Pain whack-a-mole is still one of the funniest things I've ever seen for all of the wrong reasons.
I would totally shell out for a documentary on the making of ep. 167
Animator: So yeah, when we got to 167, some intern who went to one of those pretentious-ass "high art" things suggested we put as little effort as possible and smoke a lot of pot while making the episode. I personally believe it to be our finest achievement.
Animator: Alright, check out these pencils.
Director: Ah, I see. Lots of No. 2s.
Animator: Aye. Now look at this. No. 3 pencil.
Director: What's the point of that?
Animator: It's one more than two.
Director: Then why not get a better No. 2 pencil?
Animator: ...but this one goes to three.
It doesn't matter how often I listen to that song, it always sends me a chill down my spine. One of the few things about the anime that are plain awesome.
Apparently the key animator for those infamous scenes is often complained about by other guys in the industry because they have to constantly alter it to make it look less grotesque.
Now, that style of animation can work in very select cases, like for a hallucination or something, but for a serious, climatic fight scene? No way.
Lest we forget that Ep. 167 also had EPIC animation as well as FAIL animation
Who exactly is Mumbo?
It's OFFICIAL, UsoppXNami 4ever.
Edit: Haha Sonic that's amazing.
I remember when I watched that episode...
I laughed. A lot.
Yea...there isn't much you can say other than "We're sorry, please forget about this and move on". I mean, in and of itself, pain wasn't the best character (drawn or developed), but I honestly can't find any excuse why this animation would be so awful. I mean, someone saw a few second clip before they continued on with the company right? Someone had to see what they could do and go "eh...maybe some other time...". It scares me to believe that this can pass with how high up Naruto is in popularity.
But the animation was not all awful. At points it was truly gorgeous (like when Pain deflects those chakra bullets)
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