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What makes an anime stand out for originality?
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The ones that spring to mind, for me, are Durarara and Shinsekai Yori. They just felt so different.
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For me, shows like Beelzebub and Ikkitousen stand out as Unique. It's different to see High School settings where Fighting makes everything right with the world instead of your typical "Kid transfers to new school > No-one likes kid > Kid makes friends with the most unlikely people > Stuff happens > Kid gets stronger to protect their friends > Successfully protects friends > Friends feel weak and then get stronger > They all team up to beat the crap out of strong villain > Win > Everything is right with the world." Story.
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Any anime that takes a familiar to the extreme or presents something familiar, and turns it into a twist usually makes the originality stand out. Otherwise, originality usually goes unnoticed or seems "out of place."

They can certainly be good. But, "word of mouth" tends to be based on "shock value" while enjoyment is usually based on "emotional appeal." (Anime for pervs or anime based in familiar environments do a good job of faking "emotional appeal" and thus sell unfortunately well)

Finnegan's Wake is an absurdly original book. However, it's unfamiliar (and thus unappealing.) It's the strangeness and complexity that draws readers. And that's only because of the "shock value" of the book taking the idea of "originality" to an exaggerated extreme
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uncletim wrote:

Ghost in the Shell takes place in japan


depends on what GitS you are watching. this holds true for the tv series and the new OAV but the original movie made in 95 as well as the direct sequel take place in Hong Kong.

as for this topic? there are a handful of "original" ideas out there but most of what i have seen is more or less a commentary on anime in general. like...Madoka Magica is a dissection of the magical girl genre and it takes a lot of the core concepts and flips them on their head.

most of the original anime ideas and concepts were used primarily in the 60s and 70s and those concepts have kind of evolved to what we have now (thank Uncle Go and Godfather Tezuka for that). in the 80s everything was emulation and homage and EXTREME themes. in the 90s i guess we could say we got some actually thought provoking material again with things like the original Ghost in the Shell movie, Key the Metal Idol, and Serial Experiments LAIN. FLCL came out in 2000 so...i count that as having been a 90s anime as well. :D

it is really hard to pin down "original" concepts after that decade...though there have been some interesting shows. most of them have been remakes (reboots, re-imaginings) or sequels to previous material. even shows like Guren Laggan or Kill la Kill have all been riding the coat tails of previous material.
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Many genres have a very similar setup. What makes an anime stand out for originality is a twist on a genre.

A perfect example of a twist on a popular genre is ... (and an anime I truly enjoy)

DA....DA....DUM!

SCHOOL DAYS!

It takes the Harem genre where the MC is usually a clueless idiot who looks but is afraid to touch and dumps the harem genre on its head!

I love it!
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