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Anime is Running Out of Ideas
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Posted 9/18/10
The anime industry has completely run out of ideas of its own and is being forced to plunder manga at an ever increasing pace to make up for it, runs a recent critique.

An abridged translation of a Taiwanese editorial on the subject:


The editor-in-chief of Tong Li Comics [a major Taiwanese manga publisher which famously started out by pirating Japanese manga titles some decades ago] says “The speed at which Japan’s manga titles are being adapted into anime is increasing. Even titles which haven’t concluded are being picked up and turned into anime, if publishers consider the title to have latent potential.”

Lately even titles like “Beelzebub” and “Bakuman” are having anime adaptations announced, despite barely having 5 volumes out.

The anime industry can’t generate enough new ideas itself, but it needs to produce new titles and supply the associated markets – as a result it has had to rely increasingly on ever faster adaptations of manga.

The same thing seems to be happening with Hollywood – many novels and anime titles are being taken and adapted into Hollywood movies, and there are also a great many remakes of previous titles.

In both cases it looks as if they are running out of ideas of their own.


A recap of recent anime releases does seem to reveal an overwhelming majority are based on manga, light novels and eroge, with most of the successful original titles occupying the distinctly staid giant robot genre…

http://www.udn.com/2010/9/14/NEWS/ENTERTAINMENT/ENT9/5848392.shtml
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Posted 9/18/10
Old news is old.

People been complaining from 2003 > now that Anime lacks originality anyways.
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Baka-God wrote:

Old news is old.

People been complaining from 2003 > now that Anime lacks originality anyways.


THIS.
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To the posters above me. How are those comments related to what the OP says? Its not talking about Anime is running out of ideas or lacking Originality. Its simply saying how the anime industry itself is going down the drain and now they are adapting random manga to make up for it
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Yeah it seems everything it just repetition of the same general concepts nowadays not just anime. Ugh I think music is the worst though.
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Anime has mostly been based off of mangas and light novels for a long time though.
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It's unfortunate that most of entertainment industries have been declining in terms of originality and consistency isn't something that's new. I find no problems with adaptations of manga / light novel / visual novel / novels in itself - however, if the adaptation suffers a heavy decay in terms of consistency with the original series, I will have to start questioning the anime industry.

On the bright side, the lack of originality in the mainstream means that series with much more unique and interesting approaches would have more potential than the mainstreams. On the downside, the majority of the series you get in a season are pretty much crap, until the industries finally see the light again some time.
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Imagination usually suffers at the hands of obsessive commercialization. Where the pleasant side effect mutates into a primary focal point. I don't desire bashing merchandising for on its own, it can prove beneficial when spawned from the success of its source. Imagination does not seek advertisements, but welcomes it if it's the one being sought.

Profit obsession like this is a lazy beast in which noone gives motivation to be otherwise. The average consumer bears no qualms with the mediocrity bestowed upon it. Transformers 2 quickly becomes an exhibit of evidence on the west pond.

If there's is to be a moment of panic within the anime industry, it would the day it proceeds to adapt webcomics and fanfics.
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as far as I know, most of the anime are based on manga and light novels ever since I first watched it......
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lucky for me, I haven't seen too much anime series..
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I've notice that the most recent anime that has been coming out is incredibly predictable and unoriginal.
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LosingOrbit wrote:

I've notice that the most recent anime that has been coming out is incredibly predictable and unoriginal.


Harsh comment.

Have you heard of the seven archetype plots? Apparently some super literature wiz guy, whose name temporarily eludes me, said that ALL literature falls within one of seven generic plot types. So I guess maybe after endless amount of ideas already out sooner or later there comes an end to the fountain of creativity.

To illustrate my point, any mecha shows that come out today, I automatically judge it against shows such as NGE, Code Geass and Gundam SEED, and I think just those three shows alone pretty much covers ANY sort of plot devices out there, so there really insn't any room for new material. People who watched anime from older times will have even more experience than me and undoubtedly feel the same.

But yeah I do agree, a lot of BS coming out of the indutry these days...we have had a bland season but the next one promises to be better from what I've heard. Cheer up.
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It takes a lot of money to make an anime, they usually use manga's and light novels because they have been proven to be good and people want them. Its really just an upgrade. It would be risky to just make an anime not being sure if it will be good or be popular.
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Posted 9/18/10

Laharlt wrote:

Anime has mostly been based off of mangas and light novels for a long time though.



jhanna_12 wrote:

as far as I know, most of the anime are based on manga and light novels ever since I first watched it......


Same here :P
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Posted 9/18/10
Umm... really?

This is interesting. I didn't know there were anime with no manga origin until now.
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