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SciFi Animes and what is considered such.
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Been thinking about it so thought I might ask all you beautiful people. Where do you guys draw the line on considering an anime to be SciFi. Or would you simply categorize under something else it but say it has SciFi aspects to it. Feel free to say an anime to put it up for discussion or just give me some ideas on how you guys feel
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That's pretty much going to be a personal call, I think.

My viewpoint is that regardless of whether it is anime-related or not, SF is defined by creating a technological catalyst, one which does not exist now, that causes people to interact and react when it is present. So time-travel, mecha, DNA manipulation, interstellar travel, teleportation, energy transformation, terraforming, etc, are all SF to me, and in the best ones, the catalyst becomes mostly transparent to the story, with the main plot lines being about the characters and how they deal with the situation, not about the catalyst itself.

A good catalyst remains independent of the reaction, so the interesting things in the story are the transformation process and the result.

Whether something is good SF (about the story of the people involved and how their moral character fares) or bad SF (focuses on being entirely about, for example, mecha action scenes, pew! pew! and how many enemies you can kill) is more to the point for me, than whether something is defined as being SF or not.

Naturally, those are my personal definitions of "good" and "bad", and most certainly there will be some who agree (yay! validation) and some who disagree (go right ahead and feel free to do so, I'm not trying to change your minds, and you won't change mine.)
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I think sci-fi in general, whether you're talking about anime or not, has to be based loosely on real science. It's the creator's imagination of what technology might be like in the future, but it can't be entirely made up and still be sci-fi. Like, just because it's set in space doesn't necessarily mean it's sci-fi. If everybody uses space magic as opposed to legitimate technology, that isn't really sci-fi. The setting also needs to demonstrate how the technology affects people's lives, for better or for worse.

Obviously you can play with things a bit, but ultimately everything has to tie back into real science. Also, being in space isn't a requirement, just a certain level of technological advancement.

Also, Cyberpunk and sci-fi are two entirely different things even though they have some overlapping elements, sometimes it can be hard to say when something is Cyberpunk because it has so many overlapping elements and themes with sci-fi. Maybe it would be more accurate to say Cyberpunk is a sub-genre of sci-fi.

Cyberpunk is awesome.
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Yes, cyberpunk is a sub-genre, not entirely different.

One that many people miss as SF is alternate history. That is also a sub-genre of SF, even if it isn't always dealing with technology or science at all. It can be entirely realistic fiction, but have the alternate world aspect that puts it into the SF category.

The only really fine line for me in determining if something is SF is the line between SF and Fantasy. There are many stories that seem to be SF, but the way technology is handled make it more science fantasy than science fiction. Then there are shows like Ah! My Goddess, which seem to be fantasy on the surface, but then you get inside the story and discover that the fantasy aspects are explained with things like String Theory and beings whose natural existence is in 11-dimensions, such that what they do appears magical, and it seems more science fiction than fantasy... (But is is really science fantasy at that point, not hard SF or anything...)

I have no idea if I answered the OP's question...
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I've always been a fan of science fiction. I was always fascinated about things like that and still is.

Not really sure how to answer this thread properly.
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Any fantasy series where the fantastical elements are primarily based on accurate/believable science, rather than alchemy, magic or supernatural creatures (demons, angels, dragons, unicorns).

Scrapped Princess essentially lives on this line.
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Stop worrying about whether or not your answering my question everything you guys are saying is fascinating and this is what I wanted. Opinions
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Posted 11/25/13 , edited 11/25/13
SciFi covers a lot of territory.
- It deals with space or technology. Mecha counts.
- It is set in the future.
- It involves aliens.
- It involves science or the application of science.

Any of those will qualify it as SciFi in my book. Of course, there's a big difference between hard SciFi and space opera. Valvrave is the latter, imo.

Edit: I'll also consider alternate history as SciFi in my book though others may disagree.
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Posted 11/25/13

acejackson777 wrote:

Been thinking about it so thought I might ask all you beautiful people. Where do you guys draw the line on considering an anime to be SciFi. Or would you simply categorize under something else it but say it has SciFi aspects to it. Feel free to say an anime to put it up for discussion or just give me some ideas on how you guys feel


Thanks for such an excellent topic! When I talk about an anime if I feel it has a lot of sci-fi aspect to it I will say so in a thread!

You have mecha, space,action based animes but I try to invoke what is more of the genre!Even with animes like SAO,Log Horizon I dont use the sc-fi aspect but more of a fantasy genre!

That being said your pic says it all I will use in my list of sci-fi!


A small list big sigh!

1 Psycho-Pass
2 Steins Gate
3 A Certain Magical Index / A Certain Scientific Railgun
4 Robotic Notes
5 Coppelion
6 Ghost In The Shell
7 Cowboy Bebop
8 Bubblegum Crisis
9 Armitage
10 Serial Experiments Lain
11 Evangelion Movies
12 Eureka Seven
13 Patlabor
14 SoltyRei
15 Vexille
16 Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
17 Gurren Lagann
18 Appleseed
19 Coyote Ragtime Show
20 The Girl Who Leapt Through Space
21 Last Exile
22 Heat Guy J
23 Dirty Pair
24 Kiddy Grade
25 Akira


As you can see most I consider sc-fi based are older but good animes!

But it's nice to see animes like Psycho-Pass,Steins Gate Railgun as recent releases!

I would just wish the manga and anime industry would try to have more valid sc-fi!


Not all these genres mixed together and call it sci-fi. But thats a problem with a lot of anime nowadays too much crossover!
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Posted 11/25/13
Ah.... but I love my Future Diary.... shows that jump around...
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I count only 37 IN the CR SCI-FI genre! We need more even if crossovers! I guess they go to Funimation or VIZ!
http://www.crunchyroll.com/videos/anime/genres#/videos/anime/genres/science_fiction

Wouldnt Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet be considered Sci-Fi?

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FLjerry2011 wrote:

I count only 37 IN the CR SCI-FI genre! We need more even if crossovers! I guess they go to Funimation or VIZ!
http://www.crunchyroll.com/videos/anime/genres#/videos/anime/genres/science_fiction

Wouldnt Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet be considered Sci-Fi?



no that's actually mecha lol didn't really fell the sci fi in that one I am sad to say
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Ang3lOfLight wrote:


FLjerry2011 wrote:

I count only 37 IN the CR SCI-FI genre! We need more even if crossovers! I guess they go to Funimation or VIZ!
http://www.crunchyroll.com/videos/anime/genres#/videos/anime/genres/science_fiction

Wouldnt Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet be considered Sci-Fi?



no that's actually mecha lol didn't really fell the sci fi in that one I am sad to say


Yea I know but still has a SCi-Fi feel with the DNA species changes
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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō kind of blurs the line between sci-fi and slice of life. It's so relaxed and dreamlike that you easily forget the sci-fi aspects.
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Posted 12/19/13 , edited 12/19/13

deadpanditto wrote:

SciFi covers a lot of territory.
- It deals with space or technology. Mecha counts.
- It is set in the future.
- It involves aliens.
- It involves science or the application of science.

Any of those will qualify it as SciFi in my book. Of course, there's a big difference between hard SciFi and space opera. Valvrave is the latter, imo.

Edit: I'll also consider alternate history as SciFi in my book though others may disagree.


Would this include Full Metal Alchemist then since alchemy is their form of science? Mind you, I personally don't consider FMA scifi.


Ang3lOfLight wrote:


FLjerry2011 wrote:

I count only 37 IN the CR SCI-FI genre! We need more even if crossovers! I guess they go to Funimation or VIZ!
http://www.crunchyroll.com/videos/anime/genres#/videos/anime/genres/science_fiction

Wouldnt Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet be considered Sci-Fi?



no that's actually mecha lol didn't really fell the sci fi in that one I am sad to say


Wouldn't Gargantia be scifi since they talk about DNA manipulation and the Hideauze
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