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I enjoy anime. It is a beautiful medium and it can tell amazing stories. But as I have ventured through the anime library, I have come to notice two particular behaviors that continue to confuse and sometimes upset me.

Now, these are just my own opinions and observations, so you cats may not find anything odd about what I'm going to point out, but if any of you have information or just simple feedback I'd be down to hear what you're saying.

Behavior 1.
- No actual romance develops between characters.

Okay, this is probably my biggest complaint about anime. Why is it that the Japanese love having lead characters clearly show interest in one another and yet nothing ever become of their feelings? No epic moment of confession? It just sorta...falls apart and is stepped over at the end. Don't get me wrong, I have seen some anime with brilliant romances if I may say so, but for the most part, anime fans short and its getting to the point where I wonder if this is actually some kind of plot style? I mean seriously, when kids (usually high school punks with super powers or whatever) go on epic adventures together and save each other's lives, and they openly show blushing or other sorts of romantic feelings, they usually do this crazy thing called " fall in love." It's sorta like a natural phenomenon. I get that some shows don't need romance, like Kill la Kill for example. One of my favs, and it didn't need any romance. But some shows have romance openly expressed within the series and yet when nothing becomes of this it actually feels unnatural..

Behavior 2.
- Anime seems to go in two extreme directions when it comes to nudity/revealing designs.

One version is that pretty much nothing at all is ever shown and the show can be rather serious with a strong plot. Then on the other side we have shows that are completely ridiculous, all the tropes thrown in (fall on girl wearing only towel, fall into bathroom while girl takes shower, fall onto student council president grabs her, fall fall fall etc.) I really dislike these tropes and yet they seem to be thrown in as if the creators are checking these off a list or something. Now there are again some really great examples of anime that did it right. By that I mean presented more adult themes in a tasteful and artistic way. When these other anime just throw out this fan service like its nothing it really waters down the artistic element.

Anyway, I ended up ranting more than planned, but I just thought I would bring this up and see if anyone else noticed this behavior and thought it odd as well. Maybe it's something to do with Japanese culture? Maybe it's something to do with censorship being needed to allow these shows to be presented on television?

Thanks for reading all this,
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I think Chivalry of a Failed Knight did both of these perfectly. Halfway through the show they both finally confess their love, and also the nudity was obviously there, but is a great show that absolutely didn't need it, but I appreciate they put it in.

It... just needs a season 2. D:
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I'll just say that the phenomena of not concluding romances is largely due to a large amount of anime series being adaptations or potentially ongoing series that never receive a continuation. A lot of shows have "buy the manga" endings, and a lot of other shows have "watch the second season (which may or may not be made)" endings. Basically the lack of finality to a lot of anime series prevents them from actually executing a proper romantic climax.
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And now you know why the Japanese aren't having kids, they forgot to show them how to make babies.

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I find weird how some anime have that stepsister and brother romance.
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Yeah Chivalry was a good time for sure. Nice call.

The sister-romance was a little bit much at times...but it really hit a lot of my marks. They even get engaged in the end!
SAO had a similar feel. Asuna and Kirito become legit halfway through season 1. That was one of my favs.

But yeah a season 2 of Chivalry would be cool.
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sundin13 wrote:

I'll just say that the phenomena of not concluding romances is largely due to a large amount of anime series being adaptations or potentially ongoing series that never receive a continuation. A lot of shows have "buy the manga" endings, and a lot of other shows have "watch the second season (which may or may not be made)" endings. Basically the lack of finality to a lot of anime series prevents them from actually executing a proper romantic climax.


I hear what you're saying. But it's sad you know cause many of these shows do not get a second season and the whole plot just...vanishes. But yeah these shows need to make money so of course they want to keep producing more and more material.
Seriously though that is the main reason why I haven't watched shows like Fairy Tail or Naruto. I'm sure I would go completely insane waiting for the relationships to develop.
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