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What makes a great anime?
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Think about your favorite shows. What was it about them that made them stand out to you? Was it the story,art,music,characters,etc? What is the most important thing to you and why?

For me, it depends a lot on the genre.

A drama needs a well thought out story and characters that you can really connect with.
If you don't feel any connection with the characters then your not going to feel any emotion when things don't go there way, or when they do for that matter.
And of course the story is of utmost importance in a drama because that's what makes it what it is...dramatic,heartwrenching,touching,inspiring.

For me an action anime is all about the action! Duh, that's why its called action. Cutting edge animation and fight scenes they make you feel like your in the screen. That's what an action is all about. Whether it be energy blasts,martial arts,or car chases. The animation is what makes it all come together.

What are your favorite animes and what puts those specific shows above the rest in that genre?
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originality: but something safe is nice from time to time too
sensible: originality is good but dont make it ridiculous
a solid plot: a solid beginning and a solid ending that ties loose ends and isnt rushed. what happens in the middle is the least important as it will just fall apart without proper foundations
likeable characters: appeal is the keyword. you have to want to be the character, maybe someone you can relate to. Or a character that looks cute.
fanservice: not too much, not too little. someting to keep you on your toes wanting more, not wanting less.
romance: who doesnt like a little love in the air? more the merrier i say lol.
backgrounds: good background scenery/art can make a huge difference. its like a bass guitar, you dont notice it too much when its there, but when it isnt or is crap, by god you can tell.

and a more personal point for me is the soundtrack. as a long time musician, I really enjoy a good soundtrack and can heavily persuade me to like an anime.
Posted 1/15/11
Hmm. . . For me, a good anime should have:
A Good Plot
Of course, the story should stick with its genre. It should have those "unexpected twists", but it should be easy to understand by its target audience.

A Great Set of Characters
That's the first thing I notice when watching an anime. I hate those characters who over-react too much, or those damsels-in-distress who don't look like a damsel, but they do look distressed. The characters should be natural, and can reflect the viewers' life and personality (I think). Of course, those characters (especially those bishounens!) should look cool and interesting.

Good Music
It gives life to the anime! A bad background music can make an anime well. . . bad.

Uniqueness
Please, I'm tired of watching the same thing over, and over, and over, and over, again.

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Based on the title, opening song, introduction, stories and characters in which makes me got interested to some shows quickly such as Lucky Star, Gundam Seed, Eureka Seven and much more.
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when I look an anime, I always look at it's genre first... it must appeal me the 1st time I looked at it especially the art or the characters. after that, I'll read it's plot. Originality and uniqueness to other anime is what I'm looking for the most of the time. the story should be creative and how the personalities of each characters were given. on how the story is going should not be different from the plot, there were some action and adventure animes that end up being a romantic one. and most especially, it should have at least funny scenes, unique or new jokes, and a bit of surprise that us, watchers, wouldn't expect but it would turn out great and make it stand out..
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Thank you all for your comments so far. I'm planning a project and i wanted to do some research on what you guys like to see. All the info has been a great help. I'll be checking back sometime later.
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A good plot, a good sets of characters, a good set of seiyuus(voice actors if you will), good artstyle, and last but not the least, well placed music and sfx.
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Characters this can decide to make or break a series. A good anime can have bad characters(eg naruto) but good story and still get overlooked. However when characters are appealing they can make shut series look good(eg lucky star, just admit it if it wasn't the hiw cute the characters look who would watch it?)

Story very important. Boring story can turn you away very quickly, in other words. It has to interesting

Voices the reason why I avoid dubs, essential.

Originity you'll be surprised hiw much this affects the anime, original Animes tend to be refreshing and good.

Sound well to make it as enjoyable as possible give it appropriate music and sound. THIS INCLUDES THE OP!! SONETHING THAT YOU CAN'T MESS UP AND FORBID TO DUB!!

Fanservice it cant be to the point it's sickening. But it should satisfy you but leaving you want for a bit more. Like clannad lacked it and Baka to test had perfect amount

And I think those mght make a good anime
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Plot is a big one. It has to be quick enough at the beginning to keep me interested enough to go on, but also not fall through or be to weak in other aspects.

Character development is another big one for me. I think having a character change throughout a series really helps it come more to life, and make the characters more realistic. Two good ones would have to be for me Code Geass and especially Eureka Seven. I loved the great amount of character development in Eureka.
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Plot, plot and plot. quite important to me. Character development and personality is important too, though those long speeches in battle scenes need to go, seriously who'd talk so much while fighting?
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The Plot must be well structured with lots of depth and development with some shocking yet logical(atleast in the series' world) turns of events to keep the plotline interesting ,don't recycle plots too much like the mistake one series called Pokemon has made although plot is not really important if the show is mainly a comedy.Also the pace must flow well, not too slow paced(like Inuyasha), not too fast paced(like Mars of Destruction).

If you're gonna make a series with action, you need a nice choreography,not too much of this and that, it all must well balanced and not repeated constantly,there should also some cool moves like when Goku was spinning around in the air then kicked Cell in the right in the face when they were fighting in the air. Also the SFX must fit the movements, enflicted damage, and strikes.

If you're gonna make a series with comedy, make the jokes cleaverly written and well though-out,don't repeat the joke so much, also for a bonus, the character must be fitting the situation,they must quirky and unqiue too just to make it funnier like One Piece,& if it's gonna be stupid, let it be stupid in a cleaver way, then it's just plain stupid.

The Characters must have a lot of development over the course of the series and a strong personality like Cowboy Bebop which had some of the most complex and highly developed group of characters in anime history,the character must not be too generic, the voice acting and dialoge must be suitting to characters as well, a lot of focuse of the series' is to take consideration in adding plenty of depth to the characters' personalities to make us to relate to them,& be interesting in their upcoming tales unlike Bleach where the characters are as bland as a box of crackers which just says crackers, nothing else -_-.

Also the music style must be fitting the series' general atmosphere as possible, however when the mood is different from the series' usual, the style must change to fit the mood or some cases, excitens them, Naruto is the best example.

Last but not least, the animation must be sharp and have various emotions,the art style must be good, well good art and animation doesn't make a good anime overall, Inuyasha had good art and animation but it all round sucked and bad art and animation also doesn't make a bad anime overall, Naruto had bad art and animation but it was all round good, well at least I think so .
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Posted 1/15/11
superpowers, several main characters, and a good and funny overall plot.



one piece for example
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Posted 1/15/11 , edited 1/15/11
step one. come up with an origional idea
step two. look at all the anime that had the same idea, and DONT copy them. put your own twist on it
step three. make some likeable characters that the viewers can relate to
step four IMPORTANT throw them into the story where they are needed, put them into wierd situations, (or in a slice of life, an ordinary situation and have them act like it's wierd.)
step five make characters do what they should, rather than what you think the viewers want ( I like shows like that)
step six animation quality doesn't matter that much, as mobile suit gundam and kodocha are two of the best series out there. music, on the other hand is important. get some good music.
step seven have a good ending, with conclusion and closure. i hate shows with an open end or no end, like inuyasha or naruto.
step eight all those filler scenes that you just put in there to show some panties or boobies or whatever? get rid of them. or throw an octopus at them. one or the other, don't stop halfway if its for nothing but fanservice.
step eight get some decent voice actors. (Im talking to you, elfen lied, narutaru and mai franchise. no offense, to the mai franchise, but the voices didn't fit. the jap version of narutaru was good and mai otome was effing epic, with rie tanaka as a psycho.)
step nine if it's full of swears and violence and sex, give it a more mature plot. if it's got a childish plot, like pokemon or digimon, (no offense intended. i love digimon and the jap version of pokemon), it doesn't need swears or gore to attract an older audience. it needs characters
final step dont let your idea drag on. keep it long enough to get your message across, but not too long that you cant remember what it was and just wind up with a lot of filler(ahem... naruto...)
and that's how you make a good anime :3
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1) Good character design and development
2) An engaging plot line and interesting story arcs
3) A unique setting
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Posted 1/15/11
A comedy anime (how I see it), needs to be very funny, and fit my sense of humour! I like the really "dumb" comedy shows, like Azumanga-Daioh and (in some cases) The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya!

P.S. Yay, first post on the account? Heheh..

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