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I get the feeling some of the anime fans might be asking for too much.
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Not enough, need more original anime. Not just a copy one after another. I'm paying $6 a month not for them to sit on their ass all day.
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I think maybe you are only seeing the forest for the trees. You need to look at the grand scheme. Try and remove yourself from all the goofy anime you're watching any given day right now and look at it from a five, maybe ten year cross section. All the middling garbage you see today? It will be forgotten by most. The true, creative gems tend to last in people's memory for years and years and years.

While there may be more of a business around it all today, that doesn't mean there are less truly creative programs coming out of Japan these days. The two things are not mutually exclusive. There was garbage coming out years ago, too. It's just harder to remember it, because no one bothers. Why would they? It's garbage.
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I enjoy my share of the oldies, but I am all for the new stuff, too, and I am extremely happy that the cost of entry for watching anime now is so much lower than it used to be. (If you wanted to get into a new series in the '90s, you had to be prepared to drop the $30 for a DVD – or a VHS – despite not knowing whether you would enjoy it or not, and you only got two to four episodes on each.)
Posted 5/30/14
I'm not worried.

I've always been able to enjoy titles even if they're not unique. As long as I can relate to at least one character in the story... then I can enjoy it.
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As long as the majority of the characters are likable, and the Art, Animation, and sound are pleasing to my senses, I will most definitely enjoy a series, even if I've seen the type hundreds of times.
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Posted 5/30/14

Thfelese wrote:

Not enough, need more original anime. Not just a copy one after another. I'm paying $6 a month not for them to sit on their ass all day.


Six dollars a month?
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When I was a kid anime was hard to get a hold of unless you wanted to pay a fortune. Now for chump change I have access to so much content that I can pick and choose among a variety of shows every season. There's rarely a time when I don't have some thing enjoyable to watch so overall I'm pretty happy with the way things are.
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I am happy with the animes the way they are right now. Sure some of them feels really bad but hey at least more anime are accessible.
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Posted 5/30/14
Welcome to the anime community!

You must be new here.
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Posted 5/30/14 , edited 5/30/14
I find myself less critical of anime in general then a lot of folks around here, nor is my outlook nearly as bleak but I do notice the same trends and I can't help but be a little fatigued by them sometimes.

But regardless of how harsh I or others are or aren't of anime, I think it's always a good thing to be critical. Being critical of something doesn't mean you hate it, or even that it's bad. It just means you care about it enough to bother in the first place, and without dissent progress would be much slower. Even aside from that I think it's good to discuss these things just because it helps deepen peoples appreciation for the medium and such, or at least that's what I like to think.

Honestly I would argue that overall anime fans ask for too little. Most of them are fine with watching the same copy-paste shows with the same tropes and cliches over and over again, and well, I think that's kind of unfortunate. Myself included to some extent.

That said I also agree with those who say these things work in cycles. We aren't going to be stuck in this same rut for the rest of eternity, eventually it will wear out it's welcome and creators will have to go back to relying on making unique and interesting shows as opposed to constantly exploiting the otaku demographic. Or it would probably be more accurate to say they will just start copying different tropes that appeal to different people.

The issue of access is entirely separate, and indeed I think we are fortunate to be in the place we are where we can watch just about any show we want any time we want legally for a small, small subscription fee.
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Posted 5/30/14

qualeshia3 wrote:

Six dollars a month?

Either Thfelese rounds down everything or doesn't have a good memory for numbers.

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Theres this thing called Sturgeon's Law which says "90% of everything is crap". In the present, people see all this crap and complain about how terrible things are today and they look back at the old times and champion the 10% of stuff that wasn't crap ignoring all of the bad stuff that surrounded it. There will always be crap in the industry, it is our job as fans to pick out the good stuff and support it and make sure anime companies know that if you makes something good, it will be supported...as long as you support the good stuff, you are perfectly allowed to complain about the bad, just don't pretend like everything today is crap...


Insomnist wrote:
Shin Sekai Yorihad a horrifically bad final arc

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Wait...did people actually think this? I thought the final arc was wonderful...the middle section got a little iffy at times but it really brought it together in the end. I'd be quite interested to hear your more in depth thoughts about this...
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Posted 5/30/14 , edited 5/30/14
There is still plenty of originality in anime these days. Classic example is a show like the Monogatari series. It was something different between its focus on characters, dialogue, and funky art/scene layout. It had me hooked from the first episode of Bakemonogatari to the last episode of the second season. Mekakucity Actors is very similar as far as this seasons simulcasts go. If you dig through what is hyped (or significantly overhyped in some cases, *cough* AoT *cough*), or the big three, you can still find some real gems.

Some things are predictable though in modern shows, even if the premise is changed slightly in each of them. Kind of how you know there will be a hot springs/beach episode in every rom-com that comes out. Not that I have any objection to fan services, it's just that you know it will come sooner or later.

All that being said, I usually give every simulcast that comes out on Funimation/CR/Daisuki a chance even if I think it's going to be bad. I find myself only quitting a handful of shows each season, so most are enjoyable if not memorable.
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Posted 5/30/14 , edited 5/30/14
It is true that anime has created some AMAZING anime from the past (for instance Cowboy Bebop). However just like the past , I believe anime still has the potential to make anime just as great (for instance Fate/Zero, or Attack on Titan). Just my opinion though.
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Posted 5/30/14 , edited 5/30/14
I liked anime back then. I like anime now. Originality is overrated. As long as I like the show, the characters, the art direction, the music, the story, etc, it could be cliched to hell and back, in the end, it would still be enough for me.
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