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Posted 12/1/17 , edited 12/1/17
For me, it has to not only have a somewhat interesting story that keeps me hooked, but the art style has to be appealing to the eye.

It may sound rude, but I can't watch an anime if I don't like the art style - even if the story is incredible.

Extra Question: What anime series do you think have the prettiest art styles?
I need some things to watch lol..
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Posted 12/1/17 , edited 12/2/17
Well developed story.

Well developed characters.

Quality of the anime style.

Opening and/or closing song.

Studio behind the animation - As an example A-1 studio almost assures a good anime and worth watching, Haoliners the opposite.

Off course there are several other factors but these to me are important. 3 episode rule
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Lessee... anime tiddies
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Posted 12/1/17 , edited 12/1/17
Story, voice Acting, Characters, Animation

If the story is bad, then the Anime is bad, plain and simple.

If the Characters are bad, then the story is bad ( Do you see where I'm getting at? Granted the animation could be bad, and everything else could be good, but that makes no sense if you have those other qualities that make an anime good. Why would your animation be bad if you have the complete package, are you lazy? There can be a unique style to the animation, which is what captures our attention, but it has to work with the animation.

other than that, you really have to look at it like this...... If you are just being introduced to anime, it doesnt matter what makes an anime good or bad, you are so naive that you will accept almost anything.

Once you have realized what is Good, and what is bad, you can then begin to find out what you want to look for.

I've been trying to look for well over a year now So the next step is to take initiative for yourself. or keep replaying the past.



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Story, right amount of exposition, good characters (therefore, good character development), and world-building elements. Art and animation is really something you factor in after you've looked at the rest of the whole.

The only anime I've seen do almost all of those things right is Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
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For me the main part is the Voice Acting. If I don't like it in its native language (which is rare to happen) then I try it in English when it gets licensed and dubbed. If I don't like it even then, then I can't watch the anime. Bringing the anime to life is the Voice Actor's job, and if I feel the characters are flat and lifeless due to the voice acting, then I can't bring myself to watch it.

Story. If I can't stand the first 3 episodes then, yea, I will drop it. Some times I can't even make it passed episode 1. If the story can't catch my attention with in those first 3 episodes, then I will deem the rest of it boring and not watch it. Though if the story catches my attention and I love it, even if the art (or filtering over the animation) is bad, I will watch it. Mononoke, the art is different than usual, and the story was really good.. But my one friend, didn't like the art style, it gave her headaches so she refuses to watch it. Good Story or not.

Certain Character types. If there is an abundance of a character type that I find annoying, I tend to drop the anime. I can only take so much annoying. Lately Harems tend to be just that. All the girls are basically the same to me in them. Though In Another World With My Smartphone was a nice change of pace, none of the female characters annoyed me and the way they handle the 'harem' idea:

putting this into a spoiler because I think to some people it would be considered such



I'm not picky when it comes to Genre or art style so the points that I listed are what I tend to use to decide if an anime is good or not. I try to give it a 3 episode try. I don't drop many anime which shows that I almost watch anything.

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For me, an anime has to have emotional involvement for it to be good.

Actual animation quality is secondary.
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Really good/unique animation is what hooks me...
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Give me characters that I give a shit about.

Give me a story that makes me laugh and/or doesn't insult me.

And if the former is really strong, I'll even handwave the latter.

Prettiest art styles? Witch Craft Works has a nice look.


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Character growth and development. When characters stay stagnant, it is just the worst.

Also it helps to not have art and animation styles that looks like some artsy kids trying to be edgy and "different" But, that's just a personal pet peeve.

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as far as prettiest art styles, just watch most anything by Kyoto Animation imho.
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Posted 12/1/17 , edited 12/2/17
If people tell me not to watch something, I'm going to watch it. That's what'll get me started on a series. As for what makes it good, strong character design is what's most likely to sell me on a show.
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I guess I'm not particularly picky if something is good or not, but rather if its entertaining. I don't think Mayoiga was a good show, but it was highly entertaining (in a comedic way). My simple test is if something doesn't make me want to pick up the smartphone, that's right next to me, then its an entertaining show.
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Posted 12/1/17 , edited 12/1/17
I don't think it's any one technical choice.
I generally despise ecchi/fanservice and talking too much, but Monogatari is one of my favorite series
CGI/3D stuff is generally frowned upon, but there's that one series this season (the name escapes me) that seems to be doing pretty well.
Inferno Cop by all normal standards would be terrible, but it works.

It's about how all the factors work together.
For me, it's about picking something and executing. That could be a ideological point, a character, a conflict, or maybe you just want to make someone smile. It flows from there with the tools picked because they are the tools best suited to accomplish that goal.

The epitome of this for me (and, coincidentally, my favorite series) is Gurren Lagann.
Is is relatively simple and straight-forward? Yes.
But look at it. It is one of the most consistent series I've seen

It tells in full the story of Simmon as he realizes his destiny.
And it drives home it's central point of "never stop moving forward" better than just about any series I've ever seen.

It took these central points and built everything else around it. And they did a damn good job with it.


Prettiest Art?
Anything by Shaft, usually
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Posted 12/2/17 , edited 12/2/17
For me it comes down mostly to the characters. I can watch story lines I've seen before and can generally handle the same old tropes (in moderation) as long as I'm given characters I actually care about. I don't even have to "like" the characters, per se, I just have to actually see something interesting and watchable in them. If I have interesting characters that I care about, I can handle a lesser story or questionable art/animation. On the other hand, if you have characters that are completely uninteresting, are "Bad Ass" or "Cool" but do nothing but boringly check off all the "Bad Ass" requirements, or have characters that behave like complete idiots that couldn't survive a day in the actual world then it doesn't matter if you have the most interesting premise or coolest story in the world.

Second up would probably be story and/or premise. It doesn't always have to be original or new, but give at least try to give me a premise that can hook me on some level. If you as the creator obviously don't care about what you're doing because you're just following the "What's Hot This Month" checklist then I'm not going to care either.
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Posted 12/2/17 , edited 12/2/17
How well hidden from the masses that particular anime is.
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