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Posted 11/5/15
During a conversation with a friend, we talked about classics in entertainment such as movies, video games, and anime. This got me thinking about what it means to be graced as a classic.

In anime the list of classics include series such as Full Metal Alchemist, Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, Rurouni Kenshin, Samurai Champloo, and Trigun. but naturally popularity does not translate to being a classic.

My question for this discussion is what does it take to become a classic, and with that in mind, what is the most recent production of entertainment you would consider to being a classic in its medium?
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Posted 11/5/15
A great story and great all round. then a lot of luck to noticed and make a profit. If it's a great anime that no one knows about then it will never be well known or a classic.
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Posted 11/5/15 , edited 11/5/15
Most recent one is probably hxh. Aot is also a candidate.
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Posted 11/5/15
Quality? I'd actually consider rather unknown Animes as classic and not the mainstream-stuff.
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Posted 11/5/15
There's also a cultural aspect to it. While DBZ is far from flawless, it's still recognized worldwide and a cherished series within Japan.
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Posted 11/5/15
I liked death parade a lot but most people wouldnt call that a classic.
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Posted 11/5/15

charxsetsuna wrote:
If it's a great anime that no one knows about then it will never be well known or a classic.


Not always the case, many become cult classics.
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Posted 11/5/15
Classics tend to be original as well as good for their time. That's usually why they become well-known, even years later.
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Posted 11/5/15
I think SAO will become a classic eventually
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Posted 11/5/15
Cambridge definition:
"having a high ​quality or ​standard against which other things are ​judged"

Oxford definition:
"Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind"

Macmillan definition:
"a classic song, book, play, television program, etc. is very good and has been popular and had a lot of influence for a long time"

so the series should be
1. considered "really good"
2. popular
3. and known for a period of time

now, the definition of "really good" as well as the "period of time" is really vague, so one can't precisely define a classic anime in that regard. I'd say that a "really good" series should have a flawless or nearly flawless animation, and no plot holes, if the series is plot-driven. if it's a comedy, the jokes/gags should be funny and not dry. if the series is a mystery, the solution to said mystery should not be immediately obvious to the audience. the characters should not feel generic, but have a rich personality that helps the series be more enjoyable to watch. as for the "period of time", I'd say that a series would need to be at least a decade old to qualify. anything less would be too recent to be considered a "classic".
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Posted 11/5/15
A classic is any work that continues to influence the genre years, decades, or even centuries after it was created.
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Posted 11/5/15
Other than obviously being popular in Japan and in general, a high quality anime-

1. Airing on TV in a foreign language
2. Being an inspiration and influence for a future generation of mangakas/animators

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