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Inspiration to Watch.
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Posted 3/18/14 , edited 3/18/14

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fantazzia wrote:

their dressing style plays a big role for me........i don't watch few anime cuz of their dressing style



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Character design plays a really big part in it for me. I can't watch HxH because of the way Gon looks.


Woah, similar thoughts on you two. Y'all should hang out.

Before you do, up to elaborate for me, if only a little.



Then you have the School-Boy Uniform(Gakuran) appearing in every single generic action/shounen/romance/comedy/blarg show.
I get it, the Male Uniforms look really damn badass, of course they do! Do you know what they're based upon? But that doesn't mean EVERY SINGLE MALE PROTAGONIST has to wear one!

Hell, sometimes it's even worse. I can't watch Index because the hero looks more generic than he should, I can forgive bad plot but really? Do you know why Railgun is more popular? Probably has to do with the unique female protagonist it features.



Darn it, now I'm ranting.

I wanted to ask what gets you to watch shows, not what kicks you away! It's waaaaay to easy to find a reason to not watch something.


the main thing which inspires me is the relaions or bonds between the characters..for eg. naruto
it has inspired me a lot...and the characters will power ,twists nd turns in the story..i like macabre stories(not too violent but which have strange deaths) i also like those which have finely designed characters
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Posted 3/18/14

fantazzia wrote:


the main thing which inspires me is the relations or bonds between the characters..for eg. Naruto
it has inspired me a lot...and the characters will power ,twists and turns in the story..
i like macabre stories(not too violent but which have strange deaths) i also like those which have finely designed characters


KIngdom is the anime I've most recently seen to it's completion. It really inspired a watch from me, despite the more "generic" of initial plots. Holding the whole "i'ma be the Best General in all China!" plot. But the show really moved forward with it's character development, and the action was never long away. That was a great show for me to just...get into the grove and watch. After completing it, I moved to catching up on Nartuo, as I left off back when they were in the 60's of episodes.

But it didn't have the same weight to it... which is a shame.

Their are a few shows I want to watch....but I lack the focus to want to try. I've still have to watch a few more Gundams, I got 12 Kingdoms and Legend of the Legendary Heroes, a couple of maybe-meh-maybe-neat Ecchi's, the second half of that Durarara! show(Which is about 30% as good as Bacano, I don't know how you people can be so happy it's getting a second season),

I've been rocking Dark Souls 2 recently. As fun as the game is, it leaves me craving for more epic stories. The kinds like Berserk, The Slayers, and Bleach tend to try and give you. The epic adventures.

Hell, I'm about to go find that "Historical Event turned Anime" thread and type about how much I want "The Odyssey" and "Beowolf" to become Anime.
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Posted 3/18/14
If you're wanting something along the lines of Beowulf (one of my absolute favorite stories, although I HATE The Odyssey) check out Guin's Saga.

The Aegis of Gilgamesh: Tower of Druaga is pretty good, too.
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Meh. I just watch without too many assumptions. The ones that I can really pull something from I enjoy the most, such as Texhnolyze, 5 Centimeters Per Second, or Black Lagoon. Yes, Revy and those short shorts.



Others, it's for...



And there a lot of those that I'd rather see burned than saved.

I go by Sturgeon's law. Also, that everything is derived from something else. So, in that case, Beowulf and The Odyssey have already been done countless times over -- and not just in anime.
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Posted 3/18/14

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What inspires you to watch specific shows or genres? When do you sit down and say "I want to watch this one, right now"


Honestly... the only way I have found out that my range of likes extends to pretty much every genre is that I just threw myself into the shows. I only started watching Anime in November of 2012, so I have only been watching for a little over a year, close to a year and a half I guess now, back then I knew NOTHING about the community, or what type of shows were considered Anime or not. I did no research, I didn't look up reviews, what people said about the show on the internet, or ask my friend who got me started in Anime for their opinion. I just found a show on FUNimation where my friend started me off at, and threw myself into it.

I did this for the first few months then I was on CR, with a subscription, and was about to start the Spring 2013 simulcasts with everyone else. I watched everything CR added as a simulcast, dropping some I lost interest in, still marathoning extra shows on the side. I continue to do it this way with all FUNi and CR shows, though now with some of the ones I drop along with some I just choose to do with at the beginning, I just marathon when the season is over instead unless it was truly awful if I watched the first couple of episodes and thought that.

So since I do this sort of blind throwing myself into shows since I still rarely actually look up anything about a show before it comes out or before I watch it, a better question for me would really be: "What makes you stay watching specific shows or genres?" which that comes down to the basic ways most of us choose to rate/review or whatever shows after 3-4 episodes: How is the plot? The "PLOT" The art? The characters? The villains? Things like that that we always do, perhaps subconsciously, when watching an Anime and deciding to stick with it or not.
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Sometimes trailers.

Genre- If it's cyber punk, something in space, other worldly fantasy (like claymore) or feudal Japan I'm watching it.

For comedies, random hilarious youtube clips usually. That's how I found out about Nichijou.

Obviously if a show is really hyped up I'll watch it just to see.

Art style- If a show has a particularly interesting style I'll watch it.

Anime studio- Mad house or Ufotable? Sign me up.

Sound track- Yoko Kanno or the pillows? Sign me up.

Seiyuu/voice actors- Can make or break a performance, obviously.
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Posted 3/18/14
I pretty much (If it's not sport related) go to the list of anime that CR, Hulu or Nextflix have and scroll down till something looks interesting.
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Posted 3/18/14
I lurk around and watch whatever people are talking about a lot. I also like magic(but not mahou shoujou) based anime as well as animeception anime.
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Posted 3/18/14
I usually check reviews. If a majority of people say you should watch it then I watch it. Case and point, Hunter x Hunter 2011. 95% of the reviews said you should watch it. the other 5% are turned off by the art style but still say it's good
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For newer shows, whatever has the most moe, because that is what is attracting all the good budgets, directors, writers, animators, and voice actors. Some shows it's obvious that there is an "alternate" story going on (that the studio wants the show to be), and the moe is just to make sure the otaku buy it, but I guess that is just the nature of the modern market.


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Posted 3/18/14

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Generally, I get burned out after watching a lot of episodes from the same show & I've pretty much found that the only answer is to take a break.

There's nothing wrong with taking a break; there's a lot of the world out there besides just anime.

The way I see it, you can't force yourself into a mindset where you're ready to watch something. You just have to wait until it comes along. I know that I've tried to watch shows in the wrong mindset before, and it's majorly impacted my feelings towards/perception of the show. For example, the first time I tried to watch Bakemonogatari I was not quite ready to watch and so the first episodes bored the heck out of me. When I came back a few weeks ago and tried it again with the proper mindset, I loved it.

Don't waste a show that you might potentially love by trying to force yourself to watch it before you're ready.


This is excellent advice. If you start watching when you don't really want to, you won't enjoy it as much as you intended to in the first place. Reading your own mood is very important.
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Posted 3/18/14 , edited 3/18/14
I have a tendency towards more mature or serious characters/stories, therefor i never really got into Magi, HxH, Fairy Tale, etc...
Most animes I watch are more Seinen oriented, but I do explore other genre once in a while.
I wouldn't say i'm a graphics elitist, but I have a tendency towards newers graphics/art in movies/series/games.
I do enjoy Naruto, but that's something I grew up with, I kind of dumped the Shonen (jumps) animes.
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As other people have said, it's all about my mood. If I feel like watching something mindless and fun I'll find a comedy slice-of-life. If I feel like getting my heart plucked I'll research good romances or dramas. If I feel like binge watching something epic/heavy I'll usually go to my list of shows I've saved for such an occasion. (I specifically stash those away more often because I really enjoy them, but I really have to be in the right mindset.) It gets more complicated when it comes down to a specific new show to watch. Art style, studio, seiyuus, reviews, ratings, et al hold certain, nebulous weights in my mind. Forum surfing -> MAL skimming -> review reading is my usual process for finding something to watch.

As for getting into a new genre, it usually comes down to boredom. If I'm burnt out on the types of shows I usually watch I end up trying to find something that at one point I wouldn't have considered watching. And since it's a new genre to me I'm able to find multiple well reviewed shows with little effort. Recently, for example, I decided on a whim to jump into [email protected] I enjoyed it, and now I've got a well of new shows to pull from. Of course, idol shows are a bit of a gimme since I know I like CGDCT.
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I've been there...a bunch of shows I look at and say "I know I am going to enjoy this" and just don't watch for a while. Yesterday I forced myself to start Garden of Sinners (Kara no Kyoukai) and the first movie was wonderful...

You just need to say "screw it, I'm going to try something different"...its not always easy but theres not really much you can do other than jumping in head first
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Posted 3/18/14 , edited 3/18/14
Their hair.

The main reason I watch a show is if they have interesting hairstyles. If the hair design is your run of the mill common cut, then I pass. I only watch shows with interesting hairstyles. Story, plot, milieu... they're all secondary. Doesn't matter what mood I'm in. I never base my daily entertainment decisions on "mood".

Just cool hair.
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