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Judging an anime by it's cover. Is it right?
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Posted 1/18/15
I usually just read the description and look at the artwork before deciding to watch it but the most effective way of finding new anime to watch is reading anime discussions and recommendation lists. I know that I put off watching HunterXHunter for a long time because of the artwork and first episodes but then I read all the positive feedback the show was getting so I gave it a try and it's now of my favorite anime ever!

Soonly judging an anime by the description and artwork is right imo.
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25 / F / United States, DE
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I will admit, I tend to be attracted to an anime initially based on how the art looks. But that's pretty normal I think.

Then I read the description to see if the plot seems interesting. If it does, I give it a go.

I usually take reviews with a grain of salt, unless they are overwhelmingly negative.
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I usually look at the cover and see what the character designs are like, because in an anime that's one of the most important parts for me. Then I see if it's a genre I'm interested in, then read the description
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well some times yes like if the animation just doesn't suite me like the monogatari serious then i don't watch it
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26 / M / Wisconsin
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I don't think its wrong I usealy do the samething though sometimes I do look at reviews
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Posted 1/18/15 , edited 1/18/15
I'm not really sure of anything nowadays, but if we're talking in general, then I'll have to disagree.

1. Toradora!: The cover looks pretty plain and boring, meanwhile it screams generic slice-of-life. However, for me anyways, Toradora! was memorable to me even through the years.


2. Code Geass: Anorexic looking characters, with the main character doing some kind of an odd pose. Assumptions right off the bat make it seem like Lelouch is a lone wolf. While C.C. in the back looks like a tragic heroine when it doesn't speak on her character at all (to a point...). Also the entire red side on the right of Lelouch looks like a legion of evil. Yet Code Geass is my top anime. Based on the cover alone I would have never watched it.


EDIT: Descriptions
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23 / M / Chicago, IL
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Posted 1/18/15
Just opinions. People judge it, people don't judge it. Same goes for me.
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i don't know if its "right" but im wrong most of the time when i judge on like the looks of it. but ill watch 1-2 episodes and that's what decides if i stick with it or not.
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Posted 1/18/15 , edited 1/18/15

JRiceKim wrote:

2. Code Geass: Anorexic looking characters, with the main character doing some kind of an odd pose. Assumptions right off the bat make it seem like Lelouch is a lone wolf.


He's not? I mean, he manipulates just about everyone in the series, and as far as I'm aware, his only real 'friend' is given quite a heavy singular burden of being a solitary Dark Kni--- Bat--- Zero by the end. He manipulated his best friend into giving up his own life. Admittedly, Suzaku probably was just as much a gluten for being a martyr as Lelouch, but few of Lelouch's interactions give me the feeling that he had any concern with actively participating in real human relationships. That is really a great part of the curse of Geass.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the series too, but I don't feel Lelouch is the best candidate to pick if you want to avoid 'lone wolfs out to change the world'. If nothing else, chess is constantly referenced in the series, and it's not a team sport. He sees people as pieces, pawns, which works in context, but isn't how human relationships actually work.

Edit: Oh, and in terms of judging an anime by its cover, well, HxH has the most silly cover art in the world but clearly that didn't stop me from falling in love.
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Posted 1/18/15 , edited 1/18/15
NEVER!

You will never understand till you actually watch...


Kannazuki no Miko to me is an example.
Looks average...until you see the rest of the show.



Then there are other shows like Samurai 7...
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Depending on the artwork shown for the title, it can instantly make or break my interest in a series. If the artwork doesn't do either I'll look at its studio and the genres it falls in. If it falls within a genre I usually enjoy I'll look further; the same if it's a studio that I enjoy.

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Posted 1/18/15 , edited 1/18/15
I always base off the description, and the description is always wrong.

Usually, however, I base my judgement on the sound quality (gets annoying when you know an anime has good quality sound, yet can't find a service that gives you said good quality sound). I'm a very auditory person, I suppose..
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I'll usually start with the art style and description to make my first pass at something. Then, if I'm still on the fence, I'll watch a trailer or the first episode if it's available. Even for stuff that initially doesn't appeal to me at all, I'll usually keep an ear out on the forums to see if I may have judged it incorrectly. I won't always write something off just based on "the cover" but it definitely does happen and, frankly, I just don't have the time or interest to watch everything and give it all a "fair" shot. I have to draw the line somewhere and I'm not going to waste my time hoping to end up liking something I'm pretty sure I won't.
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Posted 1/18/15 , edited 1/18/15
In my opinion, yes. Crap like Fairy Tail, Hunter x Hunter, flowers of Evil etc. I will never watch.
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I don't really like to judge anime by their cover, rather on their first episode. If I fell that the first episode was alright i'll continue watching it. But if it sucks, then i sometimes write off shows like that one.
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