Saturday, February 13, 2016
This MP4 is only 6MB.
Wow. That is so much easier than fucking around with HTML-5. And it works on phones. Sorta.
Anyway, there's a lot of reasons to love the presentation in the Naruto Shippuden series, but none - I think - better than CyberConnect 2's absolute mastery of animation. Their key frames are all on point, obviously, but motion and speed are communicated here with almost-abstract, and then completely-abstract splatters of color. Observe these five frames from the above footage.
This is what we see after Sakura punches Kakashi so hard that he goes flying across the battlefield and she begins running to catch up. I've dropped a nearly-identical frame from the middle of the sequence, below - but you get the idea.
Her torso is still, clearly, Sakura - but her legs have become a blur. This is the key frame before the snap. In the next frame...
...the snap begins, all definition disappears, and she's now a blob of speedy color.
By the sixth frame, Sakura exists only as a streak of color - her pale skin, red hairband, pale green vest and navy arms only informing the smear of speed she creates across the image.
CyberConnect 2 at work.