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On 25th April 2014, one of the the two most anticipated RPG of the month was finally made available on Anime-Sharing. Tenbin no LaDea ~Ikusa Megami Memoria~ from Eushully is a complete remake of Ikusa Megami, which is more commonly known as IM1 as it is the first game in Ikusa Megami series. The original Ikusa Megami published in 1999 was Eushully debut game and fifteen years later we finally get a remake.
When I was reading through Ikusa Megami related forum thread, I came across an interesting discussion between two individuals. The first person complained that the characters design for Tenbin no LaDea is very similar to Eushully previous game, Madou Koukaku. On the other hand, the art in Rance9 from Alicesoft, another famous RPG series which also enjoy a new release last month, have seen a lot more improvement. Although he agreed, the second person pointed out that unlike Alicesoft drawing, there isn’t a lot of room for improvement in Eushully art to begin with and I wholeheartedly agree with that.
When I retired to my bedroom that night and was enjoying my private time, I started pondering like I always do. Is there really no more room for Eushully art to improve, I asked myself once again. I looked at the screenshots I took and came back to the same conclusion: I think the CGs look perfect. However, I also understand that art appraisal is a highly subjective matter. In fact, I can imagine that erogamers in the past who played Ikusa Megami fifteen years ago thought the CGs at the time look amazing, just like how I praised the CGs of the remake fifteen years later.
So here is my questions to all of you:
Do you think eroge drawing can get any absolute better? and by absolute better I mean people can look at two CGs from different time-period and come to an agreement that one is better than the other, or have we hit the upper limit of the art standard where anything better is either not achievable or barely noticeable?
Wait a minute… Does this art standard exist and fixed to begin with? or is it just a subjective preference that changes with time and generation?
I will stop here for today, but I will see if I can come up with some other questions for my next pondering corner. I am hoping that by presenting questions like these, I can spark conversations to make things more interactive and interesting, so please try to participate by voicing your opinion on the comment section below.