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American animations or japanese anime
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Posted 5/18/14
Recently I've seen more people hate on anime and say that american animations are better. They say that anime isn't even animations and just a bunch of moving frames and crap like that. They say that american animations like family guy and disney animations are better because they're actually animations. There's a bunch more to what they say and it's too long to fit in.

Just wondering if a thread like this exists. Do you like anime or american animations more? What are your thoughts on some of the things they say? Have you personally seen this happen in rants and etc?
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25 / F / New Jersey, USA
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Posted 5/18/14 , edited 5/18/14
I enjoy both Japanese and American animation.
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Posted 5/18/14
What an odd question to ask on a website like this.

I like anime more, obviously.
Posted 5/18/14 , edited 8/20/14
They both have their good and bad sides. I prefer some from each style.

There are excellent American animations, and then there are not so good ones.

There are excellent Japanese animations, and then there are not so good ones.

To be honest however, I prefer older animations in BOTH categories. I feel that the newer series in both just don't have the feel, the imagination, the characters, etc. of the older shows. I like some modern series by both countries, but overall the older shows win out for me.

And of course, I am really sick and tired of anime fans -or fans of Japanese culture- (aka, weebos) worshiping everything that comes from Japan like it is heaven sent perfection.

Grow up losers.
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Posted 5/18/14
I enjoy both, and will continue to do so. I more often see snooty anime fans attacking Western cartoons, and elitism from either fan base irritates me.
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83 / F / Bite the pillow.
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I enjoy a good story, good characters, and good voice acting. I don't care who animates it or what their nationality is.
Posted 5/18/14
I like both but I'd rather watch anime most of the time.
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21 / M / UK
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Posted 5/18/14
I like American animations.

But I love Anime.
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25 / M / Iowa
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Posted 5/18/14
Lately I've been leaning more towards Japanese anime than I have US animation.
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There's no reason to pick one over the other. Both of them have good shows and bad ones. It's fine to have a preference of course but I think it's a bit stupid to bash one or the other completely.
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Posted 5/18/14 , edited 8/20/14
I probably like anime more but I'll gladly watch either so long as it's good. If it's bad then it doesn't matter whether it's anime or western animation, I won't watch it. Where the animation itself is concerned then yeah I guess Western animation is better (well as a whole anyway, there's also some jaw dropping anime animation, too). They also tend to have better voice acting and I think that's mainly due to the casters. Anime auditions receive a lot of participants but the casting directors often assign those they know have experience and fear taking on new blood. As far as story is concerned I prefer anime, since it will often tread into more mature themes that western animation wouldn't.

Though anime is certainly not frames. When it comes to fight scenes especially, if you were to compare the key frames to the final product you'd notice a huge difference. I can see where they may be coming from given that characters can tend to be quite static a lot of the time, be it due to conversation or because there's a small budget, but especially in movies (such as Miyazaki's productions) I can safely say they are NOT just key frames. Saying a western animation is better because the movement is more fluid is narrow-minded.

And yes, I've seen people bring it up, but neither side has really made a properly good argument as to why one is definitively better than the other, or has just said so because they're trolling. I appreciate good animation, but there's much more to an animation, than the animation itself. It's why it saddens me that there are great internet animators out there who waste their talents on toilet humour. You'll see the odd one who's great all-round (my personal favourite being Harry Partridge) but a lot of the time they'll animate really well, yet the main point the animation revolves around is often 'poopy-dickbutts-lulz' level of humour.
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Posted 5/18/14
American animations can do sitcom, social satire, A La Simpsons, Family Guy, etc; but not so much on Yuri. Harem,(broadcasting restrictions?), even sports let alone keep up the level of out put.
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Posted 5/18/14

MarkyD73 wrote:

I like American animations.

But I love Anime.


Basically this...Haha. And Yes, since We ARE on an Anime site after all, I think I'm going to have to lean towards IT rather than American animation.


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I usually prefer anime for one major reason: storytelling. American animation in general tends to be episodic in nature, and usually they are comedies: family guy, south park, regular show, etc. Anime tells to have a more linear story-line, in the sense that in most shows you can't really watch them out of order and everything builds up. Character development tends to be stronger, themes can be darker (FMA, Code Geass, Death Note, etc.) than most American shows. The only American animation I guess I can say I am interested in would be "Western Anime" like Avatar, and perhaps superhero shows where the west dominates all. Other than that I will take anime>Western Animation any day, but my reason has little to nothing to do with the animation itself but rather the wider array of themes that present themselves in anime.
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Posted 5/18/14
Both.
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