I do wonder if that can be, at least partially, explained away by the fact that Marnie's entire existence isn't convincing - at least in the sense that the interactions with Anna were real and not a figment of her imagination.Personal opinion only, but Yonebayashi is easily my least-favourite Ghibli director. I find Arrietty rather stuffy and stilted and, for me, even Ghibli's always-impressive artwork is lacking in Marnie. There's also Marnie's lack of convincing characterisation.
Marnie: Let's be best friends!
Anna: Right. Okay.
Again, personal opinion only.
That does actually look a lot better, genuinely happy to see people improving. I think I'll always be a little sour on RWBY because it was recommended to me by a couple of friends who wouldn't shut up about how great it was - I lasted all of three episodes before the shoddy 3d modelling and animation made me switch off (as someone who is studying and hopes to one day find employment in that field, the realisation that people were paying for Blu-rays of RWBY would later virtually give me a Stressed Eric style aneurysm). Then when