Anime and Manga Subversions and Inversions of This Trope (a.k.a. Humans Are Easier To Draw)
In many Manga, Anime, and manga or anime-inspired artstyles and fanart, this trope is either averted or inverted. Human and Little Bit Beastly, especially Cat Girl characters look appealing and well drawn, but normal animals and animals on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism from Nearly Normal Animal to Petting Zoo People can look a little off at best and fall into the Uncanny Valley at worst.
Many characters, if they are not human characters, are drawn as completely human but with features of their animal self in the form of ears and tails. It's a case of Humans Are Easier to Draw.
Cats, at least small cats like housecats and feral cats, suffer from this trope less than almost all other animals that show up in manga and anime as they have large, forward-facing eyes, a small nose and mouth, and a large forehead. The anime/manga facial style is known for its large eyes, small mouths, small, pointed noses, small, pointed chins, and large foreheads, and the facial features of a cat don't deviate too far from that.
Examples of Humans Are Easier To Draw:
- Mention must be made of Wolf's Rain. The animators had far more experience animating appealing human characters; their animal characters tend to look a little off. So there are whole episodes in the series where the animal characters spend all their time in human form (It Makes Sense in Context) when there is no particular reason to do so.
- Similar to the Wolf's Rain example, Yoshihiro Takahashi's works tend to invert Animals Are Easier To Draw. This is especially so in the anime adaptation of Ginga Densetsu Weed. The dogs can look so strange as to be cringe-worthy. Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin suffers from this as well, but not nearly as badly. Humans in these series, on the other hand, tend to be rather well-drawn.
- In Chi's Sweet Home and Chi's New Address by Konami Kanata, the cats, dogs, and other animals (even the rabbits and parakeets) look as appealing and well drawn as the humans.
- In Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki, the cats, including the spherical Poyo, look just as appealing and well drawn as the humans.
- Animal characters in Osamu Tezuka's works, like the animals in Kimba the White Lion, look just as appealing as the human and Ridiculously Human Robot characters in his work, like those in Astro Boy.
- The cats in Fairy Tail, though cartoonier than the humans, look just as appealing and well drawn.