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2013: Anime and The Test of Time
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Flowers of Evil (Aku no Hana) - probably for the rotoscoping, unfortunately.


Oh thank God someone else noticed this.
It was like watching A Scanner Darkly at times...
Or Princess Iron Fan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Iron_Fan_%281941_film%29
where the timing gets really messy and the animation seems "off" for some reason.
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What anime from 2013 do you expect to still be a big deal in 5-10 years?

Attack on Titan - As others have said, it's a game changer.
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club - Yet another game changer, but in a different way, of course.
Kill la Kill - Same director and writer as Gurren Lagann. I feel like that connection alone will get people to watch it, especially if they haven't already heard of it or seen it.

Which one do you hope people will still be talking about that far in the future?

Attack on Titan - I personally really liked it for: the characters (specifically how the females were treated), the art (except when it fluctuated a bit), and the story. Okay, there are many other things I liked about it, but those are the main three reasons. Plus, people complain about all the unnecessary deaths and how a lot of the violence was overkill, but I personally thought it was a nice touch. (Not that I liked seeing characters die, but it was nice to see a show where people weren't magically saved just before their eminent death.) In the end, I just really liked AoT. I enjoyed every single episode. To be honest, "love" didn't turn to "really like" for me until after I'd seen others' opinions on the show; they made me think differently about it. While I am willing to admit that AoT has its faults, it is not NEARLY as "mediocre" or "over-hyped" as some people make it out to be. Sorry, I feel like I went on a little tangent there... I get a bit defensive when it comes to AoT... It's gotten very close to my heart.
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club - I haven't even watched it, yet I already love it for simply existing! Getting something that gives fanservice to female viewers is greatly appreciated, especially since the most the female demographic got up to this point was shoujo or yaoi anime. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that those are the only genres that female viewers like, but it's nice to see that Kyoto Animation decided to give female viewers something extra special.
Kyoukai no Kanata - I want a second season of this. I personally like the story, art, animation, characters--all of it (except the very, very end...which left me with some questions...). I hope that enough popularity for this series will motivate Kyoto Animation to make more action/fantasy series. It was nice to see something like this with the quality animation that KyoAni provides.
Watamote - I loved this for being so relatable. Plus, Tomoko was a unique main character that we don't often see in anime. Here's hoping it gets another season!
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I'm sorry, but I seriously have no idea what bottom-center, bottom-right, and center are. Replace them with Bebop, CCSakura, and a gundam..

My bad in that case, I grabbed a handful from 2003-2007 that I assumed would have near-100% recognition. It's not any kind of top list, there's actually two on there I haven't seen and one I largely hate. But I think it's fairly representative.

(But we can also just say this is the internet, and therefore never civilized company to begin with.)

And the others filled them in: they're Black Lagoon, Baccano!, and Monster, respectively.


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Shrapnel893 wrote:
Definitely needs a Gundam in there though. Put in Unicorn.


Original Char and Gundam/Zaku are instantly recognizable, even if the first 3 seasons are rather dated and lengthy. Even amongst those that have never seen them (since Char's personage is simply carried over.)

2003-2007, I can only find Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny. But I also don't recognize Gundam when I see it, so I wouldn't have put it in the picture anyway. (I recognize the Gundam name, I just don't know when I'm looking at one.)
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As much as I hate to admit I see AOT being the equivalent of DBZ (90s) & Naruto (00s). Not so much length wise but exposure wise to where it's universally accepted/best thing since sliced bread & merch’d the hell out of.

Hopefully White Album 2 will stay alive T^T
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Will have to agree, Attack On Titan for sure. Monogatari Series 2nd Season as well. I don't see any other anime from 2013 withstanding time.

Which one do you hope people will still be talking about that far in the future?
Other than the other 2 listed above I hope for:

Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen
Haganai Next
Non Non Biyori
Railgun: S (had a really good first 16 episodes till new arc? I can't remember, but those 16 episodes were soooo damn epic.)
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What anime from 2013 do you expect to still be a big deal in 5-10 years?


- Attack on Titan
- Monogatari
- Kill la Kill
- Free!
- Kuroko's Basketball

Which one do you hope people will still be talking about that far in the future?


- Chihayafuru
- Kyousougiga
- The Eccentric Family
- Sunday Without God
- Silver Spoon
- A Certain Scientific Railgun S
- Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
- Log Horizon
- The Devil is a Part-timer!

Are there any niche hits that you think the community will keep alive?


- Flowers of Evil
- WataMote
- Gatchaman CROWDS
- My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

Have one that doesn't fit these categories? Explain!


- Samurai Flamenco (I don't think it'll be talked about much in a year or so. Heck, I think some people will try to forget that they even watched this insanely crazy mess/ride called Samumenco. But still, I personally would like it to be mentioned in years to come if only to discuss the numerous plot twists, genre switches, and WTF? moments it provided.)
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I'm embracing all my self-affirmation biases in this post.

Expectations:

In first place, Kill La Kill. I'm going with my gut on this one, as its current popularity is nowhere near that of Attack on Titan. But I expect Kill La Kill to have more staying power, owing no small thanks to its big brother series Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. There aren't too many series which deliver on such a nonstop, high-octane experience, and while I think Kill La Kill is essentially inferior to its predecessor if it delivers a high-quality finale I think it'll stick around.


    Honorable Mention: Attack on Titan. In its current form I expect this series to burn out too fast to last. Anything could happen with a second season--especially if it concludes the series--but at present I think it'll be overcome.

Hopes:

Gatchaman CROWDS. I just realized we had three series last year with either a protagonist or deuteragonist who was a seriously presented cross-dressing male, so good on you Japan. But in any case this was my favorite of the bunch, predominantly due to Rui (but there are plenty of other reasons as well, besides a fairly colorful cast of entertaining characters). While it ended on a slightly odd note, I liked this series especially for its underlying emphasis on diversity.


    Honorable Mention: The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat. Echii comedy is hit-or-miss with me, but this one was tons of fun with a dynamic, energetic cast. May future generations be blessed with Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi's snark.

Lower Profile:

Kyousougiga. Definitely. I think series stick around for either delivering a uniquely appealing experience or a quintessential one, and Kyousougiga managed to do both. Its overall lack of action violence will probably hold it back from being a really big name down the road, but I expect this relatively short, yet immensely vibrant story about the strange denizens of Mirror Tokyo to slip onto many people's lists of completed series for many years to come.


    Honorable Mention: Sunday Without God. Besides being a stunningly beautiful series with a magical aesthetic, the first arc was one of the best stories I saw all year. I give this one a pass, episodes 7-12 notwithstanding.
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Insomnist wrote:

I'm embracing all my self-affirmation biases in this post.

Expectations:

Kill La Kill. Kill La Kill Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Kill La Kill .


The success of both of these makes me wonder if Trigger will wash out their early "uniqueness" with their own future releases.

I'm mostly basing this on Shaft's legacy. I don't enjoy thinking the notion, but Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase and Pani Poni Dash have had their recognizably eroded with time.

Even their main director (Akiyuki Shinbo)'s earlier works that really showed off the development of "Shaft style" such as Le Portrait de Petit Cossette and Soul Taker are hardly recognizable.
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Kill la Kill, but only because it is still in my opinion riding on the hype of it being related to TTGL. It's decent, I suppose, on it's own. But it's hype came from TTGL.

Attack of Titan: Personally I dislike the show, its alright, but it wasn't as good as it was made out to be. That said the sales and hype on this show is insane. There is plenty of fans and material for more seasons to come.

A Certain Magical/Scientific Raildex: I know Index and the first season of Railgun was before 2013. But the series is all interconnected really so I am putting it together. It has a pretty large fanbase. It has plenty of material to adapt from what I understand. It could go on for a few more years at least.

There are also some notable shows i'd LIKE to see remembered but probably won't be. Like Devil Is a Part Timer, Gargantia, Log Horizon, Sunday Without God, SNAFU, Haganai, and Chuunibyo(Technically 2012/2014). But sadly I don't think any of these will be as popular as the other three, not even Log Horizon, though it would be the closest contender.
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Funny thing is I'm still stuck on episode 7 of Kill la Kill and episode 12 of Monogatari. Guess I should try to watch some more of both.
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Kill la Kill, but only because it is still in my opinion riding on the hype of it being related to TTGL. It's decent, I suppose, on it's own. But it's hype came from TTGL.

Attack of Titan: Personally I dislike the show, its alright, but it wasn't as good as it was made out to be. That said the sales and hype on this show is insane. There is plenty of fans and material for more seasons to come.

A Certain Magical/Scientific Raildex: I know Index and the first season of Railgun was before 2013. But the series is all interconnected really so I am putting it together. It has a pretty large fanbase. It has plenty of material to adapt from what I understand. It could go on for a few more years at least.

There are also some notable shows i'd LIKE to see remembered but probably won't be. Like Devil Is a Part Timer, Gargantia, Log Horizon, Sunday Without God, SNAFU, Haganai, and Chuunibyo(Technically 2012/2014). But sadly I don't think any of these will be as popular as the other three, not even Log Horizon, though it would be the closest contender.


Sunday Without God unfortunately will be forgotten. I mean it's very similar to Tegami Bachi, another awesome show in my opinion, but whoever talks about that anymore? Haganai will probably have a niche following, it was surprisingly smart for a show that should have been just a retarded harem romcom.

Log Horizon will probably have a niche following too. I mean rarely, but people still talk about Spice and Wolf and Maoyuu. It will probably be the same thing. Unfortunately Shit Art Online is the next Justin Bieber / Twilight whatever of anime, so it will overshadow any real popularity LH may have had.

Devil is a Part Timer, Gargantia, and Snafu aren't all that memorable in my opinion. They each were pretty typical aside for maybe one special aspect, Gargantia had Chamber, Snafu had Hachiman, Devil had... McDonald's?

Chuunibyo in my opinion, despite its attempt at romance and drama, is at its core moe fanservice. If K-On became that popular on just moe fanservice, I don't see why people are not going to remember this. Although personally I wish people would forget. I am not a fan of moe.
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Attack on Titan: Pretty sure this anime easily scores as the most popular of 2013. It's certainly my favorite; and I've never been so ready for a second before. Crazy visuals, awesome concept, great voice actors, and biggest overall hype. The characters are pretty one-dimensional, sadly. If I need to convince someone anime is cool, this is my go-to subbed.

Log Horizon: This MMORPG genre-thing is already popular as a whole. SAO has already been exploding, too. However, I don't think the second half of SAO season 1 was as good as the first. Simultaneously, Log Horizon just seems to be getting bigger and bigger. Basically, I can see Log Horizon overtaking SAO, which is already popular.
Side note: I'm disappointed in the music.

Kill la Kill: Although not the anime for me, this has clearly grabbed a lot of fans and built up quite the hype. We'll see how far it goes. (:

Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren't they?: My wildcard. It's just overall fun, crazy, and unpredictable. Although a very different show, I think I enjoy watching this almost as much as Attack on Titan. This is also one of few frameworks that truly has unlimited options for the future. I hope it takes off!
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If more seasons of Raildex are animated and it becomes more popular, then

the best show of last year was definitely To aru Kagaku no Railgun S that was truly a masterpiece 10/10 show.

Kill la kill is also another great show.

Kuroko's basketball may become a big hit (even bigger than it is now).
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Probatly AOT or Kill la Kill, which is funny to me but I'm not a big fan of either.

Still, they deilver what people want and they certainly have enough exposure and attention to stick around.
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