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What makes a show "Legendary"
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Posted 12/10/13 , edited 12/10/13

Homucifer wrote:

You're saying it's actually good and it is on par with the 2 most popular anime shows out there?

Yeah.... I don't think I will ever read any of your posts ever again.


Well, that's... rude. I never said it was on par with those two shows (and I wouldn't call them the two most popular out there), I said it was a deconstruction like them.

Deconstruction: method of critical analysis of philosophical and literary language that emphasizes the internal workings of language and conceptual systems, the relational quality of meaning, and the assumptions implicit in forms of expression.

It takes the typical Harem scenario and turns it upside down. Just like Evangelion with the Mecha genre and Puella Magi Madoka Magica with the Magical girl genre. Revolutionary Girl Utena is another, but deconstructs the Magical Warrior genre (a European equivalent of this genre is Winx Club).
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greentypewriter wrote:

Legendary shows have legendary characters, too, and then you have to think about what makes a legendary character.


..boldness? ..

style?
Posted 12/10/13
The continuity and longevity of the show that's what I think, that is.
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The thing is, there is a difference between popular, 'classic' and, well made.

For me, what makes a show "legendary" is how long it is talked about and revered.

For example,

I would consider Cowboy Bebop a "legendary" anime purely due to the fact that no matter how old it gets there will still be people talking about it.

Just my two-cents worth...
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Posted 12/10/13
I've actually not had a "legendary show" yet. I mean I've watched great shows in which I become a huge fan of, but nothing reaches legendary status, just like there are no perfect shows in my eyes but there are favorites.
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Legendary:

MACROSS

Introduced idols to anime.

Minmei is the original anime idol!

(Sadly for Mecha something called Gundam beat Macross to mecha by about 2 years)
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I see Legendary in 2 possible lights, Truly Legendary and Functionally Legendary, or Iconic. Truly Legendary is the intersection of what I like and what everyone else likes.The fact that we all liked it means simply, that it was genuinely a really good show. Only 3 Animes fit that bill: 1. Death Note 2. Full Metal Alchemist 3. Cowboy Bebop. And a possible 4th, Trigun, I am not sure how people feel about this one, that is why I say possible, it is one of my favorites though, and I think it is as good as the others listed there.

I love all those series, and could rewatch them a million times, at the same time I never hear that other people dislike those shows

Functionally Legendary (Iconic) to me, is a show that did something outrageous, or was the vanguard of a genre, whether or not the show's quality was actually good or not. In other words, the first person to do something extraordinary, will always be remembered, regardless if others after him manage to improve on his feat. These shows are such as:

1. Dragon Ball Z(Vanguard of Screaming) 2. Gundam (Vanguard of Giant Robots) 3. Macross (Vanguard of Space Drama) 4. Evangelion (Vanguard of F'd up shit) 5. One Piece (Really long running show) 6. Detective Conan (Really long running show with a crap load of fillers) 7. Naruto (Really crappy long running show with a lot of crappy fillers) 8. .hack --- This is a unique anime, not because of the premise, or because of the story, but because of the pacing and character dialogues, I am pretty certain no other anime progresses in quite the same way that .hack does. 9. Attack On Titan - Giant Zombie Movie,.

These shows will be remembered for something.

Then there is another sect of anime which I wouldn't call Legendary or Iconic, but rather simply popular. Why? Because with these, even though most like them. there are a lot of people who don't, so they aren't truly legendary. I don't really consider them Iconic either because there are other shows that have done similar things before hand.

1. Code Geass I like this one, but I have issues with it. Honestly, Lelouch is too similar to Light in his character's purpose for this to be Iconic.
2. PMMM - I've sat through it once, it was alright, I don't feel like watching it again.As far as whether it is Iconic or not, honestly, this felt like Bokurano with Magical Girls, except Bokurano was more depressing.
3. Gurren Lagann - Fun to watch, but that is it, nothing really revolutionary. It played off the whole over the top anime thing, which many animes have done before it.
4. Bleach - I got bored watching this show, need I say more? BORED, no other show on this list has made me bored. The premise is a bit Yuyuhakusho-ish, just with a crap load of characters with a crap load of flashy powers.
5. Sword Art Online - It is essentially .hack fan fiction. You know it is. If you were a teenage boy, and you wrote a story about being trapped in an MMO, it would be similar to this.

In essence if you want an anime to be

Iconic - it has to have some unique feature that makes it really stand out.
Truly Legendary - Good writing, honestly that is it. If it is very well written, then you will think it is among the best animes you've seen, and so will others.
Popular - Basically just add in a lot of things people like, and it will be popular. The one thing you shouldn't add in though is fan service, that is popular with a small demographic and highly unpopular among everyone else.
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Posted 12/10/13
To me, for something to be legendary I need to have heard some actual legends about it. Anime doesn't fit the bill.
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A truly subjective question, purely because of likes and dislikes. Doesn't matter how well something is written or how popular it is. One Piece is huge and no doubt hardcore fans would say without a doubt that it is classed as "Legendary". I would disagree, but that's just be personal opinion.

Comes down to not being bias about the things you like and looking at anime for what they are. For example, I love SAO, both Arcs, but I will admit that it's not "Legendary". And no doubt someone would love to insert their opinion about all the "flaws" about the show I love. And so the cycle repeats...
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For me it's cardcaptor Sakura. After 12 years I vivid remember most of the episodes. I still love to listen to the O.S.T.'s. I've bought the various Japanese art books, toys, and other crazy stuff. Which can be seen here http://s275.photobucket.com/user/stickerclub/library/Cardcaptor%20Sakura
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the thing is legendary may be different here and in japan.

all anime that came to america were legendary, but now not all of them are considered legendary due to the increase of the show.

in america, geek culture such as anime defines its legendariness. shows like flcl and gurren lagann are "epic" and random that makes it enthusiastically fun. famous one liners such as "believe in the me that believes in you" from gurren lagann defined gurren lagann early.

i'd say its a consensus of a popularity contest of moments of an anime. and if that is the moments that define the anime and is epic all in the same, it's legendary.

anime such as sword art online, attack on titans, and fate/stay night i wouldn't consider it to be legendary. they are definately a game changer and memorable but i don't see it as legendary maybe in the near future it may become one but only time will tell.

shows the i would agree are legendary but don't see why includes code geass and evangelion from the top of my head. and i guess madoka might be one but for some reason i can get myself to like the masterpiece that is madoka same goes for code geass.

i think legendary is used too loosely, or even mixed with memorable, epic, or some other descriptive category.

the sad fact of the legends will always die to age, they may last longer than expected due to forums such as these. i mean there are still some who remember robotech and would call it a legendary anime of its time back in the day. i mean babe ruth was a legend of a baseball player but mainly to history, and only those who hears about it knows the truth though a film or show on him might bring it back.
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Boldness and style definitely make a difference.Some of the most beloved characters have the audacity to do the craziest shit- all while looking like a badass. So, yeah, I agree. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
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