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Is Anime Overrated?
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Yes, I am aware of the "Overrated Anime" thread. However, I am not talking about which animes are overrated but focusing more on is anime, in general, itself, overrated. However, if there is a thread on this topic too, sorry >.< I searched and found nothing =_= My bad...

Yup, in my opinion anyways. Yesterday, it was Camp Read so I brought some of my favorite books with me. My books including a couple mangas, I chose to bring Yu Yu Hakusho Volume 7 with me and some others. My friend, who I am now starting to get VERY annoyed with, asked to read it. Well, more like begged.
My reaction: "But its volume 7, you'll have no idea whats going on."
Her reaction: "So, its manga. So can I please read it!?!"
I was in awe, so its manga she'll read it!?! Just because its manga does NOT mean its good. In the end though, I let her read it. She flipped through the pages, finishing it in about 5 minutes. She didn't read it probably, just looked at the pictures. >.> She called THAT finishing reading a manga...ridiculous. She wasn't the only one that did this too...

This is only one of the many examples in my life that show that anime itself MAY be overrated. Another person in my grade, she claims to be the biggest Naruto fan. She bragged all the time that she went to this website and watched ALL the Naruto episodes AND that Naruto, the whole thing, had ended.

So I asked her: "How much Naruto episodes have you watched, including Shippuden?"
She replied: "Oh, all of them."
I could see from her confused face she had no idea what Shippuden was.
Me: "So about how much then...?"
Her: "Oh, 400+." she was glancing at me with pride. Which is strange, considering Naruto didn't even have 400+ episodes even including the Shippuden.

So, anyone else have any experiences that prove that anime itself its overrated or not overrated?
Do you think anime is overrated?
If yes, why do you think anime is overrated? What or who is to blame?
And anything else relating to the overratedness of anime in general.
If you don't think anime is overrated, please back up your answer with evidence.


Just remember: I am not asking for animes that are overrated, just if anime is overrated.
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none of that proves that anime is overrated. just that your peers are stupid.


Some anime is overrated. like yu gi oh and beyblade, their just giant commercials. god when i have kids i wont buy them that crap. even if they hold their breath and stamp their feet
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you shouldn't hang out with idiots it'll rub off on you
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I don't really get how your example shows anime/manga is overrated. Personally, I don' think it is. But not everyone will be able to appreciate it in the same way.

YYH for example, there as so many nuances in the main characters that can only be appreciated by fans who are used to looking a little deeper. At the same time there are also fans who will just love it cause it's a kick-ass fighting manga with cute guys. Look at Evangelion, to a lot of young-uns its just a mecha anime with a whiny boy as a hero, but Eva fans the world around would swear on its brilliance.

In Naruto for example, ages ago I tried to go to message boards to discuss Sasuke's betrayal and his relationship with Itachi. What made those two tick? What were they're motivations? Etc etc. Sad to say there weren't any of those around. Oh sure, there were some people like me who posted stuff that looked interesting but there wasn't a thread anywhere where we could discuss it and not get overrun by Sasuke's fangirl army.

In other words, not all otaku are created the same. Still that doesn't change the fact that excellent anime and manga do exist. It's not overrated.
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those dont pove that anime is overrated, it just proves that those ppl dont really understand what there doing when there wachting anime or reading manga!
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^^ I meant my examples as in my "friend" treats Yu Yu Hakusho as if it was anime, then its good. And if you haven't even watched something, then it doesn't deserve any credit, at all. Which means, shes giving Yu Yu Hakusho credit it doesn't deserve considering Yu Yu Hakusho hasn't impressed her in any way.

V I'll put it short, if you haven't watched an anime, you can't say its good or anything. But people do do that, giving a anime they haven't seen, credit. The fact that MANY people do it, makes it overrated.
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anime_otaku-nerd wrote:

^^ I meant my examples as in my "friend" treats Yu Yu Hakusho as if it was anime, then its good. And if you haven't even watched something, then it doesn't deserve any credit, at all. Which means, shes giving Yu Yu Hakusho credit it doesn't deserve considering Yu Yu Hakusho hasn't impressed her in any way.


Explain again, please. I still don't quite get what you're saying.

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Posted 1/20/08
I depends on opinion I guess. I personally think it is not so.
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angelkat199984 wrote:

those dont pove that anime is overrated, it just proves that those ppl dont really understand what there doing when there wachting anime or reading manga!


yep somehow i agreed with this person. =] haha.
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Depends on opinion,
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26 / M / Puerto Rico
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To be more precise. I think one can rate anything based on a persons poin of view, likes and dislikes and all that stuff. Like there are different things each person considers "cool" ( not that anyone uses that word anymore)
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Hahahaha...
What you said about the girl who said something about 400+ naruto ep...
that was hilarious...
I think you should consider the fact that anime is not for everyone...
Also consider the fact you are in Canadia, yes canadia...
Not many people in canada like anime...
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Posted 1/20/08
animes not overrated but some pepz are anime watcher wanabes
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I find that anime is starting to get bit overrated, sometimes it seems like it's sort of becoming a trend so it's the quantity that you watch that matters as opposed to the quality of the anime itself. Just because it's anime or manga doesn't automatically make it superior to any other form entertainment like comic books, movies and regular cartoons. Maybe since anime still isn't as mainstream as the other forms of entertainment some of the people who take part in the watching of anime feel like they are somehow more unique than their peers? Something like that anyways...
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Posted 1/20/08
Not at all actually.....
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