Anime Crash?
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This topic is on a growing concern related to the recent number of high school based animes. There seems to be LOTS of them over the years, and I'm not talking about a few each season, I mean a majority of titles are centered around High School's and the kids that inhabit them. I'm not bashing on any of these titles that have huge followings like school rumble or Azamanigo daioh, or Negima. I been notice this thanks to a series of editorials done by Marzgurl on ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com(check them out if you haven't), She has talked about every aspect of anime in not just America, but also what's happening in Japan as well. I'm with her on most of the topics she mention. She mention why are all of today's anime and manga characters such whiny emos and how come we still have fan subbing when we know its wrong to steal anime when the creators don't get any of the money needed to you know LIVE!!!

So this topic here is basically a potentiality right now with anime in general. If they flood the anime market with shows centered around teenage kids with teenage problems instead of appealing to a wide range of audiences then we may see a crash in Anime much like the video game crash in the 80's. We may see tons of titles being canceled or mangas never getting an anime adaptation. Many artists and studios may close shop and search out for new venues.

So who do we blame in all this and how can we avoid it. Well no one really can be blamed for it because right now in Japan theres a major gap in the culture. The old tradition is dying out while we are seeing a much more free spirited youth. Women aren't settling down as early and they have a set standards that they want in a man. Males are the target audience so studios try to make animes as ecchi as possible to bring in viewers. You could blame fansubs for stealing the animes and subbing it themselves and distributing the anime free of charge, making the studios and creator's less money. Some studios have sunk low and decided the best way to target mature audiences these days is to make late night animes(aka anime porn), which should never be the main priority. There are so many variables that blaming just one thing is impossible. It could be a few or all of these problems, but if these persist over time, we will eventually see a major crash in the anime community.

So we found some problems, what about the solutions. Well thats pretty easy. We start to make animes grow up with the audience. As we get older so should anime titles. We should not only invest in one single concept while others are left out. We could have more fantasy and space epics, instead we have prepubescent kids fighting great evil or piloting mechanized death machines.

I remember a time during the good old days of toonami where we had Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop, Tenchi Muyo, All the Gundam Animes with older protagonists, rouroni kenshin, Ranma 1/2, Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragonball Z, Trigun, Big-O, and so forth. Where have all these great titles have gone. They exist out their folks, you only have to wish for them and studios will listen and make them. I want to see more mature anime titles that can appeal to me as a mature person. I still love shonen animes and mangas but the Companies and creators are eventaully gonna have to have a reality check and start making more than just one kind of anime. TIl next time, BlackAirs out!!!
Posted 5/1/10
To be honest, I'm tired of loli and moe school girls. Anime is loosing it's originality, it's becoming repetitive and lacking. Like you said, the anime industry targeted more at men. I guess men really like school girls.
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those are getting annoying too. Having them in anime seems redundant and stupid. they are making children look like sex icons and ths FREAKING WRONG!!!!
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I mean I dun mind a little slice of life, or animes about teenagers like KHR, but you're 100% right. What happened to animes like Berserk! Or Hellsing? I want a Berserk OAV
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after reading this, i would like too see more than one type of anime/manga, i only been watching anime and reading manga for about 5 years and i can tell that it has changed from when i first started.

but i do like like the high school setting anime a lot lol
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I only read manga for about two years and watched anime all my life piratically.lol. but I remember watching it younger and noticed that there was something called VARIETY!!!! lol.
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yeah i do agree also. I remember the good days when toonami and cartoon network had alot of the good shows on it. Even the Saturday foxkids/4kidstv/CWkids or w/e its called now had lots of good shows too. It is a shame that more good shows cant come on more. Also the good shows.. I am sorry but i cannot stay up late to watch them on Adult swim like i would like to.
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I hate to say this but in a way I think a crash would make them see the error of their ways and decide to make more of a variety of animes that would appeal to ranges of audiences rather then a set age group
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BlackAirs87 wrote:
how come we still have fan subbing when we know its wrong to steal anime when the creators don't get any of the money needed to you know LIVE!!!


Fansubbing... yes a very controversial subject.
It's true it's just like stealing.
However, one can also argue that there's no other way for most of us, in the U.S or anywhere outside of Japan, to have access to those animes without the fansubs. The language barrier is also a problem. And the biggest of all is, the Eng dubs sucks most of the time.
Fansubbing is really the only way most of us anime fans get to watch recent anime shows.
However, I think it's wrong to keep fansubbing an anime that's already licensed and being released w/ Eng subs by a company that has the legal rights to it, thereby, supporting the original author. We should all try to watch legal anime as much as we can to support the original creators, so they can make a living from the things that are originally theirs. An exmaple would be: One Piece is licensed by Funimation and Funimation is streaming new episodes every week w/ Eng subs for free on their website, but a lot of One Piece fans still prefer to watch on an another anime streaming site... They have a chance to support the creator, but choose not to. That's kind of messed up lol.
But who am I to judge, for I frequent those illegal anime streamings site too. But I try to look for legal versions of animes I watch, and if I can't find it, well that's too bad.
I agree (half way) with you about the anime industry eventually sinking.
But then again, there are a lot of fans... perhaps It'll survive
Posted 5/1/10
Anime has risen and fallen for decades. It becomes one thing, then changes with the times. I feel that it will endure. Like many people have said, it relies on the fans. We all make it thrive, or at least survive.
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but not bad as this thanks to the power of the internet. not saying that in the early days had it easy, it was hard to find bootlegs of animes. I think the industry back then had it easy when a couple of bootlegs were found, but with the web anything is possible and people still keep getting free anime and it ruins the industry as a whole.
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Posted 5/1/10
When that happens i guess the few anime that are wrapped completely around NON HIGH school scenarios will do really well.
Things like one piece and get backers for example.
Its common sense that people will seek out something different when bored to death with one particular form of entertainment....
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Posted 5/1/10
the highschol scene isnt bad in all cases, but variety is definatly needed. there is a drought.
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Posted 5/1/10 , edited 5/1/10

BlackAirs87 wrote:

All the Gundam Animes with older protagonists,


Actually aside from Mobile Fighter G. Gundam, no other Gundam series (mainstream wise) starts out with their protagonist as an adult... All main Gundam pilots were either reluctant angst teens or emotionless robots (something along those lines).

Anime characters are usually portrayed as high schoolers/teenagers because...

1) teenagers are the biggest consumers for the anime/manga industry in Japan (l think lol) and by doing this it'll let teenagers be able to relate to their fictional character

2) high school life is freaking FABULOUS!!! Kidding (other than meeting new people we all know how exciting it was), its mainly because the average teenager can fantasize how exciting their high school life could be from seeing how amazing high school life is in the anime world.

Anyways, The STUDENT by day and SUPPA HIIRO by night routine are one of the main reasons why I haven't really watched anime since Mobile Suit Gundam 00 s2 (and 00 s2 was quite disappointing in many areas). The other reasons are the endless amounts bishounen characters in shounen anime, overpopulation of lolis, and the overdosed ecchi scenes.
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