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Posted 11/10/17 , edited 11/10/17
So throughout the entire summer, I binged on almost nothing but mecha anime, to the point of uncovering a common pattern: That the prototype and/or custom model is usually more powerful than the mass-production models.

But do I need to diversify in genres other than just mecha? Like shonen battle series like My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan, or seinen comedies like Monster Musume and Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid? Because I binged on so many mecha series and plan on binging on more of those, that I keep forgetting that there are other genres out there besides mecha alone.
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Posted 11/10/17 , edited 11/10/17
Yes.
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Posted 11/10/17 , edited 11/10/17
No. Needs are things YOU can't live without. No one's going to die if you don't diversify your anime. It's not about what others want you to watch. The only people who think you NEED to are people who want the satisfaction of saying "I MADE HIM WATCH MORE ANIME".

Do you. Not do what others would tell you to do. So ask yourself..."DO I WANT THIS?"
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Posted 11/10/17 , edited 11/10/17

Commander_PonyShep wrote:

So throughout the entire summer, I binged on almost nothing but mecha anime, to the point of uncovering a common pattern: That the prototype and/or custom model is usually more powerful than the mass-production models.

But do I need to diversify in genres other than just mecha? Like shonen battle series like My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan, or seinen comedies like Monster Musume and Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid? Because I binged on so many mecha series and plan on binging on more of those, that I keep forgetting that there are other genres out there besides mecha alone.


There is nothing wrong with watching all mecha, but I also think it's good to broaden your horizons.

But, my recommendation would be to walk slowly away from mecha series. If you jump straight from Star Driver to Momokuri or Usagi Drop it likely won't go well.

I've seen it argued that Attack on Titan is (kinda, sorta) a mecha series, though I won't say any more for spoiler reasons, but that might be a good place to start.

Or, start with something like Full Metal Panic, Eureka Seven, or Gargantia of the Verdurous Planet, (if you haven't seen them already) and try to appreciate the non-mecha aspects of them. If you like FMP: Fumoffu!, then try Amagi Brilliant Park (same author) or Familiar of Zero (fish out of water); if you like the romance aspects of Eureka Seven, try Bakemonogatari or the first season of Sword Art Online. If you like Gargantia, try Blast of Tempest.

Or, you could try out Kaze no Stigma or Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works or Strike the Blood, which are not mecha, but all of which have dialogue heavy, well choreographed fights that are reminiscent of many mecha series.

Or, try out a series like Steins; Gate or Serial Experiments Lain or Ghost in the Shell, all of which are really good science fiction that just don't happen to include giant robots.
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Posted 11/10/17 , edited 11/10/17
you can continue watching mecha, but you might find new anime that you enjoy that are in different genres

maybe you'll like trigun. i liked it
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Posted 11/10/17 , edited 11/10/17

Commander_PonyShep wrote:
So throughout the entire summer, I binged on almost nothing but mecha anime, to the point of uncovering a common pattern: That the prototype and/or custom model is usually more powerful than the mass-production models.

But do I need to diversify in genres other than just mecha? Like shonen battle series like My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan, or seinen comedies like Monster Musume and Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid? Because I binged on so many mecha series and plan on binging on more of those, that I keep forgetting that there are other genres out there besides mecha alone.

That's entirely up to you. However, I notice when people don't experience other genres they start looking down on them. It's a very narrow-minded path. When you see comments like "not my genre", it speaks volumes about the person commenting – like they're putting up walls.

Personally, I went years without any interest in mecha (Gurren Lagann was about the most "mecha" I'd watched ). Once I started participating in the Anime Face-Off thread and the theme was mecha I felt like an idiot not knowing more about it. The guys in the thread gave me a dozen suggestions and I binged a whole weekend to be able to submit educated votes. My fondness for the genre has grown quite a lot since.

Now I make it a point to watch at least one show from my least favorite genre – which happens to be magical girls – each season to keep those walls at bay. Doesn't mean I've become overly fond of the mahou shoujo story line, but there are certain aspects (e.g. choreographed sequences, the VAs, music, art style, how well it's illustrated and directed, which studio is producing it, etc) that are analyzed and added to the knowledge base. Recently, if I hadn't combined that magical girl background with mecha, I wouldn't have sufficiently appreciated a show like episode 3 of Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue.

You might find diversity helps round out your anime experience as well.
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Posted 11/10/17 , edited 11/10/17
I tend to binge on all genre which interest me, if you stick with just one or two then it becomes mundane and you might lose interest. so, change it up for a change and binge something else. if it helps, in just about any anime you're going to find strict patterns, but if you truly jump around you might not see it. there is mech in my hero academia...
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Posted 11/10/17 , edited 11/11/17
You don't need to do anything. You may want to consider expanding genres for the sake of avoiding future mecha burnout, and also for the purposes of rationing out the mecha anime. There's not a ton of mecha stuff being made the last few years, you don't want to run out.

You have been watching other genres already though. Mecha anime is always combined with other elements, commonly the space opera drama. You can have drama, comedy, action, character growth, etc. in mecha anime, but those same elements are present in mechless shows.

Which shows did you particularly like? We can recommend similar shows based on those.
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Posted 11/21/17 , edited 11/21/17
Others here have said it best. You don't "need" to try other genres but you may in fact find some you enjoy just as much as mecha if you do. Mnmike had the same thought going that popped into my head, if you try other genres don't jump to a completely opposite genre right away, just drift a little to something close in style. You may want to search for science fiction, action adventure or fantasy anime.
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Posted 11/23/17 , edited 11/23/17
I agree with all the above, but about your statement of the prototype/ custom model being more powerful. I would say that is not the case in most, but rather that the pilot (usually a rookie with no experience) is somehow better than the other characters (usually hardened military trained) (must be protagonist powers).
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Posted 11/25/17 , edited 11/25/17

Commander_PonyShep wrote:

So throughout the entire summer, I binged on almost nothing but mecha anime, to the point of uncovering a common pattern: That the prototype and/or custom model is usually more powerful than the mass-production models.

But do I need to diversify in genres other than just mecha? Like shonen battle series like My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan, or seinen comedies like Monster Musume and Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid? Because I binged on so many mecha series and plan on binging on more of those, that I keep forgetting that there are other genres out there besides mecha alone.


In regards to the prototype part... This is actually pretty realistic. Think of cars for example, Look up 2015 car designs and then what they actually came out as. For a functioning prototype(for anything really) unless your just making a proof of concept then of course you would install all the bells and whistles to make the product desirable, as well as show (militarily) the ability to adapt to a wide variety of situations. Though when it comes down to mass producing something your essentially gutting the original product to make it cheap enough to sell en mass as well as still fulfill its role..On a side note look at Aldnoah zero, the MC actually wins in a substandard training unit. Ahh but I digress...

I must applaud your taste in mecha anime to begin with, as it seems like its the most hated genre from what I see in forums. If you like mecha and nothing else catches your eye, then why force yourself to watch something you don't enjoy? Normally a wide variety (In My opinion) keeps your favorite genre from going stagnant as seems to be in your case. If you'd like shoot me a message with what you like in a show and I can float you a few ideas to at least consider.
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Posted 11/26/17 , edited 11/26/17
I call that having trends. For me after awhile a trend will die out for me.the amount of time it takes for a trend to die out depends on how much I like it and how hard I hit that trend. If you are watching nothing but mecha you are in a mecha trend or a mecha phase as most would call it. If you are thinking you want to try other things you should be keep mecha "trending" You can simply just ease up on the trend and as you branch out a new trend or phase may start.

Some people never have trend shifts, they just stick to what they know, I think you shouldn't lock you self away from other genres, but feel like the large percent of what you watch can be mecha. For me trends drift in and out, Just two years ago I was playing tons of racing games, now I don't play any. I am not even watching any anime right now, it is just because I shifted my attention to VNs.

I would disagree with making small steps I often find myself jumping from super different genres. Just looking at my somewhat recent watches I went from Gundam Seed to neptunia then watched ping pong the animation then after that death parade. I am a very wide spread when it comes to genres, however there are still genres I tend to watch more. Don't judge a whole genre by 1 anime either.

Part of watching stuff is exploring to see how much you like something you haven't seen before. If you aren't having fun you can always fall back on something you are familiar with then try something new later.
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Posted 12/2/17 , edited 12/3/17
Do you need to, No. Should you maybe. Im like you, I mostly watch mecha, but over the decades of watching anime I've found lots of things I like that arent mecha, like Deathnote. But thats just me.

For you, do what you feel like doing, if want to mecha anime all the time there is NO rule that says you cant do that, just be careful not to run out.

Check out Buddy Complex
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Posted 12/11/17 , edited 12/12/17
I agree with the others on the "need" comment, so I'll treat it as a hyperbole.
You'll run out of mecha animes....eventually.
There are plenty of great storylines out there in other genres I'm sure you'll find and like.
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