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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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So, what does an anime need to have in order to become a masterpiece in your opinion. What is your idea of a masterpiece?

My Turn:

Great storytelling.

Amazing character development.

Relatable characters.

Some Realism.

A Borderline between cliche and originality.

Bonus Question:

1) If newer anime shows were to be more serious and adult related, would the popularity stay the same or decrease?



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-Fair amount of fanservice
-Great plots or like you said good storytelling
-Characters that are developed well and arent there just for the fan service
-A good amount of episodes so the anime wont be too rushed
-Great music
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artgal1 wrote:

-Fair amount of fanservice
-Great plots or like you said good storytelling
-Characters that are developed well and arent there just for the fan service
-A good amount of episodes so the anime wont be too rushed
-Great music


Awesome list.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


artgal1 wrote:

-Fair amount of fanservice
-Great plots or like you said good storytelling
-Characters that are developed well and arent there just for the fan service
-A good amount of episodes so the anime wont be too rushed
-Great music


Awesome list.

Thx
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artgal1 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


artgal1 wrote:

-Fair amount of fanservice
-Great plots or like you said good storytelling
-Characters that are developed well and arent there just for the fan service
-A good amount of episodes so the anime wont be too rushed
-Great music


Awesome list.

Thx


You're welcome.
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Some sort of uniqueness and a strong execution at all points of focus. Thats really it...
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In terms of necessity it needs interesting characters that are enjoyable to watch, at least average animation, it needs to try and incorporate clichés in a way that doesn't leave me sighing in disappointment and can keep my attention, and decent dialogue- none of that "(Insert name here)... I thought you died in that explosion 5 years ago"- that sort of exposition just feels unnatural. I also appreciate a good soundtrack but I wouldn't say it's necessary, rather a nice compliment to everything else.

Also if something feels fresh that really helps; after all the anime I've seen I suffer the inevitable problem of thinking 'I've seen that before', so if a show can hook me with something different then that's nice. But yes, I've always valued the quality of the characters the most. Whenever I look back on a lot of media that I enjoy, I usually find there'll be a character or characters that I really enjoyed watching, and good chemistry is equally as important.

In reference to the bonus question I think it would depend on how it was handled. If it was implemented in a way that fit the series in question accordingly I don't think many would mind. A large amount of teens are in the demographic for anime too, so if anything I wouldn't be surprised if it gave some shows an increase in viewers if anything. God knows I appreciate the odd mature theme here and there. Though of course there are those who also wouldn't even care, and the gratuitous nature of something risqué would be enough to make them watch, not that there's anything inherently wrong with that, either.
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relatable/lovable characters
amazing story
the twist
and ending good or bad for main character depending on the story
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There's a band out on the highway
They're high-stepping into town
It's a rainbow full of sound
It's fireworks, calliopes and clowns
Everybody's dancing


Kind of the visual equivalent of those song lyrics, approximately...randomly
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You already named most of what I was thinking. My list would be...

1.) Realistic and Likable cast. The first few times I watched anime that had whiny and weak main characters it wasn't that bad, but having seen quite a few (Deadman Wonderland, Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan, etc) I just get sick of it. I don't like these boring and generic characters. I want to see realistic characters with hopes, dreams, desires, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, etc. For instance, I love characters like Guts, Kamina, and Meliodas.

2.) Interesting settting/plot. I like anime that have unique and interesting plots and settings. For instance, before SAO, I never even thought about an anime about being trapped in a game. Now it's not so unique though, with Log Horizon, KonaSuba, etc.

3.) Good dialogue. This can go hand in hand with my action scenes. Dialogue should serve a purpose, and never be used simply as filler. Does it reveal more of the plot? More of the characters personality? Is it supposed to make me laugh? Is it simply there to fill up time while the main character cries about how weak he is but how he wants to protect his friends?

4.) Impactful action scenes. I really don't like when an anime is trying to be taken seriously but it has a lot of mindless action. For instance, I love mindless action in Gurren Lagann because the setting wasn't really that serious. It was meant to be taken lightly (for the most part), but I hated it in other anime like Terraformers and Akame ga Kill because those are supposed to be taken more serious. If people are fighting, there should be a good reason and the outcome of the fight should matter.

5.) Animation quaility. Honestly, this isn't really needed, but it's always nice to watch a more visually appealing anime. I have only ranked a few anime as masterpieces, and this wasn't an issue for them. But, I've been spoiled recently with beautiful shows like Fate Stay Night...
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It's kinda hard to tell. I consider Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal, Baccano!, and Hibike! Euphonium masterpieces. But they're all completely different series with nothing in common at all. I would say the most important thing for any anime is to have a good-great cast. I don't think the characters have to be dramatic or have profound, dramatic lives, they just have to be somewhat interesting.
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Character development, a sense of direction, a creative and engaging concept.
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In my opinion any show can be a masterpiece depending on it´s genre, changing their elements accordingly. For example, Fullmetal Alchemist, Hunter X Hunter, Berserk and Gurren Lagann are action masterpieces because they have incredibly well written characters that feel realistic without being a bunch of pussies , amazing animation for the fights and clear motivations for every character. Gintama and One Punch Man are masterpieces of comedy because they know exactly what they are making fun of and take full advantage of every joke they could possibly have.

A masterpiece can be born when using the right criteria to evaluate a specific show. Obviously you´re not going to use the same criteria to evaluate something like My Love Story and then apply them to Berserk, that would be incredibly stupid. However there are common elements that define a great show like good characters with defined personalities that can develop and change during the course of the story, a well written narrative that makes you interested in the characters and avoids plot holes by any means, and as others have said, a reason for the action scenes in case you´re watching an action anime.

Even though I hate magical school ecchi harem shows it doesn´t mean there can´t be a good show among them, you just have to consider the general elements that make a good anime and combine them with a criteria that matches the magical shchool ecchi harem genre.
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Hm.
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