Post Reply [Disc]Why is anime so popular when live action films have better effects?
Maxwell
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Posted 1/2/16
With big budget films spending millions and using state of the art effects to look amazingly realistic, and can also computer generate what in previous decades would have been impossible and only animation/anime could have portrayed it why is it that traditionally made anime still holds it own?
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Posted 1/3/16
It depends...
I find that both anime and film have a big budgets but do not utilise their budgets to the full extend. However anime budgets rarely exceed budgets like films.

The reason I find anime is popular to watch is not the special effects but how the story is displayed with minimal special effects. The direction they take is how the director and producer handles how the story is portrayed. Don't forget that there is less people working on anime projects compared to films. The producer, the director and the animators. There is less politics on how a story should go when the only two that handle its direction are the producer and the director. Compared to films there can be conflicts between the producer, director and actors or actresses. This can affect the overall performance of the film when there is a disagreement.

Getting off topic here.

Anime special effects will not be as impressive as film special effects due to the difference in budgets. However what makes the anime special effects good is that it is not over done and are only used when it is required. Film special effects can be over done and can make the film lose it's general quality
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Posted 1/3/16
I agree that the budgets between anime and live action are miles apart and so differences in special effects will take the hit, but i still think anime is only limited by your brain and how you can portray with art. Plot is key as if it wasn't every movie from Hollywood would be a number one. For me though i think anime is an impressionistic style of story telling and allows me to escape from the real world, and if i use suspension of disbelief I can feel for the characters (as long as it is done to a high enough standard)
Posted 1/4/16
With regards, I believe that it comes down to how the audience that the production is aimed for, having read many manga and watched anime adaptations, some effects are... Omitted or censored or even toned down, I believe this alters the impact, using gore for example, whereas live action can have the budget the scenery and the more lively feel to it during a motion based production, whereas in an anime, whilst there may be elements there isn't as big of an emphasis on the gore in some scenarios, whereas Manga relies on the heavy impact made from graphic content to give the reader more feeling towards it.

Therefore I believe that rather than special effects alone, it really comes up to the build up to memorable/iconic scenes within either to deliver a satisfactory impact to their audience, and this is why I'll say that both are equally effective if done well and vice versa.
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Posted 2/27/16
'Cause anime chars are drawn to look perfect?
Posted 2/27/16
I believe also that whilst there are numerous anime that people can pick and choose from, Live-Action versions are only being done off of the 'really' popular anime meaning that there are limitations as to what it able to be watched to an extent.
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Posted 3/6/16
I believe that anime is more independent than Hollywood as for a Hollywood film you need larger funding than anime so plots are changed to cater for the masses where as anime (even though it is becoming more popular) is still a niche market in comparison as so can relay the story as they see fit (to a certain extent)
Posted 3/9/16
Well, you do have independent firms partaking in live-action forms of anime, but in some cases this can be off-putting to hardcore fans in the aspect of what they expect to see from the anime and how well that can be interpreted by the directors and special effects team.

It's fairly difficult sometimes to be able to accurately display said effects over both formats.
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