Post Reply Does anyone analyze their favorite anime or anime genres?
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Posted 2/4/18 , edited 2/4/18
In my case, I would.

For example, my favorite genre, mecha. With super robots, the major deciding factor of a typical mecha battle is usually the mecha themselves. Ranging from soloists like Mazinger Z, Toushou Daimos, Brave Raideen, and Daitarn 3, to combiner teams like Getter Robo, Combattler V, Beast King GoLion/Voltron, Daizyujin/Megazord, and Gurren Lagann, the mecha usually possess more than enough strength, speed, endurance, and firepower to outright bend and even break the laws of physics. This is most especially true when they are powered up by their pilots' hot blood or fighting spirit.

But with real and hybrid robot anime, on the other hand, I'm focusing more on the humans making use of the mecha, rather than the mecha themselves. And the humans can range between ace pilots using their mecha to their full potential, and commanding officers uniting mass-produced armies of mecha under their leadership. From Mobile Suit Gundam, to Super Dimension Fortress Macross, to Armored Trooper VOTOMS, all the way up to Neon Genesis Evangelion, Full Metal Panic, Eureka Seven, and Code Geass, the main deciding factors in real and hybrid robot battles, as opposed to super robot battles, have almost always been the ace pilots and their commanding officers making use of their mecha, as opposed to just the mecha alone like super robots.
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Yep. I have watched .hack//sign like a thousand times, and I still go back for more. It's a special anime to me, while it does do the whole MMO thing like Log Horizon or SAO, it's nothing like either of those anime. Actually rather than being about an MMO, I'd say that .hack//sign is about pure and simple Escapism. It isn't escapism into a power fantasy or a harem, it's simply leaving behind the normal world of your own will.

The entire anime itself feels to me almost like a trance music video. While you can blatantly see that the budget wasn't there like in SAO, the composition of each shot and the design of each area is super atmospheric, add to that the soundtrack in .hack//sign I'd say is the best soundtrack I have ever heard. I'd almost say that the anime was designed around the sound track rather than vice versa.

The story of the show is fairly simple, people have issues with real life like you would expect them to, so they go to the mmo, "The World" to chill. There is some underlying plot about a genius game designer and a virus, but as far as how the show plays out, I'd say it's completely irrelevant. The show works better if you don't concern yourself with it, mainly because it's not an actual issue until the games. It's best to watch it as if you are just some guy behind the fourth wall playing the mmo with these characters, and just chilling.
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