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- Is it the characters?
- The plot/story?
- The animation and/or music?
- Does it have to be unique or can it still be the same old same old situation but with a different approach?
- Is it because of its atmosphere/mood or that you can just lose/engage yourself in the "world" of that anime?

To you, what allows it to be not just another "average" anime but a "great" one?
What does it have to have/to do to make it truly memorable?

Give some examples of what you PERSONALLY classify as memorable/great anime
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A good anime to me has to leave a lasting impression on me. It has to leave me thinking, even after I finish it. Some great examples are Gurren Lagann and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
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interesting characters, and character interactions. to me, that's the most important thing. story can be generic train of tripe as long as it at least exists.
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Interesting characters, animation, artwork, story, and above all, ENDINGS THAT TIE EVERYTHING TOGETHER.
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Uniqueness.

example- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Interesting perspective,
Hare Hare Yukai,
Non-chronological order,
Not the same as reading light novels,
Animation style,
Interesting concept,
Endless eight,
Censorship (there was only one),
Humour- yet deep meaning,
Makes me think,
Made a Movie- in anime and in theatre,
1 episode of Yuki just reading a book,
Last episode of 2nd season ends at last episode of 1st season.

All in all, an anime that I will remember forever.
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TripleBakaKimidori wrote:

Uniqueness.

example- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Interesting perspective,
Hare Hare Yukai,
Non-chronological order,
Not the same as reading light novels,
Animation style,
Interesting concept,
Endless eight,
Censorship (there was only one),
Humour- yet deep meaning,
Makes me think,
Made a Movie- in anime and in theatre,
1 episode of Yuki just reading a book,
Last episode of 2nd season ends at last episode of 1st season.

All in all, an anime that I will remember forever.


I'll always be a Haruhi mark even though I'm no longer a hardcore otaku.

New fans should watch chronologically first. After that, the broadcast order makes more sense.
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Every great anime isn't great because of good characters, excellent story/plot, or amazing animation. What I have listed are figments that we try to perceive as entity of greatness, and it simply does not do an anime justice.

There are two things that I want to describe: existence and uniqueness.

Existence for example is everything that went wrong with a particular anime, this includes character development, story etc...

Uniqueness a specific aspect of the anime that is present at that exact moment of time.

So, when you sum existence and uniqueness you get execution, the specific moment of a particular anime is orchestrated by execution. Knowing when is the right time to be unique and when something shouldn't of existed is the most crucial factor in a great anime.

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btw great thread, excellent topic
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Plot, fantastic animation, and characters I can really grow to love, and/or can relate too. c:
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mhmmmmmm dunno
Posted 2/14/13

Rito2Ru wrote:

- Is it the characters?
- The plot/story?
- The animation and/or music?
- Does it have to be unique or can it still be the same old same old situation but with a different approach?
- Is it because of its atmosphere/mood or that you can just lose/engage yourself in the "world" of that anime?

To you, what allows it to be not just another "average" anime but a "great" one?
What does it have to have/to do to make it truly memorable?

Give some examples of what you PERSONALLY classify as memorable/great anime


Characters and story are the most important to me. For example Clannad's animation (and other key anime) always just annoy the heck out of me when I first start watching one of their shows. I am usually not into that animation style at all. However, as I get engrossed in the story and characters the art starts to fit the story perfectly and I don't judge it for another second anymore. So I believe all the other elements are good too but the ones that should always be most important are plot and characters. I've seen dozens of anime that have had great animation and a lackluster story. Also an anime doesn't have to be unique to be good in my opinion. The characters and plot are what bring a story to life. Like I can watch different 'slice of life' anime and they usually all feel pretty fresh due to new characters and plot. Opening and closing music is really important for me too. It really enhances the anime and gets me pumped before the show even starts.
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I swear this thread is a duplicate...

But I do agree along the lines that scope (or unique vision) and execution of an anime is what makes something truly great. The execution can be composed of all the things listed above: coherent plot, compelling characters, engaging editing and excellent production values. I love how anime like Ergo Proxy, One Piece or Beck just suck you into their own universes. AK is right in saying that the best anime know when to give you something tried and true, but also when to give you something fresh to push the boundaries.

No anime is perfect but there are some that come close enough that we anime fans will put them on high enough pedestals that they become so-called 'masterpieces'. Yet all it really comes down to is if an anime affects you in a positive way or not. So the more people an anime affects in a good way, the greater that anime can be.
Posted 2/14/13
A combination of all factors. If it excels at the target genre, that's also a big thing in my book. I think it all boils down to emotional impact and how you can learn through that.
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i think a great story with good character develpment with some good action scenes well in my opnion at least
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Depends. If I watch an anime that list itself as an action genre, I expect good animated and engaging action scenes.

For other genres, I look for a really good in-depth plot, story, entertainment and good soundtrack.
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A great anime is defined by whether or not it gives you strong emotion, this emotion could be anything, but almost always it gives you a chill through your body. Whether it's an amazing fighting scene where the action is so intense you don't even dare to blink, and when your hero lands a killing blow you punch the air in excitement. It could also be an anime with sad scenes that make you bawl your eyes out, or make you feel like your insides are being ripped out. Or even a Comedy that literally makes you fall out of your seat clutching your chest in pain as you try to control your laughter. Memories are formed by strong emotions like these, and that is why these anime will stick in your head forever, while others will not.
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