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The Quality of Anime In The Past 10 Years
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Maybe 2011 and 2012 are just bad years for anime and I'm getting really depressed, but I can't seem to find any decent anime lately. I think the only anime that I truly enjoyed lately was Steins;Gate and Deadman Wonderland.

Is it just me?
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but I can't seem to find any decent anime lately




Fate/Zero
Bakuman
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Natsume Yuujinchou San/Shi
Usagi Drop
Tiger & Bunny
Ano Hana
Gintama'
Nisemonogatari
Daily Lives Of Highschool Boys
Space Brothers
Sakamichi no Apollon
Hyouka


Gurl bye.

Posted 5/29/12 , edited 5/29/12
It's a matter of your tastes (which is subjective) - from what I see, there are many good anime coming out and the quality has improved and decreased in some ways; it's more of the former though. The current anime probably do not appeal to you, OP. Perhaps, you're not giving everything a try or not trying hard enough to find the "decent" stuff.
Posted 5/29/12 , edited 5/29/12
If you really enjoyed Deadman Wonderland then you're not that picky. Looking around more. Don't just focus on new anime though. Watch old anime as well, as there are pros and cons in both which make you appreciate old and new more, kinda like how your hands wash each other.

I was always dead on about new is better, but there are some feelings that only old anime give. Fortunately anime ages well, but unfortunately its expiration date falls short in comparison to wine. 20 years tend to be my reach, but I'd go as far as 30 for classics like Gundam and Fist of the North Star.

Steins;Gate was the best thing since Darker Than Black, so I doubt you'll get around well by making it your standard.
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the_song_of_anime wrote:

Maybe 2011 and 2012 are just bad years for anime and I'm getting really depressed, but I can't seem to find any decent anime lately. I think the only anime that I truly enjoyed lately was Steins;Gate and Deadman Wonderland.

Is it just me?


Yep, just you, ;)
j/k

Personally, I'd say 2011 through 2012 have had some of the best anime in a long time. But, that's a matter of taste. All I can say is give some other titles a chance. You might be surprised.
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It is a matter of taste.

Plus, if it is a down year (season) then that will give you time to catch up on older series that are great. Of which, there are plenty.
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this is a touchy situation... in many ways the animation of 2011-12 looks more fluid but the stories are lacking and are more transparent than ever relying on the shiny and new style that computer infused anime (not stuff that includes cg background etc...). when i was young i'd get my anime fix from ordering from out of a catalog, everything was still in videocassettes (or laserdisc) an almost endless catalog of hidden gems and treasures so you should think about the quality a manga would have had to through in order to garner enough attention to get a production house to option it for an eighty min movie or a few ova. anime from the late 80's and 90's are to me by far the best without a doubt. up until years ago anime was hand drawn for the most part take cowboy bebop as an example it was released mid 90's dvd in japan in 98.... point is there is nothing wrong or old school or funny looking about the anime from back in the day. if you want to ask me something i'll answer
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The quality of the animation definitely improved. Sometimes I just watch the anime because of the beautiful animation. There are a lot of good stories out there but I guess only a few will ever become classics just like in any era.

As for why you can't find good anime, it's definitely your tastes. I noticed any anime lover will go through this phase after the addiction one. It's a matter of rediscovering something new about anime.
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Posted 5/29/12 , edited 5/29/12
Plus the headline inquires about the last 10 years but your post only mentions 2011-2012. So which do you have an issue with?

All of my favorites are from the last 10 years but BuddyLove420 is right that anime went through some amazing changes in the 90s that propelled it's international acclaim as well as furthering the overall quality of animation. For various reasons, I think right after the turn of the century was the perfect atmosphere for anime to meld quality animation with complex and entertaining stories.
Posted 5/29/12
For me this year and the last have been pretty decent with new anime. I can't really complain. But thats really based on what kind of anime you're into, everyones different.
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Interesting question.

Of course the answer is going to be completely subjective. That said, here is what I think:

On a whole the last decade has been a roller coaster ride in terms of quality. On the one hand we have 2006 and 2004, which were both really good, and on the other we have 2009-2010 which went from horrible to mediocre (with some exceptions). The rest of the decade falls in between those two extremes. 2011-12 has been on a upward trajectory in terms of quality in general, so that leaves me hopeful.
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Obviously what one deems as a good Anime is subjective. Having said that, if you haven't watched Angel Beats I most definitely recommend watching it. It is one of the best Animes that I have ever seen.

Otherwise you have Towa no Quon, Code Geass, Mirai Nikki, Fairy Tail, SKET Dance, Fate Zero, Nichijou, Acchi Kocchi (has a lucky star vibe) and a dozen others but again, it's all personal preference.
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Maybe you're just getting too old to enjoy a lot of the anime out there. Most of it is targeted at high school kids (excluding the really little kid crap). I know I've had a harder and harder time finding things that I can enjoy as the years pass. At this point the vast majority of what I watch is considered seinen anime, because the shounen/shoujo stuff is just too damn immature or lacking in other ways for me to enjoy.

I think it is somewhat true that quality of anime has gone down in general in that some not-so-great shows get good ratings just by looking pretty on screen. Either way there will be plenty of good ones and plenty of bad ones, although which are which will always be debated.
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Completely subjective. I honestly loved Alone, not because the story was original, or hell, even remotely hard to decipher plotline in the first two episodes. However, because it wasn't trying to be new, or original, but just a mesh of a ton of interesting Asian horror stories, plots etc mashed together.

I liked High School of the Dead, only because of the zombies and the fact they weren't afraid to kill off some characters close to the main ones.

Like I said, people look for different things from anime. There are some with amazing stories, some with amazing art, some with a mesh of previously used stuff that just hasn't been done in a while etc.

Perhaps you need to look at what you are wanting in an anime and then try and explain your decision, maybe people will be able to debate or discuss your opinions and possibly share a series with you that would fit your likes/dislikes.
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Posted 5/29/12 , edited 5/29/12
There are gems in any assortment of jewels. You just have to find the ones for you.

Like previous posts it's all subjective really. From a visual aspect I think anime has improved quite a bit and far as originality in stories go some shine more than others. It's all about taste. Every year has it's good and bad. Try looking harder you'll find something you'll like. For example, I found Witchblade (it's based off an American comic series of the same name) just a few days ago which is from 2007 and it's story is really great. Maybe not the greatest but I think it's up there, at first it may seem it's just there to show off the artists' talent for drawing boobs and ass but it's really about a mother's loving relationship for her daughter's happiness and the lengths she goes to achieve it. I guess what I'm trying to say is don't judge a book by it's cover......... or reviews. You may like it.
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