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Posted 12/3/16
I get the feeling that even originality isn't safe from our constant nitpicking and complaining. I find that it is getting harder and harder to please us anime fans. We want what we can not get and once we get it we are still not happy. It's getting a little annoying to be honest. But what do you think? Do we still want originality in our anime/manga nowadays? What are your thoughts on this?


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Posted 12/3/16 , edited 12/3/16
"No idea is original, there is nothing new under the sun. It's never what you do, but how it's done"

-Nas


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Yes I want originality, but I also know as time goes on more an more properties will seem "familiar". But I'm still satisfied witth what I'm getting anime wise.
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I care more about anime/manga being entertaining, not original.

That being said, originality is definitely a way to make something entertaining, but it's not the only method.

Posted 12/3/16
Yes, I want originality. Lol, I'm not one of those people who complains.
Posted 12/3/16 , edited 12/3/16

Dogempire wrote:

I care more about anime/manga being entertaining, not original.

That being said, originality is definitely a way to make something entertaining, but it's not the only method.



This. Not always is original work a good thing, but it can be bad or good, depending on the concepts and the way they are executed in anime/manga.
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Original can still be bad.
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Posted 12/3/16 , edited 12/3/16
I just want more variety, there are so many things that simply haven't been made yet or there's not enough of.

By no means have we run out fresh content that could be produced.
Posted 12/3/16 , edited 12/3/16
I like balance. A good story, first and foremost. Originality for originality's sake doesn't impress me, and seems pretentious. I'm not easily distracted by tassels and glitter, and will cut down to size most anything that tries to use "originality" to blind viewers from glaring flaws.


Also, in regard to the "nitpicking," that's the result of people moving past mooning over the novelty of anime/manga, knowing what they like, and simultaneously expecting more from the medium.
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Maybe an idea doesn't have to be completely original, but i do want to have anime that attempts to push the envelope and distinguish itself from other shows. More or less, animators and the content creators themselves have to be willing to experiment and do something different now and again. It is fine if a show isn't completely unprecedented, but having a familiar premise doesn't mean that you can't do anything new or exciting.

For the most part, this concept is what makes anime appealing in the first place: diverse stories and different ways of portraying narratives. Therefore, this is what should continue to be part of the medium itself.
Posted 12/3/16
I can appreciate something for being relatively original, but that doesn't mean I will like it more. As long as I enjoy watching it, I don't care if I've seen it a hundred times before.
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I haven't watched a lot of anime because I feel a lot of it is the same thing, based around school, special powers, or something romantic and yes, I feel a lot of it is unoriginal but my views will be more than different from another person views or opinion.
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As long as a series manages to distinguish itself from others in its genre, I don't necessarily care about it being original. It can be, and there are some great series that are entirely unique, but I'm also quite happy watching a series that could be described as '[genre] but with [slightly unexpected trope/character]'. There are some series that are painfully unremarkable, though. There are only so many high school love triangle shoujo series with no meaningful twist to them I can watch before my eyes glaze over at the sight of the word 'romance'.
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I want both. I love original ideas, but if something is similar to thousands of other things (yet manages to stick out), I love that too!!

I think though, and this is just my opinion, that people who complain about originality do not hate so much the fact that it's new/different, but that it did not completely fit with their ideas of "new/different", if that makes any sense whatsoever?
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Lord_Jordan wrote:

I want both. I love original ideas, but if something is similar to thousands of other things (yet manages to stick out), I love that too!!

I think though, and this is just my opinion, that people who complain about originality do not hate so much the fact that it's new/different, but that it did not completely fit with their ideas of "new/different", if that makes any sense whatsoever?




I still want a borderline.
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