Post Reply What elements do you look for in an anime?
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Posted 10/23/16
I find that I care more about certain elements in anime than others.

For example, I rarely see people acknowledge things like the setting (which I really care for) and focus on things like pacing (which I pay very little attention to).

I wanted to know what are the specific elements you look for in an anime are. Explain, please.
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Posted 10/23/16
Story and enjoyment.
I don't care about the animation, the sound, the character development, etc. I don't tend to look for the faults when I'm watching something, I just try to enjoy it.
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Posted 10/23/16
I judge anime depending on many factors. It's hard for me to drop something, since that would mean that I didn't find anything good about it.
In order of importance for me:

1) Plot
2) Setting
3) Art (backgrounds/animations)
4) Character design (art/personality)
5) Music
6) Satisfying ending
7) Character development
8) If it's original or adapted from existing material (have a negative bias vs LN adaption especially if they are generic low quality harem rom com)

If the series don't achieve the top 3 in a few episodes their score on MAL is <=6; if they do it's >=6. Depending on the other factors it can get down to 1( in the first case), or up to 9 (in the second case).
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Posted 10/24/16
I'd have difficulty picking a single element that matters most to me, except perhaps a wishy-washy answer like 'atmosphere'. The tone of the story, the way humour is presented, the types of characters it focuses on, the use of music or art or animation to convey something in a scene. I could dislike the characters or music and still appreciate how they are used, I guess?

A lot of that kind of just comes down to genre conventions, though.
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Posted 10/24/16
Action is the first thing that catches my attention, but if has to be good action, if that makes any sense. Otherwise I'll just see a show in motion and something about it demands I watching.

Bungo Stray Dogs was like that.
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Posted 10/24/16
things that are worth watching

now a day series with the "last man on earth" theme will not keep my interest for long

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Posted 10/24/16
For me it is mostly about the characters - if they can make me care what happens to them. I mean, I look at whether the premise is about something interesting, whether the plot is going somewhere, whether the animation is acceptable and the pacing is purposeful, and I am particularly attracted to settings with an element of the fantastic, but it can have all of these things and I'll still lose interest if I just don't care about the characters, whereas there are relatively few things I won't watch if the characters can grab my attention.

Mostly they just have to have actual distinct personalities rather than be placeholders filling a quota, and have something about them that makes me sympathise with them, or in the case of villains, more to their personality than 'Watch me kick this puppy, because I love puppy-kicking!". They also need to have long-term prospects or goals, even if it is just the expectation they'll reach the end of the show - when the show piles on the pain and misery and just crushes all hope for everyone in the cast, I quickly lose interest.
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I look for something that makes me feel.....anything. Any feeling is fine. Hope, joy, sadness, anger...as long as it's making me feel then I'm happy. All of the other things such as plot, setting, animation, sound, etc are just a bonus.
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22 / M / Finland
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Posted 10/24/16
It's pretty much same to me what An4thor wrote, so here's what important to me:

1. Plot
2. Setting
3. Characters
4. Ending (goes without saying that ending has to be great)
5. Animation

That's pretty much it. I might some more here later but for now...
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Posted 10/24/16
I'd look for a good story first. Next I check to see if the characters are appealing to me. It's a bonus if there's a good setting.
Posted 10/24/16 , edited 10/24/16
Anime that are NOT 12 episodes

Other than that, a good story line and art are the elements that I look for
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Posted 10/24/16
Visceral fight scenes.
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1, Art
2. Story
3. Animation
4. Do I relate to it or the character?
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22 / M / Louisiana
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Posted 10/25/16
A few years ago I used to watch way too much anime, now I try to look for excuses not to watch something. It's the only way I can manage my time wisely.

These elements, which I used to like for the most part, are now huge red flags for me:
-A light novel adaptation, especially if it's a harem
-CGDCT
-Futuristic science fantasy, yet still manages to take place in a high school
-Drama/tragedy porn
-3D

Of course, there can be exceptions to any of these rules, but still, you'd be shocked how much anime you can filter out using these criteria.
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