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Would you like more anime to be westernized?
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There is a lot of very cringeworthy stuff in anime. People often count that out lol
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Anime in the Old West? Sounds gritty good to me.

Over anime being westernized? A little bit. As someone pointed out before, 3D shading in anime is so bad that it literally hurts my eyes. The only exception is Arpeggio of Blue Steel, but that still leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and if any anime gets westernized, it would have to be a comedy. Because Japan's culture is so hellbent on shunning and demonizing what they call "sexual deviancy", normal people don't have an outlet for their sexual tensions and/or frustrations. Since normal people are not smart or strong enough to cope with this, their outlet is mainly in their entertainment, ergo the massive amount of fan service found in anime now-a-days. I can not tell you how many good shows have just been brought down by the obscene amount of fan service and how their serious and mature themes/scenes were so heavily effected. I would rather take more profanity and sexual innuendos than the same goddamn cleavage and panty shots in my anime, which is probably why I'm such a big fan of the Beelzebub manga. Then again, I'm just another Western European-minded kid, so my view points maybe biased.
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I really hate westerns most of the time. It's my most hated genre because it is very predictable. That being said, shows like Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star are some of my most favorites. Strangely enough, my most favorite movie is the Wild Bunch, precisely because it bucked a lot of trends in the Old West genre. So unless it is more like the Wild Bunch and not so much like Shane, I really rather not see them go down that route.

As for westernized in terms of based upon Western Culture, I'm hesitant about that. On one hand, it presents them with a lot of great ideas for story material. On the other hand, in times past they've so often butchered Western Culture shamelessly.
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Western as in western " cowboy" genre?

As long as the story is good and the its not cheezy then I would say yes besides this genre is rarely done.

Trigun was one of my favorite.Cowboy Beebop modern cowboy touch was pretty interesting.

Besides ... you dont see pretty good cowboy movies nowadays either.
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Posted 8/19/14
I watch anime so I can escape from stupid America.... lol just kidding
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Posted 8/20/14 , edited 8/20/14
I can't think of a "Space Western" I've watched and didn't enjoy, so more of those would be fine.

I like the way that anime covers all sorts of different settings including very fictional ones. Even if the setting is more fictional than intended because of a misunderstanding I'm usually okay with that. I think it's fine as it is really. Pretty much the same applies to storylines.
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Yes. More variety is always better.

Seeing people respond to this question with ''NO, GOD NO'' makes me cringe a bit.
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Posted 8/20/14
Actually it might be somewhat good. I mean some of the greatest animes out there:

Monster
Full Metal Alchemist
Cowboy Bebop

use Western Culture heavily as reference. It might be good to mix and match a bit. A lot of shows today use the typical western fantasy themes, but they are basically just rehashes of typical Romcoms. I tend to like it when anime goes and tries a take on other cultures as a whole. China, Europe, South America, whatever.

Posted 8/20/14 , edited 8/20/14
I like anime with western settings: Berserk, Fantastic Children and Monster are very good animes (they're my top 3 favorite animes of all time) and the setting is in Europe (England, Belgium and Germany, I think). The plot is usually better and more serious.

So yes, more "westernized anime" is good in my book if we can get more wonderful stories like those titles I mentioned above and I bet there are many more. Obviously, I love the Japanese settings since the culture and food is wonderful! but I prefer the serious ones since I'm not a fan of ecchi, harems and magical girl shows (except CCS) and they can be found mostly in japanese settings.
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I like to see anime that explore various cultures, and not in offensive ways. I enjoyed Baccano, Trigun, and a lot of western-themed anime. So I would be up to seeing more "westernized" anime.

That being said, I don't want to see it take over Japan's own culture and tropes by vehemently incorporating a lot of cliches I see in the US . I don't want to see Samurai settings and Japanese schools replaced by our own examples. Nor would I like to see Bishonen and cutsey art styles replaced with gruff muscle dudes and comic book styles. That said, I do like seeing more realistic styles and variety in the character designs. I just don't want a lot of signature Japanese traits and styles replaced by what's popular in the West. I don't want Japan's anime to replace its cultural identity (as broad as it may be) with our own.
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Pls no. Well, I don't mind animes where they visit the West, by just don't completely western-ize it. We watch anime for escapism, so don't trick us!
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Posted 8/20/14 , edited 8/20/14
no
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xxJing wrote:

Actually it might be somewhat good. I mean some of the greatest animes out there:

Monster
Full Metal Alchemist
Cowboy Bebop

use Western Culture heavily as reference. It might be good to mix and match a bit. A lot of shows today use the typical western fantasy themes, but they are basically just rehashes of typical Romcoms. I tend to like it when anime goes and tries a take on other cultures as a whole. China, Europe, South America, whatever.



i think by west they meant america
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Well, yes and no. I like how anime has become more considerate of other cultures and ethnicities but I don't want them to lose their own indentity in the process.
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Posted 8/20/14

Siawo wrote:


xxJing wrote:

Actually it might be somewhat good. I mean some of the greatest animes out there:

Monster
Full Metal Alchemist
Cowboy Bebop

use Western Culture heavily as reference. It might be good to mix and match a bit. A lot of shows today use the typical western fantasy themes, but they are basically just rehashes of typical Romcoms. I tend to like it when anime goes and tries a take on other cultures as a whole. China, Europe, South America, whatever.



i think by west they meant america


I know what is meant. Monster and Full Metal Alchemist use highly European cultural themes (specifically German and Eastern Europe). Cowboy Bebop uses a combination of film noir and hong kong themes. It's still western since the United States draws heavily from Europe.

My point was, I enjoy it when Anime tries to tackle different cultural themes.

Black Lagoon is a good example. Dutch and Levy are American, Rock was Japanese, there was a Chinese guy, a Russian chick, a bunch of different people who acted differently. It had a very good global feel to it.

Baccano was similar.

When Anime steps outside of Japan, it doesn't matter where, it tends to become more sophisticated and well rounded. If it stays in Japan it tends to rely on otaku culture which has been rehashed so many times in anime I don't think they can do anything new with it anymore.
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