I would wanna add to all this, that ultimately anime/manga is cartooning, and this had the same principles that all cartooning does, east or west. This is why to the Japanese it makes no difference. And in fact, it’s the Japanese who would find a more western influenced style a lot more refreshing (I speak from personal experience). Thus, think of your target audience, and think of what your own work demands. Ultimately, and style is fine, which is why you see so much variety among Japanese styles. So if your work is set in the USA or is pulling from Christianity, the perhaps you shouldn’t look at work that draws from Shinto for inspiration. Something with more Americana or European Gothic styles would be more suitable.
What I’m saying is, don’t just look at the surface level of “AAAAAAANIME” that is popular and imitate that. Like, back before weeaboo became a mainstream meme, it was a term /a/ would use to describe a specific set of anime fans. The ones who’d wear their Naruto headbands in public, or who would listen to JAYROCK! Right? Like that Sakuracon commercials. Very surface-level understanding and taste for the medium, but at the same time, obnoxiously obsessive over anything Japanese. This is like the art equivalent of that, only scratching the surface, imitating what’s popular, and failing to craft its own identity based on what it needs BECAUSE it’s trying to be “anime.” Get it?
For what it’s worth, since I’ve been very critical of Whyt, I will praise him on his linework, work ethic, and ambition. Despite all that I said, I think the dude has gone a long way in pursuit of his dreams. His work is just not to my own liking, and I wanted to break down why that was. His linwork is very good though, I will praise him there. It’s got nice variance and his hatching/crosshatching is appealing to look it. It’s just all brought down by his design and art style, which is a shame imo.