i personally look to the ones who obviously know what they are doing and choose to trun their style torwards the cartoony. look at Joe Mad! (battle chasers) and Yokito Kisiro(Battle Angel Alita) they are some truly awesome artists who just by looking at their work show great understanding of anatomy, composition and stylization. they have grown much further than many artists have and chosen to simplify, and make their work speak more for them. an untrainded eye might just see cartoony/anime figures but on closer inspection you can see the training beneath the flashy look.
a lot of anime is crap just like a lot of american comics are... but thats because the artists had no foundation before they entered the field and did not build on it.
same thing with 2d movies... anastasia and ghost in the shell both show two different styles of telling a good story in a truly breathtaking manner as opposed to some of the other truly crappy films out there. (you know the straight to video ones i am talking about)
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