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Great concept, poor execution (and vice versa) in anime
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They say it's better to have a cliche concept with good execution than a unique concept with bad execution. What anime did you think had a great concept but was executed poorly? Also, what anime did you think had a generic/cliche concept but was executed well? Discuss.
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SAO
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Personally, it would have to be K.

The whole psychic war with the different factions was a really interesting concept, but it just fell flat with nothing properly explained and a kind of lackluster ending IMO.

But as for a cliche concept with great execution, Nisekoi is one of the better executed harems that I've seen.
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Brace yourself, the SAO comment's are coming..
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27 / M / Anime World
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Imo, Kyoukai no Kanata/Beyond the Boundary. The premise was nice but the execution sure had problems.
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Ryuouka wrote:

Brace yourself, the SAO comment's are coming..


These guys pretty much said it already.

/thread

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35 / M / The IshVille
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Petopeto-San. They started off really well making some likeable characters that were subjected to discrimination, but really pulled off the pedal on that and went all saccharine sweet. They clearly wanted to address overcoming discrimination and bias, but failed to execute.

Gargantia on the Verduous Planet. The ending theme they tried to execute about man, machine and God, was extremely rushed and killed the climax of that anime for me. If they were going to go that direction, they should've had 26 episodes and not 13. It just made no sense that an entire religion would pop up from out of nowhere like that.

And of course, since everyone is calling for it, I'll bring the SAO comments. Because it was not executed properly. Way too rushed and the break back to reality in the middle just killed it. The same premise was executed much better by Log Horizon, which is the superior anime, IMO.
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Sword Art Online. Heck, Hunter x Hunter had an arc about a game that has a similar concept in a videogame. An arc! And that was a better story than SAO. That baffles my brain

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I'll snipe Gantz before that gets taken
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Let's see here. For the great concept with spotty execution, SAO is the very example of how to and not to tell a story like that. Here are some other shows that fit the bill:

Accel World - First half was executed as perfectly as it could get. But the second half is where things run into problems by dragging out that arc much longer than it needs to be.
Day Break Illusion - The idea of magical girls facing psychological ramifications for killing the enemies is a great concept, but the show was written with one of the laziest plotlines I have ever witnessed.
Zetman - The concept of superheroes with contrasting viewpoints on justice is good, but the execution is just way off base.

And I should mention another show that currently is airing and is suffering from this problem, and that would be Irregular at Magic High School. As much as it wants to build a story, at some point the story needs to move forward, which so far hasn't happened, Now for the flipside:

Oregairu - I thought that this show was going to be a cliched romcom, but those monologues really set the tone for this show.
Pet Girl of Sakurasou - It's another one of those shows about school life, but the development of friendship really stands out.
Bunny Drop - The concept of having a bachelor adopting a distant relative as his daughter doesn't really have much substance, but the show's development definitely leaves a lasting impression.

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Magical Warfare

The Anime tried to cram 8 LNs into 12 Episodes, and it showed, in the poor pacing, and then altering the ending in the Anime because it wasn't dramatic enough.
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23 / F / Under your skin.
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GANTZ
ChäoS;HEAd


for sure.
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Posted 5/10/14 , edited 5/10/14

Bakaneer wrote:

Zetman - The concept of superheroes with contrasting viewpoints on justice is good, but the execution is just way off base.
The manga is really good, I'm still confused over how the anime managed to be so godawful terrible.
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For me, one of the shows that is generic but plays out well is Nisekoi. It takes so many generic tropes from Romcom/Harems but gives me characters I love and makes a great story.

*raises flame shields*
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31 / M
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I thought Stardiver had a very simple concept, but was executed perfectly, with great production values.
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