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I Wish I Liked More Popular Anime
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I'm just beginning to scratch the surface of the Anime genre, and thus far I'm beginning to find that I don't enjoy most of the "popular" shows.

I do not find satisfaction in this. I think it is because of what I seek in anime and that I prefer substance over action or eccentricity. I enjoy a more toned down art style that portrays realism, however I am not opposed to the flamboyant nature of the occasional graphic battle. I like anime that emulates physical setbacks and moral issues overlooked or exploited in the real world.

So bippity boppity boop, it got me wondering why I decided to tune into anime in the first place and why I continue to watch it... I decided it was little more than relishing in another artistic avenue battling relentlessly for a chance to convey the otherwise unexpressed ideals of a creative mind, but it was a hell of lot of more fun than walking through an art museum or spending countless hours dedicated to mind-numbing documentaries. There's a lot wrong with society and I think we all get stung by the bug that makes us want to scream until it buzzes back to the awful hive from whence it spawned so that we can go on forgetting about those problems for another month. Anime does a pretty good job of holding up a middle finger sometimes and also offering up suggestion to how we should act towards one another, even in the most dire of situations. It makes the mundane chores of the day to day actually look mundane in comparison.

Am I missing something about these more popular series? Or are they to be taken at face value?

Also, why are you still watching?
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I wish people liked less popular anime.

Case in point: Karas, Kannazuki no Miko, Casshern Sins, Samurai 7.
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I'm curious what you have and haven't seen, and what you have and haven't liked. "Popular" is kind of vague.

There's the Naruto kind of popular, the Sword Art Online kind of popular, and the Death Note kind of popular, etc.
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Yeah, you should name some you have seen but disliked.
I have a similar problem (not that i care) with some highly acclaimed anime; i always think they're good but not as great as people make them out to be.

Like for this season, i think Witch Craft Works is horrendous, but people are loving it.
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I tend to be more harsh on 'popular series' mainly because I know that a lot people will watch it. While 'unpopular' I know people won't watch. I find 'popular series' somewhat decent from time to time. For example I find that Niesko is almost a piece of trash, but I see Recently My Sister is Acting Unusual as AOTS.
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I'm just beginning to scratch the surface of the Anime genre, and thus far I'm beginning to find that I don't enjoy most of the "popular" shows.

I do not find satisfaction in this. I think it is because of what I seek in anime and that I prefer substance over action or eccentricity. I enjoy a more toned down art style that portrays realism, however I am not opposed to the flamboyant nature of the occasional graphic battle. I like anime that emulates physical setbacks and moral issues overlooked or exploited in the real world.

Am I missing something about these more popular series? Or are they to be taken at face value?

Also, why are you still watching?


You shouldn't really worry, you like what you like. I dislike the big named popular shows as well (For instance The Big Three or whatever its called: Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece.) I don't care for similarly popular titles as well.

So no you are not missing anything really in the popular series, you either like them, or you don't. Same thing with smaller or "unpopular" series.

I'm still watching because I only started a year and about a half ago, even at 600+ titles under my belt in that time I have much much MUCH more to watch.


Animegirlzvstheworld wrote:

I wish people liked less popular anime.

Case in point: Karas, Kannazuki no Miko, Casshern Sins, Samurai 7.


I'm actually going to agree with this, I want more people to be aware of the less popular anime, they are usually the ones that deserve continuations but don't get it due to lack of sales and support.
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Rather an anime is popular or not should not matter.

Try a few episodes, judge for yourself, move on.

Other than stuff like Naruto and One Piece (which everyone knows) - I rarely even keep track of what is popular or not.

Attack on Titan had a huge hype train, but I liked it after watching never having ran into the hype train.

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well, just because an anime is popular doesn't equal everyone is going to like it. you can't please everyone. actually, i rarely follow how "popular" an anime may be and just watch what i know i like.
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Animegirlzvstheworld wrote:

I wish people liked less popular anime.

Case in point: Karas, Kannazuki no Miko, Casshern Sins, Samurai 7.


I've watched Karas, Casshern Sins and Samurai 7.

Have you ever seen the movie Appleseed?
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Animegirlzvstheworld wrote:

I wish people liked less popular anime.

Case in point: Karas, Kannazuki no Miko, Casshern Sins, Samurai 7.

I'll give those a look see, thanks for the suggestions.



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I'm curious what you have and haven't seen, and what you have and haven't liked. "Popular" is kind of vague.

There's the Naruto kind of popular, the Sword Art Online kind of popular, and the Death Note kind of popular, etc.


I have seen a lot of Naruto, SAO, and Death Note.

Naruto is definitely not my cup of tea, SAO was actually enjoyable despite the weak plot, and Death Note was more on the mindless side, but it did have some fun moments. Black Butler was pretty good (the first season) and the one where they turn into animals of the zodiac when you hug them... Heh, can't recall the name- OH, Fruits Basket. Yeah, that was pretty good.

I just started Fate/Zero and it looks promising. Oh yeah, I did enjoy FLCL. I guess by popular I'm thinking of the titles even non-anime watchers may have heard of: DBZ, Full-Metal, Naruto...


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just don't pay attention to what's "popular" or not, that's what I do. I just like anime for what it is. there are some incredibly popular anime that I enjoy, like Spice & Wolf, not because of it's popularity but because it's genuinely interesting and has heart. then there's popular anime, like the big 3 or attack on titan, that make me wonder why they became popular in the first place.

then there's anime that feels almost like it's being ignored, like Eden of the East and C Control, that I wonder why they aren't more popular because of how good they were.

everyone has their own tastes, though, and everyone is welcome to have their own tastes. just watch what you like, don't watch what you don't like, and all will be right in the world.
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You might like Non Non Biyori, Space Brothers, Love Chunibiyo and Other Delusions, and Log Horizon, all shows here on Crunchy Roll, and each surprisingly popular (in a good way). Each show also is from a different sub-genre: moe, slice of life, rom-com, economics 101, respectively.

Of course, Arakawa Under the Bridge might be something you'd really like...it's a bit more of a comedy of the absurd, though that belies the drama of the series, which is the struggle of the MC to adopt or not the worldview of the characters he meets, and in what ways their worldview is challenged by the main character.

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Rather an anime is popular or not should not matter.

Try a few episodes, judge for yourself, move on.

Other than stuff like Naruto and One Piece (which everyone knows) - I rarely even keep track of what is popular or not.

Attack on Titan had a huge hype train, but I liked it after watching never having ran into the hype train.



I definitely agree, it shouldn't matter and under the general premise it does not. I've simply noticed a pattern of shying away from the bigger anime, so being a newbie that's my only current guide to finding new, enjoyable anime

I like Attack on Titan as well. I hadn't heard anything about it at the time, it just happened to be one of the few offerings on Netflix before I obtained the Crunchster.
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Animegirlzvstheworld wrote:

I wish people liked less popular anime.

Case in point: Karas, Kannazuki no Miko, Casshern Sins, Samurai 7.


I've watched Karas, Casshern Sins and Samurai 7.

Have you ever seen the movie Appleseed?




Yes.
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evilswitchkix wrote:

I'm just beginning to scratch the surface of the Anime genre, and thus far I'm beginning to find that I don't enjoy most of the "popular" shows.

I do not find satisfaction in this. I think it is because of what I seek in anime and that I prefer substance over action or eccentricity. I enjoy a more toned down art style that portrays realism, however I am not opposed to the flamboyant nature of the occasional graphic battle. I like anime that emulates physical setbacks and moral issues overlooked or exploited in the real world.

So bippity boppity boop, it got me wondering why I decided to tune into anime in the first place and why I continue to watch it... I decided it was little more than relishing in another artistic avenue battling relentlessly for a chance to convey the otherwise unexpressed ideals of a creative mind, but it was a hell of lot of more fun than walking through an art museum or spending countless hours dedicated to mind-numbing documentaries. There's a lot wrong with society and I think we all get stung by the bug that makes us want to scream until it buzzes back to the awful hive from whence it spawned so that we can go on forgetting about those problems for another month. Anime does a pretty good job of holding up a middle finger sometimes and also offering up suggestion to how we should act towards one another, even in the most dire of situations. It makes the mundane chores of the day to day actually look mundane in comparison.

Am I missing something about these more popular series? Or are they to be taken at face value?

Also, why are you still watching?


It's hard to say whether or not you're missing something about more popular anime. One person could look at Naruto and see a bunch of idiots being overdramatic and doing random things for no good reason, while a different person could look at it and see a group of very deep characters giving 110% to unite the world against the many problems it faces; it just depends on who you ask.
I'd say it's only worth trying to like more popular series if you really want to be on the same page as the people who love those series to death. If you don't care about that, then I'd recommend just watching what you like or what you think you will like; that's what I do, anyway.

I still watch anime because I still find new anime that appeal to my (apparently strange) tastes. Each new season brings a bunch of anime that look like they'll appeal to me and a bunch that look like they won't; I just watch the former and ignore the latter. I don't really care if the latter end up being really popular.
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