I’ve heard a lot of talk about how anime today are so “detailed” and “beautiful”. For me it’s hard to see it, at least when I compare it to cels. In my opinion Japan made the most gorgeous cels, in their detail style and color. Their appeal for me goes much farther along than with digital coloring.
Within each single shade, there are what I like to call permutations within the colors. When animated, going from cel to cel, you can see a sort of flicker of life between then. There are endlessly more colors inside the apparent one than there would be in the flat colorization of tra-digital anime. The colors are so rich in cel animation, they can’t just be copied.