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JuJu26 
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Posted 2/6/16
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So, here is something I have been thinking about recently. When it comes to Anime and us watching and discovering it as kids, at first, it was amazing....as in the BEST thing ever and as we get older, it's still good, but it doesn't feel as amazing as it did back then...or at least, that is how I feel about it.

Here are reasons why I think so:

- As kids, we are ignorant of errors in animation, art, and story, so we don't bother to analyze the full depth of the series and production. Examples of this are DBZ and the numerous fillers it had (DBZ Kai fixed this). There is also, the Gundam series. While it was amazing as a kid, story inconsistencies we find out as an adult don't make it as good as it was.

- We grew up. As we get older, we tend to like different things. One may like the stereotypical battle Shonen series, but may come to like Seinen series as an adult. If you're like me, you grow tired of the Shonen demographic and tend to watch any series with a good story going for it.

- Finally, the popularity. If you find the right people, Anime can be considered popular since the industry is better than it was years ago, but back then it felt like EVERYBODY was into Anime, even the people that wouldn't normally watch it. Again, this has to do with us growing older, but a lot of people stopped watching Anime due to reasons and it feels like that inner circle of Anime buddies became....much lonelier.


Again, this is how I feel about the subject, but does anybody else feel the same way?

Don't get me wrong, I still love Anime and the more series I discover, the more potential I have of finding something that will give me that burst of amazingness I had as a kid increases more and more. But I sometimes think back and wonder if my nostalgia made me see things perfectly than realistically.
Posted 2/6/16
If anyone has seen Boruto, it sends a message loud and clear: Naruto's fanbase is literally only being held up by nostalgia at this point.

When you get older, you get bored of old anime and start searching for new things. This is why the harem genre, which is dedicated towards teens, is appreciated by them but nobody else. People just want to watch something new, something fresh.

In the end, we're just preventing boredom, and in the most enjoyable way possible.
Posted 2/6/16
I like the idea of Boruto, but after that ending I just couldn't take it.

I like Medabots.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

I like the idea of Boruto, but after that ending I just couldn't take it.

I like Medabots.


I believe the Boruto movie did what it needed to do, which was end the Naruto series. I'm satisfied in how it ended.
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JuJu26 wrote:

So, here is something I have been thinking about recently. When it comes to Anime and us watching and discovering it as kids, at first, it was amazing....as in the BEST thing ever and as we get older, it's still good, but it doesn't feel as amazing as it did back then...or at least, that is how I feel about it.

Here are reasons why I think so:

- As kids, we are ignorant of errors in animation, art, and story, so we don't bother to analyze the full depth of the series and production. Examples of this are DBZ and the numerous fillers it had (DBZ Kai fixed this). There is also, the Gundam series. While it was amazing as a kid, story inconsistencies we find out as an adult don't make it as good as it was.

It depends on the series. As a kid, I thought Dragon Ball Z was the greatest thing I've ever seen. Fast forward to know and I don't hold it to such a high regard (though its cultural impact was greater than I had imagined) and finding that I prefer Dragon Ball. On the flip side, I thought Rurouni Kenshin and Slam Dunk were decent shows as a kid. After rewatching those two, they've become among my favorites.

While as kids, we may not be aware of the flaws, but we also don't have a lot of appreciation for characterization, story and implications. I remember focusing on action/anything that looks cool above other aspects. Rewatching some old shows, I'm surprised how many good elements I've missed; as well as flaws of course.


JuJu26 wrote:
- Finally, the popularity. If you find the right people, Anime can be considered popular since the industry is better than it was years ago, but back then it felt like EVERYBODY was into Anime, even the people that wouldn't normally watch it. Again, this has to do with us growing older, but a lot of people stopped watching Anime due to reasons and it feels like that inner circle of Anime buddies became....much lonelier.

Its the opposite for me. When I was younger, I only knew of a few people who watched and talked about anime. Now, there feels like a lot more people to discuss anime with. I have moved around a lot, so maybe this particular area has a greater concentration of anime fans.
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While as kids, we may not be aware of the flaws, but we also don't have a lot of appreciation for characterization, story and implications. I remember focusing on action/anything that looks cool above other aspects. Rewatching some old shows, I'm surprised how many good elements I've missed; as well as flaws of course.


^ This. I failed to see a lot of flaws in the shows I loved as a kid.

I used to think Bleach was the greatest thing ever. I now believe it......is just there. Kubo isn't the greatest storyteller and he's just using Bleach as a cash flow now.. At least One Piece hasn't failed me. The Manga was great back then and is still going strong now. But, that's just on the Shonen side; there are so many other series that are not well known that are pretty good!
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Don't know. I watched Batman TAS as a kid and that still has stunning art. Painting the background on black paper worked extremely well for establishing the atmosphere of Gotham city. Pretty sure that show spoiled me.
Reboot has also forever spoiled me on cg. If you can't do it as well as Reboot (made in the mid-nineties), you're just sort of pathetic in my eyes.

Granted neither of those are anime, but they were both on Toonami and affected how I saw anime.

If there's anything I've grown more critical about in anime, it's dubs. I watched Voltron and the Sailor Moon dubs. They were both laughable, but I didn't realize that as a kid. Now, I prefer dubs to be of a much higher standard than those two.

But I still enjoy 80s style shounens and 70s/80s giant robot vs giant monster shows. I grew up watching Godzilla, Voltron, and Power Rangers. I doubt I will ever grow out of giant robot and giant monster shows.
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Posted 2/6/16

JuJu26 wrote:
- We grew up. As we get older, we tend to like different things. One may like the stereotypical battle Shonen series, but may come to like Seinen series as an adult. If you're like me, you grow tired of the Shonen demographic and tend to watch any series with a good story going for it.
This is true. Before I use to read Yotsuba&!, but now I read Non Non Biyori.
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Austershalin wrote:

While as kids, we may not be aware of the flaws, but we also don't have a lot of appreciation for characterization, story and implications. I remember focusing on action/anything that looks cool above other aspects. Rewatching some old shows, I'm surprised how many good elements I've missed; as well as flaws of course.


I know I cared about characterization to an extent. Because I always like the characters with similar characterization, ever since Power Rangers. I like the characters that start out as bad guys, but end up joining the good guys (and generally end up dying...). Anubis from Ronin Warriors, Piccolo from DBZ, Dinobot from Beast Wars, Ikki from Saint Seiya, etc. I always picked up on that characterization that turned a bad guy to a good guy.
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We may be more critical as adults, but finding new awesome things is still freaking awesome.

Last week, I introduced my little brother to One Punch Man, and he's been talking excitedly about scenes, laughing when he remembers stuff, and spontaneously yelling "One Puuuunch!" (like the OP). And he's 24. And he has only watched 3-4 anime in his whole life, and even those were like 20-something episodes at most. But now he's asking me which shows he should watch next.

It's no wonder we got jacked up as kids about cartoons that are now some of the most popular and influential of all time. I still get that feeling about certain shows, games, and movies, animated or not, old or new.
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