vegetacron wrote:Yeah, i forgot the anime influence...im tired atm...not thinkin straight, but yeah. I forget that the original Appleseed was out and about a little before this (not the one with CGI in it, the original, original). There was also Gundam and Robotech. Come to think of it, maybe all three of these guys were really more influenced from Gundam.
In the commentary of the first TF movie, I recall Bay saying that the concepts he saw during the production of the robot designs were heavily influenced by Japanese anime and manga.
There was also a very enthusiastic Japanese designer named Kenji who caught his eye. Kenji was furious when his colleagues presented their initial concepts for Optimus, saying they were "an insult to the Japanese." [Seeing some of the early designs of the characters, I can see where he's coming from, to be honest.] Bay found this amusing, and put him in charge of Optimus.
Off-handedly speaking, it's very interesting to see that artists from both Japan and the US professing to have been influenced by each other. I've read various interviews where the Japanese artists said they were inspired to draw more gritty and realistic artwork by US comics, while their American counterparts drew inspiration from the eccentric and out-of-the-box creativity of Japanese mangaka.