Seeing this thread i knew Elwin would pop up almost immediately. Look i love his games and they shoot great but you take away the upper flipper shots on aiq jp and Godzilla and you have a fan layout. His upper flipper design which he uses every time is what makes his games feel more unique. I would argue imdn is his most removed from the fan layout and even then most shots are fan in design. Same with Godzilla... take away that oddly placed pop and have a look at the majority of the shots left.
I think the op makes a valid point tbh.
Also someone mentioned the hobbit... that's about as fan as you can get lmao.