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Some anime still don’t seem to hold their art as a priority, and although a few of them manage to reap some success, most aren’t so lucky.

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An anime’s art style is vital to its success and is a crucial part of gaining a large fan base. It is such an important part of the television genre that it has become iconic in its own right, and there are many shows that base much of their plot on their characters’ physical appearances.

An anime’s art is definitely the vessel for its plot, and without it, there would literally be no show left to enjoy. However, some shows still don’t seem to hold their art as a priority, and although a few of them manage to reap some success, most aren’t so lucky.

9 The Horror Of The xxxHolic Characters

9 Weirdest Anime Character Designs That Dont Look Like They Belong In Anime

xxxHolic’s protagonist is a teenage boy named Watanuki. He has the ability to see creatures from the spirit realm–from monsters to demons. He spends a majority of the series working for Ichihara, who promises to relieve him of this magical burden in exchange for his labor.

Watanuki doesn’t need to wait to decrease the number of monsters he sees on a daily basis–he can start with the man in the mirror. Many fans find xxxHolic hard to watch because of the characters’ art style. Their redundantly long and slim appendages give them a stronger resemblance to slender men than traditional anime characters.

8 Haruyuki Arita – Misplaced In The Wrong Show

9 Weirdest Anime Character Designs That Dont Look Like They Belong In Anime

Haruyuki Arita’s characteristics may not seem jarring to the eye initially, but he looks like he’d be more at home in an episode of South Park than Accel World. Many fans noticed his strikingly similar appearance to Eric Cartman immediately, and for some, that was enough to increase their liking for the character.

Haruyuki’s appearance in comparison to his castmates makes him seem particularly out of place. If viewers had only seen one episode of the show, they’d probably think they were watching a South Park crossover. Though avid fans know this is just part of the quirky plot.

7 Troubling Aku No Hana Cast

9 Weirdest Anime Character Designs That Dont Look Like They Belong In Anime

If anime character design was synonymous with shrink-wrapped faces, then Aku No Hana is deserving of the medal for best anime character design. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, and the Aku No Hana cast won’t be receiving any medals for looking like they constantly have their faces pressed up against a glass window.

This unflattering design is more apparent with facial expressions that attempt to convey the character’s emotional states. However, these jarring facial appearances only succeed in negatively altering the viewer’s mental state.

6 Mikako’s & Noboru’s Design Wasn’t Prioritized

9 Weirdest Anime Character Designs That Dont Look Like They Belong In Anime

From the art style, line delivery, and interesting perspectives, everything about Voices Of A Distant Star is completely different than traditional anime. Many avid fans argue that it’s not really anime, although it definitely is a work of art. This 24 minute-long stand-alone episode is more of something that would be featured at a film festival, not a TV channel that broadcasts anime. The anime characters’ faces aren’t flaunted, instead, they are overshadowed by the landscapes, transportation, and scenery that the creator found more fitting. He knew the emotions he wanted to convey didn’t necessitate a facial expression. It was also more practical production-wise for the one-man army.

There is much beauty and wisdom in Voices Of A Distant Star. This poetic display of human connection makes the viewer grateful for every part of life, especially relationships and physical sensations such as touch, sight, smell, and taste.

5 Ryuk’s Design Wasn’t His Creator’s First Choice

9 Weirdest Anime Character Designs That Dont Look Like They Belong In Anime

Ryuk from Death Note looks more like he belongs in a Stephen King novel than side by side with Light Yagami. It may not come as a surprise to fans, then, that Ryuk’s character design wasn’t his creator’s first choice. Her original idea was to make Ryuk look like “a young man, similar to Light, but with black hair and wings.”

[She] had the notion that Shinigami should look like attractive rockstars. Takeshi Obata’s original idea would have been more on-brand with anime character design, but she figured, “if [Ryuk] were more attractive than Light, Ryuk would appear to be the main character and things wouldn’t work as well.” Thus, Obata scrapped the more traditional-looking character and created the current design.

4 Alvida’s Non-Traditional Style

9 Weirdest Anime Character Designs That Dont Look Like They Belong In Anime

The One Piece artists didn’t give Alvida the appearance of a traditional anime character in any way whatsoever. The choices made regarding her costume, hair, eyes, and facial features make her look like she belongs in Neverland chasing after Lost Boys. Since One Piece is an anime about pirates, featuring Captain Hook isn’t too much of a stretch, although the character design should definitely be adjusted to fit the artistic medium.

The artistic choices made for this character seem to point at some extremely flawed associations of strength and mannerisms with physical appearance, which should be given some thought.

3 Prison School’s Andou Really Sticks Out

9 Weirdest Anime Character Designs That Dont Look Like They Belong In Anime

Andou’s character design from the 2015 show Prison School raised many questions for fans, to say the very least. From crying tears bigger than the size of his nose and eyes combined, to having ears the size of his head–Andou really sticks out from his fellow castmates.

Nicknamed Andre, this character really got fans talking about him–though mostly about the outlandish proportional decisions of his artist. Viewers are still shocked by his facial feature-to-face ratio, and the mass of his earlobes has unshockingly gained him the second nickname of Dumbo. Though he won’t be flying away anytime soon.

2 Baki’s Skewed Anatomy

9 Weirdest Anime Character Designs That Dont Look Like They Belong In Anime

Baki’s pretty boy facial features are a fan favorite. His meaty exterior and effeminate characteristics make him–quite literally–a beautiful example of masculinity. One can have beautiful makeup and still be a strong fighter–women do it all the time.

In terms of artistic technicalities, Baki’s inaccuracy of common anime’s anatomical features was noticed immediately by viewers. Even non-artists were easily able to take note of this. To top it off, the juxtaposition between the average male and female’s body in the show is absurd and sexist, besides biologically inaccurate.

1 Tragically Warped Noein Cast

9 Weirdest Anime Character Designs That Dont Look Like They Belong In Anime

The cast of Noein looks like a bunch of mismatched Polly Pockets that were left out in the sun for too long. Everything from their eyes, lips, hair, and noses appear to have been shifted and warped, casting feelings of unease onto all those who lay their eyes upon them.

The art style may not be instantly jarring but is definitely more subtle in its psychological horror. The artistic choices do not meet the standards of beloved anime. And fans find it hard to take the show seriously, because of the discomforting characters.

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