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What do you guys think makes a good story in anime/manga?

your answers can be in a list format, one word answers or a short paragraph BUT please no joke answers.




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A person considers a story a good one when it resonates with them.
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1) Interesting characters
2) Good character development
3) Unique
4) Knows when to be serious or when to use humor (I think of Gintama)

If we talk about manga/comics

5) Interesting art style (pretty much any kind)
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Conflict and how we can relate to it.
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This is based on my experience what makes a good story.

1.) Well placed characters
2,) Good characterization
3.) Good character development
4.) Good premise
5.) Good plotline
6.) Good use plot devices
7.) Enjoyable.
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-The style of writing for novels and artwork for manga is a given. Certain styles may appeal to some and to others, it might just do the opposite.

Realistic behavior - this is a major element with multiple components. Dialogue and action are two major factors that can influence the reader's perception of a character. I'm not just talking about the core characters -- I mean everyone, including the ones in the backdrop need to be realistic. I don't mean that everyone needs to act sensible but they have to go with the setting of the story. One example of a terrible story is the Hunger Games series. I understand that it's a teen fiction novel but I find it absolutely revolting that people actually consider it to be a good book/series. Every character, from the main one down to the last unnamed citizen is a cardboard caricature designed to act in a way convenient for the author to drive the story to the direction she wants. The dialogue is artificial, the reactions of the character are so unnatural, the storyline is so forced.

An example of a good story, I'd say, would be Tokyo Ghoul. Sure, Kaneki is cool and ghoul fights are always fun to watch but the thing that draws me to the story is how realistic the presentation of each character is. No one is evil for the sake of being evil and there's no desire to conquer just because the story needs a villain. Every character's backstory sets a good explanation for their behavior and motivation. The characters are given a personality based on their past and are allowed to act according to these given stories, which in turn brings them to life. The mangaka/author's job is to simply tell their story after.
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In my opinion regardless of the genre what makes a good story is the characters. Great characters, who are realistic and have a good balance of flaws and strengths is the key. We humans all have flaws and issues so characters who push through troubles are easier to relate with or a character who has a great redemption story is another thing people can also relate to. So the focus needs to be on making characters interesting most of all and genuine.

If you have great characters, they can pick up an average or below average story and make it a great story because people relate so much to the characters they will follow them anywhere because they care about them. On the reverse you can craft as story that is masterful and great but if your characters are not well done or bland you won't keep people invested enough to tell it.

I know this isn't exactly related by take The Walking Dead for example. There is a very limited story there and it is very boring. But because people are attached to certain characters they will follow them until the end. Many examples like that.
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1) Good focus on the current plot and the order how how events occur (Good Transitions).

2) Characterization and Character Growth.

3) Character Design (Try to market characters to people and see what they gravitate towards).

4) A fleshed out plot (You know how the story begins and ends without making shit up as you go).

5) Attention to detail (On the art of the characters and their environment).

6) Try to avoid using dialogue as exposition and info dumping too often (The same applies to monologue).

7) Since you can only write so much in a panel learn how to write brief and succinct.

8) If you World Build don't rush it build it slowly in order to hook the viewers to be curious and want to find out more which means they want
to read more.

9) Be compelling (Subjective but often can make or break your story).

10) Try to have fun with your work a person who doesn't enjoy what they do will perform poorly and it shows in the quality of your work whether its in aesthetics or writing.

11) Try to appeal to people's aesthetic taste in terms of character, background, environment and details. (Sometimes you gotta compromise your own).
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em guys is it me or in passed few years japan change in creating anime types

if you are like me watching anime since 199X

for decade there is always enough content for kids and adults as well and i dont mean ecchi anime i mean anime with material suits for adults like dark or political or bloody bla bla stuff


but passed few years it keep going for lower age every season more than before!

this autmn in whole week series i can only see drifter and like 1 or 2 barely watchable for me

rest not even my nephew with 7 years old want to watch ...

anyone know whats going on?
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Is realism always good for a story?
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Is realism always good for a story?


Imo realism can be quite the snore-fest when overdone, though I personally prefer more fantastical things so I'm pretty bias. It's more important to get the audience to suspend their disbelief.

"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out."
Alfred Hitchcock

Whatever you're writing, if realism means nothing is happening, get through it as soon as humanly possible, or ignore it outright. If nothing is happening or just about to happen, then you're most likely wasting both you and your audience's time.
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ClothStatue wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Is realism always good for a story?


Imo realism can be quite the snore-fest when overdone, though I personally prefer more fantastical things so I'm pretty bias. It's more important to get the audience to suspend their disbelief.

"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out."
Alfred Hitchcock

Whatever you're writing, if realism means nothing is happening, get through it as soon as humanly possible, or ignore it outright. If nothing is happening or just about to happen, then you're most likely wasting both you and your audience's time.



Alright then.
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ClothStatue wrote:

A person considers a story a good one when it resonates with them.


Pretty much this. And something that doesn't put me to sleep either, lol.
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I don't know anymore.... magical loli girls?

That's probably #1.
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Aminlv wrote:

em guys is it me or in passed few years japan change in creating anime types

if you are like me watching anime since 199X

for decade there is always enough content for kids and adults as well and i dont mean ecchi anime i mean anime with material suits for adults like dark or political or bloody bla bla stuff


but passed few years it keep going for lower age every season more than before!

this autmn in whole week series i can only see drifter and like 1 or 2 barely watchable for me

rest not even my nephew with 7 years old want to watch ...

anyone know whats going on?


Yes. I get what you mean but you might not be looking at the right place. There's plenty of shitty ones like Kabaneri and Big Order that are cringe-inducing fan service garbage. Even re: Zero's fan service can get tiring because it's so overused. The formula applies to so many titles: Loli + ecchi + tsundere + harem + clueless protagonist.

I'd advise you to look at the seinen anime/manga genre or expand your viewing to movies. Have you tried watching Tokyo Ghoul? The anime is nice and all but the original story/manga goes so much deeper into the characters. I found myself sympathizing with a serial rapist/killer in that story.
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