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Head in the Clouds

Posted August 29th, 2008 at 8:27 PM by Hiroshi Sotomura

Regular members of PC's "TV Show and Movies" forum, such as Jorah and Charaxes, know how much I hate the clouds in Pocket Monsters. And some people who I talk to will also know of this, such as Erica.

But… it's because I think they indicate poor, lazily-done animation.

This rant applies to Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl, and the late part of Pocket Monsters Advance Generation. It doesn't apply to the movies as they've always had the better animation.

And it's about lazily done clouds.

From the start of the first episode of Pocket Monsters right through to the near end of the Hoenn arc in Pocket Monsters Advance Generation, we had clouds that looked similar to this.

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And then, we had some awesome-looking clouds around the Hoenn League arc and a bit into the Battle Frontier arc.

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The above picture was taken an episode before this new change around the Battle Frontier arc - now, we get ugly CGI… and these ugly clouds.

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You could argue that these clouds don't look too bad. They're not really that bad, after all. But then the style takes a turn for the worse - we get a much, much lazier effort at clouds. And the style used below is used mostly through Diamond & Pearl to quite an ugly effect. (The clouds used in the Hoenn League arc were reused in Hunter J's second episode.) Couple that with radioactive green grass and trees, and water that's very blue.

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To me, this made Diamond & Pearl an animation eyesore (not including the few times where Hikari's skirt was drawn short. *shot*). I never stopped thinking of this until the Summer School Arc…

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Throughout the four episode arc, we get clouds that look similar to the original clouds, except these clouds have a fluffy outline and have different texturing. It doesn't look half-assed.

So according to Jorah, this pretty change doesn't persist after the Summer School arc. We're back to these clouds.

Oh please, OLM. Work out some animation style (and clouds) that DON'T look like an eyesore and stick with it.

Most images in this post uploaded with plasq's Skitch. Other images from Jorah.
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  1. Old Comment
    Cherrim's Avatar
    Dear god, Jake. You and your freaking clouds. :(

    I find it strange, though. Overall animation quality climbed, but the background quality took a hit. It's... it's not like Pokémon got its budget cut partway through or anything, right? o_O;
    Posted August 29th, 2008 at 8:47 PM by Cherrim Cherrim is offline
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    Hiroshi Sotomura's Avatar
    It seems like they're allocating money to other things, sadly.
    Posted August 29th, 2008 at 8:49 PM by Hiroshi Sotomura Hiroshi Sotomura is offline
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    I just noticed you're like the most dedicated Pocket Monsters fan ever :3
    Though it's true about the clouds, they look outrageously hideous now.
    Posted August 29th, 2008 at 9:27 PM by Lover's Kite Lover's Kite is offline
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    Signomi's Avatar
    HAAATE those clouds. I find it amusing that they can't keep decent consistency with background animation.
    Posted August 30th, 2008 at 12:07 AM by Signomi Signomi is offline
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    Anti's Avatar
    I actually hate those clouds myself lol. I'm not a big anime person but I have to agree that those are pretty ugly. Maybe that's why I'm NOT an anime person lol
    Posted August 30th, 2008 at 10:59 PM by Anti Anti is offline
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    Crystal Clair's Avatar
    Wow, I thought I was the only one who obsessed ove those things! I got used to the clouds though, for the sake of loving Shinou.

    I did notice the sunset in the summer school arc was softer than it would've been had it not been during a regular episode. Maybe whenever we get an arc, we get nice clouds
    Well DP 94-95 probably will have nice clouds then...

    oh wow, we have blogs HERE too? X_X I'll stick to my BMGf blog though, except for certain occasions.
    Posted September 7th, 2008 at 10:18 AM by Crystal Clair Crystal Clair is offline
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    Haza's Avatar
    I noticed this before too and I personally really dont mind it because in the real world the clouds do not always look the same.
    Posted September 7th, 2008 at 10:40 AM by Haza Haza is offline
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    Jorah's Avatar
    Oh wow, I was mentioned! Haha

    You must have a whole folder full of Pokemon clouds, I'm sure XD I'm not the most observent of people, so I completly didn't notice the cloud change...until a certain someone pointed it out. From then on, me and my younger sister have been haunted by clouds XD
    Posted September 7th, 2008 at 1:49 PM by Jorah Jorah is offline
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    Hiroshi Sotomura's Avatar
    …………………………………… I'm sorry. D:
    Posted September 9th, 2008 at 5:44 AM by Hiroshi Sotomura Hiroshi Sotomura is offline

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