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Post Reply Is It Me, Or Is It Today's Anime Industry?
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it's just you.

There had always been both good and bad anime.

If you were born after 1978 I might have been watching anime before you were born.
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Rutsuki wrote:Perhaps because I've seen so much of it and am growing tired of it


I think this is the key factor. When I came to anime for the first time I started following shonen shows, and I liked them because they were original compared to what I was used to (i.e. superhero comics) in that, even if long, they had a linear plot, with a beginning and an end, real, final death of characters and so on. This felt tremendously original to me. Another thing that I liked was that there were more female characters (yes, for all the discussions about anime being sexist, seen from the outside it actually looked like it gave more room to women) and the way it was more casual about sexual matters, slipping in double entendres or jokes about it.
Then I broadened my interest, watched those "seminal" anime masterpieces that defined the way for all that came afterwards and now... well, now anime is something I know, and the originality factor has vanished. So while I can still appreciate an actually GOOD show, I can't watch a mediocre/slightly decent one and think "oh, but that is so new!" any more because what gripped me back then were differences of anime as a whole compared to western media, not of those specific shows I was watching. Which means that the quality feels lower.
Add to that that at the beginning you probably watch the anime shows everybody says you should because they're already cemented as masterpieces (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Code Geass, Cowboy Bebop, Evangelion, you name it) and then you end up picking a couple shows out of a season which of course is going to be composed of mostly mediocre stuff - one or two masterpieces a YEAR would already be a lucky thing. And there you are, that's what really created the effect.
There's also that anime changed some of its characteristics over time since you started watching it most likely. When I got into it it was mostly for long-running shonen manga adaptations - the "big three". Now only One Piece goes on, and I don't watch it anymore because its budget has gotten so abysmal it's not even funny, while Naruto is going to end soon and Bleach has been cancelled (with good reason I might add). The next big thing are Light Novel adaptations, which have pretty different characteristics and don't really appeal to me much most of the time. Had I gotten into them when I was 15 I might have liked them, but now it's a bit too late.

TL;DR: anime has changed, sure, but probably not nearly as much as YOU have during the years you spent watching it.
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It is you....
I am not saying this is a bad thing.
As mentioned, the newness will wear off over time and your interests will change and after a number of years you WILL see recycled ideas. Some of those ideas will be recycled in good ways but most will be mediocre at best.
Hell most anime is mediocre at best..... If you go back to older shows at take a look at them you will find that, if you take away the emotional attachment you had because it was new or different, many of them are O.K. or just not as great as you might've thought.
Take away some of the hype of one show or another being the best new thing, a few years later it might not seem that good.


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Posted 5/24/15 , edited 5/24/15

Rutsuki wrote:
What do you think? Do you think anime has gotten worse in some ways over the years? Has it gotten better? Has it stayed the same?

Time (deadlines), money and so on.
Where its easier to make something that you will take a bite off and you knew you would like buying this anyway but maybe would not be great only decent.

In this time now where you don't get as much for each prodject (but more is comming out insted from a wider community) and has to create more content then whats planned and can lead to bad scripting etc.

So all this will create way more of a rate with good vs bad animes, old vs new where there is surly way more many new titles and alot more comming then what was before.
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I don't think the problem is the cliché-ness. The problem is the execution. When you really think about it, most plot elements have been used over... and over... and over. However, if you execute clichés correctly, it's possible to still keep people engaged. It's like the saying: "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say it's alright to just outright steal plots from other people, but the thing is, usually if you're too worried about originality, the quality is going to suffer. Trust me, this is coming from a writer.
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No, anime's still awesome. I just find this season a little...boring. Nothing has really WOWED me, "amazing!" but there are some good shows. I am really looking forward to next season though! High expectations, hopefully I won't be disappointed.
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Actually, as far as new series, there were a few pretty mediocre cours these past few years. However, this current one is great. A pretty broad blend of action, rom-com, comedy, slice of life.. it's been pretty solid, and I'm following most simuls at the moment. Oremonogatari! has really impressed me out of the blue, Gintama is back, JoJos Bizarre is at a peak. SNAFU, Nisekoi, Shogeki no Sama... I watch seriously just about every genre and this season is impressive.
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Too much ecchi and moe these days.
I prefer manga these days, because there's actually a lot of manga that doesn't get animated that have much better plot than all those "plot" anime :P
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I am certainly closer to you in age and find your comment AIRTIGHT. Period.

There is zero arguing your statement. When things are new they are just soooo amazing. when they become familiar you nitpick the smallest thing. "Japananime" as it was called back in the day was new and just soooo much better than Hasbro's "GiJOE and Transformers" (which i loved of course)

Now, when you look at it. even the mediocre anime today is way more visually stunning than the old "cream of the crop" shows but storyline, always it comes down to storyline, and we are looking for that new storyline to break us out of the stale and cliched stories we see recycled again and again and who knows maybe a non-Japanese can write that manga story for us~

-could be me
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