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Do you believe that Japanese people will ever get bored of the school setting in anime/manga?
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Posted 1/19/14
No. I hope they continue with it. Can you imagine mikado in Durarara being in college and izaya like thirty years in age? Wtf?
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I don't know, but I'll tell you what....they did an incredible job with 'Flowers of Evil'. As an older guy, I don't care much for the high-school setting to begin with. However, F.O.E. was one of the most disturbing and addictive series I've seen to date. And one of the few anime shows that Japanese people are actually drawn like Japanese people. No shoujo eyes, no big-busted Western looking chicks. For the first time I felt like I was truly being exposed Japanese youth culture.

Having said all of that, as long as there are kids attending high-school in Japan, then the setting will probably never go away. And the protagonist will almost always sit second to the last seat in the row next to the window.
Posted 1/19/14
I wonder if that is the type of anime they think we want and so it is the type that gets sub/dub more than any other. I don't know if the Japanese choices are as limited as ours here in the US. I am old enough to remember that sub/dub anime use to not be so saturated with high school themes( late 90s early 2000). I guess that was the golden age of anime.

Maybe there are not enough fans who want intelligent anime..although given the popularity of anime like Steins;Gate that would not seem to be the case. I don't know why the powers that be are so bent on high school themed anime and I agree there is way too much.

Even so..I am hoping to get a chance at La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky, don't know why tho. (guilty pleasure?) And this too .......Mekaku City Actors, which is not high school.
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Posted 1/19/14
Probably not.

Shounen was/is more popular than Josei, Seinen, and Shoujo.
Posted 1/19/14
I doubt it, but I don't mind it at all.
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Posted 1/19/14
High school anime is very relaxing to watch. i don't know whats with all the hate. Example: Toradora, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Posted 1/19/14
no as a lot of people are fond with the high school setting... for older people it brings back nostalgia, for high school aged people... they can relate to it easily.

i love historical settings, and i never get bored of watching that type of setting.
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The high-school themed stories aren't much the problem, the issue standing is how incredibly repetitive they are. Of course, it's only logical, that random Manga's being animated by dreadful studios just looking for season-fillers are going to repeat the same story line again and again. Though personally I feel as if 'anime' as a whole is going towards a direction that older audiences aren't biting. The industry is obviously specifically targeting teenagers, as where give or take 4-5+ years ago, anime was made as entertainment for people of all ages.

That being said, I don't see the return of original animated stories coming any time soon, but hopefully more indie groups will start moving with all that is currently available present day (software and what not),

My personal opinions aside (not really), I believe that anime would be as highly spread as the golden age if animation studios and the industry targeted more original plots with more unique styles of animation.
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Posted 2/11/14
not a chance. thats like asking if they'll ever get bored of samurai swords. just isn't gunna happen.
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Lets put it this way. Imagine there are 100 highschool students who watch anime. And let's say the majority of these highschool kids prefer watching anime who are like them, also students in highschool. Then they graduate and move on to college or maybe work. At which point, the majority of them might start preferring to watch characters who are also in college/work/their age. But guess what. In their old highschool, there will be another 100 students who will replace them that watch anime and prefer characters in their age/setting.

Point is, there will always be someone new to anime. You might get bored of the school setting, but the person behind you might be new to it. There will always be a demand for it because there will always be someone in highschool who will want to watch characters in the same circumstances as they are. And guess what, the target audience of most anime are people in highschool/that age range.

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Posted 2/11/14

Laveer wrote:

The high-school themed stories aren't much the problem, the issue standing is how incredibly repetitive they are. Of course, it's only logical, that random Manga's being animated by dreadful studios just looking for season-fillers are going to repeat the same story line again and again. Though personally I feel as if 'anime' as a whole is going towards a direction that older audiences aren't biting. The industry is obviously specifically targeting teenagers, as where give or take 4-5+ years ago, anime was made as entertainment for people of all ages.

That being said, I don't see the return of original animated stories coming any time soon, but hopefully more indie groups will start moving with all that is currently available present day (software and what not),

My personal opinions aside (not really), I believe that anime would be as highly spread as the golden age if animation studios and the industry targeted more original plots with more unique styles of animation.


I do look forward to more original story lines. I don't see why it couldn't still be popular if it wasn't in a high school setting. At least anime like Attack on Titan is a move in that direction. I also would love to see a romance story outside the high school setting.
Posted 2/11/14
Leave them teens alone.
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Srslydude wrote:]
I also would love to see a romance story outside the high school setting.


try some (loosely) historically based anime Saiunkoku Monogatari is an example, delves really deep into politics especially in the second season. There's also that Shinsengumi one here on CR if you want something really girly and dramatic haha

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Posted 2/11/14
I don't think it's because they're super interested in the setting, but it brings in the money. If it didn't they'd focus on something else. A lot of teenagers watch anime so it gives them something to relate to, and in the end it means money to the developers. If it ain't broke don't fix it.
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Posted 2/11/14
As long as the story is good, then the setting doesn't really matter to me. I know the setting is really important to some though.
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