Please don't presume to tell me what I intended by my own statement.
No presumption was necessary, as your original statement was clear:
Characters in animation need to be easily distinguishable on sight. Putting them in spacesuits would've made it harder to tell who was who in a long shot. The force field belts let viewers see the characters just as clearly as they could normally
....then you followed it in another post by making a second
argument having no connection to the first. Your own words and now your defensive position only hammers home the validity of the charge.
Prove it. Prove that the audience for that show was not confused about who was who. Give me testimonials to that effect.
watched the series first run and had no problem recognizing the main characters in and out of diving suits. It is not some stretch to say others did not have that problem, either. Moreover, other series of the same era such as Science Ninja Team Gathaman
(some may know the series by its westernized version Battle of the Planets
) and Space Battleship Yamato
(syndicated as Space Cruiser Yamato
) featured main cast in and out of helmets/costumes at every angle/distance with no problem with character recognition. There are no published accounts of any of the three series cited as having this imagined issue with audiences of the 1970s.
So, you already have one historical account, and other series which worked quite well with characters wearing space suits, helmets, etc., lending more support to the idea of TAS being able to use the TOS spacesuits.
Further, you were the one--sans any sort of hard evidence--that TAS would not use TOS spacesuits because the audience would not be able to recognize characters, but where is your
evidence to support this claim?
You see the force field belts as a continuity error because later productions went back to spacesuits.
Now that is a presumption, if not a wild leap. I watched TAS first run and immediately noticed the force field belts, the light gray Phasers, larger delta symbols, etc. Anyone familiar with TOS would notice the changes--and in fact, commented on it at the time--not in the wake of ST movies or spin-off TV series.