Great character design is important for any animated show. Character design gives subtle context clues on how a character will be portray in either his or her role and personality throughout the series. Small details can draw a viewer to a character, possibility relating to said character on a deeper level. On a Shin Megami Tensei/Persona group I’m a member […]
Great character design is important for any animated show. Character design gives subtle context clues on how a character will be portray in either his or her role and personality throughout the series. Small details can draw a viewer to a character, possibility relating to said character on a deeper level.
On a Shin Megami Tensei/Persona group I’m a member of, there was a “Who’s your Persona 5 Waifu?” topic (I’m trash I know).
I chose Tae and Chihaya based on the information their character design gave me, despite not yet playing Persona 5. I love Tae’s darker, edgier alternate style while I enjoy Chihaya’s more laid back, mellow, and carefree design.
Plus their subcultures that the two portrayed (Tae’s alternate style and Chihaya’s hippie style) are consider “weird” and “strange” by modern standards and I’m a man who is attractive by the weird. There’s that to factor in.
Let’s take Tae’s design (plus I don’t have much time to analyze Chihaya before work):
The immediate visual clue we see in her design is her lab coat and clip board in her left hand. This gives a hint to the viewer that there is a great chance that she is involved with the medical or science field.
If we were to analyze her details further, we can see that she sports a stubbed chocker, dark eyeliner, a necklace with a metal capsule attached, a kinda low-top dress (dunno what they’re call I ain’t a fashion guru) that is high above her knees, a red belt with metal open circles, and platform sandals with exposing straps. Her hair is unkempt and short, colored with a combination of dark blue and black with jagged edges and blunt bangs.
From this, we can assume that Tae is into the alternate scene. The dark hair, eyeliner, and choker can support my claims. We can also guess that she may have a sharp, blunt, and aggressive personality. All details that lured me into her character design. She is also liberal in her fashion despite working in a professional field such as the medical industry.
To think I could figure this woman out from just analyzing her character art and I haven’t Persona 5 yet. I’m proud of myself!
…if I am wrong please correct me about this theory and analyze on Tae.
Character design is important and done right can easily lure a viewer to a character that fits their niche(s). Small visual details and clues can tell much more about a character than words and prior information could provide. REFERENCE:
Super Eyepatch Wolf – What Makes a Great Character Design
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I also co-host a Black Nerd Empowerment podcast with my friend The TV Guru over at http://swarthynerd.libsyn.com/ and create off-color memes about crap tier anime over at https://www.facebook.com/yukithesnowman/
Good post. It always makes me jealous how animated characters can pull off a ton of unique outfits that would otherwise look terrible in real life. Unless you’re a pro cosplayer and can dump thousands of dollars into pulling off a look.
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Personally, I don’t believe you need to be a pro or dump thousands of dollars into it, you just need to know how to craft the outfit correctly and wear it lol.
I must say I would totally rock a lot of character clothing that loom realistic
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Yeah, you’re right. I have seen many low budget cosplays that have really rocked when visiting cons in the past (o^.^)b
That said, do you share your writing on any other sites? I work over at Creators .Co (we’re part of Now Loading and Movie Pilot) and this is the sort of content that makes for an interesting read. Would you be open to the idea of crossposting your work on our Creators fansite or sharing you wordpress posts with the users in our Facebook group? My e-mail and more info can be found on my page if you’ve got any questions.
Yea man it’s based on the creator’s creativity and skills on how a cosplay will turn out even if it’s low budget.
I have a blog on tumblr under “weeabootrashsnowanalysis”. I’ll like to check out your group and see what’s up given I need to network with more writers lol