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21 / Somewhere I don't...
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Why does anime always have a main character that is either shy, unpopular, a shut-in or simply has a vapid personality? I don't think I have seen many anime with a main character that is outgoing, interesting and doesn't have a seizure at the slightest touch of a female. Frankly, it has become quite annoying when I read a new anime's description stating "an otaku", "just a shut-in", "never had a girlfriend" "most popular girl in school becomes attracted to him" "no friends" BLAH, BLAH BLAH BORING. But somehow people actually enjoy the show! I would just like to watch an anime with a main character that has an interesting life, who is outgoing and isn't afraid of being intimate, socially or physically. Perhaps, I just want a story that is relative to my life but honestly I think a lot of people would enjoy seeing such an anime. Though, I am happy there are many manga that do have more interesting characters and realistic stories that you can genuinely enjoy reading. What are some of your thoughts on what I said?
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21 / Pennsylvania
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It’s probability either a popular cliché or a problem with Japanese society as a whole.
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DarkSasword wrote:

It’s probability either a popular cliché or a problem with Japanese society as a whole.


I agree with this. But also lets look at it another way. Not sure if you are into movies but you can see sort of the same thing right? Good guy survives, bad guy dies, guy gets girl, or girl gets guy, monster kills man, man kills monster, you get my point. Its not just anime. You see it in films, shit being overused, and hear it even in some music.
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21 / Somewhere I don't...
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DarkSasword wrote:

It’s probability either a popular cliché or a problem with Japanese society as a whole.


Perhaps, either the writers or viewers can relate to the characters.
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I also find it annoying, but it's not on every show. But yeah it's a boring cliché that happens to cater to other awkward weaboos. I'm talking the kinda people who make you feel embarrassed to like anime with there obnoxious behaviour and greasy hair. It's obviously aimed at them because they read that description and they're like "ohh emm gee, that is totally me. Why don't I have a girlfriend yet?"

If you want a good main character though that isn't like that, or just the best anime ever, then the answer is Clannad & After Story.
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Go watch Baki the Grappler.
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You should probably never watch Welcome to the NHK.
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It's either a popular clichė or writers assume anime-fans are all greasy, lonely teenagers. Honestly though, it's just a clichė. We have plenty over here in Europe and America too; good guy kills bad guy, man kills monster, guy/girl gets guy/girl... They can all be broken in their respective genres, but it's a rare occurrence - like the clichė you listed, it can be broken, but oft times not.
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Because how a popular, handsome, rich guy in a great relationship with a beautiful girl (or boy) became more popular isn't much of a story. You can start there and turn it into a tragedy, but pulling that off in an animated series is high risk/low reward.

First loves are a staple of high school stories everywhere. I think it's pretty common not to have a bf/gf during high school in Japan, so it would make sense that comes up a lot.

Your stated stereotype may be a common trope for anime, but it's not universal. Just off the top of my head:
High School DxD
Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
Trinity Seven
Nogizaka Haruka
Magic Kaito 1412
Mysterious Joker
World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman
Shirobako
Parasyte
Asobi ni Iku Yo
Young Kindaichi

All feature outgoing, strong willed characters with close friends. Or they get the friends by the end of the series at any rate.
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21 / M / McDonough
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Both types of characters are interesting in their own rights. But I feel it's more entertaining to sees a shy or awkward kid get the girl rather than the cool witty guy. It's sort of like rooting for the underdog in a sports event. It's fun to root for your favorite team that you know is gonna stomp the competition, but there is nothing more thrilling than watching an underdog make a comeback victory or just leave the favorites hanging in the dust.

I feel like I went a little too off topic...
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27 / M / CA
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It is probably easier to base a story around a character with those personality traits. For example when the main character or one of the main character's in an anime is not too smart this is used as a way to explain the concepts or theories in magic/action anime. You will often see another character explaining things to the main character which is a way to inform the audience about the various characteristics of the anime universe in that particular series.
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