Kyoto Animation has brought out a new “Chuunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai!” key visual – a work of art featuring fantastic implementation of elements and technique, albeit with lackluster subject matter.
A gorgeous blue gradient takes one from a dark deep sea of blue towards a relaxing lakeside colored sky – all alongside it, a garden of soft clouds ease the atmosphere like an arrangement of fluffy pillows, and beneath, a stream of wavy landscape serves to provide perspective and distance. The proportions allow one to assess the true dimensions of all components in the illustration as they relate to one another – and this makes it clear that the sky is truly quite vast as seen here.
Another interesting facet of the sky, the darkness lining the top edge, in comparison to the contrasting and much lighter hue of sand spread across the bottom of the image, results in that the artwork feels compressed. A dark ceiling gives the image a heavy mood – and one can both see and feel that sentiment quite excellently in this piece.
The vertical enclosure causes all which is within to be more extensively emphasized – and this is very noticeable as the illustration seems to near-explicitly spotlight the focal point, the many females in seifuku scattered around.
Now as for the surrounding elements, the umbrella, birds, bags, and water spilling, this all contributes to simply making the artwork feel busy – utilizing negative space in a manner so as to establish a hectic flow. And likewise, the combined dutch angling of it all, as well as the girls hovering in a seeming high speed horizontal arrangement, add to quite a jolt of implied movement.
Turning attention towards the females, the spread of black as per the seifuku tops is certainly done quite masterfully – it’s a balance of color across the canvas, completely perfected when the red becomes involved as it gives the artwork an equilibrium of rhythm, aiding the sense of movement whilst also moving the eye along quite delicately without interruption. The red also complements the green, coming forward beautifully from the background elements – and marvelously standing out.
Also see how the white is eased out across the piece in the form of clouds, birds, and the trim of the girls’ seifuku – it’s an intricate choreography of color filling the scene.
There does exist a single complaint, and this stems at how the subject matter, the females, are not totally original or stunning in terms of design. The heroine and the girl to the left of her are both totally depleted of any uniqueness as they’re not much beyond Kyoto Animation’s all too often seen moeblob characters. The loli looks only ever slightly more distinct – particularly as her hair style is not something the studio abuses too frequently.
Off to the far right, a relatively fine bishoujo seems just short of being cut off-screen – and her appearance is the most distinguished of them all as she bears a visage decent, other details respectable, and physique not too common with Kyoto Animation. As mentioned in the past, Kyoto Animation very rarely portrays just an everyday bishoujo – in the post-K-ON! era, they predominately go the route of moeblobs, or some fetish specialty characters like the loli, yet they always are sure to include at least a single standard bishoujo.
In any case, perhaps the finer features of this series may outweigh the many abundant negatives – they certainly somehow manage to do so in the case of this illustration.