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Sometimes in anime and visual novels, the perspective is spot on. But sometimes, it’s not.

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Via Nijipoi, GirlsChannel and OneCall, let’s have a look at when those backgrounds and viewpoints come up short. These kind of images appear to exist in a different dimension, because they don’t follow our universe’s basic rules of perspective.

For example, can you tell what’s wrong with this image?

If not, this will explain:

Then, there’s this (with an explanation included):

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The examples below might be more obvious:

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[Image via GirlsChannel]
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[Image via GirlsChannel]
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[Image via OneCall]
[Image via OneCall]

There could be numerous reasons to explain these bad backgrounds, from poor working conditions to artistic shortcomings. Earlier this year, Kotaku posted Tokyo-based animator Thomas Romain’s excellent types for drawing backgrounds, which underscore just how important perspective is.