Created By: Schitzo on September 16, 2009

Battle Of The Still Frames

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Mostly an Anime trope. A show's rather low animation budget rears it's ugly head during it's action sequences. This isn't an Inaction Sequence by any means. Blows exchanged by two forces fighting (or dramatic stuff that happens) mostly consist of zooming, scrolling or sometimes even stationary still frames. And most of them aren't even Pastel Chalked Freeze Frames.


  • The Berserk anime loved this. Notably during Guts' first fight with Griffith. Although you hear the shuffling of swords, neither Guts nor Griffith move during some of these shots.
  • Demon Lord Dante as well.
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  • September 16, 2009
  • September 17, 2009
    random surfer
    • Used a lot in the old Marvel Super Heroes show from 1966, which basically just filmed the panels of the comics (with a little cut-out animation thown in).
    • Clutch Cargo
  • September 17, 2009
    Non-anime example:Plumber's Don't Wear Ties
  • September 17, 2009
    Nate the Great
    Since P.D.W.T. actually has a page, you shouldn't pothole it to So Bad It's Horrible.
  • September 21, 2009
    To be fair, most of anime is based around cutting corners in the production studio. When it was first taking off, it was hard to get money together for anything; conventions like animating just the characters mouth, using still frames, triple-takes and three-frame running, and so on, were necessary at first, but then just became part of the art form.