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Can an Anime Ever Be "Perfect"?
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For me, "perfect" can only be judged properly once manly years have passed. A truly perfect show doesn't date. There's a big difference in my eyes between being influential and being "perfect". For example, Monty Python (and the Goon Show) has been massively influential on modern comedy, yet 40 years on, most of the sketches have dated very badly.

The only TV show that would be perfect in my eyes would be Phil Silvers "Sgt Bilko" because despite being in black & white, the plot, the dialogue and the acting are still top draw. If you assembled a dream cast I still don't think you could better the show.

The reality is that when someone releases something, it all goes into the melting pot and someone else takes those ideas and betters them in some way, even if it's just incrementally. It's only the people like Mozart, Michelangelo, Beethoven, Da Vinci etc whose talents were so amazing that they couldn't be beaten.
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Impossible, perfection is relative to each person. There might be some who consider it people while others think It's missing something.
The dictionary defines "perfect" as: Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be
For an anime to be "truly perfect" everyone who ever watches it would have to think it's perfect and flawless in it's entirety.
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assassinsknife wrote:

Impossible, perfection is relative to each person. There might be some who consider it people while others think It's missing something.
The dictionary defines "perfect" as: Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be

Exactly. And for anime, the required and desirable elements, qualities, and characteristics will be different for different people, so according to this definition what is perfect will certainly vary from one person to another.

There is, in other words, no "required" without somebody setting the requirement and no "desirable" without somebody doing the desiring.


For an anime to be "truly perfect" everyone who ever watches it would have to think it's perfect and flawless in it's entirety.

The definition does not imply that, you are reading it in.

That would be required for an anime to be "universally acknowledged as perfect", but as I noted, that will never happen, since some people desire the presence of feature that other people desire to be absent.
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Perfect for my eyes, maybe not yours..

Samurai X
Cpwboy Bebop
Mushi-shi
Monster....long I know..
Posted 10/13/13
Everything about anime isn`t perfect because of Cliches.
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Probably a better question is: "Is there a definite god tier amongst anime?" Or "What would be Prime Examples of the art of animation at its zenith"

Unfortunately, those that are too natural or have high rewatchability are often easily forgotten.
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Perfect is too much an individual opinion to be a valid designation for an anime, everyone has their own tastes and while 95% may adore a show or movie 5% won't. My top 10 will differ from others and that is just the way of things really.
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A "perfect" series for me is one in which there is nothing that I would want to change. It doesn't have to be flawless, it just has to be good the way it is. Examples: Steins;Gate, FMA:B, Shinsekai Yori.
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