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The artist responsible for the character designs of hit series such as Shakugan no Shana and Haruhi, as well as the upcoming anime “Another” has seemingly went from a dead serious art style to full moe.

An older original illustration she’s made is showcased below – beneath it, another original work, yet one so artistically different in technique, color, and style, one would never guess they’re from the same artist. It seems that once Noizi Ito entered the anime industry, her art in turn was left with little choice but to transition over to the cute and adorable.

One of the most strikingly prominent discrepancies is that her earlier artwork is enigmatic, whereas her newer work is very outgoing, vibrant, and lively. Also interesting is the color swap which can be seen between the two images – on the upper image of a kimono clad girl, the attire is of neutrals and open brighter hues, compared to the outfit of black worn by the second girl. Make note that their hair colors change accordingly as well.

Hair style is also another critical feature in this comparative overview – having went from an intricate concoction to a simple straight look.

Attire converts from a modest traditional dress to something more showy and provocative – particularly around the legs. Besides the more obvious differences of cheery expression and etc, there is actually a distinctive similarity to be seen, the butterflies. They appear in an altered fashion throughout the two works, suited to blend in with the atmosphere – yet truly intriguing it is to see Noizi Ito has some sort of appreciation for the winged insect.

There’s actually a second shared aspect of both works – both are quite lovely in their own way. And together, it is truly a fascinating showcase to see how art develops and evolves within an artist over time.

4 Comments

  • Simply a spectacular artist. Can’t wait to see how she does in “Another”.

  • Anonymous says:

    Where did it say that she’s responsible for the art of Haruhi and Shaana? The one who did the art in the Haruhi and Shaana novels was Noizi Ito, but never has it been stated that she did the art for “Another”. The only info I could find was that Hiro Kiyohara did the art for the manga adaption of “Another”.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nevermind my previous comment, but I looked for the info and couldn’t find it. Now I did.

    @Ryan
    Well, it’s not relevant, because her art won’t appear in the anime. Usually it’s drawn by other people.

    • Seven says:

      Even if it is “drawn by other people” the entire composition of the character, that is all the different traits and specifics which are key to their person, were conceptualized and created by Noizi Ito.

      For example, there’s plenty of Hatsune Miku artwork, yet not all of them are from Hatsune’s creator Kei – however that remains a character designed by him even if certain illustrations may not be. And that would also apply here, yet only assuming if she weren’t doing the artwork for Another.

      However, she is indeed doing the artwork, and that was confirmed during the announcement of the anime in the October issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s Nyantype – as well as on the official anime webpage under the staff list: http://www.another-anime.jp/about/

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