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Posted 3/29/17 , edited 3/30/17

djSinae wrote:

in the past it was ok but now it's only 1 series on 15 that are watchable ... why?

You got old.

Everyone goes through a phase where there aren't any good shows. Sometimes it lasts for 1 or 2 seasons, sometimes for years. Drop out of anime/manga for a year or two, and then come back. If you still feel the same, then it might be time to pick up a new hobby. Anime is a product. They're not going to tweak the formula too much (e.g., New Coke).

You might be burnt out. Take a break.
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I'm about your age OP and there was a lot of crap anime when I was a teen. This was pre-internet and I would gamble $30 on a VHS with about 90 minutes of run time. Things are so much better now with streaming services. But there's always 3-4 shows every season I really like.

I think because it's more accessible and there's more of it.


There's always been a lot of crap honestly, and sometimes what appears to be good in a PV turns out to be pretty meh by the time you're 3 or so episodes into it. It is true though that streaming and the availability of the media via the internet has really opened up what we can reach.

Though, a lot of it depends on what you're interested in. There's been times when I haven't seen anything that interested me in a season, then other times I've seen multiple shows that I've wanted to watch. So, to some degree I can see why there's a period of time where people are finding it hard to watch something just due to preferences or that the stuff that came out and they saw in preceding years just doesn't have the same shine.
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djSinae wrote:

in the past it was ok but now it's only 1 series on 15 that are watchable ... why?

You got old.

Everyone goes through a phase where there aren't any good shows. Sometimes it lasts for 1 or 2 seasons, sometimes for years. Drop out of anime/manga for a year or two, and then come back. If you still feel the same, then it might be time to pick up a new hobby. Anime is a product. They're not going to tweak the formula too much (e.g., New Coke).

You might be burnt out. Take a break.


I dropped out for almost a decade. Everything looked like garbage. I just gave it up since nothing seemed to suit me. I did watch the occasional episode of One Piece but that was it.

I didn't give it another chance until I got a free month pass to CR around 2012. I tried out some of the more popular shows and liked what i saw.

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Maybe they're just not making as much anime that fits your tastes anymore.
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Name one year with multiple really good anime.

Or, if you find ~5 shows a year to be good, name one year with 10 good ones.

2002, 2007-08, 2013-14... see, they come and go. Maybe this year and next year will be the same, and then there will be a slump, and then there will be another good year. It happens.


Hairbelly wrote:
You got old.




Also, this. Try re-watching some of that old stuff that you used to love so much.

When I was in high school, I loved DNAngel. Yeah.
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'THERE"S NOTHING I LIKE SO EVERYTHING SUX'


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i wouldn't say there is any really bad anime it's just perhaps anime these days struggle to find a audience mainly because anime is not shown that much on tv now were as you go back 15-20 years ago it was on a lot of channels and some anime like naruto, yu-gi-oh, one piece and pokemon exploded in popularity because they were shown so much plus the games and things helped with that popularity and many new anime shows just don't get that attention anymore
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I'd say that if you're really not finding anything to watch then there's a pretty good chance you're just not looking at all outside of your comfort zone. If you lock yourself into a specific genre and then only watch the best of that genre then it's pretty obvious you're going to run out of things to watch pretty quickly.
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define "good" and " little"

There were about 59 titles in this past winter 2017 . How many of those you consider good?

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Posted 3/29/17 , edited 3/29/17

StriderShinryu wrote:

I'd say that if you're really not finding anything to watch then there's a pretty good chance you're just not looking at all outside of your comfort zone. If you lock yourself into a specific genre and then only watch the best of that genre then it's pretty obvious you're going to run out of things to watch pretty quickly.


Not necessarily true. It is important to try things you wouldn't usually try, but like... I know I'm just going to be grossed out by the blood and guts if I were to try to watch Tanya the Evil. And if a show looks really similar to things you've tried before and didn't like, it's probably safe to do something else with your time.
(But it's also important to listen when people say, "No, this one's actually really good!" Like, Marginal #4 is so much better than other idol shows, and you should give it a chance~)

If you don't watch many shows, that's fine, as long as you use the time you save productively. Complaining about how there aren't enough good shows... isn't productive.
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This is why I think the "random" icon at the top of the screen is a godsend. I'm far too picky when it comes to watching anime, and this has shown me some rather interesting shows that I otherwise would have never bothered to watch.
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zangeif123 wrote:


Hairbelly wrote:


djSinae wrote:

in the past it was ok but now it's only 1 series on 15 that are watchable ... why?

You got old.

Everyone goes through a phase where there aren't any good shows. Sometimes it lasts for 1 or 2 seasons, sometimes for years. Drop out of anime/manga for a year or two, and then come back. If you still feel the same, then it might be time to pick up a new hobby. Anime is a product. They're not going to tweak the formula too much (e.g., New Coke).

You might be burnt out. Take a break.


I dropped out for almost a decade. Everything looked like garbage. I just gave it up since nothing seemed to suit me. I did watch the occasional episode of One Piece but that was it.

I didn't give it another chance until I got a free month pass to CR around 2012. I tried out some of the more popular shows and liked what i saw.



I think the main things that's been tip-toed around but not really talked about here Is perspective & time.

I myself am in my late 30's, & would assume that the OP is of a similar age, as well. What's been mentioned is that with time, tastes change. With the exception of a few timeless names such as RoboTech & the various Dragon Ball series, animes tend to ebb & flow the same way that all popular culture does. Just like how some movies remain timeless, like Back to the Future or Parenthood, some movies are tied to the time they were made, & can lose relevance with age. For example, try to watch movies like Clueless or Legally Blonde, & imagine trying to watch it, without the context of the popular culture at the time.

The other major consideration is time. I for one have far less time for leisure than I did 5 years ago, much less 10 years ago, as the OP mentioned. Because of those time restrictions, we have to become much more discriminating when we decide what to do with our limited free time. So, I tend to be rather picky about what I watch, regardless of whether it's TV, movies, or anime. For instance, I much prefer to watch shows through on demand services, such as the ones provided by our cable TV provider, Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, & so on. My wife, on the other hand, watches live TV more, because she has much less time constraints than I do.

I hope that helped illuminate the conversation a little.
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Try a new genre you never know you might love it! <3
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I believe they are speaking of plot. Not frames. Frame rate wouldn't change many people's opinions on shows...
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