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The very first thing would be a opening song that gets you excited to watch the anime.
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ducky04 wrote:

The very first thing would be a opening song that gets you excited to watch the anime.


and if the anime doesn't have an opening song?
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AnimeKami wrote:


ducky04 wrote:

The very first thing would be a opening song that gets you excited to watch the anime.


and if the anime doesn't have an opening song?


Then it probably sucks because 99.99% of animes have opening music and ending music (every TV show for that matter)
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Animation, music and how believable the anime is, I tend to go towards the more realistic animes myself, so maybe that's why.
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ducky04 wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:


ducky04 wrote:

The very first thing would be a opening song that gets you excited to watch the anime.


and if the anime doesn't have an opening song?


Then it probably sucks because 99.99% of animes have opening music and ending music (every TV show for that matter)


Shinsekai yori doesn't have an op yet I think is one of the better animes last season (plot wise + execution). but then again, I agree, I dont run into many animes w/o an op, much less good ones
Posted 3/16/13 , edited 3/16/13
As a Yuki Kajiura and Michiru Oshima fangirl, music plays a large part in my grading.

What makes an anime great:
- great music (orchestral compositions would be an eargasm)
- character designs that don't bother me (aka Kyoto Animation's moe-like designs)
- I don't mind average animation, as long as I don't find any derpy in between scenes
- leaves a lasting impression that forces me to sit down and think about what I've just watched
- Bonus: pushes and questions my beliefs, and beautiful background art
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the fact its not as stupid as american cartoons these days. you actually see character development, you actually want to laugh at happy parts and cry at other parts.
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To be great an anime needs to be a mix of genres. It can't be just a straight dramatic piece because it will become a melodrama especially if western voice actors have their way with it in a dub. You need humor and deliberate pacing with moments that can shock you and moments that prompt reflection and make action moments that much more tense. I also think Anime which take advantage of expectations of the genre and then turn them on their head also make for great series. Also I like mature anime which tackle storytelling in ways that are unique to the genre. You simply couldn't tell these stories in another format because of the violence or emotion.

To me I have no favorite anime but I consider many great.

Angel Beats, Death Note, Kinos Journey, Shigofume, Galaxy Express 999, Naruto (at times), Sword Art Online (but not its coda), Big Windup, F.L.A.G., Space Brothers, FLCL, Everything by Makato Shinkai, Everything by Mamoro Hosoda, Everything by Satoshi Kon, Nausica, Spirited Away, Moonoke Hime, Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, Gundam Wing, Escaflowne, H X H (original deliberate pacing), Sword of the Stranger, Azumanga Diaoh, Tenchi Universe. Ok thats a long list and I"m leaving out some wonderful artistic titles. I think you can draw on what elements of great shows like this make Anime the artform it is.
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Amen to Yuki Kaijura. I also have to look to Yoko Kanno of course.
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Posted 3/17/13 , edited 3/17/13

dartfield111 wrote:

the fact its not as stupid as american cartoons these days. you actually see character development, you actually want to laugh at happy parts and cry at other parts.


Avatar the Last Airbender and it's sequel The Legend of Korra have character development. You should remember, most cartoons in America are for children, you know, kids? Cartoons (anime, whatever) in Japan for children are the same way - no to little character development and usually for entertainment/educational purposes.
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are you serious? my mind is blown. and yeah, we in the west think differently. but i cant even watch regular tv anymore
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It has to be character development and the relationship that is built between the viewer and the characters. If the connection is strong it has more influence on the viewers emotion.
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Posted 3/17/13 , edited 3/17/13

dartfield111 wrote:

are you serious? my mind is blown. and yeah, we in the west think differently. but i cant even watch regular tv anymore


Neither can I. Sometimes for educational programs I'll sit down and watch, but other than that no. And yes, I was serious, I also don't think Westerners think all that differently though. Really though, if your mind was blown from something like that (no offense) I think you should read more about it. Research things, you know?
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To me personally, anything that immerses me in it's world, events and story. If I can find myself caring, wondering and watching a cast do whatever they do...and enjoy it. I'm happy. An escape from reality, no matter how fantastic or trivial...be it slaying dragons or going to class with demons. A good story and a good character development.
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One that gives you a great feeling and maybe even motivational boost or a good attitude change like Clannad
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