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I think if they at least explain the character's background/past, then yes.There's nothing I hate more than hearing a story about some character I just learned about and being forced to feel sad for them when I don't even remember their name. If you're gonna tell a sad story at least make a full background on the character.
Hanzo from Naruto is a decent example, not many people empathized because most of what he did was left in the dark. No one ever really knew what his motivation was, there were too many missing pieces (plot holes?) about his story.

Anyone can empathize with a bad or annoying person with troubles/problems, but a boring character dying in the first 3-4 episodes is against my Law of Anime almost. A pointless death makes it even worse.
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No, not really.


If Nanoha died, I would be happy actually.
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LITVoid wrote:

No. What causes a character to be engaging in any sense of the word is depth. This goes for 'good' or 'evil' characters. Ultimately if they're a shallow representation of what a person acts like, then it's impossible to have any meaningful emotional interaction with them. This is why some shows, when killing off cast come off as so forced and boring. Remember, engaging characters are better than creating static good or evil characters.


Thats my answer too.
If the writting of the character is shallow then you wont feel anything . A writer must go into the depth and detail of a character to develop then and if the seiyuu is believable in ones voice acting , then it may most likely result to any emotional response from the viewer
I took up acting for many years and my instructor was big in character development, we used scripts and plays from writers who were good in character development but then its upto the actors to make them real. And seiyuu do have time knowing their characters .
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BlueOni wrote:


xxJing wrote:

Well I suppose then every Shonen does it.


I don't think any masters died in Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple, so you may have just picked the wrong one. Either way it's an event which fits neatly into action series' plot lines, and because it's so visceral, so basic, and so emotionally gripping it's unsurprising that it would be very common. I can get attached to characters pretty easily, so it often works for me. I know just what you mean about those sort of deaths, memory sequences, and revenge fights being compelling.


Just watched Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple the other day no master die but last 3 episodes are epic great anime love different styles of martial arts
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