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35 / F / Washington
Posted 4/8/08 , edited 4/9/08
I don't know how long I'd have to wait to concider SM a classic. I mean, it does have a dated style & an unusual watercoloring effect in the background art...I think it's because it was such a terrible dubb. Other hack & slash dubbs were Yu-Gi-Oh & Card Captor Sakura. Torn to pieces, rearanged, renamed, stripped of culture & music, even gender-changed.
Posted 4/22/08 , edited 4/22/08
I'd have to go with the memorable factor,altho the time passed is also important..for example one more recent anime that I consider could grow to be a classic and I actually enjoyed with the character development is Neon genesis Evangelion.

I think a classic anime has to stand out and really be different, I can think of so many characters I can't tell who is who cos they are so alike and the same patterns are shown too often,with the failure of not letting us see what else is to that character other than "old perverted man" or "tsundere pig tail girl"

One thing I know is I would not call classic something that is just "old" or plainly maniacally popular, since this is not a proof of quality.
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Posted 4/22/08 , edited 4/23/08

KatzeDerNacht wrote:

One thing I know is I would not call classic something that is just "old" or plainly maniacally popular, since this is not a proof of quality.

Oh, of course not. Old is just in there for the benefit of those DBZ and Sailor Moon fans. Though, in my opinion, Sailor Moon isn't as bad as DBZ was. Memorable is definitely the best definition.

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Posted 4/22/08 , edited 4/23/08
disregarding the fact of how old it is, i think for me being classic is how good and what is the impact of a specific thing, which in this case anime, to other people.....
Posted 5/25/08 , edited 5/25/08
An Original, rewatchable anime that has comic relief and can possibly be new or old. It also has to be very easy to catch on*Goes wth rewatchable thing*.
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Posted 6/4/08 , edited 6/4/08

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Posted 10/18/09 , edited 10/18/09
Well.... dicarding the textbook definition of classic (ie 20 years) I'll go with memorable. Something you know is going to be talked about for years. Preferably because it's good but there's room for the the incredibly bad. (thank god there's no anime equivalent of Ed Wood)

I'd rate the first three seasons of Slayers as 'classic'
Evangelion will always be a classic for me.
I would have thought that Original Bubble Gum Crisis would be a classic, back when it was a big part of a small fandom words like 'Genom', 'Hardsuit' and 'boomer' were part of the fan lexicon and needed no explanation. Now... not so much.

Original Dirty Pair will always be a classic IMO

I think Black Lagoon has the pottential to BE a classic after a few years.

I think it's harder for longer series to achieve classic status... most of the really long ones outlive their storyline or their relevance and become trite. (Kenshin should have ended after the Shisio Arc. IMO)

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Posted 10/19/09 , edited 10/19/09
I would say any show older then 10-20 years that can still be watched and enjoyed at the same level as when it was first aired.
Also classics are defined by age what the younger generation might define as a classic some one older might not.
That being said a true classic would be a show that spaned multiple generations being watchable and enjoyable.
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Posted 10/2/16 , edited 10/2/16
Well, this group appears to be dead but eh. I will give my opinion anyway.

As much as I want to believe there are instant classics like Haruhi Suzumiya, it is really hard to say what their impact will be on the industry until at least 5 years later. I think 5 years you can probably tell if an anime will become a classic but it takes 10 years to be a classic. And Haruhi just reached that threshold this year. So hard to believe and it feels so fresh even today. Azumanga Diaoh kinda just had that same feeling because it was the first of it's genre, so it will always have a place in anime history.

However, when talking about classic anime, I do want to stress, I am usually talking about pre 2005/2006 anime simply because that is when the technology seemed to flip over. Haruhi and Mushishi were those first anime in that new style with those crisp colors new fans just love. And even if you watch say Samurai Champloo, Ninja Nonsense, Paranoia Agent, Rozen Maiden- 2004 anime. And then you have 2005 which was kinda this transition period where Eureka Seven and Monster aired... Paniponi Dash! and Mushishi which aired at the end of that year. And 2006 was just the end of what I consider classic anime aesthetics if you grew up with a VCR.

Anime that came out in 2006 that once and for all killed the classic era:
Fate/stay night
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
Ouran Koukou Host Club
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Black Lagoon
School Rumble
Ergo Proxy
Zero no Tsukaima
NHK ni Youkoso!
Death Note
Code Geass
Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
Ghost Hunt
Tekkon Kinkreet

And that was just 2006... and all the amazingly animated wonderful stuff we got. 2006 was a wonderful year but... you gotta admit... the style changed drastically.Yet it is still the same... just doesn't feel the same without that added physical depth.
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