answer, just express your opinion)
I opened a topic about same face/body syndrome, and among answers, I received this one (i put some notes just to clarify my point of view)
"Sounds like you just don't like mainstream anime art (I never said that, once i was at war with anime style, but it was mainly due to my total ignorance about drawing. I still prefer western style anyway)
If you look at the truly popular, long-running series in Japan (Crayon Shin-chan, Chibi Maruko-chan, Sazae-san, Doraemon, etc) they have very different body and head shapes, sizes, etc. Your argument has expanded from same-face to same-body to whatever else and that to me sounds like you don't like realistic styles that try to go for an idealistic physique for men and women (And this is true, I have an 'allergy' for the idealized bodies, in fact I believe my drawings reflect fairly this)
Superheroes all have nearly the same physique from both America and Japan. I looked up Asterix... it looks like artwork very heavily influenced from Tex Avery and old Warner Bros. cartoons. And that's fine for comedy-based storytelling that's heavy on gags, but that kind of artwork absolutely cannot elicit the kind of emotions characters with slightly more realistic body types can. If that is your thing, that's fine, but I don't want to read long-form emotional stories with characters that look like Yosemite Sam.
On the latter thing (Asterix/Josemite Sam), I really don't believe in limits of the drawing style very much. With the right ability, somebody can make truly emotional stuffs even with a very simple style. In my opinion, limits lies only in the ability of the artists. My 'thing' is not asterix/warner style anyway. Is more disney-ish. I take more from realism than from super deformed style. I just learned/i'm learning to exaggerate certain features to increase differences between characters (in doing this, I have also to exaggerate heights, so some character may appear taller (like Olav) or smaller (like Brian) than they were originally, but they are still more similar to a real human than to Josemite Sam.
Anyway what do you believe about character variety and emotions?