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The Quality of Anime In The Past 10 Years
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The one that i really enjoyed was the Kore wa zombie desu ka Season 1 and 2 ... yeah its kinda typical but its got that sort of a spice inside that makes me watch it xD but lets see IS:infinite stratos,Freezing(again all of this is somewhat ecchi but freezing is also blood and gore so yeah) Highschool DxD(love the demon part ,Bored with the nude part :/ ). But that is just me. heh. Watched countless gore anime (another,when they cry 1-3 seasons,freezing,highschool of the dead and so ...) but the anime above just make me rewatch them countless times xDDD
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The fact that you liked the generic Another


...... Another and Generic don't belong in the same sentence. I agreed a lot of the other stuff you said but throwing Another under the bus just doesn't sit right with me considering most "horror" anime lacks any form of suspense while Another has it.
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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?


I agree that Steins Gate and Deadman wonderland were great but this year has two new series that are worth giving it a try. I recommend Kids on the slope and Mysterious girlfriend X.

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funnyginsan wrote:


chrome_mist wrote:




The fact that you liked the generic Another


...... Another and Generic don't belong in the same sentence. I agreed a lot of the other stuff you said but throwing Another under the bus just doesn't sit right with me considering most "horror" anime lacks any form of suspense while Another has it.


I think Another was praised way too much. It did start off great (I'll give you that) but the last 2 or 3 episodes were overload. It was a messy show towards the end and a lot of the situations didn't make any sense. I was disappointed. :/
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funnyginsan wrote:

...... Another and Generic don't belong in the same sentence. I agreed a lot of the other stuff you said but throwing Another under the bus just doesn't sit right with me considering most "horror" anime lacks any form of suspense while Another has it.


My apologies. "Generic" is not the right term for it.
But it's not as good as people make it out to be. Highly overrated.







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I think Another was praised way too much. It did start off great (I'll give you that) but the last 2 or 3 episodes were overload. It was a messy show towards the end and it a lot of the situations didn't make any sense. I was disappointed. :/


This so fcking much.
The last 2 or 3 episodes were an absolute mess.
So many deaths that could've been prevented if they weren't so unbelievably dumb.





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Posted 5/31/12

chrome_mist wrote:


funnyginsan wrote:

...... Another and Generic don't belong in the same sentence. I agreed a lot of the other stuff you said but throwing Another under the bus just doesn't sit right with me considering most "horror" anime lacks any form of suspense while Another has it.


My apologies. "Generic" is not the right term for it.
But it's not as good as people make it out to be. Highly overrated.







Mikko_Osaki wrote:

I think Another was praised way too much. It did start off great (I'll give you that) but the last 2 or 3 episodes were overload. It was a messy show towards the end and it a lot of the situations didn't make any sense. I was disappointed. :/


This so fcking much.
The last 2 or 3 episodes were an absolute mess.
So many deaths that could've been prevented if they weren't so unbelievably dumb.







I thought I was the only person that felt this way. The characters weren't that interesting either. Just because you add an eye patch and two different color eyes on a character doesn't mean it's going to be great. It wasn't horrible.. it just doesn't deserve the praise it's been getting. I did like the music a lot though (opening and ending theme songs) :)
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Mikko_Osaki wrote:

I think Another was praised way too much. It did start off great (I'll give you that) but the last 2 or 3 episodes were overload. It was a messy show towards the end and it a lot of the situations didn't make any sense. I was disappointed. :/


Well that is your personal opinion but I definitely liked the last 2-3 episodes. Shows just what people are capable of given the right situation. It did leave some things unexplained for sure but that didn't really bother me. Way better than T&A with zombies though *shrugs*

I also wouldn't say "a lot of the situations" but yeah took me a while to get what happened in the last episode

Gonna be one of the anime I re-watch down the line and I usually don't re-watch anime tbh.

Anyways, I kind of didn't want to post here seeing as Chrome and kufirst basically said everything that needed to be said. Anime in the last 10 years hasn't declined and 2011 - 2012 has some great stuff to it. I just think Generic & Another don't belong together ..... even if you didn't like the ending it did generally build up suspense (for me anyways) and I haven't really had that feeling since the second season of Higurashi (since the first season was a gorefest to me .... a necessary awesome one but still)

It's all very subjective but still just because someone says something stupid doesn't mean you should throw Another under the bus
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Posted 5/31/12

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Mikko_Osaki wrote:

I think Another was praised way too much. It did start off great (I'll give you that) but the last 2 or 3 episodes were overload. It was a messy show towards the end and it a lot of the situations didn't make any sense. I was disappointed. :/


Well that is your personal opinion but I definitely liked the last 2-3 episodes. Shows just what people are capable of given the right situation. It did leave some things unexplained for sure but that didn't really bother me. Way better than T&A with zombies though *shrugs*

I also wouldn't say "a lot of the situations" but yeah took me a while to get what happened in the last episode

Gonna be one of the anime I re-watch down the line and I usually don't re-watch anime tbh.

Anyways, I kind of didn't want to post here seeing as Chrome and kufirst basically said everything that needed to be said. Anime in the last 10 years hasn't declined and 2011 - 2012 has some great stuff to it. I just think Generic & Another don't belong together ..... even if you didn't like the ending it did generally build up suspense (for me anyways) and I haven't really had that feeling since the second season of Higurashi (since the first season was a gorefest to me .... a necessary awesome one but still)

It's all very subjective but still just because someone says something stupid doesn't mean you should throw Another under the bus


Well I don't think Another was stupid but the entire class going cray and the haunted house was a bit much (not to mention the random killing). I wish the last three episodes would've been done differently. I really liked it at first.
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chrome_mist wrote:


My apologies. "Generic" is not the right term for it.
But it's not as good as people make it out to be. Highly overrated.





Well since we are not going to see eye to eye on this lets just say I think it is better than a certain Chibi Naruto Spin-off I have seen recently ;)

You should have just ignored him when he said the funniest anime of all time had "clash of time zones" problems
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Hm. I'm a tad older than some of you guys, and I started watching anime when I was youngish (maybe 11 or 12, minus Sailor Moon which I had seen when I was very young but didn't always keep up with since we didn't have cable and it tended to be on network TV at six AM).

I would have to say that the writing for anime that has come out within the last 12 years or so has gotten "tighter." Even if plots are trite, there's still a strong sense of beginning, middle, end with fewer plot holes and less vague philosophical references (see TV Tropes website for terms such as Mind Screw and Gainex Ending). Not true for everything that's made it's way to the US, but a lot. I'm not a fan of the use of all of the computer animation, though I like the depth of colors nowadays.

I really like Revolutionary Girl Utena, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and X/1999. Soft spots in my heart for those. I haven't come across anything that has stuck with me like that since then. My memory sucks when it comes to TV and fiction books, unless it's something really out there. I have watched a lot of things I've enjoyed lately - Blue Exorcist, Demon King Daimo, no. 6, and I'm finding Dusk Maiden of Amnesia a bit charming though that's normally not my thing - but it doesn't feel the same as some of the random VHS tapes I rented from Blockbuster as a kid. Anime is probably better than it used to be in a lot of ways, but I have a sense of nostalgia like everyone else.
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The big problem is that whenever you talk about "quality" there's invariably a large subjective aspect to the discussion. It's hard to separate the idea of "this show is good" from "I like this show".

When it comes down to it, anime is a business. Production companies tend to produce things based on past successes.Innovative shows are few since they are risky to make. Most companies follow certain popular trends. This creates a "quality" cycle. So, if you only like certain shows, you'll find that after a certain number of years, they won't really be produced anymore. Certain years end up being exception just by random chance.

On top of that, the anime industry greatly expanded starting in the late 90s. This was partly due to an expanding international market. So, there's a perception that "quality" dropped, but what really happened what that more anime was produced for this larger market. Here's a good article from 2005 talking about the business side:
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_26/b3939013.htm

And to throw one more point into this mess: we have selective memories. We tend to remember only the good shows but forget all the dross we've watched. So, it's easy to look around thinking "look at all this crap" and forget that this tends to be the natural state of things.
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Like others have said explore outside of your bounderies and you will find some great gems, what I did when I wanted to find some good anime is I searched forums, google, etc for old posts that were made asking about the best anime from different years and you'll get different answers since some posts are older, but they are always great to look at.

You can also check out sites with anime rankings you should try out every anime in the top 10 or 20 even if you don't think you'll like it since there IS a a reason its in the top 20 you just might be biased because of its art or what have you, I've had that problem before, but I've mostly given up on that.
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I feel similar but more that I'm nostalgic to an age that's passed. The excitement of discovering Fruits Basket, Naruto (remember introducing so many people when it was still just came over as a manga), Hikaru no Go, Death Note etc And I still agree there's something about the classics that just don't go away. There are some favorite series I've watched multiple times with different people because I loved them so much.

My last really big favorites (the OMG my friends have to watch this and I'm buying this series) was Soul Eater, Moribito, and Mushi-shi (which I think are just before your 2010-1011 mark. But I have also stumbled on and really love Bakuman, Blue Excorcist, Usagi Drop, and Natsume. And because I haven't kept up very well in the last couple years still discover older ones.

Before I start wanting to accuse anime series have gone down hill I have to remember:

1. I'm older, in my mid twenties and tastes do change... A lot of things I might have been attracted to or forgiving of before aren't the same, so it's easier for me to get bored or jaded with series. I've started to appreciate really epic and interesting or cool, or something heartwarming or endearing about characters or the story.

2. I've started preferring manga over anime for a lot of series. I try watching Naruto now and am just turned off by so much filler and as an artist I really admire the illustrations of manga. Same with Fairy Tail, D,gray-man, and most shoujo series for that matter.

3. I watch a lot less series... and my years of constant anime marathons with friends has passed. My fiance and I have slightly different tastes of anime and try to meet middle ground, but he also prefers dubs and I prefer subs... XD When I go online curious at what series are new, they all look shiny and awesome but its harder for something to grab me enough to try it.

There's still so many old series I haven't finished or even started watching that I know are good, so I can't complain too much. I will however continue to look for the little gems.
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I see your point but I think I have already made up my mind about how much I disliked it at the end. LOL. I will say that I would so buy the soundtrack (my nerd inside wants it). haha.
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