New key art for Astral Chain on JP eshop

kaebie

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Oct 27, 2017
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For modeling and posing? It's not that bad. I could dig up actual model references, many poses of that type are reasonably easy to uphold, despite how silly a few will look.
She is not a model, she is a police officer. T&A poses in heels are entirely impractical, way harder to uphold than they look actually, and also ill-conceived in establishing this character's abilities in combat.
 

NotLiquid

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Oct 25, 2017
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She is not a model, she is a police officer. T&A poses in heels are entirely impractical, way harder to uphold than they look actually, and also ill-conceived in establishing this character's abilities in combat.
Good thing I wasn't actually talking about whether or not the pose is out of character and even brought up attire issues
 

Mechaplum

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Oct 26, 2017
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For modeling and posing? It's not that bad. I could dig up actual model references, many poses of that type are reasonably easy to uphold, despite how silly a few will look.

Main reason the pose gets flak is due to how transparently gratuitous it is to use it in promotional shots, particularly with this kind of attire - and yeah, some poses definitely take it too far (the general idea of the pose is always going to test an artist's grasp on general anatomy), this one only really falters on the leg imo.
Yes I get it's used in modeling a lot, but she is a police woman combatant.
 

Strings

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Oct 27, 2017
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Usually a Masakazu Katsura fan, but everything here looks poor-bad. Was he trying to ape the look of 3D models? Even the guys face looks off.
 

Sjay1994

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Oct 25, 2017
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Jokes aside...

This art looks awful. The faces look off and the line work looks rushed

Honestly the only thing that seems well drawn are the bg, the mech and the ass.
 

xendless

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Jan 23, 2019
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Expected, we are talking about a guy that teaches the art of drawing butt to young up-and-coming artists. He draws what he loves, and is not afraid to tell it.
Looks like another 1000 year old dragon
The Astral Chain cop has to have her ass out at all times because it fires bullets, it's in the lore
 

Strings

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Oct 27, 2017
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Huh? I think he looks fine, both faces
The lighting is so weird compared to his usual stuff >.< Just makes it look super strange compared to what I'm used to from him. He can do flatter, comic-y lighting:



And way more realistic lighting:



But this is like some... Weird, 3D model-esque thing. Like he's copying Platinum's in-game implementation of his design rather than just drawing it?
 

Crocodile

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Oct 25, 2017
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Except, if you have read Katsura past work you will know that he prefers small butts. Even his drawing of Bayonetta has a reduced butt when compared to the original.
You speak as if this is common knowledge or that I or others should be familiar with all the artist's work LOL

If you're going to go out of your way to put ass on display (which I don't think made sense here to be clear) it should at least be "phat".

Also, as has been said elsewhere, her whole bottom section looks a bit off.
 

Linde

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You speak as if this is common knowledge or that I or others should be familiar with all the artist's work LOL

If you're going to go out of your way to put ass on display (which I don't think made sense here to be clear) it should at least be "phat".
No it shouldn't
Small butts are best
 

Sub Boss

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Nov 14, 2017
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The lighting is so weird compared to his usual stuff >.< Just makes it look super strange compared to what I'm used to from him. He can do flatter, comic-y lighting:



And way more realistic lighting:



But this is like some... Weird, 3D model-esque thing. Like he's copying Platinum's in-game implementation of his design rather than just drawing it?
Oh, yes those look different yep maybe because its a videogame instead of a comic he made them closer to the models, but they still look drawn on specially on the hair
 

L Thammy

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Oct 25, 2017
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Wait, is this the artist who randomly walks into Akira Toriyama interviews and gets berated for using too much screentone or am I thinking of another guy?

EDIT: Yup, this is the guy.
 

Trejo

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Oct 25, 2017
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Normally I wouldn't mind the booty but that just looks bad to me. Why can't she be allowed to wear some damn pants?
 

treble

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Oct 25, 2017
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Looking forward to the game - any platinum game really - but that is poor key art imo.
 

Castile

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You speak as if this is common knowledge or that I or others should be familiar with all the artist's work LOL

If you're going to go out of your way to put ass on display (which I don't think made sense here to be clear) it should at least be "phat".

Also, as has been said elsewhere, her whole bottom section looks a bit off.
Honestly, you don't know even need to read his manga, as it becomes very obvious by just looking at some of the manga covers. As for your second point, I disagree that small butts shouldn't be represented in promotions, and I will fight you to the death to prove my point. /s

No arguments about her anatomy, as it does looks wrong from below the waist.
 

chrisPjelly

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Oct 29, 2017
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That just looks bad, regardless of the butt pose. It doesn't even look "sexy" as intended, it's just awkwardly forced here.
 

Annabel

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Art kinda reminds me of that semi realistic style you see in Seinen stuff like Gantz or Zetman.
 

Adamska

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Oct 27, 2017
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Man, this is so not okay. It's like looking at a comic book cover from the 90s. I mean, it was bad enough already that the female cop just had to wear short shorts...
 

Dnomla

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Oct 27, 2017
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It's nice to finally see something new from the game, but uh....I'm not a huge fan of this piece of art. I don't like the colors and the female characters proportions look very off. I doubt this will be for the box art, so it's whatever. Everything in-game looks great though. Excited to see more at E3.

I mean, they're kinda focusing on the butt since the start...

Nice, better resolution than from the one shared above!
I wouldn't call a shot just framing the entire character from behind a butt shot. Though the added animation of her pants creasing as she walks is an interesting detail.
 

duckroll

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Oct 25, 2017
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I wonder why they are still holding back on marketing for the game. It's out in August, that's 3 months away, and there are still zero details about the Japanese LE package. We know there's an artbook and a soundtrack, but no details about the actual content. We don't even know who the composer is, or the "other famous creators lined up".
 

BZL8

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Oct 27, 2017
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Somewhere...
I wonder why they are still holding back on marketing for the game. It's out in August, that's 3 months away, and there are still zero details about the Japanese LE package. We know there's an artbook and a soundtrack, but no details about the actual content. We don't even know who the composer is, or the "other famous creators lined up".
I expect an information dump during E3. Taura did retweet Nintendo's E3 announcement.

Is it just me, or are her legs much shorter than they should be?



Let's not get too crazy here. Once her ass gets its own subreddit, then we'll talk
I am holding you responsible if it does happen.
 

Ehoavash

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Oct 28, 2017
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I wonder why they are still holding back on marketing for the game. It's out in August, that's 3 months away, and there are still zero details about the Japanese LE package. We know there's an artbook and a soundtrack, but no details about the actual content. We don't even know who the composer is, or the "other famous creators lined up".
I mean super Mario maker 2 just got it's marketing started and that game is coming out a month and a half away...

Astral chain will probably get E3 trailer / treehouse deep dive and then the actual marketing will start in early August after fire emblem is out ?
 

Xlad

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Oct 19, 2018
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The lighting is so weird compared to his usual stuff >.< Just makes it look super strange compared to what I'm used to from him. He can do flatter, comic-y lighting:



And way more realistic lighting:



But this is like some... Weird, 3D model-esque thing. Like he's copying Platinum's in-game implementation of his design rather than just drawing it?
Maybe it just style of the old manga/anime that he going for.
also this key art is nice.