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Post Reply Is the story or the visual content more important in an anime?
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With the exception of slapstick comedy I want a good story that I can get into. Although I would prefer great graphics I can still enjoy the anime if the graphics are only average.
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Honestly, I judge a book by it's cover. If the animation looks crappy, I probably won't even read the little sypnosis of the series. I'm going to move onto a different series with more appealing art.

For example, One Piece. I really wish I could get into it. Everyone seems to really enjoy it. I tried 1 episode and I couldn't continue. The animation style is just such a big turn off to me... not to mention the fact that its 700+ episodes long.. It took me a month to finish Fairy Tail and catch up to the current episode at the time. Which was only 200 episodes. I can't commit to something THAT long! Imagine how long it'd take me to finish holy crap.

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The writing(I changed "story" to writing, because there are many shows without actual stories, like say comedy shows, but I wanted to factor them into this as well). Always the writing.

You won't believe the number of times I can forgive/look past a show's animation style if I like the writing. Some examples from recent years where the art style or animation wasn't universally loved, but I loved the hell out of because of the strength of the writing include:

- Ping Pong the Animation(my runner-up for Anime of the Year for 2014, btw)
- Kagewani
- Tabi Machi Late Show
- Wake Up, Girls!(admittedly there's no divisiveness here, it is widely accepted that the animation became ass as the show went on)
- Durarara!!x2(search deep in your heart, you know the animation was at times god awful in Durarara!!x2, understandably because it was technically a new studio doing it)
- Arpeggio of Blue Steel(I mean I thought the animation here was amazing, but you know, being all CGI means not everyone cared for the animation, so still falls under what I am talking about)
- Gatchaman Crowds(much like Arpeggio, personally loved how this show looked, a lot of people thought it looked "weird", though)

There are probably more, but they aren't immediately at the forefront of my mind. Point is, give me good enough writing and I can even accept you throwing a show with animation the likes of Inferno Cop and Ninja Slayer(btw, I liked both of those two, but not "loved" if you get what I mean) in my face.

But then again I am also much more lenient when it comes to animation/art style. >_>
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The Animation in SAO was above average, and was nice to look at. The story however, made me drop the entire series, I couldn't watch it without getting frustrated or angry at the characters. So story should always be the first priority.
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Posted 5/10/16
Great Story + Great Animation = Must Watch

Great Story + Poor Animation = Will Watch

Mediocre Story + Mediocre Animation = Open to Watch

Poor Story + Great Animation = Willing to Watch

Poor Story + Poor Animation = Won't Watch
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Posted 5/10/16 , edited 5/10/16
The story is far more important.

Take One's version of One Punch Man or Mob Psycho 100

I don't think anyone is going to claim it is the artwork that has attracted or held the readers attention
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Posted 5/10/16
Generally I want a good story over good animation. If the story doesn't interest me, I'm most likely not going to watch the show.

An exception would be something like Fantasia. The stories are generally simple, but aren't the focus. The interplay between th music and the animation is the real focus.
I have no idea if something like this exists in anime.
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Posted 5/10/16
Definitely story but the only way I would consider it among my favourites is if the art style is unique, for instance, Gurren Lagann.
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Story. If the art is bad, I can survive, but it's annoying. But I can't watch it if the story is bad.

The worst thing ever is when a show has great visuals but an awful story.
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do we have smellivision yet?

when u feel ur heart ticking a few beats faster jus cuz the char approaches the screen, das some gud sht
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Posted 5/10/16
I am willing to watch Power Point level animation (The Little Norse Prince) if the story is good enough. I find most complaints about "bad" animation really being they disliked the animation style or color palate chosen: Kaiba, Furiko, The House of Small Cubes (La Maison en Petits Cubes is the name Crunchyroll has it under).
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Posted 5/10/16
Visual are great and love all Ghibli studio movies for this reason but for me its all about the story or script. I can handle artsy style or even CG style animation if the story is strong it pulls me in just like the subtitles
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Posted 5/10/16
Generally, I would agree that story/writing trumps visuals for me. Kagewani and Lovely Muco both have art and/or animation styles that I normally wouldn't be keen on yet I like both shows for the content. I even find DJ Tonkatsu strangely appealing and I can't explain why. There was another one with the Kagewani style that I liked as well but I forget the name; the one with the newspaper that showed up at midnight.

That said, there are some visual choices I just can't overlook. I abhor the art style of Dragon Ball Z and simply can't watch that show or read the manga.* I had a similar problem with xxxHolic although not as severe. With Monogatari it was the overly afffected quick-cut animation style I couldn't stomach, although I couldn't get into the story either so that one's a bit of a wash I guess.

*(of course, wanting the MC to beat the main female character into a pulp didn't help. Really disliked her. A lot. Did not make it past episode 1.)
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Posted 5/10/16

xShinku wrote:

I would have to say good visuals, animation etc.
If all you wanted is a good story why not read a book or something -.-'''

I do.

I have hundreds of books. Not a picture in sight.
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Posted 5/10/16
I have a small edge towards animation, I just love different animation styles, from anime to regular western cartoons. BUT I don't think I could watch an anime that had a shit story. Comet Lucifer was a pretty good example of this, nice animation and CGI, but the story drifted off. Still was ok with it, but only because of the animation and artwork.
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Posted 5/10/16
Story all the way.

I want to use SAO and Log Horizon as examples. SAO's art is considered by some to look appealing and colorful, but lacked in depth with its writing. Log Horizon on the other hand, dipped with its art and animation quality, but is considered to be well-written, or at least much better than SAO's story.

I believe the true point is that the entire matter is subjective and both visual and story matter in the long run. Personally, I am all for story and writing, but if I can have fantastic art and animation along with amazing story, then that makes the anime all more enjoyable for me.
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