More artwork has been unveiled of SHAFT’s upcoming second venture into the world of magical girls, Prism Nana – showing they’re combating banality by means of excessively cute Kantoku based illustrations.
This is not to say anything negative of “Magical Suite Prism Nana” as it will more than likely prove spectacular, as with most SHAFT works – and the aspect of Kantoku providing the artistry is one certainly welcomed and then some. However, SHAFT is setting to release this whilst having three mahou shoujo films awaiting from their other, already established, magical girl work – and not to mention, the work in question, the ubiquitous Madoka, wasn’t released too far back to begin with, perhaps only having a gap of one or two series in between.
Like any entity, SHAFT is free to do as it pleases – although it seems that what they wish to do all involves magical girls as far as the foreseeable future goes. The entire “-monogatari” series was confirmed to be getting an animation at some point or another, yet Kizumonogatari went delayed – and it seems the studio is too occupied playing with adorable little girls who have sparkly powers. There’s nothing wrong with such, one must simply hope however that SHAFT doesn’t reorder their operations around that element – as how Kyoto Animation did with moeblob.
All that aside, the artwork is certainly expressive, just as expected from Kantoku – the reactions of the visage don’t merely portray a sentiment, but emanate it powerfully. Note above how the face isn’t the sole element to transform along with different emotions – the hair changes its flow, the tilt of the head dynamically adjusts, and even the shoulders move accordingly as well.
As for another worthwhile observation, the sketch in the top row, farthest to the right, seems to show the heroine without any textiles attached – in other words, she’s bare and undressed, quite something to look forward to alongside the cute characters and Kantoku art.
Now hopefully, the story proves as sweet as the artwork – and SHAFT disowns the mahou shoujos after this.