Friday, June 1, 2007

General topic: Transformation Scene, how much is too much

If you are familiar with anime (especial formula anime) , you would be familiar a feature we get in most drama animes - transformation scene (or a standard posing sequence). Here is some examples: the transformation from Corti to Crimson Spirit in Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica; the action sequence Ayano pulls the sword out of fire before a fight Kaze no Stigma; Fight transformation in My Otome.

Sometimes, it's essential, other times, it's just plain annoying. So, how much transformation scene is too much?

To me, a plain transformation scene for less than 5 seconds appears once per episode is acceptable. If good music accompanies the scene (like in Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica), I can take it for about 15 seconds once per episode. If it's more than that, it become annoying - it feels like the scene is put in to fill time because there are not enough content to fill in the 22-minutes running time of the anime.

What is your tolerance level?

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