I always tend to think modern anime is ugly as fuck in comparison to the 90s stuff, so maybe there's something wrong with my brains, but this has been no exception so far. I'm not that bothered by the CGI even if it looks a little rough, but compare the colors in the images Griff posted. Can't help but feel the 97 anime looks much, much prettier.
I definitely agree, sometimes I miss that old school style of anime art. Ninja Scroll and Street Fighter II, man... the art and animation in those films were fantastic. There's definitely nostalgia when watching those films. However, in my opinion, in the case of the '97 anime... I do think the art style was nice. Low budget, but nice. However, except for a few scenes where you can tell they really up'ed the production values on, the animation was realllly choppy and lots of cheating going around. I thought some of the best animated scenes from the '97 series was the Zodd fight, the 100 man fight, the second Guts/Griffith duel, and the last 2 episodes (OH, and the Black Swordsman episode of course
). Everything else... was reallly pretty damn messy and rigid, and I think THIS is where the new anime will totally trump the '97 anime.
When comparing to the new anime, I see so much more fluidity and vast environments. And I guess, lucky for me, my eye for CG isn't as particular as some of the other members here, but I think the CG looks pretty sweet. The motion and the smoothness of everything is what I like. Lots of dynamic shots! Lots of epicness. I can't even begin to imagine how awesome all the fight scenes will be with all the random Apostles and demons Guts will face in later story arcs.
As far as character design, yes, that picture of Guts/Griffith chatting it up... not one of Guts finer moments. But from the other scenes, like the ones below, I think Guts and Casca look totally up to par.
Anyways, so far, judging just from the trailer of course, I'm diggin what Studio 4C has done so far, and I'm thinking I'm going to prefer this one over the '97 anime by quite a lot. Unless Susumu is a no go. Then, well, I'll have to rethink things again =).