Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

With time, some anime look better. Then, there are others that get worse and worse. Take the new Gunslinger Stratos anime, for example.

Gunslinger Stratos is originally an arcade game developed by Square Enix. That game looks fantastic, and it’s oodles of fun. But the new anime doesn’t feature the sheen and polish Square Enix is know for.

Actually, it doesn’t seem to have any sheen or polish whatsoever. And worse, maybe, it has awful hair.

As noted by Twitter user Tokkii, earlier animated Gunslinger Stratos clips looked rather good. Here is a still from a special anime promo clip released back in 2013:

Advertisement

[via Tokkii]

Not bad, right?

This is a still from an animated clip released in 2014. This looks slightly different, but it’s fine.

Advertisement

And finally, here is a still from the new anime that premiered this month.

Advertisement

Ouch. The hell happened?

If you think this is a cherry-picked screenshot, here are some more shoddy images from My Game News Flash:

Advertisement

The dialogue and story are the object of ridicule as well (though, some people do like it):

Advertisement

Advertisement

The trailer for the second episode shows footage that looks equally bad, but perhaps the animation will get better as the show goes on. I sure hope so. Gunslinger Stratos, the arcade game, deserves better.

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter @Brian_Ashcraft.

Advertisement

Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.