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Post Reply Do majority of the anime fans want unrealistic characters in their anime series?
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Posted 9/9/16
I like both, but prefer more realistic characters.
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Given I'm a fan of scifi and fantasy, realistic isn't the right word. Well written or well developed is more what I'm looking for. I want characters with well defined personalities, moralities, struggles, and goals.
Whether it be an immortal robot, a gunslinging humanoid plant, or a hive mind alien with blue orange morality, I want them to be developed well and interact in interesting ways with the other characters.

I actually get more annoyed by 'realistic' shows with cookie cutter tropes for characters that are technically normal people than I do with most characters that could only exist in scifi or fantasy stories.
Posted 9/9/16
Of course I don't want to watch realistic characters, real people are shit. One of the best reasons to watch anime is to escape that. However, there are kind of different types of realistic. I can appreciate a realistic character like Subaru in Re:Zero. People got pissed off at watching him be a total weak annoying dumbass, but with what he had been through it is almost more surprising that he didn't go full blown insane. There is a lot more I could say, but I'll leave it at that.
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Personally I like variety. I'll take both.
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It's fun to step out of reality with anime characters, but it's also very satisfying to relate to them on a real level. I actually think most anime fans like both. Not many are one-sided.
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It really depends on the show. Sometimes realism suits it better, and sometimes caricatures provide a stronger effect. The key is that the show is made with purpose and every character is implemented in a way that works for the series.
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Posted 9/9/16 , edited 9/9/16
"realistic" in the most literal sense doesn't really work for me in anime. If I wanted to deal with "real" people, I could go outside. One of my favorite things about anime is that it's not bound by natural limits, and therefore anything can happen and it would look just as believable as any normal event. That being said, characters with realistic personalities and development can do wonders for a show. Viewers can identify with complex and multi-dimensional characters better than ones with extreme personalities, like is seen in lots of shonen. And that extreme character type is not always bad - it works very well for shows like One Piece, which thrive on extreme situations, or for side/background characters to make them more memorable.
Also, not every realistic character has to be a Shinji. There are more personality types than spineless, and that includes when facing adverse situations.
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Posted 9/11/16
well it's all fiction so it's unrealistic by default, not being real.
that being said, more tortured, heavy bad guy souls for me wouldn't be so bad, i don't care how overly dramatized they are.
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Both. But it depends on the story and what the animation/writers are trying to convey. If comparing something like "Haven't you Heard? I'm Sakamoto" vs "Erased", the latter needs a more realistic character base. I'm fine as long as the anime is awesome and flows well!
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Verisimilitude. As long as the characters are believable in the (often fantastic) context in which they are presented, I don't need them to be "realistic".
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Posted 9/11/16 , edited 9/11/16
I don't specifically care how realistic or unrealistic characters are. What I do care about is whether I'm having fun watching them.

The problem I have with so-called "realistic" characters has more to do with show pacing than the characters themselves. Specifically, many shows want to wallow in their character's flaws and negative emotions (ReZero being a prime example of this). And I simply do not find that fun.

That being said, I recognize that such lows often make the highs all the better. So it's not the flaws and negative emotions themselves that I dislike, just how they're presented. Basically, I think a despair/depression/etc scene should be much like a bathroom scene: show them going in, show them coming out, and we can probably figure out the rest for ourselves.
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Posted 9/11/16
As long as the characters are interesting, I don't care
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I want more characters like Lucy from Elfen Lied(Manga Lucy, not the Anime Lucy)
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