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Nanoha Force vs. Vivid Art

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I wonder what do you think about the drawing style in Force and Vivid. We all know it differs from what we are used to see from Kouji Hasegawa.
The Mangas are illustrated by Yukari Higa (Force) and Takuya Fujima (Vivid).

Do they differ in your opinion ?
If you had to choose who would be better ? (or maybe a draw?)

Let me know I am curious (^^)

Here are two links for mangafox so you can compare if you want :

Force

Vivid

Here are general pictures :

Vivid

Force

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They do differ. ViVid artist seems to be a little more skillful while Froce’s can only draw to faces: female and male, and you can only appreciate them away from close ups. Also the do commit some mistakes but ViVid is better on that sense, I will give it that much.

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I miss Kouji Hasegawa's art very much, his work on the MOVIE 1st manga was nothing short of superb. Compared to that both Vivid and FORCE pale in the art department.

But, Hasegawa is no more so i must choose. While FORCE art feels lifeless (don't get me wrong it have cool designs and all but the characters feel a bit too plastic, and this seems to be a curse of Yukari Higa's art as the Zero no Tsukaima manga suffer from the same problem) i give some credit that at least tries to resemble the StrikerS design, with that said, it fails espectacularly in the motion and dynamics department, Higa just doesn't know how to draw Nanoha-styled fights, the panels are confusing and the flow of the battle cannot be followed without putting major effort into details.

ViVid suffers from the opposite, at first it was hard to me to get used to the purpousefully overly-moe design of freaking everyone (the infamous "ViVid Smile" that some characters do like Shamal and Nanoha gives me the creeps instead of finding it charming), ribbons, frilly costumes and plush dolls everywhere, the tournament Arc is when stuff started to improve, we've got a good variety of costumes to choose, some better than others (aside of her ..ahem... frech design on the lower section, Lutecia's new barrier jacket is bth fashionable and cool) as also a good variety of characters to choose from (i love the entirety of Victoria's character, her powerset, her design, her fightstyle, her personality *O*)...and finally the part where ViVid manages to trumph FORCE: The fights in ViVid are AWESOME! Flowing action, fluid attacks, good segmentation of panels, the battles are easy to follow and the set up for the climatic attacks is good as well (Einhart VS. Corona and Victoria VS. Chantez are my fav. fights to date).

So, in resume, FORCE art takes itself more seriously but it's too rigid and bad paced during action scenes while ViVid started sickengly sugarcoated but slowly started to improve with more serious designs (Sieglinde's Barrier Jacket is also pretty misterious and cool) and ecitng flowing fghts.

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We also have those really detailed armor drawing in Force. Do you thing that kind of armor suits Nanoha ? or Vita ?

I think they look very nice and give you a fresh feeling. It's something else than just the Raising heart we were used to see.

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That should be great if characters in FORCE didn't gave that feeling that i'm watching a bunch of action figures fighting each other with robotic motions. Case in point: Tohma VS. Nanoha ...that fight really pained me very much because usually Nanoha's fightstyle s depicted as dynamic, versatile and very fluid (while not as Fast as Fate she always has been a very adaptable fighter) ...the Nanoha we saw on that fight was nothing like that, all her strategy got reduced to shield and pull the trigger (there was a couple of clashes in the sky with Tohma but it was just fliying stright at the target). Compared to her fight with Signum at the end of the StrikerS manga this one was pretty boring ..not to mention ALL of the versions of her climatic fight against Fate (My fav being the aformentioned fight on the MOVIE 1st manga, now THAT'S how a fight should be drawn in manga).

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Yes but we are comparing artwork, not which designs are cooler. And to be fair ViVid handles that better than Force. There are times when Force makes such horrible mistakes that is just funny, like one time Signum’s leg was so stretch out while she was flying that her ankle seem to disappear, and her foot look like it was just attached at the end of the leg in a 90° angle.

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No doubt about that, but still, Vivid is far from flawless xDU

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I think the styles are different. And I like Vivid style's better.

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Snce I don't really follow either I'll base my judgement on Fate's hair.
I prefer Vivid's version.