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Posted 5/6/17
I just remember my experiences watching Samurai Flamenco week to week.

That was quite something.
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Cobaltseas wrote:

Every now and then somebody does something different and new, and guess what, in most cases it is a success.

Is that really true, or is this a case where perception doesn't match the facts? If you went through each season for the past several years and checked off each title that you thought met that criteria, would the result truly be more commercial successes than failures?

If your answer is, "I didn't mean commercial success", then you've answered your own question.



What I meant was a bit more nuanced than that. That when generally something stands the test of time and is still well thought of it can be deemed a success. Most commercial successes are those that take advantage of the trends of the moment. But many might debate later as to their quality. And when one anime comes along and does something new, and has commercial success with it, the next thing you know you'll have a bunch of copycats trying to get in on the new trend. Some of the copies will be better than others, some will be almost mindlessly done yet might still have commercial success because at that moment there's a target audience still wanting to satisfy that feeling they got from seeing the original series that started it all. There are other animes that I would also deem a success even if they weren't great commercial hits, but have with time grown a solid reputation and status.
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There should be no reason to watch every anime that gets released every season. It seems like a lot these days are watching way too much anime.
Overwatching wrecks the enjoyment. And I don't understand the point of watching everything "because it's an anime". I don't eat everything in sight just "because it's food". And those who would are unhealthy anyway. Everything in moderation.
Be more selective about what you watch, actually read the description about what it is first- if it doesn't appeal to you, don't watch it.
Especially don't watch it if you're just going to bitch about how horrible you think it is and hate on it, when it was never going to appeal to you in the first place. That's rude to the people who do enjoy it. If I could somehow establish this as a golden rule of watching anime I would. Binge watching is useless and a poor use of time. There's a whole world out there you could be in, rather than mindlessly watching hours of anime you're not interested in.

If you're starting to feel like every season the new stuff is repetitive to the point where nothing in it is new to you and you aren't surprised, or intrigued by anything going on and are generally bored- this is your brain telling you it's had enough. It wants to do something else desperately. If you've gotten to that point- you've officially watched too much anime and it's time to dial it back some (otherwise you'll eventually quit out of frustration and lose the hobby altogether.)
Posted 5/7/17 , edited 5/7/17

KingKaio wrote:

There should be no reason to watch every anime that gets released every season. It seems like a lot these days are watching way too much anime.
Overwatching wrecks the enjoyment. And I don't understand the point of watching everything "because it's an anime". I don't eat everything in sight just "because it's food". And those who would are unhealthy anyway. Everything in moderation.
Be more selective about what you watch, actually read the description about what it is first- if it doesn't appeal to you, don't watch it.
Especially don't watch it if you're just going to bitch about how horrible you think it is and hate on it, when it was never going to appeal to you in the first place. That's rude to the people who do enjoy it. If I could somehow establish this as a golden rule of watching anime I would. Binge watching is useless and a poor use of time. There's a whole world out there you could be in, rather than mindlessly watching hours of anime you're not interested in.

If you're starting to feel like every season the new stuff is repetitive to the point where nothing in it is new to you and you aren't surprised, or intrigued by anything going on and are generally bored- this is your brain telling you it's had enough. It wants to do something else desperately. If you've gotten to that point- you've officially watched too much anime and it's time to dial it back some (otherwise you'll eventually quit out of frustration and lose the hobby altogether.)


I didn't even have to watch all that much to get to that point. When I was still watching new stuff regularly I'd probably start with five shows and have it pared down to two or occasionally three with in first few weeks of the season. Now I sub for a month at the start of each season to see if I can find a rare gem of show that might be worth in the barrage over used tropes and clichés and generic plots.
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in some ways yes but i think it comes down to what genre of anime you watch if you watch soo much of a particular genre of anime it can be predicable but if you was to watch a different genre of anime it could surprise you since you would not know what to expect

on that note can we please get them to end pokemon like seriously...we all know ash will not win a league EVER
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No.
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If a trope or story beat is done well, I'll still be surprised by the outcome.
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I think that would only work if you have seen every episode and movie of every Japanese anime made up to the time of this point. In other words, that is essentially impossible as some earlier anime may be completely lost.
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Yes, it's possible.
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It's not just anime. Books, movies, TV shows, video games... stuff just gets re-used so, so much.
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Posted 5/9/17
NO. Something can always surprise you whether its violence or just plain awful, something will always surprise you
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No 'cuz some of the creators have also seen most of the shows and will adapt to add an element of unpredictability that has not existed in the history of anime.
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I don't think so. You can watch so much anime that the tropes and cliches are pretty much text book (i.e. Harem shows or the main protag is transported into a fantasy world) but then you can come across a show that breaks the tropes like the "Youjo Senki" or make fun of the cliches like Konosuba! There will be the generic show with the same old cliched characters and then there will be that one show that's fresh and new!
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I'd like to think I've seen most things out there, but I'm still surprised on a pretty frequent basis, even if it's not a plot twist kind of surprise.

I was really taken aback by Punchline and how intriguing it actually grew to be when I went into it thinking it'd just be an ecchi series. I was pretty shocked when Osomatsu-san aired too. With how strict copyright is in Japan, I couldn't believe how bold they were with the references. Then Mob Psycho pulled out that paint on glass animation and I was blown away by that too. That's a technique you rarely see outside of festival type films, and never in anime.

When you reach a stale point, someone's going to get fed up as a creative and pull something totally random out.
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Of course. This happens with everything. And its not just anime. Books, Video Games, movies. Any media you consume use the same resonings and goals. Same plot points.

Ive said this before. Everyone complains about 'tropes' but everything is a god damn trope. EVERYTHING. There is barely an original idea out there anymore, and that is OK. Its fine. Its all in the presentation. The journey. Another Magical Girl anime, another High Fantasy anime, another Zero to Hero story, probbaly based around a high school aged protagonist! If they can write the tropes and cliches into a decent narrative, thats all we really can hope for.
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