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Posted 10/20/13 , edited 10/20/13
Is it not true that the most enjoyable manga or anime are always the ones that start like this:

Starts as kids then they grow into teens then into adults

like dragonball, major or Capeta or even ippo.

I think these are my favorite types because you get to see them grow, do you know what I mean? How come they don't make them like this anymore?

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You mean long-running manga that focus primarily on character development and contain timeskips? They do still make them like that.

One Piece
Fairy Tail
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
Bleach
Naruto

I mean, they may not all start out as kids, but it's the same thing. And it's no surprise that they're popular. But not every series can be a shounen action long-runner.

And if you haven't read Kenichi yet, then it's pretty close to what you're looking for, I'd imagine.

EDIT: I suppose I should add that I do agree with you though. It feels like you know a character better when you're not concerned with a secretive or dark and troubled past. More of a blank slate that you see gradually filled out instead of an established character. There's not many specifically like that.
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Posted 10/20/13
Depends on preference.
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you're not wrong about yourself. personally, I don't enjoy long running series.
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Posted 10/20/13
Eeeeeeh, arguable point.

Shows in which characters age tend to show some level of character development, the characters arn't staying the same. For Dragonball, Goku went through a mountain of character development and would be considered a finished character by the time Frieza was shown and killed. Beyond Frieza and hell, most of Dragonball Z was Gohan and Goten getting all the character development, as Goku was a complete character and nothing new could be done with him.

I find Ranma 1/2 amazing, but the characters don't age. I remember the episode our 16 year-old Akane bakes Ranma a 2 year anniversary cake. Since he's been living with them for 2 years. And you know, they're both still 16, barely any closer to getting married.

But then I remember Gundam. The OG of Gundams, Tomino's Mobile Suit Gundam, and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Rocked all kinds of face. Characters were developed but they didn't exactly grow older as the period of time the show took place in covered only a single year.

But Zeta Gundam takes place 8 years later....holy crap was that epic. Just waiting, WAITING for the damn Cameo's to show up made me just buy the series and watch it on DVD, a well spent $120. The 15 year old Amuro Ray 8 years later.....it was amazing. He wasn't even badass anymore, he was kept under watch by the government who feared his yolo-swag-money potential. Even when the show didn't focus on him he had character development...that's some good writing.

Aging, when done right, is amazing. It's not required, but developed characters tend to go with the aging territory.
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Posted 10/20/13
parody is my favourite at the moment as i enjoy seeing popular animes being made fun of.
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I thought Shin Sekai Yori was amazing, at first it threw me for a loop since I thought they were going to go through this children disappearing arc for the whole series, then they skip ahead and the story keeps expanding in ways it definitely couldn't if they'd only followed them as grade schoolers.

That said, it's probably the only one I've watched that does this, I don't watch the longer running series' where this apparently happens.
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Posted 10/20/13 , edited 10/20/13
so... really long anime that you can feel super nostalgic about much later on?

aot will probably end up being like one of those shows for a lot of people
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Posted 10/20/13
i sense a time skip in the manga
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I'm not familiar with too many, just Shin Sekai Yori and Kemono no Souja Erin - but I thought both of those were pretty amazing, so perhaps?

I think they are probably pretty good at giving a series a sense of motion and progression - but if they're not building up to anything, then it probably wouldn't work well. I remember I made it to the second season of Naruto (somehow, when I was young) and thought it seemed inconsistent that these characters were older, but seemed static and "unchanged" - which I didn't really like.

Still, Kemono no Souja Erin executed it so perfectly that i'm still misty-eyed toward the idea of watching a character grow from childhood to adulthood.
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aidenraine wrote:

you're not wrong about yourself. personally, I don't enjoy long running series.


Quoted for truth.

You've encapsulated my response nicely.

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Posted 10/20/13

rsaj wrote:

Depends on preference.


Pretty much this. It's also nice to enjoy a different variety of genres.
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Posted 10/21/13
Seeing a cast grow up and develop is very nice. The opposite can also be some what nice, but both ends can be done horribly. The outcome is less than savory in the bad situations. I don't feel that Bleach is a good example of this though. They may have grown by a few years, but the characters didn't seem to develop too much over the time frame. The ever living people in Soul Society, tended to show much more progression than the main cast. Kubo is a very strange author in that sense to me.
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As others have said, it depends on your preference. And it depends on quality. There are plenty of long running series that turn to crap just so the story can be stretched out for another year. It is a business, after all.

Tell a good story. Wrap it up. Move along. I don't want to read one story forever. That's my preference.
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It's a matter of taste really, just because a show has a long span doesn't guarantee good character development and also there is the risk of jumping the shark if you drag things along too much. Really it's about the quality of the writing, a really well written piece can contain enough development to satisfy even at the more common 12-24 ep count. But if you like long running shows by all means enjoy, we have enough options in this genre to fill every taste. Now if someone would just pick up the liscence for Higurashi so we can have a true horror mystery series again.
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