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Posted 7/4/16
There will probably never be a time when you're never surprised by anything anymore. Besides, who would WANT that? Surprises are fun!..... usually. You can become skilled in noticing the "flags" characters raise and lower such as deathflags and you can become good at creating judgements based on what's been happening (like the latest re:zero episode for instance) but no matter what, something will surprise you.
Want an example? I've been watching shows for quite a long time (since I was old enough to talk) and Lost surprised me so much and I'm only a couple episodes in. Quite literally in episode 3 "The Walkabout" I was dumbfounded by the twist.

It's a good show, I recommend it if you haven't seen it. It will prove the theory of "I'm not surprised by anything anymore" wrong.
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After watching many seasons of anime you do get somewhat filled up with standard plot lines. At that point you get more sensitized to how well the authors carry off the the story. I think that is the reason what certain shows become such hits. Obviously Sailor Moon has a LOT of villain/monster of the week to it, but premise of the show (undying love of Sailor Moon & Mamoru through the ages) still delights people after almost 20 years.

After seeing show after show where the main male character is a wishy-washy wimp for most of the episodes, it is a breath of fresh air when a main hero is totally overpowered from the start, and keeps getting more and more awesome. Such a show hits a chord with people. You have only to look at the "star" like meter on each episode of "The Irregular at Magic High School" to see that it always runs between 1,500 and 2,000+ when other shows are in the low 100's to see that this is true.

Every few seasons something that is fresh and new hits the airwaves and becomes an instant sensation. Attack on Titan falls in this category. (If there is another season of this I think they are going to have to show what is in that basement he has the key to, or else some of the following will drop away.)
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sonic720 wrote:


saprobe wrote:

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Enjoy.




already am.

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Well, a lot of anime IS really predictable, and once you've been around for a little while, you start to notice that. A lot of anime is aimed at a fleeting audience, so you get the same basic idea and plot re-packaged every few years for a new generation, and once you start noticing that, it's not going to be as surprising anymore. Shonen, especially Jump shows, is the prime example: Your first shonen is going to seem mid-blowing and unpredictable, but once you go through a few of them, you start to notice where the strings are attached. And then there's the trends going through late-night anime, making a lot of shows essentially the same thing with a different coat of paint (right now it's battle harem, before that we had a truckload of basically-identical cute girls doing cute things shows every year, before that it was melodramatic VN adaptations). Shows that rely on character archetypes can also go stale fast, once you can predict everything a character will do because she has twintails and is voiced by Rie Kugimiya.

Basically, you're right. I'd suggest two ways to deal with this problem (besides just quitting anime, which many people do once they reach this stage) Both involve becoming very selective in what you watch, but in different ways. Now, I have no clue how you watch anime and how much, so I'm not giving any specific recommendations, but hopefully this isn't too off the mark.

My first suggestion is to seek out the weird and unpredictable. Most anime is full of cliches, but there are shows that are not, and if you look around and follow reviewers or fans who are in the same place as you, you will find them. Shorts are often a good bet, but there is usually at least one pretty unconventional thing every season. Of course, shows that are odd and experimental are no more certain to be GOOD than other shows, and you'll likely miss out on a lot of the things that are enjoyable about more cliche shows (a lot of the weirdest stuff out there does't even look conventionally 'anime') but there ARE shows out there that are pretty damn unpredictable, and sometimes good as well.

My second suggestion is to keep watching the same shows, but stop caring about being surprised. Basically, start enjoying them for the mood, the artistry, the humor, the animation, the specific character tics that you like, etc, instead of the plot. For a lot of fans, the plot is less of a priority than things like explosive sakuga sequences, spending time with characters who feel like friends (of waifus), or sinking into the mood of a particular time and place (after all, nobody watches Aria for the plot). This approach involves deciding what you REALLY like and then seeking out the best possible shows to give you that. So, say, if you like cute girls doing cute things, don't just watch whatever - watch the very best KyoAni shows.
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Posted 7/5/16

AnimeKami wrote:


sonic720 wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:

I am past this stage.


So, everything surprises you in anime now?


No... Only ero-anime is good, regular anime is shit.


duh anime isnt good anymore, no soul put into it. its are trash, no time just garage
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Posted 7/5/16

onemannation2012 wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:


sonic720 wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:

I am past this stage.


So, everything surprises you in anime now?


No... Only ero-anime is good, regular anime is shit.


duh anime isnt good anymore, no soul put into it. its are trash, no time just garage


Gonna slide this in, thank you.

Re:zero is garbage.
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I can totally see this happening to some one. I for one am just to cynical and analytical that I do this a lot even though I haven't watched to much anime. Luckily I've been on a good spree of shows that I really enjoy lately so I don't analyze it so much. If you ask me, it doesn't matter how many anime I've seen, as long as the show does a good job of making its predictable story different then other stories,(Through art styles, different moods, or better developed characters) I'll keep watching it.
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Posted 7/5/16

AnimeKami wrote:

Gonna slide this in, thank you.

Re:zero is garbage.


AK speaks the truth. Re:Zero is garbage.

But I have a better question for you, AK. Is there anything that surprises you on these forums anymore?
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Posted 7/5/16

saprobe wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:

Gonna slide this in, thank you.

Re:zero is garbage.


AK speaks the truth. Re:Zero is garbage.

But I have a better question for you, AK. Is there anything that surprises you on these forums anymore?


Yes.

Every time someone posts something about hentai, I look around and try to spot who the weirdo is.

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Posted 7/5/16 , edited 7/5/16
about 80% of anime is for people who aren't at this stage yet. Every year, both in Japan and elsewhere, new people discover anime - whether it's because they just hit 13 or 14 and are choosing their own entertainment for the first time, or because they just ignored it until now and a friend introduces it to them, or whatever. For the first couple years, they will enjoy just about everything.

Then, they hit this stage and stop being interested in every single new thing that comes out.

But there are still things that are genuinely good. And a few years later, the ones that didn't just drop anime altogether will go back and, just for nostalgia, watch something that they thought they just enjoyed as part of their naive newbie phase... and realize it's actually really good. (This was my experience with Code Geass recently, and I've heard a lot of other people saying they had the same with that series).

If you're no longer interested in enough new series to fill your anime time, take the opportunity to look into older things you may have missed. Look up people's top-10-ever lists, for suggestions.



Edit: Another thing. Someone up there said to seek out the weird and unpredictable for better shows. I'd actually disagree with this - the ones that are actually good won't be the ones that look weird and unpredictable from the outside. The difference between, say, Code Geass and Buddy Complex, or Fullmetal Alchemist and any of the other billions of things out there, isn't what the creators are aiming for, it's simply their skill/talent/whatever you want to call it. The writers of good shows aren't aiming to be different for different's sake, they're just aiming to make something good, and doing better at it than the rest.

If you put Fullmetal Alchemist (which I hope we can all agree is good), Code Geass, Black Butler, Princess Tutu, etc., in a pile with a lot of bad shows like the aforementioned Re:Zero, or the disastrously bland Buddy Complex, and showed them to someone who had never seen any of them, they'd look the same. But that doesn't mean they are, and it's finding the real gems out of that pile that's what we need.

Also, if you're looking for something really good that will feed your nostalgia for a lot of great anime, try K (yes, the title is just one letter). It's not on Crunchyroll but it's on Hulu and Netflix, and it's definitely worth using a free trial or sitting through Hulu ads for if you're not subscribed to either of those.

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I've hit this stage pretty hard, and it even applies to movies and shows. Even if the twist is good, I can see it coming because I myself would envision a good twist to be what the twist itself is. There's almost no way to avoid it for an author, which kinda sucks, because we can see where things are going simply because of outside influence.

The only anime that I didn't see where their twists were going was Re:Zero, which a lot of twists I didn't see coming because I didn't think they'd go that far for good character development, and Attack on Titan, which has so many twists that it tied itself into a convoluted mess.
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Posted 7/5/16

AnimeKami wrote:


onemannation2012 wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:


sonic720 wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:

I am past this stage.


So, everything surprises you in anime now?


No... Only ero-anime is good, regular anime is shit.


duh anime isnt good anymore, no soul put into it. its are trash, no time just garage


Gonna slide this in, thank you.

Re:zero is garbage.


since you brought up Re:zero, i wanted to ask if it was any good. I've heard it is pretty popular and i have it in my queue, but i'd like to know if it is truly any good before i decide to watch it.

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LavenderMintRose wrote:

about 80% of anime is for people who aren't at this stage yet. Every year, both in Japan and elsewhere, new people discover anime - whether it's because they just hit 13 or 14 and are choosing their own entertainment for the first time, or because they just ignored it until now and a friend introduces it to them, or whatever. For the first couple years, they will enjoy just about everything.

Then, they hit this stage and stop being interested in every single new thing that comes out.

But there are still things that are genuinely good. And a few years later, the ones that didn't just drop anime altogether will go back and, just for nostalgia, watch something that they thought they just enjoyed as part of their naive newbie phase... and realize it's actually really good. (This was my experience with Code Geass recently, and I've heard a lot of other people saying they had the same with that series).

If you're no longer interested in enough new series to fill your anime time, take the opportunity to look into older things you may have missed. Look up people's top-10-ever lists, for suggestions.



Edit: Another thing. Someone up there said to seek out the weird and unpredictable for better shows. I'd actually disagree with this - the ones that are actually good won't be the ones that look weird and unpredictable from the outside. The difference between, say, Code Geass and Buddy Complex, or Fullmetal Alchemist and any of the other billions of things out there, isn't what the creators are aiming for, it's simply their skill/talent/whatever you want to call it. The writers of good shows aren't aiming to be different for different's sake, they're just aiming to make something good, and doing better at it than the rest.

If you put Fullmetal Alchemist (which I hope we can all agree is good), Code Geass, Black Butler, Princess Tutu, etc., in a pile with a lot of bad shows like the aforementioned Re:Zero, or the disastrously bland Buddy Complex, and showed them to someone who had never seen any of them, they'd look the same. But that doesn't mean they are, and it's finding the real gems out of that pile that's what we need.

Also, if you're looking for something really good that will feed your nostalgia for a lot of great anime, try K (yes, the title is just one letter). It's not on Crunchyroll but it's on Hulu and Netflix, and it's definitely worth using a free trial or sitting through Hulu ads for if you're not subscribed to either of those.



i watched k and i expected more out of it than what i got. It was unique in some ways, but it wasn't extraordinary. It actually got a little bland and uninteresting for me at one point, but that is just my opinion

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Like AnimeKami...... I am past this stage too.... its a hit and miss with the writting of the source material....I just say Ow.. kay ... another one of those and I move on , there is no point on getting frustrated

but when a gem comes around, I get really excited for that show.
especially when the characters are well written for....for example from the Spring season Tanaka kun is Listless and then I pay attention to the adaptation details and the voice acting of the seiyuu.

But if the main character is not written well then everything falls apart for me , I too dont like the lead in Re:Zero
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Posted 7/5/16

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since you brought up Re:zero, i wanted to ask if it was any good. I've heard it is pretty popular and i have it in my queue, but i'd like to know if it is truly any good before i decide to watch it.



On MyAnimelist forums, a particular LN/WN anime compare thread has 12+ replies. I tend to stay away from any sort of discussions or recommendations when it comes to my anime viewing experience/pleasure. I will take a more numerical approach in answering you. Yes, it is popular, it is certainly talked about a lot. However, I do not like it. I do not enjoy the protagonist, his mawkish antics to "get the girl" is repugnant.

The anime, to me, creates a protagonist that is in the story for the sake of plot progression and could give two sheetz about. It is really hard for me like any anime where I cannot see myself in the shoes of the protagonist -- which is very off putting.

This is how I feel, if you do not have these tendencies it could be a shoe you will enjoy.
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