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Do we even want originality in our anime/manga anymore?
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Spider-Man is right: nothing is original. What changes is the horizon of the obvious.
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Ohyamatsumi wrote:


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.


True. The Big O was quite possibly my favorite Anime of all time, despite the fact that it was a mishmash of previously used ideas.
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I haven't watched anime in like 2 months........

I think you know the answer.
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Humms wrote:

I haven't watched anime in like 2 months........

I think you know the answer.


What have you been doing?
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qualeshia3 wrote:


Humms wrote:

I haven't watched anime in like 2 months........

I think you know the answer.


What have you been doing?


Drawing, writing, and saving money
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Humms wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


Humms wrote:

I haven't watched anime in like 2 months........

I think you know the answer.


What have you been doing?


Drawing, writing, and saving money



Awesome.

But what about reading?
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Really don't care about originality, so long as it's entertaining or has a badass MC.
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Posted 12/4/16

guitarzim22 wrote:

Really don't care about originality, so long as it's entertaining or has a badass MC.


Cool.
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is there even originality in anything

i think it's the way an idea is presented is what makes something interesting
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Sogno- wrote:

is there even originality in anything

i think it's the way an idea is presented is what makes something interesting


I see it as when we are younger things are new or original to us. As we get older we grow accustomed to the various themes, not in a bad way. Today I find I enjoy stories based on the skin they are wrapped in. If it looks appealing on the surface I'll likely enjoy it. I rarely ever go in overly critical so that helps as well. Trying to chase that "awe" of our youth seems foolish (and somewhat dangerous) to me. If something happens to stand out, it stands out.
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There's not just original and cookie cutter/trope but many other combinations. To me, a series can be fully trope but if it has strong characters I can relate or just like watching it makes the show a must see for me. If a story is great and the characters are trope I still would watch it and like it. If a show has both unoriginal and trope-ful characters and a purely trope story that's an entirely different thing though. It's one thing for a show to meet formula, it's another for it to be totally generic in every way.
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neugenx wrote:

There's not just original and cookie cutter/trope but many other combinations. To me, a series can be fully trope but if it has strong characters I can relate or just like watching it makes the show a must see for me. If a story is great and the characters are trope I still would watch it and like it. If a show has both unoriginal and trope-ful characters and a purely trope story that's an entirely different thing though. It's one thing for a show to meet formula, it's another for it to be totally generic in every way.


People tend to associate originality with something being good. But can originality be a good thing?
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qualeshia3 wrote:


neugenx wrote:

There's not just original and cookie cutter/trope but many other combinations. To me, a series can be fully trope but if it has strong characters I can relate or just like watching it makes the show a must see for me. If a story is great and the characters are trope I still would watch it and like it. If a show has both unoriginal and trope-ful characters and a purely trope story that's an entirely different thing though. It's one thing for a show to meet formula, it's another for it to be totally generic in every way.


People tend to associate originality with something being good. But can originality be a good thing?


I once talked with a friend about how most buddy cop movies try to just throw two stars together as cops with a generic plot and characters with no background or discernible connection and the movies fall flat. In comparison, you take Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour or Bad Boys and look at the character depth in designing the characters and you feel attached to the characters and movie right away. Do they exude originality? Yes and no. They dance in trope but honestly it's easy to ignore that fact due to the emotional connection. I could write a musical about pimples dancing and singing on a teen's face. It would be very original but I highly doubt it'd be very good no matter how much I tried. Originality is neither good nor bad, it's all the other factors that take it in those directions.
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neugenx wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


neugenx wrote:

There's not just original and cookie cutter/trope but many other combinations. To me, a series can be fully trope but if it has strong characters I can relate or just like watching it makes the show a must see for me. If a story is great and the characters are trope I still would watch it and like it. If a show has both unoriginal and trope-ful characters and a purely trope story that's an entirely different thing though. It's one thing for a show to meet formula, it's another for it to be totally generic in every way.


People tend to associate originality with something being good. But can originality be a good thing?


I once talked with a friend about how most buddy cop movies try to just throw two stars together as cops with a generic plot and characters with no background or discernible connection and the movies fall flat. In comparison, you take Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour or Bad Boys and look at the character depth in designing the characters and you feel attached to the characters and movie right away. Do they exude originality? Yes and no. They dance in trope but honestly it's easy to ignore that fact due to the emotional connection. I could write a musical about pimples dancing and singing on a teen's face. It would be very original but I highly doubt it'd be very good no matter how much I tried. Originality is neither good nor bad, it's all the other factors that take it in those directions.



Alright then.
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Originality is a bit irrelevant in my opinion. I mean, being original doesn't equate to greatness. Meh, it's all subjective anyway. People will find ways to whine either way.
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