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So, I'm just curious as to what it is everyone likes about anime. Personally I love how odd it is, and I love the art style regardless of the artist.

I got into anime when I was just entering High school and have been hooked ever since. I can't say that there is one genre that I prefer over any others, because I love dark anime such as Gungrave. I love light-hearted anime such as Lucky Star, and Azumanga Daioh, and everything in between.
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I discovered anime long time ago with Doctor Slump and DragonBall in the late 80's. In my case what attracted me to anime were 3 things:

1) I liked how many flaws the main characters had
. I know is seems simple but before that time in my country (Spain) comics were basically superheroes or nothing. Anime characters attracted me because they were closer to real people, the were not perfect, they didn't have perfect bodies and most of them had obvious flaws: some had anger issues, or social anxiety, family issues or they just liked to eat way too much. It's seems like something obvious now but back then it was quite original have main characters that were so "messed up."

2) Line between good and evil was suddenly blurry.
Many anime heroes do terrible things and many villains change their minds and fight among the good guys. The line between good and bad was not that clear anymore and I found that fascinating.

3) All kinds of genre
. Anime touched so many genres: from action to comedy, from horror to shojo. Suddenly I had shows that I could watched with my younger sister that I couldn't before because she never care about superheroes.

4) Real problems.
. I was fascinated with the original Saint Seiya and I remember they showed the younger Saints being mistreated by the organization. Again I don't think it sounds like a big deal now but touching subjects like being a victim of bullying, getting bad grades, being unpopular or having divorced parents wasn't not a problem that most of the common characters had in western animation.

5) Cultural information in anime.
I think is different in the USA and another countries but in my country Spain the knowledge regarding Japan was minimum among the average citizen during the late 80's. When I watched anime I felt like I was learning something regarding Japan like their food, school system or what they do during the holidays.

Anyway, this is just my opinion. Oh, also hello to everyone, this is my first post in the group forum. ^_^
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PauPow wrote:

I discovered anime long time ago with Doctor Slump and DragonBall in the late 80's. In my case what attracted me to anime were 3 things:

1) I liked how many flaws the main characters had
. I know is seems simple but before that time in my country (Spain) comics were basically superheroes or nothing. Anime characters attracted me because they were closer to real people, the were not perfect, they didn't have perfect bodies and most of them had obvious flaws: some had anger issues, or social anxiety, family issues or they just liked to eat way too much. It's seems like something obvious now but back then it was quite original have main characters that were so "messed up."

2) Line between good and evil was suddenly blurry.
Many anime heroes do terrible things and many villains change their minds and fight among the good guys. The line between good and bad was not that clear anymore and I found that fascinating.

3) All kinds of genre
. Anime touched so many genres: from action to comedy, from horror to shojo. Suddenly I had shows that I could watched with my younger sister that I couldn't before because she never care about superheroes.

4) Real problems.
. I was fascinated with the original Saint Seiya and I remember they showed the younger Saints being mistreated by the organization. Again I don't think it sounds like a big deal now but touching subjects like being a victim of bullying, getting bad grades, being unpopular or having divorced parents wasn't not a problem that most of the common characters had in western animation.

5) Cultural information in anime.
I think is different in the USA and another countries but in my country Spain the knowledge regarding Japan was minimum among the average citizen during the late 80's. When I watched anime I felt like I was learning something regarding Japan like their food, school system or what they do during the holidays.

Anyway, this is just my opinion. Oh, also hello to everyone, this is my first post in the group forum. ^_^


i agree with you, and welcome to my group
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PauPow wrote:

I discovered anime long time ago with Doctor Slump and DragonBall in the late 80's. In my case what attracted me to anime were 3 things:

1) I liked how many flaws the main characters had
. I know is seems simple but before that time in my country (Spain) comics were basically superheroes or nothing. Anime characters attracted me because they were closer to real people, the were not perfect, they didn't have perfect bodies and most of them had obvious flaws: some had anger issues, or social anxiety, family issues or they just liked to eat way too much. It's seems like something obvious now but back then it was quite original have main characters that were so "messed up."

2) Line between good and evil was suddenly blurry.
Many anime heroes do terrible things and many villains change their minds and fight among the good guys. The line between good and bad was not that clear anymore and I found that fascinating.

3) All kinds of genre
. Anime touched so many genres: from action to comedy, from horror to shojo. Suddenly I had shows that I could watched with my younger sister that I couldn't before because she never care about superheroes.

4) Real problems.
. I was fascinated with the original Saint Seiya and I remember they showed the younger Saints being mistreated by the organization. Again I don't think it sounds like a big deal now but touching subjects like being a victim of bullying, getting bad grades, being unpopular or having divorced parents wasn't not a problem that most of the common characters had in western animation.

5) Cultural information in anime.
I think is different in the USA and another countries but in my country Spain the knowledge regarding Japan was minimum among the average citizen during the late 80's. When I watched anime I felt like I was learning something regarding Japan like their food, school system or what they do during the holidays.

Anyway, this is just my opinion. Oh, also hello to everyone, this is my first post in the group forum. ^_^


I agree, one of the best things about anime is the fact that the main characters are not perfect and many of them are easily related to. I usually like shows I can relate to. For example in the anime "Watamote" although the main character is a girl, many of her problems are problems in which I faced daily when I was her age, so I'm drawn to it because I can look at the things she does or says and think to myself "It's ok in a few years things will be better" It involves me in the characters emotions and personally I love that feeling
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PauPow wrote:

I discovered anime long time ago with Doctor Slump and DragonBall in the late 80's. In my case what attracted me to anime were 3 things:

1) I liked how many flaws the main characters had
. I know is seems simple but before that time in my country (Spain) comics were basically superheroes or nothing. Anime characters attracted me because they were closer to real people, the were not perfect, they didn't have perfect bodies and most of them had obvious flaws: some had anger issues, or social anxiety, family issues or they just liked to eat way too much. It's seems like something obvious now but back then it was quite original have main characters that were so "messed up."

2) Line between good and evil was suddenly blurry.
Many anime heroes do terrible things and many villains change their minds and fight among the good guys. The line between good and bad was not that clear anymore and I found that fascinating.

3) All kinds of genre
. Anime touched so many genres: from action to comedy, from horror to shojo. Suddenly I had shows that I could watched with my younger sister that I couldn't before because she never care about superheroes.

4) Real problems.
. I was fascinated with the original Saint Seiya and I remember they showed the younger Saints being mistreated by the organization. Again I don't think it sounds like a big deal now but touching subjects like being a victim of bullying, getting bad grades, being unpopular or having divorced parents wasn't not a problem that most of the common characters had in western animation.

5) Cultural information in anime.
I think is different in the USA and another countries but in my country Spain the knowledge regarding Japan was minimum among the average citizen during the late 80's. When I watched anime I felt like I was learning something regarding Japan like their food, school system or what they do during the holidays.

Anyway, this is just my opinion. Oh, also hello to everyone, this is my first post in the group forum. ^_^


COULDNT HAVE SAID IT BETTER. i also think another thing was that we could somehow compare ourselves to many charters and/or wanted to be a part of that fake reality. On a side note welcome to the group! btw our leader is a cannibal
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Thanks everyone for your nice welcome!
One of the other points that I didn't mentioned earlier is how much anime welcomes girls. Before Card Captor Sakura or Sailor Moon I had nothing to watch with my little sister. My sister said many times that before those two shows there was nothing for HER. I can understand her point, for the first time there was anime shows for girls by girls and most of them were perfectly enjoyable by guys, mostly because the story wasn't "dumbed down", the characters were interesting, the actions scenes were dynamic or the comedy parts were funny. I think anime helped discover a whole new market that was basically being ignored by the main media.
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The animation!
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some anime i wonder why its there like "my bride is a mermaid" that was horrible
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I can't understand how so much "Slice of life" anime is circulating which is making it harder for me to find good anime. I like slice of life, but with all the bad stuff coming out it's making it hard for me to start something, because I feel like I know it will be bad. The main one being "Magical Girls" they annoy me to no end and lately it seems EVERY anime and it's mother are dealing with Magical girls. When will it end?
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the amount of (Spam anime is what im calling it) spam anime is skyrocketing, and is getting very hard to tell what is "good anime" and "bad anime" but thats what we have badass forums like these to help us filter through the shit
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Agreed. These are needed, because I hardly ever watch anything without a recommendation lately...
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