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Post Reply What does American animation lack compared to anime? (serious question)
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Posted 8/10/17
anime has better QUALITY compared to cartoon
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Blizzard will always be my top animation. Hands down. Anyways..

What does it lack? True emotion. If there's one thing anime has shown me is actual emotion.

But I'm talking about years ago, I have no idea what's lacking in 2017, because it's all about money, so money ruins everything.

Let's be honest, when you look at something and say ( wow, that's awesome) you need like millions of dollars. Ya well, that doesn't say fuck all about the story, it could all just be for the market, just for promoting sales, figures, etc

But I mean, you can say ( wow, that's awesome) to average animation that actually motivates a story and characters. Without millions of dollars, and that's saying something, because people are just focused on telling a story, and not their fucking greed.

I understand, people want fucking Money, ya I get it, fucking money. Ok I got it..... so are we going to tell a fucking story, or are you going to beat around the bush and focus on the sales aspect of everything about this animation.

I get it. Have all the money in the world, and anything can happen, I get it, but they still won't make it happen, that's what pisses me off the most, because even if they have all the money in the world, it's still going to be about Money, to the point where they won't pay people because they think they are asking for too much.

Again call me a crazy insane basket case, go ahead, you're so one sided. Well guess what? I haven't been excited for anything that comes out now, and I know what that means to me. I don't have to realize shit to know what's being made, and for what reason it's being made.

I'm crazy, I get it
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I do not know much on this topic but I can make opinions. America cartoons lack good graphics or moe interection between characters. Furthermore, the American cartoons overcome this disadvantage by imitatiing Japanese animation. On a more deeper level, American cartoons have weaker development in terms of plot, characters and themes. The story in American cartoons seem to be less consistent, less relatable to the audience, and less original. I also suspect that the competition on American cartoon industries is rigged by a few large corporation and corrupted government officers but more investigation is needed to comfirm this.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/10/17

runec wrote:

Anime intro and outros tend to be pretty boilerplate to. License a generic j-pop song for the op and ed then just follow the template:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibPCLMH1NM4



I give the edge to Japan, simply because there's enough notably good intros and outros for anime. I'm not just referring to music. We generally don't see as much emphasis put into our animations' openings and endings, aside from exceptions along the lines of The Lion King and The Land Before Time (first).
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There are many factors that put the Japanese anime industry where they are today. But at the core it is the culture and passion that separate the Japanese from the rest of the world, IMHO.
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To sum it up briefly, variety. Almost every American cartoon, especially nowadays, is a situational comedy. Action cartoons were a bit more common before but are much rarer now, and the vast majority of them refuse to have an overarching plot. The only notable mystery cartoon in existence is Scooby Doo, and romantic comedy is practically nonexistent.

Just looking at this season's Crunchyroll simulcasts, they cover genres that cartoons never or rarely touch. Subtle political commentary SOL (Centaur's Life), Girl aimed romance stories (Convenience Store Boy Friends), Medieval Mech research and development (Knight's and Magic), and Cyberpunk children card games (Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS). If you include Anime Strike titles, there is mystery adventure (Made in Abyss) and religious thriller (Vatican Miracle Examiner). Let's not forget Symphogear, which is an action musical. Sort of. That is only THIS season.

Anime has its own unfortunate cliches (isekai gets annoying IMO), but I'd rather deal with those cliches than be constricted to the few genres cartoons seem stuck in.

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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/15/17
One of the things I'm glad western animation lacks in comparison with anime is the sexualizing of child characters and the constant use of unnecessary panty shots.
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the new Castlevania was Canada/American made, as anime is a regional term, there is plenty to offer from American animation, and not what's found on cartoon planet or some other cartoon station. Disney, Mattel, Nick,etc., they can produce good stuff, or bad stuff depending on what they are doing. it is also important to note they tend to do cheap stuff, just to suck the mindless mod inward. very little anything in all honesty, then there's DC, Marvel, Sony, etc. depends on what is important, rolled out, cheap, what sells, etc. it's all about marketing and channel choice.
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I wouldn't necessarily say American animation is "lacking" in any way. I just don't like it.
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Posted 8/10/17

21stCenturyGemini wrote:

Your perception of 'American animation' seems to have left full-length films out of the picture.



qualeshia3 wrote:

Here we go with putting anime on some damn pedestal.


Both of these.
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The ability to churn out over a hundred different shows every 3 months by grossly underpaying and overworking their staff, that's what American animation lacks.

That and a completely different market. The vast majority of the anime we are watching on this site is late night stuff that isn't intended for any short term profitability; they are slow burners, often taking years to break even.
In the west you just can't get something like that past the Execs. Invest a shit ton of money in a cartoon you're going to air at 1am that may, if you're lucky, break even on production cost after 2 years? HA!!!!
Basically they are ALL Rick and Morty's that rely on an obsessive cult following to keep going...
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/15/17
Passion. Most of we have are just kids shows.

Though, there are few golden eggs IMO.
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anime has better QUALITY compared to cartoon
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My animu is better than yours


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I'd hazard art style and demographic at the core of it. American animation tends to be blockier in shape with thicker lines and less detailed and/or subtle in color as a general. So, less artistically pleasing to some, fine to many, and horrendous to others. Also, there is stigma with adult audiences and American animation. Most story lines and characters are meant to be "easily understandable" [ don't get me started on the culture and media feedback loop] and are therefore lackluster and shallow for older audiences.
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