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Posted 1/8/18 , edited 1/8/18
I personally don't think so.
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Yes and no.

I think it depends on what you remember and your opinions of it. There was a lot of crap back in the day but some real gems.

I think the problem is more of how it's flattening out. With the exception of a very limited number of high budget films or series, there's not a huge difference in quality unless you're an obsessive frame counter.

The stories aren't for the age ranges they used to be and more experimental artistic stuff isn't being done as often as before.... or so it seems. Crying Freeman, Fist of the North Star, as bad as they were, they were more "adult" rather than the young teen - shounen stuff we see these days.

This means the highs aren't as high and the lows aren't as low, at the cost of a more uniform and formulaic product.

Part of this may also be nostalgia, but it seems more likely that if a type of story does very well with one show, it's apt to be followed with a season dominated with copycats, which to some degree is true of older stuff, but not to to the same degree.

Anime is also losing its "japanese-ness". There's less of the random references to things that are so oddball japanese that your average viewer has issues understanding it. This seems due to globalization in my opinion, as the world we live in gets smaller and flattened out to same-ness as well.

So I don't think it's bad or dying. It's just.... not the same as what drew me in at first.
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Anime is life.
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Originality in terms of character design is declining as fuck. Now it’s just girls with eyes twice the size of your hands, and the FUCKING LOLI’S! who the fuck likes them.
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cuthysmalz2 wrote:

Now it’s just girls with eyes twice the size of your hands,...

Where were you in the 1990's? Checks users profile: Oh, I see you didn't exist for most of it and were a toddler for the last part.

That type of character design is far from new, and if anything, the eyes were even larger then (bordering on looking like space aliens for some series). Anime with all girl main characters also aren't anything new.


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Enormous eyes and small mouths in anime were so commonplace that there is a tabletop roleplaying game ruleset literally called 'Big Eyes, Small Mouth' which copies it. Anime hasn't declined, it's just less filtered from our end.
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cuthysmalz2 wrote:

Now it’s just girls with eyes twice the size of your hands,...

Where were you in the 1990's? Checks users profile: Oh, I see you didn't exist for most of it and were a toddler for the last part.

That type of character design is far from new, and if anything, the eyes were even larger then (bordering on looking like space aliens for some series). Anime with all girl main characters also aren't anything new.




In Québec anime is almost unknown to most people, only Dragon Ball z and if you are lucky One Piece are a little known. Oh and also Naruto. And i’ve also recently started anime, i mean my first anime i watched was like in 2010 or 2009. You can ask my dad tho, when he was young he watched Captain Harlock and Grendizer. Which was really popular in Québec back when i didn’t existed.

And also sorry if my anime design understanding is not « high » enough. As i said for the most part of my life i didn’t watched anime. So yeah...even if i WERE actually in the 90’s nothing would have pretty much changed.
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cuthysmalz2 wrote:

In Québec anime is almost unknown to most people, only Dragon Ball z and if you are lucky One Piece are a little known. Oh and also Naruto. And i’ve also recently started anime, i mean my first anime i watched was like in 2010 or 2009. You can ask my dad tho, when he was young he watched Captain Harlock and Grendizer. Which was really popular in Québec back when i didn’t existed.

And also sorry if my anime design understanding is not « high » enough. As i said for the most part of my life i didn’t watched anime. So yeah...even if i WERE actually in the 90’s nothing would have pretty much changed.

What are you saying? We only have 3 years apart and I can tell you anime when I was a kid was much more then those. Cardcaptor, beyblade, yugioh, Megaman NT, Pokemon, Digimon, Transformers...we had a lot of popular show. Of course if you are only limiting yourself to show in French, the catalog was smaller. We didnt have dragon ball or OP. But nobody limited themselves to that. BIONIX on YTV was huge friend. Gundam SEED, Inuyasha, .Hack, Bleach, Naruto etc etc.
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weebsarebad wrote:

I'd be surprised to see it still around in twenty years.

All things decline. It's like how the Universe itself is most likely going to end in heat death. We get to enjoy things while we can before the inevitability of their end happens.


Anime has been around for 100 years. I find it unlikely that it will end up dying so soon, just because what's popular is changing. Fans may stop watching newer stuff they hate, but more will come to take their place. At the end of the day they're basically just Japanese cartoons, and I don't see what's so critical in Japan's animation industry (besides possibly shitty working conditions) that they'll just stop, while the rest of the world would continue making cartoons. Unless you're saying cartoons in general won't be around in twenty years, in which case... with what reasoning? And if that's not what you're saying, what makes Japan's situation so critical, despite it's growing global popularity?
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weebsarebad wrote:

I'd be surprised to see it still around in twenty years.

If you had added "(as we know it)", I might have disagreed with you but said nothing, but without that qualifier, I don't see how you can believe that statement. Anime is even older than I am. (Even the first anime aired on TV is only a couple of years younger). Do you think a form of media presentation (which is what anime really is) would disappear in only 2 decades?

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Nope, not at all
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I feel like a higher episode count is more of a North American standard anyway. I prefer better and more concise story lines with a smaller episode count.

Leave you wanting more is better than wishing that the show ended at an earlier season.
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