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An anime can have good character, plot, art, sound, etc. but if they don't work together it will only ever be good.
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A lot of time you've got anime that appeals to the emotions, usually that's the shonen (or shoujo), something like Naruto. Then, on the other side of the spectrum, you've got anime that is very psychological, usually seinen and more what the critics go for, something like Ghost in the Shell.

To make a truly great anime in my opinion, those two aspects should be melded together, which is exactly why Hunter x Hunter and Steins;Gate are my favorite anime ever.
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It's hard to say exactly, because a lot of it for me is intuiton, though I am sure if I dissected all the anime I liked I could discover why they are great.

I will say this though, I love Log Horizon, but I don't think it's a great anime. I'm not even sure if it's a good anime. It's a good story that's for sure, it may be a great novel, but I'm not sure if it's a good anime. In my opinion, it needs a shit load of polishing and the dialogue and pacing need a lot of adjustments. A lot of the dialogue really seems like it's just the author talking through the character's mouths rather than the characters themselves talking.

Then we have Full Metal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop, Hunter x Hunter, some of the greats. These all have very appropriate sound tracks, the characters are all written so dynamically that they each feel like they are living breathing people in the respective universes, and they are all very highly polished. Wonderful pacing. When watching them, I feel like, "THIS is professional work!" And while I love the story to Log Horizon, I do feel when watching it "THIS is an adaptation of a novel, but heavily abridged."

It's hard to say it exactly, but I think if you are writing for anime, you have to write something that works as a play. If you are writing a novel though, very often writing a long description of what's happening works fine, however, it doesn't translate well to anime.
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That's a pretty tough question to answer, but it's not a bad question at all.

I suppose that for me it could really come in many forms, many ways that something can exceed the good by just doing that one bit more, but if I had to boil it down to one element it would be the characters. Assuming all else in the anime is basically top tier material, it's really how the characters are crafted and how I connect with them that elevates it to the next level. In fact, I'm often perfectly happy to see familiar settings and stories if the characters connect with me in some special way. I can't really think of any other element of a show that can elevate the rest of it for me overall like great characters can.

And for me, that stickiness, that feeling of being connected to a series even long after I've watched it, is more a result of the "best" anime rather than something that makes it the best.
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For me, a "great" anime is more than the sum of its parts. It's not just characters, or writing, or animation quality, or acting, or pacing, even all of those put together.

A "great" anime is timeless. It doesn't matter when it was made. It doesn't matter how many times you've seen it, or how long it's been since you saw it last. It doesn't matter how old you are when you first see it. It has the power to make you stop and watch, no matter what.

A "great" anime also leaves you with thoughts, emotions, or mental pictures that will stay with you a long time, even forever. I've watched a lot "good" anime that I pretty much forgot about within a week. A "great" one doesn't fade easily. It might even change you.

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To me, there are multitudes of smaller parts that make up an overarching whole in anime, including:

1. Coherent-yet-engaging plot.

2. Fully fleshed out characters.

3. Overarching themes.

One example is the Gundam franchise. The multitudes of series and timelines all dealt with the physical and psychological realities of war, and the numerous soldiers, commanding officers, and civilians who suffer through them, even in victory.

Madoka Magica was practically the same way, except with magical girls. It takes out all of the saccharine baggage that plagued past magical girl series, and replaces it with the hellish reality of inheriting magical powers needed to fight weekly monsters.
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What makes a, ''great'' anime, in my opinion? Hm, that's simple. It'd have to have great artwork, a main character that I could relate to, or is intriguing enough to peak my interest. The genre of said animes, would have to be psychological, mystery, action, adventure, or horror. I would enjoy any anime, that would be significant enough to include one of these genre. Last, but not least, a plot that's meaningful for me. That's all, hm.
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kidlike101 said it best I think.

Although I will say that some anime sticks out just for being something different. I feel most of it is some vaguely veiled power fantasy with sexual desires mixed in. Of course you can say that for a lot of movies/shows/books, but anime/manga is just so blatantly obvious about it more often than not with all the 'fan-service' and "I'm a highschool student with no redeemable qualities that suddenly come across a great opportunity to excel at life".

Akira and Ghost in the Shell are two anime movies I'll never forget. No anime/manga series will ever come close. Junji Ito perhaps, but that's more for his grotesque art because he isn't the best story-writer. Akira in particular still gives me the shivers. The art of Ghost in the Shell and Akira is also something that will always stand out to me. Nothing has ever gotten even close to that level of kinetic energy to every scene and the use of lighting is insanely articulate for something drawn.

The most invested I've ever felt in any other anime/manga was because it went on for a long time, like Naruto or Dragon Ball, but I don't think that makes them stand out as something special, it just means they're persistent and refuse to die.
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Posted 12/21/17 , edited 12/21/17
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