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I've often picked up broken china bare-handed, and have never cut myself while doing so. Although you are technically correct, it's like the porcelain in anime are touch-sensitive and reverberate at high speeds to slice through human flesh.
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I'm glad somebody enjoys it. You can enjoy the cliche for me.
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DaKromwell wrote:

1. Bad guy and good guy are engaged in a sword duel. They lunge at each other. Seconds go by, they're both standing. Next thing you know, one of them drops on the ground.

2. That stupid pose characters do with one leg splayed out when they land after jumping from a high place acrobatically.

3. The usual monologue of how someone got strong, or trained, or achieved a technique.

4. The fact that all attacks are actually given a name. Imagine Lebron James shouting, "Triple Rainbow Arching Three Point Shot" every time he threw a 3 pointer. Ridiculous, right?

5. Flashbacks in the middle of a battle that seem to regenerate their health, strength, and stamina altogether.

6. The fact that most high school and/or middle school girls wear short skirts.

7. The fact that the bad guy and the good guy always have that super secret powerful ultra mega top secret technique that they won't use until they're nearly lifeless and bleeding from everywhere.

8. There's gona be that one episode where someone forgets their bento and some girl related to them (childhood friend or sister) is going to bring it to them before lunch.

9. There's going to be a blue, or orange, or pink, or green, or red haired character somewhere.

10. Here's an emoji づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ to make it an even 10.



Lol!!!! This just sums up everything.
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What if we went really deep here in cliches, for example : if their is a certain group of people in an anime, like lets say black bullet with the initiators, it always has to consist of only women, and or children, who are all kawadorable as frick, all only little girls, also in infinite stratos, how of course, only women are the only group of people that can use a IS, yup, just only women to cater to the audience. I dislike things like this IMO where the author tries to be unique but ends up targeting a certain group of individuals. Some more examples here : Brynhildr in the darkness, all witches seem to be solely female who are attractive at that. See a trend in this?
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aeb0717 wrote:



I've often picked up broken china bare-handed, and have never cut myself while doing so. Although you are technically correct, it's like the porcelain in anime are touch-sensitive and reverberate at high speeds to slice through human flesh.


same here, but i have also knapped stones that can slice off a finger if you were to catch it from falling mid air.


qualeshia3 wrote:



I'm glad somebody enjoys it. You can enjoy the cliche for me.


lol, it seems like im enjoying alot of things people find annoying. although i find them annoying, it makes it that much more enjoyable.


macmcflurry wrote:

What if we went really deep here in cliches, for example : if their is a certain group of people in an anime, like lets say black bullet with the initiators, it always has to consist of only women, and or children, who are all kawadorable as frick, all only little girls, also in infinite stratos, how of course, only women are the only group of people that can use a IS, yup, just only women to cater to the audience. I dislike things like this IMO where the author tries to be unique but ends up targeting a certain group of individuals. Some more examples here : Brynhildr in the darkness, all witches seem to be solely female who are attractive at that. See a trend in this?


these are more like harem, they are generated towards a male audience. but yea i get what you are saying. i don't like full blown echi, i typically avoid it if i can. Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero is an ecchi that i really like, just cuz it falls within the genre i like.
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I really dislike the girl-that-can't-cook cliché. Typically paired with the tsundere personality type. Anything they cook comes out as a censored blob of slop, followed by the other characters (typically male, love interest) trying and failing miserably to digest the disgusting muck.

Recently seen in Zvezda Plot:

And Kuroko no Basuke:

Not to do the guys a disservice, there's also England's cooking from Hetalia. (Don't feel like finding a pic.)


I usually consider it quite tired too, but I must say, in Zvezda the sheer immensity of the reaction caught me by surprise and actually made me laugh . I was like "oh, great, yet another girl-who-can't-cook gag" and then OH MY GOD IT'S FULL OF STARS.
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DaKromwell wrote:

6. The fact that most high school and/or middle school girls wear short skirts.



not a cliche, this is actually true.
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AnimeKami wrote:


DaKromwell wrote:

6. The fact that most high school and/or middle school girls wear short skirts.



not a cliche, this is actually true.


This is the reason I'm glad I'm in the US lol.

I wore jeans when in highschool.

I would hate to have to wear skirts like they have to in Japan.
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AnimeKami wrote:


DaKromwell wrote:

6. The fact that most high school and/or middle school girls wear short skirts.



not a cliche, this is actually true.

To get them as short as shown in many anime, however, they would either have to cut off half the length of the skirt, or roll up so much around their waist so much that they would appear to have a serious case of muffin top.

A typical school uniform skirt is the length of the ones Saten and Uiharu in Railgun wear.

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TheGordianNot wrote:

I usually consider it quite tired too, but I must say, in Zvezda the sheer immensity of the reaction caught me by surprise and actually made me laugh . I was like "oh, great, yet another girl-who-can't-cook gag" and then OH MY GOD IT'S FULL OF STARS.


True. I did actually laugh at Zvezda's take on it. Like everything in Zvezda, it was so over-the-top and exaggerated that I could forgive the cliché.
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AnimeKami wrote:


DaKromwell wrote:

6. The fact that most high school and/or middle school girls wear short skirts.



not a cliche, this is actually true.


Let me rephrase, extremely short? lol



Sacae89 wrote:
This is the reason I'm glad I'm in the US lol.

I wore jeans when in highschool.

I would hate to have to wear skirts like they have to in Japan.

Uniforms are awesome! Although, the schools I went to in high school were very strict about having girls only use skirts that were about shin level.
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I've grown a little tired of the "I'm going to get stronger all of a sudden due to my friends' hopes. FRIENDSHIP WINS!"
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Sacae89 wrote:
This is the reason I'm glad I'm in the US lol.
I wore jeans when in highschool.
I would hate to have to wear skirts like they have to in Japan.


At the same time, it sounds like the real difference is often uniform/no uniform.
A lot of the school uniforms I've ever seen, everywhere in the world, have skirts. Girls can often still wear the pants, in a lot of places I know of, though.
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This cliche makes no sense even if it is a little funny. I've this in shounen anime for some time when it comes to male protagonist fearing or can't do something unexpected.

Goku is afraid of needles and Chi Chi but can face the strongest evil villain.

Vegeta is afraid of worms but not anything else.

Gintoki and Toshiro are both afraid of ghosts but they are not afraid to go all badass on a villain.

Eren isn't afraid of a Titan nor has he have yet to kill one but when it comes to Mikasa, Rivaille, or Annie the kid can't win.

Just a few things I've noticed.

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oh man isnt that needless? i believe, havent watched that show in years
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