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Creativity is becoming rare?
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Posted 8/11/14
Anime isn't getting worse you just have to find good anime, it goes the same with books. Wheres there are some that are cliche and poorly done there are also ones that are creative and original
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22 / F / None ya business.
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Posted 8/11/14
Seek and ye shall find.
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I think they are making anime that focus on cute and/or attractive characters over deep and compelling stories, sorta like Lucky Star which has basically no story. Not to say I dislike Lucky Star. I liked it, though I do like anime with good stories too.
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Don't think so. I think people have just replied, gone into making cliches anime with fanservice to get money on purpose. There are lots of good anime that never fall into the cliches yet people never heard of some of them. Plus, they didn't have much money...
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Its called going where the money is at.
Why do TV sitcoms almost all feature families that get into wacky problems?
Why does Apple keep coming out with new iPhones?
Money.
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Posted 8/11/14 , edited 8/11/14
Well you kind of have to look around for the more creative things. I also dislike the plotless stuff it gets to blend specially when there are a million versions of it.
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I think it's a matter of trends and volume. There is soooo much anime out there it's easy for similar shows to pile up. So because a lot of people watch it and certain shows of specific genre get popular other shows that are similar to the original, really good show, are produced simply because the market is there. You just have to sift through a lot to find the gems, which is annoying and can make it seem like there isn't anything original at all.
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Posted 8/11/14 , edited 8/12/14
I've probably posted this a million times but like HAYAO MIYAZAKI said...

anime suffers because industry staff is made up of otaku who "don't spend time watching real people" and are "humans who can't stand looking at other humans."

Also

Miyazaki explained that animating people can only be done by those who spend time observing others, something he feels the industry lacks because it's "full of otaku."

Literally otakus are ruining the anime industry because they are putting out stuff THEY want to see. Even though I know it also has to do with money and everything but there are so many animes I just cannot relate too or anime characters I could relate too. Also as an artist who draws people a lot I do study people. I used to sit in class and watch how people moved and interacted with each other (I know it sounds odd but it was very helpful) So by these otakus stuck in their waifu world they produce crappy anime they only want to see and don't really care for the general anime fanbase.

Here's a video that pretty much explains how I see whats happening in the anime world (Though it's talking about video games but eh same concept):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXJ27KHa4Ck
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Posted 8/11/14
Eh. It all depends. Some this season are really, and some are just.. bad. But fanservice will always be there.
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17 / M / Salt Lake City, Utah
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At some point originality and points of creativity will disappear completely. There can only be a finite amount of ideas and concepts.

Also, It's not that anime is getting worse, it's simply because different ideas and stories are coming into the influence of anime. Just because it's changing doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. Sure there are some pretty horrid anime that have come out, but that will always be apart of the industry or anything really.

People have many different opinions and preferences when it comes to anime.
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Posted 8/12/14

xxJing wrote:

I've noticed that an industry tends to do its best work at its outset, before it knows what people like, because then it tries out a whole bunch of different things. Once it knows what people like, it only makes what people like, and that just becomes stale.

If something isn't really an established genre or theme before a certain point then there will certainly be less examples of it and if it becomes established it will likely be because of some successful and popular shows. I don't really think it's fair to say that the best works in a genre are always at the start, it can simply seem that way because anything that was bad but came before the genre was established is easily ignored and once a genre gets going it will have plenty of both bad and good.

As others have mentioned, any new success is likely to draw a lot of imitators looking to cash in on what is popular and that can lead to a lot of inferior shows being produced too so it does get harder to pick out the quality shows.

I don't really agree that "money" fully explains a lack of creativity. Most people in creative industries will have some interest in the subject so they will want to do more than just make money. They will take jobs that pay well to survive, of course, but many of them will ultimately want an opportunity to create something they can be proud of. Money is definitely a factor but not everyone is motivated purely by it.

I guess the problem is also partly that the people in charge of the "business" are usually more interested in income than what they actually produce. Even if you have a lot of very creative people working on something it might not work if they're following someone else's agenda. That said, there are still some businesses that are willing to take the occasional risk and trust their people to produce something great so I don't think it prevents all creativity.

I suppose it's worth mentioning that creativity doesn't always equal quality. To take a gaming example, World of Warcraft achieved great success by refining ideas that had gone before into something more than the sum of it's parts. It's also possible to produce something very original that just isn't very good. For that matter, quality doesn't always result in success so I guess it's pretty complicated.

Getting back to the original question, I think anime is just fine at the moment. Quite a lot of the current trends appeal to my tastes and I can usually find something that I like as well as the occasional "great" show. It does bother me when people call out particular genres as "ruining anime" since it's really just a matter of taste. If you have no interest in a particular genre then you won't know the difference between good and bad shows in that genre so everything will just seem bad to you (well, it's all subjective anyway but hopefully you know what I mean). That said, I can understand the frustration when a genre you like doesn't have many shows being produced but that doesn't mean that other people shouldn't get what they want either.
Posted 8/12/14
Not only rare, but really shitty.
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lazywizard wrote:

I could dig around for the link, but I remember once watching a video of Vic Mignogna urging people not to illegally stream anime, because it pulls money away from the anime industry. He went further on to say that many people want to make interesting and complex anime but it's the lack of money from them that stops it from happening. There isn't just not having money in it, he said that the industry is actually struggling (I think). I'll go find the video if I can, but I wanted to type this up first, I saw the video so long ago I think it'll take me a long while and I just wanted to put my two cents in.


I think I saw that.
Implying fan service is there to make money.
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Posted 8/12/14
If I had the talent I'd make stories based on my ancestors, my extended family, and my family. A ton of stories with tragedy, violence, mystery, comedy, and sex, all in a historical perspective. I'd change the names to protect the living, save myself embarrassment, and death at the hands of family members though. LOL.
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22 / M / the great canadia...
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Posted 8/12/14

Lowlights wrote:

There's always been garbage shows, they just move from trope to trope until it crash and burns.


Right now seems to be

-school life
-random club w/ a name that would never happen
-kids doing nothing in said club
-random love triangle
-boom, 12 episodes, 5 stars.

Also, shit about living in video games.
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