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I pose this question to the community and I am sure it has been asked a 1000 time's but I would like to ask it again. What do you think it takes to make the perfect anime? For example I believe it should have a detailed in depth story with a thorough background. I also love details about characters and their characteristics. Of course this is just two aspects of it I think sound is one that is majorly over looked. A descent soundtrack plus sound effects I believe makes the difference. I like to immerse myself into the sound and story. I like to feel the emotions of the story writer or director. Another example is Guilty Crown I believe the sound/music goes so well with that story that It sent a shiver down my spine when I watched the first 12 episodes because of how well they go together. So what is your opinion?
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- believable characters
- flawless animation (like durarara!)
- plot. here's the thing, if they focus too much on plot, they'll lose character development, if they focus too much on character development, the plot will shrink. so it's about finding a balance between the two
- drama vs. comedy. it depends on the genre, serious dialogues will build characters, while comedic dialogues will give humour. I'd like a mixture of both that is done right.

- the tone of the anime has to match the story. if the story is depressing, i don't want to see blue skies, and girls singing.

- the pacing of the anime. not too fast and not too slow.

- the voice acting needs to match the characters' personality


In conclusion: Making a flawless anime is not easy work.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

- believable characters
- flawless animation (like durarara!)
- plot. here's the thing, if they focus too much on plot, they'll lose character development, if they focus too much on character development, the plot will shrink. so it's about finding a balance between the two
- drama vs. comedy. it depends on the genre, serious dialogues will build characters, while comedic dialogues will give humour. I'd like a mixture of both that is done right.

- the tone of the anime has to match the story. if the story is depressing, i don't want to see blue skies, and girls singing.

- the pacing of the anime. not too fast and not too slow.

- the voice acting needs to match the characters' personality


In conclusion: Making a flawless anime is not easy work.


Pretty much this. Perfect means perfect; no flaws allowed. A perfect anime includes aspects of all genres, done at peak quality, and without ever feeling forced, with great production values on top of that. I don't think it's ever going to happen, but perfection's a pretty depressing idea in the first place anyway. An anime's like a character: its limitations help to define it. If we had a perfect anime, then all other anime would be of a lesser order, and that would suck.
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It should b fun but above all the start n ending should give u the feeling of satisfaction u get after u've watched a real good anime XD
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There is no perfect anime. Some may come close, though. But that doesn't mean that there aren't any bad animes, either. There is no right answer, but there are certainly wrong ones.
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I guess it would vary per person on what they want in an anime. Some like me prefer slower paced anime with lots of character development and plot and another person might prefer more action orientated anime. Nothing is wrong with liking either one it's just different tastes and there is no one size fits all tastes as far as anime goes.

But in general to make a really good anime you need a decent animation team and writing team to make a cast of memorable characters to fill a world that is interesting to the viewer. The story has to make the viewer feel involved and keep them guessing what will happen next and always leave them thirsty for more so you have to get the pace right. If you blow everything early on then nothings will surprise the viewer anymore and you'll lose them fast.

Basically i think a good anime has to get the balance right between story and presentation. In many cases it feels like one or the other. Lots of pretty character designs in a dull story or a good story with really poor animation. Overall if people are still discussing the anime years later and trying to pick apart the story and characters you are on to a winner.
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- Deep plot that makes sense
- Cool character designs
- Great character development
- Mixed with comedy and drama
- The OP and ED songs were match to the anime
- Higher budgets
- More action, less talking
- Pacing of the anime must be not too fast and not too slow
- OST must be great
- Focus on the main plot
- The story progression must be following from the manga
- no annoying characters
- Badass flawless MC
- Badass flawless Villain
- No cliches
- No melodrama
- No fanservice
- Inspired ideas
- No negative, more Positive


Best Masterpiece anime i`ve ever known is Jojo`s Bizarre Adventure


Other great masterpiece like : Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Cowboy Bebop, Baccano!, Ghibli films, Kyoani`s anime, Bakuman and Madoka magica.
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Talent, teamwork and commitment to a unified vision. Most anime aren't made by one person, but by many people working together. No anime is going to be perfect in the eyes of every viewer, but when talented people give their best for the sake of the project, you get good anime.
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There can be no perfect anime...

When the perfect anime appears then nothing can beat it. I'd stop watching anime, and I'd much rather not stop watching anime.
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It's all subjective so threads like these are not serious for me because what I consider a good plot or good character development could be just a shitty attempt for a plot for others. Also, I don't consider 'good animation' a must have for a 'perfect anime'. Now, animes such as Berserk, or Monster are perfection 100% in my eyes.
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There can be no perfection, but some things get close. I like an anime with one plotline, where the characters go along with that plot, rather than a series of mini-plots. It is nice when an anime gets to the point within 50-60 episodes. It has to be realistic, the characters have to have drawbacks and limits to their powers (FMAB had a requirement for matter to be present and usable, One Piece has the water weakness and haki(but it's really moved away from that, which I don't like) and the characters all have to have backstories that the authors know by heart, even if it isn't on the show, that way, the characters will be people, rather than just be walking archetypes. Finally, reveal some of those things about the characters, but not all, throughout the show, to give depth to the characters and their interactions, but do it subtly, so as to not distract from the plot.


There is no perfect anime, but I honestly base my perfect anime on FMAB. Yes, I know it is stereotyped, but it was truly a masterpiece, and it's my gold standard.
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While I use "5 stars" here on CR often, I keep a spreadsheet with all my notes and comments about each anime I watch. The best score I have given so far is 4-1/2 stars. Of those couple dozen that I did rank that high, I place a "Favorite" symbol next to only my top 10 overall.

There have been a few that I came close to giving a "perfect" score to, but ...

I guess sharing one of my favorite quotes explains my thinking to an extent:

There is no such thing as perfect in this world. That may sound cliche, but it’s the truth. The average person admires perfection and seeks to obtain it. But what’s the point of achieving perfection? There is none. Nothing! Not a single thing. I spit on perfection! If something is perfect, then there is nothing left. There is no room for imagination. No place left for that person to gain additional knowledge or abilities.
Do you know what that means? For scientists such as us, perfection only brings despair. It is our job to create things more wonderful than anything before them, but never to obtain perfection. A scientist must be a person who finds ecstasy while suffering from that antinomy.
~ Kurotsuchi Mayuri - captain of the 12th Division and President of the Shinigami Research Institute (Anime: Bleach)
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Ecchi-Go wrote:

While I use "5 stars" here on CR often, I keep a spreadsheet with all my notes and comments about each anime I watch. The best score I have given so far is 4-1/2 stars. Of those couple dozen that I did rank that high, I place a "Favorite" symbol next to only my top 10 overall.

There have been a few that I came close to giving a "perfect" score to, but ...

I guess sharing one of my favorite quotes explains my thinking to an extent:

There is no such thing as perfect in this world. That may sound cliche, but it’s the truth. The average person admires perfection and seeks to obtain it. But what’s the point of achieving perfection? There is none. Nothing! Not a single thing. I spit on perfection! If something is perfect, then there is nothing left. There is no room for imagination. No place left for that person to gain additional knowledge or abilities.
Do you know what that means? For scientists such as us, perfection only brings despair. It is our job to create things more wonderful than anything before them, but never to obtain perfection. A scientist must be a person who finds ecstasy while suffering from that antinomy.
~ Kurotsuchi Mayuri - captain of the 12th Division and President of the Shinigami Research Institute (Anime: Bleach)


Their is a site that I use to keep track of all the anime I watch anime planet is really useful. Check it out you might like it.
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A 'perfect' anime is impossible. There's no objective way to measure an anime such that everyone would agree on it being perfect.

Personally, even looking at just one category such as: animation, sound, story, or characters, I find it impossible to say any anime achieves perfection. Even in just one category, from my point of view with all of my biases.

9/10 will forever be the highest I can rate anything (too lazy for decimals), because there is always a flaw.




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