The April 2015 issue of Otaku USA magazine—on stands now and available to order online—includes a feature on Knights of Sidonia, the anime adaptation of Tsutomu Nihei’s killer sci-fi manga. While discussing the series’ take on Nihei’s bleak depiction of humanity’s future, Brittany Vincent digs into the unique visuals that help Sidonia stand out from the rest the genre has to offer.
Aside from a host of differences in the narrative and characters from modern sci-fi anime, Knights of Sidonia employs a very unique CG art style that makes it immediately recognizable and sets it apart from the rest. Because the CG is capable of complex animations that simplify depicting explosions with debris, action sequences that utilize slow-motion, and other difficult mechanics that don’t always work well with traditional animation, it lends a surrealistic feel to the show. While faces and expressions naturally don’t do as well, the CG animation works beautifully when it comes to illustrating the bleak future of humanity, lending an interesting lilt to both human characters and the aliens themselves.
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