d say only 20% to 50% of anime is actual animation and in some cases you can remove walk cycles and you lose another 5%-10%. “That’s crazy talk you bumbling fool. Animation is constant there’s no way I’m looking at still images half the time….” You just noticed didn’t you and it’s a little bit sad but don’t you dare go blaming the animators because animation is bloody hard and even 50% take hours of hard work to animated.
So are we really only watching 50% of the anime? No of course not, anime is anime regardless of how much moving is going on and animation isn’t even a crucial point in anime. Without it you can still convey an amazing story so long as you make up for it in other ways such as good voice acting, music, art style and plot. These factors are even more important I’d say and if you take them away the anime falls apart just as much as it does if the animation is gone.
So they why does anime even need animation then if you can accomplish all those things without needing animation like Juniper’s Knot or the Virtue’s Last Reward series do and the only answer I can come up with is immersion. Even that’s debatable though seeing as anyone with a half decent imagination can paint pictures of events inside their head increasing their level of immersion without the need for fancy animation.
What do you think animation brings to the table in terms of the story and are you ever upset or annoyed when anime starts becoming a series of still images and mouth flaps?