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Posted 10/12/17
I think that with all media... it might just be that I have higher standards now than I did when I was younger, but it's incredibly difficult to find anything with a decent level of writing. I mean like one thing a year or so, from all media around the world, that I can find, at least.

So I think anime is "declining", but at less of a rate than the media from other countries/industries. And actually, anime is developing and progressing in a lot of ways - like, the actual animation. So there's that.
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Heck no. Sure there is a lot of trash, but there are also quite a few quality shows coming out. After watching Your Name, A Silent Voice and No Game No Life Zero I am extremely optimistic about anime's future. Just ignore the generic recycled stuff and enjoy the 3-4 quality shows that come out each season. If you still need something to watch plenty of hidden gems from the past to kill time.

On another note I got into anime around 2011 and back then everything seemed to be either ecchi harem or moe so at a bare minimum it can't be any lower than that point
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It's hard to tell. I'd agree that the vast majority of anime I see nowadays is below most of the older stuff I've seen. But most of the older stuff I've seen is only because it's recommended and hence was above average to begin with. I'm sure there was plenty of trash in the old days, it's just that it hasn't survived to the present.
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back in my old days there were call OVA
(till they exist)
there were 2 episodes that how
they make em, now is the declined of popularity
of shows, cause i heard the dance genre
are the new thing.
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I don't think so. There may be trends in anime that you don't like going on right now, but plenty of strong shows come out every year. Sometimes anime from the past seems better, but that's because only the best shows stand the test of time.
This is really how I feel about media in general. Plenty of bad music, movies, books, etc. are always being made. The mediocre stuff usually gets forgotten over the years.
Anime might be in a bit of a bubble at the moment, just in terms of so many shows coming out every season. This does make it feel like there are tons of bad shows to sift through, but you can still find plenty of quality.
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Hey I watched Gundam and Macross when they were (relatively) the latest and greatest ok?

Then there was the NGE era (Shinji-kun!).

Nowadays anime is so incredible, I am blown away by the animation and storyline of shows like Attack On Titan.

Attack on Titan actually teaches important lessons about life (I wish I was taught that when I was younger!).

For more philosophical plots, there’s Eden of the East, and even Death Note which explores morality.

Of course we have fun stuff that is good for a laugh like Aho Girl.

I don’t think anime has declined at all. There’s way more variety and just like eating well-rounded meals, we should not just be stuck on any one category and bemoan the industry. There is actually tons to choose from and I love being able to watch silly/stupid ones and then some serious ones.

100% 3DGC can be good if properly done (great example is Knights of Sidonia).

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Posted 10/12/17
No.
There has always been crap anime.
People tend to remember only the good ones from every decade and forget about the rest.
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It's not in decline.

Right now, we're seeing a massive resurgence of anime making their way on streaming services like Crunchyroll, Netflix, Hulu, and Funimation. Maybe you're not seeing as much anime on television or DVD, anymore, that you think they're declining.

Besides, it could have been even worse than that during the anime boom of the 90's. A bare minimum of needlessly expensive anime VHS's. Anime dubs that were never faithful to the source material. Anime fans being a bunch of self-entitled jerks. There were tons of problems with the anime boom of the 90's and 2000's that were thankfully rectified with internet streaming.
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We seem to be more in an age of Innovation rather than originality these days. Not to say that's a bad thing, but it seems that way to me.
(This includes pretty much any entertainment industry)
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

No, and if it were, it more or less a symptom, as we all know that...Humanity has declined...recently.


A decent show which CR has here http://www.crunchyroll.com/humanity-has-declined

In all seriousness though, it is more or less a cycle. If you have watched anime for roughly 3 or so years, you start to think that you have seen it all. I would suggest tagging out your favorite genres at the moment, and watch all of those you can every season. Try not to deviate too much from the listed tags you have. Change it up every year or so if you are getting sick of the "samey" vibes.
I did this after 3 years of watching anime, landing on the rom/com genres and have no regrets. The only time I would deviate would be for big hype titles (if they seem interesting to me) or if I have seen the source material which I enjoyed.
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When exactly was the high point of anime? What year or season or show was the top before the start of the fall?
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When exactly was the high point of anime? What year or season or show was the top before the start of the fall?


Not sure when the high point was, but the fall started around 2005. That's when moe and childlike shounen( eg. hero of justice, overly sensitive personalities, strange phobia towards girls started taking over) Gone are the days of cowboy bebop, serial experiment lain, Outlaw star, ergo proxy and elfen lied. Those kind of animes are very rare these days. Most animes are happy go lucky and literally aimed for teenagers. If it wasn't for the oversexualization then children would love anime.
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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/13/17
I'm not seeing it, I'm seeing an incline in things I enjoy so that's what matters to me. as for number of episodes it seems about right. I like long anime, but things that have gone on for like forever, it stops becoming enjoyable and starts becoming a duty or something. a person should enjoy anime not forced to watch something that's super long. I can only hope they keep up the good drop off, this is the first time I've ever bothered to watch so many in real time release this fall than wait them to end and simply binge them at a later date.
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Hm, no. Not at all.
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It's declined a bit, yes.

I think you really need to go back and watch a lot of anime made in the 1990s, even bad ones, to get the sense of how much. The anime that really got me into anime was the four part anime Macross Plus, made in 1994, for example. But even a bad anime like 1989's Demon City Shinjuku has a lot more visual flair and style than a lot of things made today, and a lot of anime from that period still seem strikingly modern. Cyber City 0EDO 808 predates Psycho pass by fifteen years and anticipates a lot of its themes, for one.

Or if you love the over the top style of Kill La Kill or Gurren Lagann, those are good anime, but they mercilessly crib from the anime of the past that innovated their themes-kill la kill from Cutey Honey, Gurren from Getter Robo and GaoGaiGar. (though also Diebuster came out in 2004, which also heavily influenced Lagann, almost to the point of being its prototype.) Even if you like moe stuff...compare Sunrise's Brigadoon to modern moe shows, and you can see what is lost.

Even with harem or ecchi. Love Hina really stomps over most modern series in terms of characterization, and Tenchi Muyo's got strong story to back up the harem hi-jinks. Older anime seemed to just have more than a lot of modern shows, even if it was bad.

The exception though seems to be shoujo anime, which at least feels like it's keeping up if not doing better. Maybe because moe isn't a focus of its audience, and it avoids excessive pandering which has really destroyed things like sports anime.
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