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Posted 12/20/17
Yo first time creating a forum for me (eeh that sounds bad).

A bit more in-depth for the question above, What makes you feel like that anime was good versus I'm on the edge of my seat, barely holding back tears and left empty inside for the next week wondering if your ready to start another anime?

Also just in general what makes an anime good in your opinion, what gets you hooked. Is it the the story, animation, character development or music; maybe that killer opening and soothing closing (vise versa).

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Usually, the story, animation, and characters form the grounds for a "good" anime. What really tips it over the edge from "good" to "great" to me is the soundtrack. For example, I still find myself tearing up to Suara's "Kimi ga Tame" after watching Utawarerumono. It would've been a 8/10, but that song tipped it over the edge to a 9. Similarly, Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen's use of the "Nuedori" theme throughout the show brought it up from a 7 to an 8.
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There is no metric in anime (or entertainment) for that matter.

I base anime on whether they are good or not equivalent to me watching them.

This anime is good because I watched it.

This anime is not good because I didn't watch it.
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I get what your saying music certainly has such an emotional effect I've ended up creating a list of songs that string me along. I haven't seen Utawarerumono yet, but now its thankfully on my to do list
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Directing and acting.

A good director can take even a real awful script with low production values and turn it into gold. Animation directors have been learning to do more with less too. Conveying emotion in a few frames or a single still. Sound directors and their choice of songs or no music at all as well as directing the actors.

Same goes for acting. A good performance and suck me into any story. If the story was perfect but the acting fell flat I wouldn't invest in a emotional payoff.


Don't care about design or characters, just as long as they fit well with the story and themes.
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Lets see.

A good anime is fun to watch and pass the time. Maybe even joke and chat about later with the community or friends.

A great anime sticks with you weeks, months and sometimes years after you've watched it. You might even smile as you randomly come across a gif or promotional art for it. Might even popped it in for a re-watch and get even more out if it the second time. That is a great anime.

I realize that's a broad definition but as I get older I noticed that a lot of things just slip out of my head and are filed under the (meh) folder.

The ones in the good folder have a story to tell and interesting characters.

The few in the great folder are ones that took a chance and made something different.

All of the ones that follow the formulaic boy meets girls lets keep everything in a plateau of will they won't they and LOTS of fan service all end up meshing together in the Meh folder even if at first I thought they were under good or decent.
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-Story (Plot)
-Funny to Watch
-Good Characters
-Theme
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For me, it a mixture of the artwork, the animation and the characterizations that are brought to life (in a relative sense, of course.) But if I had to state which is first, I'd say that the acting and characters are always first and foremost in my mind. That's why I love a series such as "A Centaur's Life" or "Kino's Journey" as opposed to "Attack on Titan" or "Naruto"... I have more of a feel for the characters in the first two, and could care less about the latter two series.

As for artwork and scenery, that's a major influence in the kind of anime I enjoy. Some anime I enjoy because of the artwork and scenery, as much as I will hate the characters that are used. Other anime shows are a good blend of scenery and characters, which add to the storyline in its own right.

Right now, there is only one show that I feel has great artwork/scenery, animation work and characterizations, and that's "The Ancient Magus' Bride". It is THE anime that is the best show currently, in which the voice acting, the animation work and the storyline pull you into another world. No other series currently (or in the recent past) has held me literally in place Saturday afternoon and told a story that I dearly love.
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besides the typical plot, character development and attention to detail, I find that a crappy/hasty drawn cartoon can just have as much liking as one which contains the pinnacle of details from the background, character drawing to even the background images and sounds. same result, if the character is good, background is horrible or hasty... what I consider good is something that I'm willing to sit down and watch again sometime in the future, something that has all that I'm interested to very little to none of what I'm not. I jumped out of favorite genre long ago, but I find no interest to hentai (pervert) and have very little tolerate for it, I've accepted there's going to be fan service in everything I watch, but when it becomes extreme I have no interest and my attention span for said cartoon starts to drop, too much more and I'm done with it. as for great, anything I'd want to own, something that has sucked me so far into the show that I not only hate that I'm watching it in real time (week to week) that if it's done I'll finish up said show that day if it's completed. I haven't ran across many great ones since we entered the 2010s of shows, but I have encountered a lot of good ones.
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boobs
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Posted 12/20/17 , edited 12/20/17
entertaining characters with a story that is beautiful or has many deep meanings is the best and a good an example of this would be InuYasha
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Using Kami's answer as the base, but expanding further

Good:
  • Something in it (any one or combination of: empathy/emotions for characters, concept, plot, general artwork, sakuga, humor, music, freshness) kept my interest enough that I didn't drop it.


  • Great:
  • So much so, that I want to watch it again.


  • Best:
  • More than once/many times, even buying the disks.
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    Posted 12/20/17
    here i simplified what i thought to be a great anime:

    1. (optional, but would add to the total greatness of the anime) the opening song. for me, i loved bright opening such as Your Lie in April and Gamers! and/or cool opening such as Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan
    2. How the plot progress is also important for me - which might be the reason why i hate Juni Taisen because of the repetitiveness and predictable plot, though Erased has a kinda predictable plot but it still left me hanging at the edge of my seat.
    3. I know I'm a male, but I don't really like to see too many boobs in an anime (yes, there are such things as too many boobs!). It kinda show that the anime is bad, and boobs is the "seasoning" the anime needs.
    4. (also kinda optional) I like it when the voice actors gave their best in voicing the characters. Like really give them all. I would say the prime example is The Pet Girl of Sakurasou.
    5. I guess I'm an emotional person, so if the ending affect me greatly (ie. got me thinking about life, cried like a little bitch etc.) I would consider it to be a great anime as well, for example, Steins;Gate and Angel Beats!

    So all in all, I would say the most important is the plot i guess. :))
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    Posted 12/20/17 , edited 12/20/17
    kidlike101 says it well, the staying power. Also, anticipation for subsequent works.

    To pick out a few points, I'd say first the writing. The series doesn't have to be wholly original (nothing is), but bring something new or unique that leaves a footprint future series have to walk in. Not only plot: character-driven dialog and humor needs to be written too.

    Character chemistry is also important. Unintentional character stereotypes, tokenism, and a generally 'flat' supporting cast is disappointing.

    Posted 12/20/17


    I see you're a man of taste.
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