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Satoshi Yamato or Mato

Discussion in 'Pokémon Manga Discussion' started by Blue Saturday, Jul 15, 2013.


Art Style?

  1. Mato

  2. Satoshi Yamamoto

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  1. Blue Saturday

    Blue Saturday too fly

    Whose drawing style do you prefer?

    For me, I think I prefer Mato's. It does stick out more and look more unique, for example Pika looks like a fat rat with an extremely stringy and skinny tail. It was a shock to see Pika looking like a regular old Pikachu in FRLG, other examples are Yellow in Mato's style looks so much better to me than Yamamoto's Yellow. Yamamoto's style looks dynamic too and works well for action scenes. Your thoughts? I'm interested in hearing how everyone chimes in.
  2. moneylesswario

    moneylesswario Gone But Not Forgotten

    Mato is the one who had the deteriorating eyesight, right? That's the one I prefer.
  3. JennaJayfeather

    JennaJayfeather jflkdjkfgjafgaf

    I prefer Satoshi Yamamoto's! I find his style beautiful. Mato's was brilliant in the beginning with the shading, but then I felt things began to slip in GSC (I think I heard she quit because of arthritis) . :c
  4. Satoshi

    Satoshi リーリエの為に戦ってるトレーナー

    No, the illness was never specified. But she's healed since then.
  5. lolipiece

    lolipiece All smiles Staff Member Moderator


    Mato's chibis were really off-putting in a series like this. It might've worked in another Pokemon manga, but with how Pokespe takes itself seriously, it got obnoxious.
  6. diakyu

    diakyu Well-Known Member

    I've found that Yamamoto does much better when it comes to the action scenes and also seems to have a higher level of detail. But Mato's style did much better when a scene was clearly meant to be a joke or the characters were being comical. IMO Yamamoto fits pokemon special better.
  7. Beat!

    Beat! The Chords of Steel

    Yamamoto, by far. The transition was a little weird, specially in volumes 10-14. But i think he got the handle of it by volume 15.
  8. Aquarelle

    Aquarelle Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Mato's style is cute, but I definitely prefer Yamamoto's style overall. I don't know how to explain my preference that well, I just love the way in which Yamamoto draws my favourite characters - they just look so great IMO!
  9. 1dbad

    1dbad ~The Blizzard Prince

    Yamamoto for the reasons quoted above. They also summed up my feelings about Mato pretty well too.

    I think the reason for that was Yamamoto trying to stay true to the designs for characters Mato already did and trying to not to do his own style too much to make the change less jarring. I'm really glad that he started using his own style starting with Ruby/Sapphire though, and that he just seems to do everything his own way now.
  10. Platinum fan.

    Platinum fan. RetiredPokemonMaster

    I really love Mato's chibis. Yes I prefer the chibi's in a story like Pokemon. However I'll say Yamato does much better eyes. I love the way Yamato does the eyes and faces of the characters. So kind of both XD
  11. Satoshi

    Satoshi リーリエの為に戦ってるトレーナー

    This one panel by Satoshi Yamamoto was very reminiscent of Mato's style to me:

  12. lolipiece

    lolipiece All smiles Staff Member Moderator

    That's because it's a direct callback to the "let's live together" scene from volume 7.
  13. Satoshi

    Satoshi リーリエの為に戦ってるトレーナー

    Oh yeah, it was! That's a pretty neat thing to do by doing a throwback to the old art style as well.
  14. Cyclone

    Cyclone ^ where it all began

    I was always a fan of Mato, although he did start to overuse chibis. but in the first few volumes, the artwork is flawless. i find yamamoto's artwork to often look awkward to me, which bothers me, but he's improved a lot since he first started in the GSC chapters

    Speaking of which I just found something I've never seen before: Mato's artwork for the Pokemon anime characters!! Take a look: http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/8355/226973579.jpg
  15. redchesus

    redchesus Jade Star Trainer

    The recent special Red chapter was done in Mato style as well. I think it's pretty cool that Yamamoto is so versatile with his art.

    And yeah, Yamamoto's battle scenes are WAY better.
  16. Lady Kuki

    Lady Kuki Candy.

    For some reason, I prefer Yamamoto's. I think it's because it's more dynamic and quirky. I have a thing for styles like that. Mato's art is cute though.
  17. XSilverStarboyX

    XSilverStarboyX Well-Known Member

    I prefer Mato. In fact, she's my favorite manga artist. Although Satoshi did a pretty good job at the art to;152;
  18. Zoruagible

    Zoruagible Lover of underrated characters

    I prefer Satoshi's. It's better in my opinion.
  19. EmphaticPikachu

    EmphaticPikachu A tired little girl~

    I loved mato's style so much. :<

    I miss it, even to this day.

    Not to say Yamamoto is bad, but I loved the art from the first arc and such. <3
  20. FireChick

    FireChick Well-Known Member

    I can't seem to decide. I found that Mato's chibi style greatly conveyed the children's enthusiasm and idealistic hope and how it contrasted in the dark, corrupt world of adults, but I found Yamamoto's art in the BW arc to be very good (haven't gotten to GSC or the other arcs yet).
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