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Can an Anime Ever Be "Perfect"?
Posted 10/12/13
There are shows that many people deem "perfect". Madoka Magica, Cowboy Bebop, Fate/Zero, Clannad: After Story, etc. However, everyone has their own opinions so can an anime ever truly be, from a technical standpoint, perfect?

Take a show like Madoka Magica. I am a huge fan of Madoka and I can not find anything wrong with the show, from the music to the animation to the plot. However, there may be someone who hated the music, thought the animation was poor, and was uninterested by the plot. For me, the show is perfect, but to this other fan, it is not; he or she sees flaws in it that I don't.

So what is the basis for scores that reviewers hand out? Are these scores arbitrary and should no ever read or watch reviews again if everything is opinion based? While this is an extreme scenario, it made me think about the topic presented.

Can an anime ever be so well-done that no one will/can legitimately find flaws in it (a.k.a not trolls who say things are bad just to get a reaction out of someone) and have it be considered "perfect"?
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Posted 10/12/13
Doubt it.
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I know that these words are overused, that "Reviews and Opinions are subjective", and even if a show is perfect, there's always going to be people who see it differently. But in answer to your question, I think this applies to every medium, that even if there's a good piece of fiction, there's going to be some polarizing opinions. Roger Ebert didn't like the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and an editor at IGN didn't like the game God Hand. Heck, there were even people who didn't like Toy Story 3.
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Posted 10/12/13
You can make the most perfect flawless anime ever and there will still be some little hipster fanboy on a fourms telling everyone how much it sucks
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Posted 10/12/13
Perfect is subjective. While something maybe perfect to you it could be considered complete garbage to someone else. So in a sense nothing is completely perfect.
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Posted 10/12/13 , edited 10/12/13

"Nothing is so good that somebody, somewhere will not hate it."
- Pohls Law
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Posted 10/12/13
no lol there will always be someone to like something when no one else does and vice versa
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Posted 10/12/13
I have never see that "perfect" anime.
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Posted 10/12/13
Everything is perfect, there are no exceptions!

If you say differently, you're either wrong, or in denial!


That response was brought to you by Felstalker, someone who wants more examples of what people hold in high regard, instead of lame cop out answers. Don't just say nothing is perfect, state was is perfect, and change your mind when something more perfect is brought to your attention! You can do that!

I'm a huge fan of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. The characters are damn complex, and it succeeds exactly where I want something too. It's a show that both has a prequel series, and a sequel series. I often compare it to Star Wars; The empire Strikes Back(the perfect movie) due to how well the entire show goes. It's focus on the characters and foreshadowed but unexpected plot moves. The whole Quattro thing.

It's hard to explain why Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is so good if someone hasn't seen both it, and the original Gundam. They both have amazing endings and amazing moments, but Zeta has powerful animation and a season of backstory to back it up. It's hard to compete with that!
Zeta has a new translation series that rocked the theaters when it came out in the mid/early 2000's. It's a strong show, go watch it.

WATCH IT NOW.

Posted 10/12/13
you are making me crazy with this question..who is "no one?" and what is "perfect"? I guess the answer is ...everything.. including anime "perfection" is subjective.
Posted 10/12/13
I think that an anime can be perfect, but only on a subjective level. WataMote is actually perfect as far as i'm concerned, however others have found faults in it that I did't notice and didn't even consider "faults". Some faults I actually considered positive points, such as the lack of plot and character development.

However, a show can't be objectively perfect because there's no objective standard to judge it.

You could try to come up with an objective standard, but people don't watch anime for objective reasons - they watch it for subjective reasons, so it wouldn't really do much good. However, even if a show can't be objectively perfect, it can be "quasi-perfect" - which is just to say that the majority of people have watched it and have found little to no faults in it. Thus, to the majority is pretty close to being perfect. It's still not exactly perfect, thus it's "quasi-perfect." In the vernacular, such shows are pretty much just "perfect". I'd say all the shows you initially listed fall in this category.

This is where reviews come in.

Reviews are indeed opinion based - but that doesn't mean they're without value. Reviews give you a different perspective on the series. If done by good reviewers, they will most likely give you an average viewer's impression of the show. Basically - the perspective of the majority. Yes, they're subjective, but people's subjective tastes often align with other people's to some extent, so in that regard reviews can be quasi-objective just like a show can be quasi-perfect. Similarly, in the everyday vernacular, they're just "objective"

That's not to say that reviews can't be perfectly objective - but again, if they are, they wouldn't do much good because people watch anime for subjective reasons.
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Posted 10/12/13
FLCL is perfect, but some people are too confused by it on the initial viewing (it takes at least 3 before you can begin to understand), or frightened by the Truths it presents that they deny it's perfection.
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Posted 10/12/13 , edited 10/12/13
Cowboy Bebop is pretty close....... even then not always.
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Yes, anime can be perfect for you. If you can see no flaws, then BAM. However, not universally, as you asked.
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Posted 10/12/13
I agree with all the "its subjective" answers.

The question assumes that its a thing attached to the anime, but any assessment of how good an anime is always subjective.

And the question is incomplete: is it a perfect what? Anime is not a genre, its a medium that is used to make entertainment in a number of genre. So, perfect SF? Perfect Horror? Perfect Mecha? Perfect Slice-of-Life?

As far as agreement, it goes without saying that tastes differ, so no anime will ever be acknowledged by everybody as perfect.

As far as realistic mecha anime, I think that F.L.A.G. is very close to perfect.
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