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American animations or japanese anime
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Posted 5/19/14
I enjoy the stupid funny american animation shows and the old 90s x-men and spiderman...Now a days i enjoy Japanese animation a whole lot more, even though i have to keep in pace w/ the subtitles.
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Posted 5/19/14
In general, I feel that most American animation is better and/or has more animation, but it also (to me) looks 'uglier'/uncanny valley-ish and seems less detailed (especially background scenes). I feel like American animation has more random objects though, lol. Each has its positives and negatives and I enjoy both. Although, is there a recent animated American movie I could compare with anime movies? Because I feel that anime movies are usually the best overall. ( I don't mean CG-3D rendered model animation things awesome as though they may be, lol)
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Posted 5/25/14
The level of actual animation has come to about the same level, that is limited animation only occasional movement with the narrative moving the story along. Now anime has the edge as the story's are better and the Japanese acting carrying it along, only in the 40's did American animation own the stage; the old Warner Bros films great combination of acting and animation,look at an old Bugs Bunny the characters never stop moving their eyes,body's,limbs always in motion.
Posted 5/25/14
I love both but if I were to pick one it will be Anime,
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33 / M / Finland- The Cave...
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Posted 5/25/14
Quality of american animation has improved a lot of late and I enjoy superhero shows, always have however.. they are too familiar to me anime is more creative overal since ( no offence) , less nit picking people that will whine on slightest different thing at em like in US.
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29 / M / Nishinomiya, Japan
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Posted 5/25/14 , edited 5/25/14
As a little kid i loved the animation of shows like X-Men, Batman, and Spiderman. But now I'm going to have to go with anime.. I feel that the artists in anime strive for a different goal. In a lot of shows they try to capture more than the plot of the show and strive to achieve a more artistic quality.. That is just my opinion.

I can't ever remember saying, "Wow, that is beautiful!" while watching many Western animations. But i frequently say it while i am watching anime.
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Posted 5/25/14
The Avatar series are terrific but other than those 2 I really cannot find any current US animation shows that I like. I never liked the Simpsons and I used to watch Family Guy and Futurama, for a bit, but they both got old for me. The current episodes of the Family Guy make me sick to watch as they are just too trashy now and do not even bother with a story line. Also, the weekly block of shows on the Cartoon Network do not interest me at all.

For me the last truly great animation shows were the DC Universe shows with the highlights being Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.



Decent animation and terrific stories
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15 / M / Merica
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Posted 5/25/14
Their are some great American animations but generally I prefer anime
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M / Baka Zone
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Posted 5/25/14
I like both, but nowadays I generally watch anime more.
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Posted 5/25/14

Rell0M7DF wrote:

I enjoy the stupid funny american animation shows and the old 90s x-men and spiderman...Now a days i enjoy Japanese animation a whole lot more, even though i have to keep in pace w/ the subtitles.


-spend an hour a day learning how to speed read for one week
-no more reading problems for life
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Wow I'm really surprised at the level of impartiality, and civil and fair opinions. I guess I'm just so used to seeing elitist weaboo comments that s*** on anything western and worship anything that comes out of Japan. I assume this is a much better place for reasonable discussion rather than the gene cesspool that calls itself the YouTube comments section.
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31 / M / Columbus,Indiana
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Posted 5/25/14
I watch Anime more but that is just what i always Dig but American Animations is pretty hardcore as well it really is what your prefer but we are on a Anime site so the winner will be.
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Posted 5/25/14
They are just different, with different focuses on character, mythology, and style. Neither is inherently better than the other. I enjoy both, but for different reasons.
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Posted 5/25/14 , edited 5/25/14
Saying American animation is better than Japanese animation only because it has more frames is completely silly.

It's all about what the animation team wants to focus more on. You just can't have everything at max detail. It would take way too much money and time. Here's a breakdown to what I mean.

American animation is best at 3D animation. However, 3D animation is RIDICULOUSLY easier to animate over 2D. Any animator can tell you this. 3D animation consists of dragging around points of a skeleton and moving it to the next keyframe. All the frames in between are done for you by the computer. It's basically just stop motion, except done with a 3D object on a computer screen. You are just posing a doll multiple times over and over. Because it's much easier to animate in 3D, they can afford to focus a huge budget in making sure that animation looks good as hell, along with special effects and whatnot. 3D animation is just easier and takes much shorter time to animate than drawing 2D animation. There is no argument here.

Now 2D animation? There are no shortcuts where things are done for you. You have to have a person manually draw every single goddamn keyframe and in between frames. That takes a TON of time to do. With all that manual labor, you'd blow your entire budget just to draw a minute or two if you wanted to match the frame count of a 3D animation in terms of smoothness. Imagine trying to build a doll once and moving it however you want, as many times as you want, compared to drawing that same doll a couple thousand times with all the details. Let's say you wanna make a 5 second clip of this doll moving, at 30 frames per second. That's 150 frames. Do you want to take a 150 pictures, or draw the picture yourself 150 times? That's not even taking account the in between frames 3D software does for you, reducing the amount of pictures you have to take yourself. Less work = less cost in budget.

So to save your budget, you'd have to reduce frame count, resulting in choppy animation. But to make up for that, Japanese animation tends to focus on other kinds of details, such as background quality, lighting, and shading. American 2D animation is smoother, yes, but how many of them have the kind of background quality and shading that anime has? Does Adventure Time or all the classic Cartoon Network shows, Family Guy, MLP, etc even HAVE shading? How good do their backgrounds and environments look?

Of course there are exceptions too. Avatar series has great quality in all areas, and pretty good frame count. I wouldn't say it's THAT much better than typical anime animation, though.

Both have pros and cons, and have different focuses. It's almost like comparing if watermelons or lemons are better.

Here's some of my own examples in animation.
Here is a 2D running animation I made: http://i.minus.com/isGUdeK8rGBW4.gif
Here is a 3D running animation I made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ5CVMdDB_8
Take a guess which one took 5 minutes, and which took over half a day?

(Note: I've been both a 2D and 3D animator for quite some time)
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Posted 5/25/14 , edited 5/25/14
Asking this question here feels kind of like going into a McDonald's and asking whether people prefer eating meat or being vegetarian.

That said, it really depends on the program for me. I can't definitively say one way or another, 'cause different studios do different things on both sides of the Pacific.
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