You guys get so worked up. It’s a word, and it’s being used to describe the art and animation, not the animators.
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Lazy also isn’t a terrible word for it. Imagine you’ve got two shots from the same director/artist/animator team. One of them is well-composed and the characters are on model. The other is a mess: off-model characters and rough art/composition. The first shot was clearly more considered and worked on. The second one seems slapped together, given less a priority. But because of the first shot, you know what the artist team is capable of if they take more time and considers more thoroughly what they’re animating/drawing. The second shot, by comparison, is lazy in the sense that it had less time and thought put into it. This has a tendency of happening in OP, I don’t think many people would disagree. (Another great example is looking at the most recent Koi fish episode and seeing what the team is capable of but clearly hasn’t been putting out the past few years, for the most part).
That said, we should also be sympathetic. There’s a reason for the lazy art: the animators/artists are overworked (not lazy) and they’re on a time crunch, so they don’t have the time or resources to make every shot considered and gorgeous.
Personally, I blame Toei for this. They could easily hire more artists and animators so that the current ones aren’t so overworked and each person has more time to thoroughly consider and work on their assigned shots. I really think more people working on this show would increase the production quality, and I’m always hopeful with new arcs that they’ve expanded their team a little bit.
Why not? More staff divides the work so that this effort can be put in every episode. This is a staffing problem.
As Tu's friend, what I can say is that many animators in the industry don't want to draw One Piece because of the character being too complicated to draw.
For example, Tu used to ask his friends to help him with the 2nd animation of Kataruki, but his friends rejected him once they saw Katakuri's design. And not only Tu's friends of course.
These years Oda likes to design complicated characters, but this caused the fact that many animators don't want to attend the show. This is the reality.
What's more, lazy is never a good word no matter what the meaning of the word is. Everyday Tu works until 2 a.m. or even later literally from Monday to Sunday, and he also told me that the team has many hard working staff. The word "lazy" is insult to these hard working staff. Seriously.