But is there something like best anime art out there?
Manga and Anime are very unique art forms which like everything else change and evolve over time, and why is that you ask? Well it is very simple really, it is because of the budget they have and the technology available. You see, even as close as 20 or 30 years ago, anime had to be done mostly by hand, from the drawing to the coloring, every single frame was painstaking. So how can we decide the answer to the question: “What is the best anime art?”
And here is a little something to put all that in perspective for you, what only decades ago took 500 hundred people working for years to make an hour or two long video, can now be made in a matter of days, and even if this is an exaggeration, it is not a big one at all. The CGI software has advanced to the point where whole anime seasons are made in a matter of weeks if not even days, and this does not come at a cost of quality either, on the contrary, the lines are that much sharper and the colors, well, more colorful.
Mobile Suit Gundam is one such anime series that spans from around 1980 and still makes new Gundam related anime to this date. If you care to take a look at the older series, you will notice both similarities and differences, things like thinner faces, more color and shades, differently shaped eyes, less rectangular robots and so on, while still keeping the over-all style quite similar. Over time people figure out new ways to do things, better ways, which in the end benefit us all.
With all that being said, it should be no surprise that the anime chosen are all relatively recent, and because there is no such thing as best when speaking about peoples tastes, there are two series covering a little broader spectrum of art. Bakemonogatari and One Piece are literally works of art, the first one playful with shade and color to the extremes, abusing shapes and patterns while trying to trick our eyes, or at least play with them. One Piece on the other hand uses simple drawing style, which may look childish at first, but there is a reason that this show has survived for more than a decade and a half to date.