On one hand I hate the Agarest's drawing of girls, and more girls, and MORE girls, and usually a trope of each type. But the designs are so unique and brilliantly drawn and coloured that I can't help but to look. Plus, I love the "generational differences" made by each new protagonist (I think it's usually just hair colour --- but I love nonetheless for that detail).
@ Klyde and Tomara
Hands down, one of my favorite art book purchases with the dual-feature for Seiken Densetsu 4 and Child of Mana. Mixed results for the actual game aside, the artwork within is some of the most spectacular stuff I've ever seen.
And I do love that a lot of Tree of Mana artwork is ...basically pointillism
. Circles, oblong, ovals, etc.
I fucking love the Breath of Fire series. I have the complete works artbook, and I might buy it again when UDON releases theirs in English. Anyways, the talent is there, the ideas are great, the concept art is amazing, and the sprites are PERFECT...but I find under appreciated. For one, their ridiculous attention to frames of animation (IV) and the amount of colour (III) is really something else. The usual "motley crew" of Breath of Fire titles inspires a lot of great characters, so I agree with your points completely (ironically, the main two hero/ine being the least unique), and that main BoFIII artwork is perfect... Actually, I love all of the "main" promo images, they're amazing. I actually get a bit upset that the sprite work didn't follow the artwork that well. Nina being the obvious offender here; the shades of pink really bothered me, I love her artwork so much more.
Not to deny how right you are about the dragon enemies, they are amazing...I was actually most impressed by that stupid "gazer" boss in the Lighthouse (iirc).
LOOK AT IT!!! OMG. I love that they really sell the idea of how "round" the eye is. The iris also protrudes a bit, bending the light. We also get the sense of depth that the iris is flatter than the rest of the eyeball.
Also, this is neither here nor there really, but Momo is my favourite "super scientist" type.
Also adding some Breath of Fire IV:
Given how Fou Lu and Ryu are related, I wish they made the point a bit better in their designs.... nevertheless, Fou Lu was a super interesting character. This animation, one of few I can find for this title sadly, is a good emphasis on how splendid the animation is for the title. But what amazes me most is that this same amount of animation-TLC is in *every* animation and for every character.
I *love* the Drakengard artist (Fujisaka Kimihiko). The attention to detail, armour, weapons, and creating a nice hybrid design between anime and realism (though, Drakengard 3 felt more in the former category...which feels kinda off for the series being as dark/gloomy as it is, the sisters were like Evil Rainbow Bright).
Anyways, I adore this picture. It's a popular image (even by the standards of a relatively unpopular game --- infamy aside), but what's wrong with more detail? I think it's BRILLIANT that markings appear on relevant parts of the person and reference their "pact price" (Caim's tongue to indicate his muteness, Leonard on his eyes to indicate he's been blinded, Arioch on her abdomen as she lost her ability to conceive, Verdelet....his...hair, I guess). Anyways, I think it's an impressive image that inspired curiosities (if you don't know the character) and gives off a good sense of cool and attitude (to those familiar with the context).