2K Animecore is an subgenre of the Animecore aesthetic focusing on mid to late 1990s to early to mid 2000s anime series, illustration, themes, and related otherwise depicted in that timeframe.
2K Animecore gains its name from a mix of its parent inspiration, being Animecore, while 2K is shorthand for the documented era known as The Turn of the Millennium, which encompasses to approximately the early 1990s to 2005, give or take. This period of time was especially noted for its speculation and anticipation for a new era that mankind would face, from the rise of computers and the internet into mainstream everyday life, the prospects of mankind and its worth upon reflection of its practices to maintain its prosperity and growth, the human condition, and the eventuality of a globally connected world. Japanese Anime as a style gained worldwide prominence into the 1990s due in part to a mix of the decade's interest in alternative and creatively freer media in response against highly regulated mainstream media, anime's close relation with entertainment and multimedia technology, especially after the 1980s Japan Bubble Economy which cemented Japan's then electronics monopoly over the world, and its propensity for inciting otherworldly wonder due to its own visuals and expression. This makes its cultural relevance to the era, ever so significant.
2K Animecore encapsulates anime and manga; overall Japanese graphic design illustration methods that were commonplace then. This includes less effect saturated and more single tone consistency based digital coloring methods, the use of Copics and airbrushes to traditional painting, from oils to watercolors, and thinner line inking, than later 2000s thick line inking. For anime as in animation, this includes series that continued to use light backing tables that tended to produce extremely bright shining effects for illumination details, until their soft ban by 1998 due to the epliptic seizure inducing Pokemon anime episode Electric Soldier Porygon.
Some artists as examples are:
- Kotobuki Tsukasa
2K Animecore represents itself by its high flying visuals and themes it communicates inspiration and insight with, to its bright and colorful to its dark and nightmarish. The overall theme to 2K Animecore can be summed up as "The Drive of Mankind"- Be it for a better future, to explore the stars, smash down ancient conspiracies, defying the system, or to even salvage the dark future or merely live life free from troubles and annoyances, it all comes back down to the heart and soul of the people and how far they are willing to go for it.
- Fight - Revolves around fighting video game series, like Street Fighter and King of Fighters, to even obscure games of the time like Waku Waku 7, Critical Blow, Last Bronx: Tokyo Bangaichi, and Fighting Vipers. Shonen and martial arts series like Rurouni Kenshin and Baki The Grappler also overlap here.
- Pioneer - Revolves around high space exploration sci fi series like Cowboy Bebop, Tenchi Muyo!, Galaxy Angel, Outlaw Star, and Trigun, to video game series like Phantasy Star Online,
- Nostalgic - Revolves around more mainstream mainstays, like Pokemon, Digimon, Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, and Cardcaptor Sakura. Not a bad thing, as these are the originating or gateway series are what helped to define the core themes of 2K Animecore.