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What genre allows an anime to be most successful?
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Posted 1/28/13 , edited 1/28/13
So... I wanted to start this thread because most of us have recently seen Kotoura-san.

As most everyone will agree the pilot episode of Kotoura-san can be said to very very good.

I personally identify Kotoura-san to be in the tragedy genre. Playing with everyone's emotions really setup a strong foundation for the anime.

So as the topic says: what genre allows an anime to be most successful?

~Thoughts~
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Emotions allow an anime to be extremely successful. I have never seen Kotoura-san before but I am pretty sure many anime shows have some sort of tragedy theme in them a common example being
In my mind any show that can make a person experience an emotion thoroughly would be a success. In my opinion I would want to watch a show that made me cry from laughter or sadness again just to experience the same emotion. I understand emotion is not the only thing for success but that is how I determine a successful show for only me. Oh yea having very cool memorable characters helps as well.
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Posted 1/28/13
Ecchi!!! jk jk
Uh i don't know...maybe Comedy.
Anime like Gintama
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Mainstream success from a genre that isn't considered popular is generally seen as extremely lucky, or right time right place.
Shounens, Harems, "Tragedy Porn" is what I perceive to be popular now, so I'd have to say that's most likely to be successful.

Also, I thought Kotoura-san was intended to be a romantic comedy, not a tragedy? I mean, I know the first episode from what I saw is total tragedy porn, but overall isn't supposed to be comedic?
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I would go for comedy, even though the most successful come in the history of anime have been full of action! It is just that the genre, comedy, has potential to be most successful because it can attract both genders. I personally enjoy romance, action, historical, comedy, school life, and much more!
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Posted 1/28/13

MountainMew wrote:
Also, I thought Kotoura-san was intended to be a romantic comedy, not a tragedy? I mean, I know the first episode from what I saw is total tragedy porn, but overall isn't supposed to be comedic?
I'd classify it as a romantic tragicomedy personally. (Yes tragicomedy is, in fact, a real genre)

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In very broad terms, I'd say a shounen allows for most success, since you're allowed a wide range of scenarios that generally aren't allowed in other genres.

If you wanted me to get a bit more specific, I'd narrow it down to tragedy, psychological, and mecha for me personally. Tragedies, have the most potential to play with people's emotions, which is usually what I look for an anime. Psychological also kind of ties into this, as we get to see what makes the characters tick as well as usually see them break down over time. Mecha, on the other hand kind of does the opposite; it can provide for a very interesting and very political world for us as a viewer to explore if done in a more realistic light. Also, giant robots are are awesome.
Posted 1/28/13
It's kinda hard for me to put shows to just one main genre these days. I say these because I see things nowadays as some sort of hybrid. From the recent shows that I've watched, the ones stucked to me are the ones that have been the one to allow just enough action, comedy, tragedy, and be able to balance those aspects.

I want to say that Stein Gate and SAO have done to me.

As for just one specific genre, I can't really make that call.
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There's no one specific genre. Action/fantasy tend to get the most because that's usually shonen jump or the equivalent like bleach and fullmetal alchemist.

Comedy is a big one, though that tends to be a romantic comedy that does the best.

I believe slice of life is becoming more popular, though that goes hand in hand with mystery/thriller and comedy again.

Horror hasn't really took off, it comes and goes, it'll have to have several all at same time before it really kicks off.

Ultimately it's either a duo combination genre or it's an anime that has various genres merged into it like SAO.
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If the goal of an anime is to make money, then probably harems, shounens, and rom-coms. (No sarcasm here -- making money is good, and there are a lot of good harems, shounens, and rom-coms -- they just seem to be the most popular and probably make the most money)

If the goal of an anime is to be enjoyable or experience emotion, then I think it depends more on execution within the genre than the genre itself. That said, you're probably right that tragedies are inherently suited for this.

Finally, tragedy as a genre is (basically) a story that starts joyfully or at least in an emotionally neutral atmosphere, and ends with sadness (tragedy). I guess less common is the show that is thoroughly tragic from start to finish, but like I said, that's not a common formula. There are a lot of shows that insert "tragedy" into the beginning or middle of a show, but it's usually used to add depth to the characters rather than as a plot element. If we take Total Eclipse as an example, The first two episodes taken alone are a tragedy (I consider those two as separate from the rest of the show). If we take them as part of the whole TV series though, do we call the show a "tragedy" simply because the show contained something tragic? At the end of the show, I don't have any sort of lingering sadness for the characters, and I think that's sort of a defining characteristic of tragedy. I feel like most shows have some sort of difficult backstory to its characters to make them deeper, but this does not make the entire show tragic. A tragedy usually ends with tragedy to make "tragedy" the focal point, but really it's the overall feel that makes it a tragedy. So even though Clannad had a happy ending, I'd nonetheless classify the feeling at the end as tragedy.

That said, I think Koutora-san will probably turn out to have a pretty happy feel to it, and the first episode (which was amazing and one of the best first episodes I've ever seen) was mainly to give the audience an understanding of her situation and outlook on the world, rather than to define the feel of the show as a whole. But obviously, I won't be able to tell until the end -- maybe everyone gets killed off, who knows?
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I think it differs from person to person. Its more about what you can relate to. What you wish for, what you are or who/what you wish you were. When there is one of those elements in the anime, its much easier to get sucked in.
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A good show should generally center around one or two genres at most, whichever it chooses as it's core (to maintain consistency), and develop around a specified plot (which should be revealed at an appropriate time before the climax, not at the last second but not necessarily right away). Added genres are useful, but should act as icing on the cake, so to speak. Tragedy technically is a side genre, although Kotoura-san makes it feel like a core genre (which is a fresh change up), and the core genres with the most potential plot-wise are often Adventure, Mystery, and Sci-Fi (for allowing a complex plot to be build on the core genre alone), although there are always exceptions. Genres like Action, Slice of Life, and others can provide complex plots, it's just easier from the 3 specified genres to build an intriguing cohesive plot with relative ease, as not to feel rushed or forced, generally speaking of course.

Shows that stretch their genres too thin can fail easily, since if they are trying to walk a tightrope balancing 7+ genres they frequently drop the ball on either some of those genres (leading to inconsistencies), or drop the ball on other important aspects of a good show (such as plot development, character development, or plot pacing).

Shows that maintain consistency often turn out enjoyable, because they stay true to themselves. I personally don't want to watch an action show that begins to question the meaning of life halfway through, nor one that turns into Harem or something totally unrelated. Even a show that's bad plot wise can be enjoyed by viewers by not trying to be something it's not, and always satisfying the people who watch it for what it is.

Kotoura-san is technically a romantic comedy, so tragedy is actually a side genre. I'd say it's safe to assume that they will play that into the plot to refine Kotoura as a character, but the overall plot will focus around the comedic interactions between Kotoura and Manabe. It is looking to have extreme potential as an anime, so we'll see how it turns out. Hopefully it doesn't stretch out the plot too far for monetary purposes, as that's ruined plenty of shows before.
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Posted 1/29/13
i think it the ones that can give the people watching a emotion coster ride.,.,., and some thing that u think that "may be" possible,.,.,.,.,
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I think any genre allows for an anime to be great. It depends on how the anime is presented and whether it feels unique compared to the other anime in it's genre more than the genre itself. It also depends on your meaning of the word "success." Some anime could just be trying to become great within a certain part of the population or trying to inspire people.
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In my opinion it is Comedy. Every anime has at least a little comedy relief and the more it has the more it endears the public.
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