Can Certain People Only Watch Certain Anime?
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Posted 2/20/17 , edited 2/21/17
Hey guys, I can see how the title of this forum can be very confusing, so I'll do my best to summarize what I mean. Hopefully most of you can understand this.
So first of all here are some shows I really like:
DBZ
Akame Ga Kill
Anohana
Sousei no Onmyouji
Steins Gate
Bungou Stray Dogs
Re:zero
Seven Deadly Sins
KonoSuba
Kill la Kill
Fate series

And here are shows that I thought I'd like/sound super cool but just don't appeal to me:
One Punch Man
Kekkai Sensen(Blood Blockade Battlefront)
K
Soul Eater
One Piece
Baccano!
Durarara
Noragami etc

So my question is, even though most of those shows sound awesome and are very similar to what I like and a lot of people like them, why don't I like them? What about certain shows are just unlikeable and hard for me to get into. Good example: K sounds so cool to me, the concept, screenshots I've seen are beautiful and yet I just don't like it. Is it the storytelling aspect? Something else? What makes it so that even though a show is very cool and well thought out, people just don't like it and others do?

I'd interested to see everyone's different opinions, because I remember trying to like Soul Eater for so long but every episode to me just felt like it was boring and I could be doing something better.
Thanks!
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Posted 2/20/17 , edited 2/21/17
We all have certain tastes. I cannot explain your tastes to you.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

We all have certain tastes. I cannot explain your tastes to you.

Fair enough. I understand that well, however this goes beyond that. I'll try to explain it better. I'm not trying to talk about tastes, because Baccano! and Kekkai Sensen and noragami were right up my alley. Music, animation, pacing and characters I like a lot, however there's just this one piece missing that doesn't keep me on edge the way a show like Fate/Zero does. And for others that piece is there, and I just can't believe that that missing piece is my own personal taste.
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Posted 2/20/17 , edited 2/22/17
I like most of your likes, and I dislike most of your dislikes (well everything except One Punch Man really). So I don't know. You just have to compare series on their individual merits. Genre isn't everything.

I don't think it's weird that I like DBZ and hate One Piece. I just think that One Piece sucks and move on

I do think that a running theme in your list is that the humor in the latter dislike category can be a bit more sophomoric than in your "likes" list. Also more of your likes have better overarching plot lines than the dislikes, which a few I see there are quite episodic.
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I think it still comes down to taste.

I like most of the titles in both of your lists. At least for the ones I've seen, there's some where I only read the manga and I like it so I guess I'd like the shows too.
And then there's DBZ. Try as I might I just can't like that show. Every time I tried watching it the verdict still came out as "stop this, you don't enjoy it".
I had the same initial reaction to Sousei no Onmyouji, One Piece and Re:Zero and they eventually grew on me. DBZ does not.

There's no reason I could name for why I don't enjoy watching it, it's not fundamentally different from other shows I do enjoy, but at the end of the day I just don't enjoy it and that's that.
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Posted 2/21/17 , edited 2/21/17
As you guys already stated above, it's mostly about your personal taste. With shows like DBZ I guess nostalgia plays a huge part in that. But not just with DBZ, you can say that about any other anime. Tbh I found the predecessor DB to be vastly superior to its sequel but that's just my personal opinion.
Anyway, back to what I was trying to say. For example, in my middle school years I was obsessed with Bleach and thought that DBZ, Naruto AND One Piece sucked ass when I tried to watch them for the first time. Today I do know that storytelling-wise, Bleach has some major problems, hell, it has severe problems but despite that, the show has a special place in my heart and even though I do know that there are way better Shounen out there, Bleach personally surpasses them all for me just for personal reasons.

Another interesting fact: I nearly always watch anime subbed and almost never dubbed. However, when I tried to watch Cowboy Bebop in Japanese I couldn't get into it no matter how many times I watched the first 3 episodes. I decided to give the dub a shot and damn, was I surprised how good it actually was! It was just so fitting for the characters and the settings in general.

Maybe watching a certain anime in another language might help in getting into it more.
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Posted 2/21/17 , edited 2/21/17
So like.... for K and Durarara!!, I know that what they have in common that could make them hard to get into is a) really subtle developments, and b) tons of characters. I feel like, if something hooks you about one of the characters, you'll love it, and if it doesn't, you probably won't. I still haven't finished DRRR!!x2, and I see how someone could feel the same way about K: Return of Kings - if you're not really into these characters, it can get boring.

But note: everyone should read the prequel novel Lost Small World before watching K: Return of Kings. It sort of doesn't make sense without it. It's frustrating, but... that's what they did.

But yeah. It's just taste...

So, there are shows that are probably really good, but I can't get into them because I don't get attached to the characters. .... but out of the ones you mentioned, both ones you like and ones you don't, most of them I don't like because they're not subtle enough. I need something more like K or Acca.
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Akame Ga Kill
Anohana
Sousei no Onmyouji
Steins Gate
Bungou Stray Dogs
Re:zero
Seven Deadly Sins
KonoSuba
Kill la Kill
Fate series


Yep, we have a wild one here guys..........

Different people different tastes.
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Posted 2/21/17 , edited 2/22/17
Sometimes there is just minor to moderate things that drives you nuts causes you to dislike something. One person may have high resistance to something and the other will instant like or dislike it. It can be something super subtle.

For example if you take some random mech shows, gurren lagann, evangelion, Gundam 00, Code geass and gundam seed. At a glance it is hard to say what a random person would pick from this list of like or dislike. Like for example code geass can be said to be exciting and unpredictable a wild and exciting ride. Or you could get somebody like me who just says it is stupid because it doesn't make logical sense and is super random. I enjoyed gundam 00 as one of my first Gundam shows watched. However after telling my friend to watch it he just replies with "Setsuna is emo/whiny." okay he got me, stop watching the show because of that one minor thing...? Point being is everyone will pick different shows, because different people are bothered by and like certain things.
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Posted 2/22/17 , edited 2/22/17
Any number of things can turn a person off of an animated show, even if it is similar to something you otherwise like. Maybe the character designs feel off or the animation is poor or the story doesn't make sense. It may contain material that makes a person uncomfortable. The list goes on from there. Take Dragon Ball for example. I watched a few episodes of the original series and I thought it wasn't too bad due to its quirky cast and storytelling. Then I looked at DBZ and I thought (and still do think) that the show sucked. It was poorly animated. To me, it was static. The story never felt like it was evolving. The whole show, to me, just consisted of a lot of muscle-bound steroid monkeys standing around and screaming as they powered up just for purposes of rearranging the landscape as they let loose blast after blast at each other.

There was nothing imaginative about the DBZ, unlike the first one which had oddball characters and goofy, but humorous, ideas such as the capsules that Bulma was always using.
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Posted 2/22/17 , edited 2/22/17
You're going to get a bunch of paragprah long answers but in general the tldr will be
It comes down to preference on what you like and dislike.

So, to add my two cents (or in this case 2+ paragraphs) to the discussion,
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Posted 2/22/17 , edited 2/22/17

soulsinferno wrote:


Akame Ga Kill
Anohana
Sousei no Onmyouji
Steins Gate
Bungou Stray Dogs
Re:zero
Seven Deadly Sins
KonoSuba
Kill la Kill
Fate series


Yep, we have a wild one here guys..........

Different people different tastes.


Lmao.
I try to open myself to many different anime, just more for me to enjoy. I never try to judge something without giving it a shot. I don't think that's a bad thing.
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Posted 2/22/17 , edited 2/22/17
Thanks for all the good feedback
I've found the answer I'm looking for I guess, but if you asked me what that was I couldn't describe it.
I like the responses I've gotten
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