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What is more imporant when it comes in anime?
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so in many animes I noticed that some animes have great characters ( by that I mean character development and likeability) but not as great as story or great story but not great characters.

So in anime what you think is more important when comes to anime story or character ?

and what animes what are examples of these ?



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Personally, I believe the most important aspect of an anime is the setting and the storyline. Of course good characters and antagonist-protagonist developments are important but the usual ecchi anime girls with loads of cleavage and ass shots or the typical average boy happens to go out with the fittest girl in school that's way out of his league but eventually goes out with him one way or another can only get an anime series so far.

I.e. Sword Art Online has the normal boy meets cute girls and get attracted to each other eventually going to 1st at least . The main difference this has from the general 12 episode shojo anime is its setting: (spoilers) its set in the future where virtual worlds are a reality. Of course there's more to the storyline which is another significant aspect which brought it success (because some of the best movies and books have a survival game as their basis).

Another great example is Angel Beats!. The storyline starts off with the common Boy gets dropped into a place he doesn't know, teams up with other people and fights bad guys. This template is almost exactly the same to Ixion Saga D.T but the only reason why it got into the Top 10# charts and was an instant most viewed in Japn was because of it's place setting and storyline: it was set in the Afterlife (watch it if you're curious (^з^)-☆).

What's your opinion on this ???
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I don't like anime that doesn't have a healthy splash of both. Both can be equally important depending on the type of anime. If the plot basically goes nowhere you need great characters to pick up the slack. Basically any slice of life type anime has this.

Conversely if you have a great premise and setting but boring/bland/unlikeable characters then you have to suffer through them to see where the plot goes. Off the top of my head I'll say Blue Gender fits this description for me.

Problem is not every anime can be a masterpiece and striking the right balance of plot progression and likeable characters is tricky. I typically prefer it if an anime has and equal supply of both even if it isn't considered a masterpiece because I enjoy watching stories unfold and seeing characters grow. So I guess what I'm saying is they are both equally important to me.

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Yeah it definitely has to have a mix of story and character development/dialogue. I really enjoy it when we can relate to and understand the characters while also having a built up story with many various elements thrown in.
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Story, pacing, tone...it really depends on the show, but to me, that's always the biggest factors to my enjoyment of most shows.

EDIT: Oh wait, we have to choose? It depends on the type of story they're going for. Heck, for some action shows, none of that is really important. I can't really definitively say either way.
Posted 12/31/12
You can't have a story without characters and you can't have characters without a story.
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I am a firm believer in characters are the most important part to any story, weather it is anime or not. You can make any old story, I can probably boil every story ever told into one word. A proper character shouldn't be able to be fully described in a single word. The character is meant to be there as your eyes, ears, thoughts, emotions into the world and the story. You most likely don't need a character to really see or hear the world, but you need a deep, interesting and complex character to really feel the story.

The point of the character should be to allow the viewer to see the world as the character does and if the character is bland, boring or uninteresting then the world will be viewed as such. If the character is designed correctly and has great dialogue, then it shouldn't matter if the plot revolves around the character sitting on a couch all day, the character should still draw you in.

As for an example, I don't know if others will agree, but Vash from Trigun is a great example. Vash, to me at least, is a great character, he has so many layers to him and without Vash, Trigun wouldn't be any good. If I put dull anime hero #1 with not much in the way of depth or humor it just wouldn't be the same.
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Character depth and dialogue. If you do those right, any other mistakes are forgivable to me. I've found that even music is more likely than plot to affect my anime preferences. Of course, I'd prefer an awesome story to a shitty one, but if I understand the characters, and I have a good time with their conversations, then I'm pretty satisfied. Some of my favorite shows consist of characters talking to each other the entire show.
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Direction.

A simple plot / concept could turn into a masterpiece if done well.



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for me personally its the plot and the graphics. its only my person thing. So dont get my wrong!
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Characters (and in turn dialogue) are the most important for me in any story I read/watch whether it be anime/tv shows/movies/books.

If I can't relate/connect with a character, I can't watch the show. If the characters are annoying, I drop the show.

Like for example, Naruto, Bleach and SAO all have annoying characters... those goody goody two shoes perfect main characters that drive me insane. When Naruto makes the speech about friendship... cheesy to the max... it's just awkward for me to watch because it's not something real life people would say openly. Or when Kirito talks about how delicious a sandwich is... it annoys me greatly and how he'll do anything to protect blah blah.

I like characters that say/do realistic things, for example in BTOOOM the main character has some heroic traits, but there was a time when he was alone with an unconscious girl, he considered raping her... that's what I call realistic.

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turborobo wrote:

You can't have a story without characters and you can't have characters without a story.


This.
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Some shows dont make sense and that can be funny on purpose.
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story and character
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tommythecat wrote:

I don't like anime that doesn't have a healthy splash of both. Both can be equally important depending on the type of anime. If the plot basically goes nowhere you need great characters to pick up the slack. Basically any slice of life type anime has this.

Conversely if you have a great premise and setting but boring/bland/unlikeable characters then you have to suffer through them to see where the plot goes. Off the top of my head I'll say Blue Gender fits this description for me.

Problem is not every anime can be a masterpiece and striking the right balance of plot progression and likeable characters is tricky. I typically prefer it if an anime has and equal supply of both even if it isn't considered a masterpiece because I enjoy watching stories unfold and seeing characters grow. So I guess what I'm saying is they are both equally important to me.



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