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Do you guys think anime can sometimes be overly dramatic?
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Posted 1/6/11
I'll take a potato chip - and eat it!

Yes they sure can be, more than other kinds of shows. Although, I think its more of a Japanese thing than a anime thing.
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Posted 1/6/11
A lot of exaggerated melodramas are usually (although not exclusive to) from Shounen and Shoujo titles, which may need a suspension of disbelief at times due to its highly situational nature.

On the other hand, a number of good Seinen and Josei titles are more restrained in with melodramatic moments and emphasize more on realism in terms of both storyline and characters, which is one its major advantage and assets over its counterparts imo.
Posted 1/7/11



Wouldn't be as interesting if it wasn't.
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>_> yes watch evangelion or read the 8th chapter in the uminkeo visual novel. SO much rage but you know what life can't always have a happy ending.
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Posted 1/7/11
Erm, yes.
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Posted 1/7/11
This is anime we're talking about
expect it.
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Posted 1/7/11
I do, but that is what makes it 1000+ times better than American cartoon, they actually have a plot, and the people who work on it care about it enough to make it good quality and interesting. That is one of the reasons I watch anime.
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Posted 6/17/12 , edited 6/19/12
This is a little long but here me out. Here is were I am stuck. As a kid who grew up in the 70's and 80's (yah i'm 37 and still watch cartoons) I watched The Transformers, Gobots, GI Joe Thunder Cats, Silverhawks, Inhumanoids, Visionaries etc... Even when I was 10 I knew that some of the animation and story lines were really bad even though the concepts were pretty cool. Pirates of Darkwater (ok 90's), , Beetlejuice, Tinytoons and there spinoffs, Rescue Rangers, Gummi Bears, Eak the Cat, Ducktales etc. were all pretty cool too with better story lines and witty dialogue.

In the 90's cartoons got way better with titles like Batman the animated series, Superman, Freakazoid, Reboot, Beast Wars, Beast Machines (all of which I absolutely love). The story lines were very, very well written, especially with the latter and with animation that was very inventive.

In the 2000's the trend of great story lines continued with titles like Avatar and now Transformers Prime, The Legend of Korah, and the new Thundercats (story line is almost there but artistically is very nice).

I guess what I am trying to say and what I am figuring out is that I really appreciate a good story. Take for example Avatar - Puppet Master. Having my own ups and downs in life , after watching this episode I was left in tears at the end when Katara morally crossed a line and blood bended. It's all about good story for me.

Even though Anime has beautiful backgrounds, the dialogue is often over dramatic, going from super sad to hysterically happy and other extreme and over the top emotional characters. Take for example durarara. Part of the plot was about that blade that when stabbed people, those who were infected stabbed others claiming that they were stabbing out of love ............ what the heck is that supposed to mean! The same with Casshern sins episode ...... 4 or 5? Same thing. A female character said she would have to destroy Casshern because she ..... loved him....? What? I don't get it.

But don't get me wrong (I travel to Japan often and love the country and have decent fluency) School Rumble was hilarious (in Japanese was way better), Last Exile was awesome (even with it's over dramatic-ness with some characters) and 12 Kingdoms ( gooooood story line). In 12 Kingdoms there was a cliffhanger plot that was developing. I estimated it would take 2-3 episodes to be revealed but took about 5-6 episodes. A little over dramatic here but that was o.k. for me. I really liked Mushishi and the slower pace that was presented. Very un anime-ish.

One more thing about anime is that the character models ( I hope this is the correct term) all look the same in just about any anime title. Just swap out the hair, give them some different clothes and you've got a new character. Male or female, it doesn't matter :)

Yes, in the end Anime is definitely over dramatic. Blend the 2, good story and beautiful animation and we'll be set.
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Posted 6/17/12
Nigga you best be jokin
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Posted 6/17/12
Yes especially the "I take a potato chip and eat it" scene from Death Note. That's too dramatic but funny at the same time.
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Posted 6/18/12
That's often the point. It's basically the same reason why people listen to their music loudly.
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Posted 6/18/12
I've never watched a series that didn't become very over-dramatic at some point. I like it, generally. People who watch a drama and complain it's too dramatic remind me of people who play survival horror games and complain they aren't afraid.

You're supposed to get swept up in the moment. That's the .. whole .. point? ..
Posted 6/18/12
...You know the question about bears in the woods?


Still, it means I watch Code Geass and the like as a form of comedy. Good times.
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Posted 7/29/12
lol ikr? XD
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Posted 7/29/12
Well, yeah. It'd be boring if it was realistic.
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