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In the previous post I mentioned how, after robot anime, I really like swordfight anime. Over on twitter, my friend Iknight noted how he doesn’t think animation handles swordfights as well as live-action.
I actually agree, which is why I value the small number of shows that do it well (or passably).
Star Driver 03 gives an example of how even when a show animates a swordfight with some fluidity, there are still things that we can view as problems. If one can imagine a continuum of swordfight anime similar to the real robot - super robot continuum, Star Driver (or at least the swordfight in this episode) would be in the super side of the line. 
I would imagine Revolutionary Girl Utena to be somewhere in the super side of the line as well. In Utena’s case the finishing moves and their resolution do not resemble anything that happens in the physical world, not to mention the super powers of the sword, and the in-fight possession by the Prince over Utena.
In Star Driver everything seems fine if obviously stylized, until the Galactic Pretty-boy calls out his final attack, very much an anime/manga conceit.
It’s the ‘super’ part of anime sword fights that make me agree with Iknight (beyond limits of budget in making choreography fluid) that anime can’t handle sword fights as well as live action can. Of course, unless, one actually enjoys these super attack shenanigans.
(I dropped Sengoku Basara season two for this reason).

In the previous post I mentioned how, after robot anime, I really like swordfight anime. Over on twitter, my friend Iknight noted how he doesn’t think animation handles swordfights as well as live-action.

I actually agree, which is why I value the small number of shows that do it well (or passably).

Star Driver 03 gives an example of how even when a show animates a swordfight with some fluidity, there are still things that we can view as problems. If one can imagine a continuum of swordfight anime similar to the real robot - super robot continuum, Star Driver (or at least the swordfight in this episode) would be in the super side of the line. 

I would imagine Revolutionary Girl Utena to be somewhere in the super side of the line as well. In Utena’s case the finishing moves and their resolution do not resemble anything that happens in the physical world, not to mention the super powers of the sword, and the in-fight possession by the Prince over Utena.

In Star Driver everything seems fine if obviously stylized, until the Galactic Pretty-boy calls out his final attack, very much an anime/manga conceit.

It’s the ‘super’ part of anime sword fights that make me agree with Iknight (beyond limits of budget in making choreography fluid) that anime can’t handle sword fights as well as live action can. Of course, unless, one actually enjoys these super attack shenanigans.

(I dropped Sengoku Basara season two for this reason).

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