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I've been curious for some time and I was wondering if majority of the anime fans want some character that is unrealistic. I get that some of them want characters that are realistic and human. But I get the feeling that a vast majority want unrealistic characters. Maybe it's just me but I can't help but to see it that way. Like a lot of them want those overly badass characters that are inhumanly impossible instead of character who are real and human. But sometimes realism isn't always good but does the same apply to unrealistic characters? So what do you think about this? Lend me your thoughts about it.

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I'll start off by saying that I am guilty for loving the fantasy, mahou shoujo and shonen genres. That doesn't mean I don't look for well-written characters. And while most of my favorites are arguably not realistic, it makes me appreciate anime that are mostly grounded in reality. You can find well-written, human characters in any genre, with 91 Days and Orange being two of my favorites for the season because of that, albeit on very different ends of the spectrum.

I personally can't speak for the average anime viewer, though. Everyone's tastes vary wildly.
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Yes, I think that covers it.
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I like a bit of both
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I'm greedy. I want both.
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It depends on what you mean by realistic.

Characters should be well developed, and three-dimensional. They should not be flat stereotypes.

However, that doesn't mean that their appearances, circumstances, abilities, etc. should be limited to what's "realistic". Characters can be ridiculously gorgeous with long, pink hair that never gets tarnished, have the power to read minds and fly, and still be realistic in the ways that are important.
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domvina wrote:

I'm greedy. I want both.


I don't think that fits under the definition of greed. More like you're more open minded and like variety.
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Yes and no.

Sometimes I want a humble experience that breaks a character down to their core.

Sometimes I want a crazy experience that just blows your mind with unrealistic expectations

I would much rather have both in a character


It is more powerful at times to experience a character as mortal and vulnerable in order to appreciate what little they are capable of, but yet they are willing to prove something, or even Characters who have certain skills, but are broken down slowly showing you weakness.

Yeah I like to just get into an anime where a character is unstoppable and unrealistic, but that takes away from a true story sometimes. It feels empty when you just expect something to be, and not really showing you anything but that. Most anime I see now only skims over a character like its suppose to be a major point to understand about that character, when it is just a short story that makes you forget why you even appreciate that character, and throws you into the only catch that steals your attention. It doesn't have any impact to my emotion.

Oh well. Some people like to see nothing but flash, nothing but story, and nothing but glory, but what makes the whole package viable are the fans who praise it, no words or hate can ever change that fact. Sad but true at times.
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I can't speak for other anime fans, nor can you get a full scope majority type answer asking one anime forum, but I personally have no preference. I don't think an anime with more realistic characters makes the characters or story any better than a series with unrealistic characters.

I also think people have different perspectives of what a realistic character is. For example, I've seen people say that Subaru from Re:Zero is a realistic NEET character and is relatable in general. I disagree and would say the only NEET character that I felt was realistic and actually hit home, making me feel bad for who I was, was Satou from Welcome to the NHK. But that's just from my perspective.

What are realistic and unrealistic characters anyway? Shounen action adventure characters like Naruto are over the top and are unrealistic, yet you can still empathize with them. People, not everyone, understand what it's like to grow up with little to no friends or to have no talent and to have to bust their ass to reach the level of their peers and to be accepted by them. In general, many unrealistic characters still share common traits with the viewers like having insecurities and goals, so how unrealistic are we actually talking here?

Idk. I think it isn't an easy question to answer if your trying to look beyond face value or from one community and more on a large scale perspective.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

But I get the feeling that a vast majority want unrealistic characters. Maybe it's just me but I can't help but to see it that way.



Well, if you want purely realistic characters... why are you watching anime?

The primary benefit of anime over live action is the infinite effects budget. If you're going to blow something up, anime will let you blow it up however you want from whatever camera angle you want and it doesn't cost any more than just having someone dance around blowing a kazoo. Similarly, if you want a twelve-foot-tall bird person to jump out a window and dive-bomb a crowd of people with a machine gun in each hand, that is no harder than having a high school girl jump out of bed and run downstairs to eat breakfast. Fundamentally, 800 frames of animation is 800 frames of animation, so it doesn't really matter what the frames ARE.

But if you just want someone to dance around blowing a kazoo or run downstairs for breakfast, you can take HD video of that on your phone a whole lot faster and easier than producing a single frame of anime. The more realistic your storyline is, the less cost-effective anime becomes - because there's a small army of people involved in producing anime, and when you have very mundane sets and acting needs, you can actually do a better job faster with a half dozen people running conventional cameras, lights, and sound.

Computers have done a lot to reduce the cost of anime, but there's still a breakpoint where it would just be faster and easier to use actors. And that breakpoint hinges largely on how realistic the characters are.

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domvina wrote:

I'm greedy. I want both.


Can you have both?
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Obviously, it's why characters like Armin and Shinji are disliked, because they are human and more complex.
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I do, like the people and company in NEW GAME are likely not to ever have exist or ever will be but I like watching ti because it's like watching what society can be. Yagami is an awesome boss and sleeping in your underwear at work! Come on now that would be a blast. If society was like an anime then things would be so much better, but like, anime's like NEW GAME, not Death Note or anything dark like that. I would just like people to be more preppy and for life to be more fun.
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Kerst wrote:

Obviously, it's why characters like Armin and Shinji are disliked, because they are human and more complex.


Also just about everyone in Code Geass.

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depends on how to define unrealistic. are we taking people with superpower or flat no personality mary/gary stu?

If you looking for ordinary human we got from this season New game, Sweetness and Lighting, Amachu 91 days , I'll throw in Bezerk but I think Guts pushes the limit on what human is :)

also people with extraordinary abilities can be complex too like Jojos thought everyone is that is Fabulous!, D grey man, Mob psyhco 100, Thunderbolt Fantasy.


If you looking for flat boring 1 dimensional char that are unrealistic go watch Taboo Tattoo..
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