Robotics;Notes’ upcoming animation by Production IG has received its first PV and key visual – both of which, unsurprisingly, show the artwork to be horrid in comparison to the superior visual novel.
To see something officially of the Robotics;Notes series be of such lacking quality is a tragedy – yet it was unfortunately highly likely when the anime was announced, and then inevitable when confirmed to a studio experiencing a consistent decline in capability. The points of shame span so heavily in this awful artwork which sullies the “Robotics;Notes” name – and one needn’t even examine the artwork too intently to see a blatant degradation in comparison to the visual novel’s artwork.
Within the artwork of the visual novel, one reason the shadows were transcendent was that they were carefully plotted out – and applied in a manner of stunning transition from the light source, the sun. This was done all quite masterfully – and served as one of the major distinctions of Robotics;Notes’ artwork. Unfortunately, the illustration above is sub-par at best – the visual novel’s extensive shadow would ultimately formulate a perspective effect, yet this image is completely flat, with the only value being of the generic kind of darkened shapes.
There’s no essence of vitality to this image whatsoever – one can sense that the artist was simply attempting to create a scene based on reference material they were given, rather than sketch a moment of an enthusiastic bishoujo standing in a windy area under the summer sun as is the case with the visual novel. The setting seen behind the girl, robots and all, is completely bland – feeling as if a backdrop in a photographer’s studio, although that’s quite fitting in this instance seeing as the heroine is equally as lacking.
In respect to the heroine, her body wasn’t even given any depth at all – leaving her looking like a cardboard cut-out. And on that note, an aspect acting as a total desecration of our heroine is that her immense beauty has been lost. The visual novel artwork portrayed the heroine in such a manner that her mere visage would rock the foundation lust and desire, and this was accomplished through an expert degree of line, shape, and shadow – yet this not so lovely take on an otherwise gorgeous girl instead settles for a remedial visage.
Her face as seen here is simply of the conventional moe type – with no consideration taken into devising an individualistic character. All the defining aesthetic features of the visual novel’s unbelievably enticing heroine have been lost – as has hope for humanity.
The PV for this coming animation, available below, isn’t any more promising – all the intensity found within the promotional videos for the visual novel is absent, and the graphic quality can again be seen to be on a lesser scale. Sadly, if this anime succeeds in satisfying expectation, that would be as expectation is of failure.