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blueangel06661
05-24-2014, 09:38 PM
Is it?

I've decided to watch a few new "animes" that came out this year. I use the term anime very lightly to describe these.

So the two I tried to watch came out this year. They were adaptations of pre-existing mangas. However both ended up being about a minute and a half long per episode. Little animation, just basically colored managa stills with a camera pan. Two..Separate..Shows.. Did.. This..

I gave up after 2 episodes...

What kind of a trend is this? It's not a good trend at all.

Anime Forum
05-24-2014, 09:50 PM
Is it?

I've decided to watch a few new "animes" that came out this year. I use the term anime very lightly to describe these.

So the two I tried to watch came out this year. They were adaptations of pre-existing mangas. However both ended up being about a minute and a half long per episode. Little animation, just basically colored managa stills with a camera pan. Two..Separate..Shows.. Did.. This..

I gave up after 2 episodes...

What kind of a trend is this? It's not a good trend at all.


What anime were they? Also, short anime is nothing new.

< In b4 Matas saids new anime are horrible.

blueangel06661
05-24-2014, 09:52 PM
Romantica Clock and Sugar Solid...

I do not like this "short anime" At least give me 12 episodes of 24mins if it isn't a webcast >.>

Anime Forum
05-24-2014, 09:57 PM
Romantica Clock and Sugar Solid...

I do not like this "short anime" At least give me 12 episodes of 24mins if it isn't a webcast >.>

I decided to look up "Sugar Solid" on MaL. I guess they don't consider manga being colored in and being poorly animated scenes actual anime. I remember crunchyroll had a couple of those and they were in the same boat.

Yeah. Short anime are typically low quality, but a couple good ones are:

- Detroit Metal City (2008)
- Tonari no seki kun (2014)

Inactive_Account
05-25-2014, 03:19 AM
As Shinobu predicted, I think the quality of writing in anime has been getting worse and worse over the years. Though that isn't to say we don't get good or great anime nowadays just that they're much less frequent and theres much more trash coming out.

I don't think you can really judge that based on short 5 min per episode shows though.

Anime Forum
05-25-2014, 04:11 AM
As Shinobu predicted, I think the quality of writing in anime has been getting worse and worse over the years. Though that isn't to say we don't get good or great anime nowadays just that they're much less frequent and theres much more trash coming out.

I don't think you can really judge that based on short 5 min per episode shows though.

IMO you can still judge the quality of writing in short anime. Like, Aiura is miles above Ai mai mi.

Mystelinth
05-25-2014, 04:28 AM
Hmh, hmh. Aiura is good.

Ominous Flare
05-26-2014, 07:36 AM
I think it's a trend that's pretty much present in many modern works of 'art' (if you could still call it 'art' nowadays and not be labeled a "hipster"). Movies, anime, TV shows, etc. Probably just my nostalgia talking but, I don't know, I've felt the same declining quality in anime for a long time too.

Though that does have a flip-side to it; the few gems that do come out are all the more shinier because of the general lack of quality. I.E.: Fate/Zero, HxH Reboot, JoJo Reboot. Wait... all three of those are 'reboots' in one way or another... Hmmm...

Anime Forum
05-26-2014, 02:50 PM
I think it's a trend that's pretty much present in many modern works of 'art' (if you could still call it 'art' nowadays and not be labeled a "hipster"). Movies, anime, TV shows, etc. Probably just my nostalgia talking but, I don't know, I've felt the same declining quality in anime for a long time too.

Though that does have a flip-side to it; the few gems that do come out are all the more shinier because of the general lack of quality. I.E.: Fate/Zero, HxH Reboot, JoJo Reboot. Wait... all three of those are 'reboots' in one way or another... Hmmm...

What year do you guys think the quality of anime went down actually? Sure, we do get some generic anime coming in nowadays, but its been like this even when you guys seem to think the quality wasn't as bad.

I personally don't think quality in anime is as big an issue as some make it out to be. Nostalgia and Elitistism(Matas) really can ruin ones vision in anime.

How many anime have you guys seen? I'm friends with multiple people who have seen 2,000+ and they still feel the quality in anime is perfectly fine.

ParaParaJMo
05-26-2014, 03:34 PM
I have been a long time reader of the Hajime no Ippo manga and I hated how the new season cut out so much stuff.

I have also been a long time reader of the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure manga as well and my friends tell me there is so much censorship in the new anime of the Stardust Crusaders arc.

Did anime lose its balls or something?

Anime Forum
05-26-2014, 03:51 PM
I have been a long time reader of the Hajime no Ippo manga and I hated how the new season cut out so much stuff.

I have also been a long time reader of the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure manga as well and my friends tell me there is so much censorship in the new anime of the Stardust Crusaders arc.

Did anime lose its balls or something?

Here's something worth talking about. I do agree, I heard the new JoJo does censor quite a few things in Stardust Crusaders. Pity.

Though, wouldn't the Blu-Ray release uncensor that like any other anime?

Mystelinth
05-26-2014, 05:15 PM
Decreasing.. hmhh, depends from what point of view. I know people who enjoy generic harem anime only and they're having a complete blast.

Personally i don't have any problem with the anime coming out lately, there are always atleast 4 animes or so each season that pique my interest. And i'm content with that number.

Яequiem
05-26-2014, 05:37 PM
I stopped watching anime back in the mid 2000's and just started watching again about 6 months ago and everything new I've seen so far has been really good. Maybe you just need a break from it for awhile? It's not entirely impossible that when you've watched so much it starts to kind of bleed together and everything feels a bit daft?

Ominous Flare
05-26-2014, 07:58 PM
What year do you guys think the quality of anime went down actually? Sure, we do get some generic anime coming in nowadays, but its been like this even when you guys seem to think the quality wasn't as bad.

I personally don't think quality in anime is as big an issue as some make it out to be. Nostalgia and Elitistism(Matas) really can ruin ones vision in anime.

How many anime have you guys seen? I'm friends with multiple people who have seen 2,000+ and they still feel the quality in anime is perfectly fine.
I'm not sure what year but, I'm pretty sure I prefer the classics to the modern day stuff. This is just my personal opinion, to be honest, but yeah, back then we had very memorable stuff coming out that could last forever; Cowboy Bebop, FMA, Ghost in the Shell, Evangelion, Naruto, One Piece, etc, etc. So I guess the year that dropped for me would be around 1996 when GitS came out to maybe the early 2000s (FMA: Brotherhood and GitS: SAC).

Again, not really so-called 'elitism', more like my personal perspective on things... I mean, anime today feels more like 'meh' to me. Not as fresh as those examples I listed.

Yung A$$eroya
05-26-2014, 08:22 PM
Not necessarily/maybe

No and yes. The quality of the newer anime might be better these days, some have really good animation, it's just that their plots, character-designs, ART-STYLE OH MY GOD and all that are so unappealing-- it's like they've given up on that part.

Anime Forum
05-26-2014, 09:27 PM
Not necessarily/maybe

No and yes. The quality of the newer anime might be better these days, some have really good animation, it's just that their plots, character-designs, ART-STYLE OH MY GOD and all that are so unappealing-- it's like they've given up on that part.

Did you just say they've given up on character designs? If anything, that is one thing about anime that has gotten stronger.

Plot depends on the anime. Not all are bad.

Art style. Not even sure why you bring an opinion into this. Some people like the older style while some like the new.

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I'm not sure what year but, I'm pretty sure I prefer the classics to the modern day stuff. This is just my personal opinion, to be honest, but yeah, back then we had very memorable stuff coming out that could last forever; Cowboy Bebop, FMA, Ghost in the Shell, Evangelion, Naruto, One Piece, etc, etc. So I guess the year that dropped for me would be around 1996 when GitS came out to maybe the early 2000s (FMA: Brotherhood and GitS: SAC).

Again, not really so-called 'elitism', more like my personal perspective on things... I mean, anime today feels more like 'meh' to me. Not as fresh as those examples I listed.

FMA Brotherhood wasn't early 2000s.

Anyways, your opinion is fine. I could think of numerous titles to counter the ones you listed, but that enters a debate I'm not looking for. My point is anime is nowhere going that down in quality. If anything, early 2000s is not so much different from now.

Yung A$$eroya
05-26-2014, 09:29 PM
Did you just say they've given up on character designs? If anything, that is one thing about anime that has gotten stronger.

Plot depends on the anime. Not all are bad.

Art style. Not even sure why you bring an opinion into this. Some people like the older style while some like the new


Excuse you
http://leeksarefalling.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/derp1.jpg

Ominous Flare
05-26-2014, 09:33 PM
Anyways, your opinion is fine. I could think of numerous titles to counter the ones you listed, but that enters a debate I'm not looking for.
Yeah, I hate debates, to be honest, or any form of competition whatsoever.

But let's just say it's for the sake of a healthy and non-violent discussion... what would those 'numerous titles' be, specifically? I'm just kinda interested to know what you would consider as equal heavy contenders. I might even add them to the 'Plan to Watch' section of my anime list.

Anime Forum
05-26-2014, 09:34 PM
Excuse you
http://leeksarefalling.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/derp1.jpg

I don't get it. Lol, explain :P

Yung A$$eroya
05-26-2014, 09:37 PM
I don't get it. Lol, explain :P

Okay, I'm just saying that I don't like newer anime (with a tiny few exceptions), hah. I don't really have any arguments that aren't opinionated (eh), or rather, I don't have any arguments that aren't heavily opinionated (better).

Anime Forum
05-26-2014, 09:42 PM
Yeah, I hate debates, to be honest, or any form of competition whatsoever.

But let's just say it's for the sake of a healthy and non-violent discussion... what would those 'numerous titles' be, specifically? I'm just kinda interested to know what you would consider as equal heavy contenders. I might even add them to the 'Plan to Watch' section of my anime list.

Sure. I'll keep the anime I'll list 2007+.

1) Aria the Origination. You need to watch the first couple series, but its damn good.
2) Madoka Magica.
3) Steins Gate.
4) Attack on Titan.
5) Clannad.
6) Gosick.
7) Death Note (Maybe 2006).
8) Nichijou
9) Angel Beats
10) Gintama
11) Shinsekai Yori

There are more, but those are all good.

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Okay, I'm just saying that I don't like newer anime (with a tiny few exceptions), hah. I don't really have any arguments that aren't opinionated (eh), or rather, I don't have any arguments that aren't heavily opinionated (better).

Oh, that's fine. I'm not looking to derail your opinion or anything, just bringing opinion into the mix and trying to confirm writers gave up because of the reasons is wrong. All is good though!

Ominous Flare
05-26-2014, 10:01 PM
1) Aria the Origination. You need to watch the first couple series, but its damn good.
2) Madoka Magica.
3) Steins Gate.
4) Attack on Titan.
5) Clannad.
6) Gosick.
7) Death Note (Maybe 2006).
8) Nichijou
9) Angel Beats
10) Gintama
11) Shinsekai Yori

There are more, but those are all good.
lol Ironically, I've watched more than half of the anime in that list... can't believe I forgot about them.

Yeah, you're right. Those are pretty big-time titles alright, especially Death Note and MADOKA MAGICA (HELL YEAH)! Sayaka FTW! Ahem, sorry, Madoka fanboyism cooled down now.

The only anime on that list that I haven't completed are Gosick and Aria. Gosick because... well, I found the story to be quite flat, but I probably missed something after I dropped it mid-series. Heard so many good things about Aria, though, so I might try and pick up from where I left off in the future (which is Season 1 of the series).

Anime Forum
05-26-2014, 10:51 PM
lol Ironically, I've watched more than half of the anime in that list... can't believe I forgot about them.

Yeah, you're right. Those are pretty big-time titles alright, especially Death Note and MADOKA MAGICA (HELL YEAH)! Sayaka FTW! Ahem, sorry, Madoka fanboyism cooled down now.

The only anime on that list that I haven't completed are Gosick and Aria. Gosick because... well, I found the story to be quite flat, but I probably missed something after I dropped it mid-series. Heard so many good things about Aria, though, so I might try and pick up from where I left off in the future (which is Season 1 of the series).

Here's a few more:

12) Bakemonogatari
13) Kill La Kill
14) Fate Zero

Np!

Inactive_Account
05-27-2014, 03:20 AM
I don't think there's really an exact year where it just dopped off a cliff but more like it's been steadily getting worse over the years and because of that it's been more noticable as of late when compared to the golden years. I don't really think any of the newer anime mentioned in this thread match up well against the 'classics' of old at all, they're definitely on a lower level imo, not to say that they're bad necessarily (well there are some bad ones imo but that's not the point) just that I don't think they're at or close to the same level of quality. That isn't to say that there aren't some great gems as of recent, hell my favorite anime is from 2010, just that I think that the amount of quality older works outclass and outnumber the recent ones. There's also a lot more anime being made now than back then and the majority of the extra is garbage so the ratio of good to bad is horrendously skewed.

Ominous Flare
05-27-2014, 03:49 AM
Still, you gotta give it to Yoko and his list. Most of those quality anime in that list were made over the last ten years. That's really something compared to a handful of classics made over the past 30-40 years.

Adding on to his list, there's also...

- Samurai Champloo
- Eureka Seven
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and MSG SEED
- Paranoia Agent, Paprika; pretty much anything made by Satoshi Kon
- Tiger and Bunny
- Gurren Lagann (mixed reviews, but still quite a solid entertainment; also more memorable than the recently released Kill la Kill)
- Claymore
- The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi (easily topping any of the previous instalments)
- Hajime no Ippo
- Clannad After Story
- Spirited Away
- Mushishi
- Monster
- Hunter x Hunter reboot
- Jojo's Bizarre Adventure reboot
- Hellsing Ultimate
- Baccano
- The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

etc, etc.

Anime Forum
05-27-2014, 06:49 PM
I don't think there's really an exact year where it just dopped off a cliff but more like it's been steadily getting worse over the years and because of that it's been more noticable as of late when compared to the golden years. I don't really think any of the newer anime mentioned in this thread match up well against the 'classics' of old at all, they're definitely on a lower level imo, not to say that they're bad necessarily (well there are some bad ones imo but that's not the point) just that I don't think they're at or close to the same level of quality. That isn't to say that there aren't some great gems as of recent, hell my favorite anime is from 2010, just that I think that the amount of quality older works outclass and outnumber the recent ones. There's also a lot more anime being made now than back then and the majority of the extra is garbage so the ratio of good to bad is horrendously skewed.

How come people who seem to enjoy bashing new anime love to forget there were plenty of bad older anime, some infact worse than some of bad ones nowadays. I don't disagree with everything you say on this forum, but it has been proven time and time again you suffer from elitist disease. Calling Madoka Magica Rebellion "bad"? If by standards Rebellion is considered bad, then anime is in a great place right now. Sure, old anime can be great and "some" were made really well, but honestly the quality of those good ones and recent good ones aren't really all that different. For example, Cowboy Bebop is amazing without a doubt. Though, don't forget that the anime has been out for fifteen or so years and has had time to carve a legacy beyond anime like Madoka Magica has been able to in three years. Give it twelve years, Madoka Magica or any other huge title out nowadays will be remembered as a huge gem in the ongoing career of anime. The quality as said actually hasn't got really any worse, it is still booming with plenty of great titles and will for years to come.

Ominous Flare
05-27-2014, 10:09 PM
Give it twelve years, Madoka Magica or any other huge title out nowadays will be remembered as a huge gem in the ongoing career of anime.

Erm, as much as I LOVE Madoka Magica, let's not jinx it. I heard they're making a new season for it, and considering how people just love to make a sequel out of everything these days for the sheer sake of profit (as opposed to artistic values), I don't have a very good vibe about that.

Anime Forum
05-27-2014, 10:20 PM
Erm, as much as I LOVE Madoka Magica, let's not jinx it. I heard they're making a new season for it, and considering how people just love to make a sequel out of everything these days for the sheer sake of profit (as opposed to artistic values), I don't have a very good vibe about that.

A second season has yet to be confirmed, but I'm sure it will get some sort of sequel down the line.

Lets hope whatever happens is good for the franchise!

Inactive_Account
05-28-2014, 01:19 AM
How come people who seem to enjoy bashing new anime love to forget there were plenty of bad older anime, some infact worse than some of bad ones nowadays. I don't disagree with everything you say on this forum, but it has been proven time and time again you suffer from elitist disease. Calling Madoka Magica Rebellion "bad"? If by standards Rebellion is considered bad, then anime is in a great place right now. Sure, old anime can be great and "some" were made really well, but honestly the quality of those good ones and recent good ones aren't really all that different. For example, Cowboy Bebop is amazing without a doubt. Though, don't forget that the anime has been out for fifteen or so years and has had time to carve a legacy beyond anime like Madoka Magica has been able to in three years. Give it twelve years, Madoka Magica or any other huge title out nowadays will be remembered as a huge gem in the ongoing career of anime. The quality as said actually hasn't got really any worse, it is still booming with plenty of great titles and will for years to come.

I know there were plenty of bad anime back then too but not as much as there are nowadays (because there's a lot more in production now). I just think that the greats (not necessarily just big-named though the good ones among those 'classics' are included) from back then are better than the recent ones and that the good to bad ratio was better then, it has nothing to do with lasting the test of time or people knowing their names or anything like that but rather my own opinion.

Im not so sure im an elitist, I don't look down on people for liking what I consider bad. I just have opinions that differ greatly from most, I do think most anime is terrible but that's not what an elitist is. When I adamantly say I think something is bad im not stating it like it's fact, my opinion is my opinion of course and I don't think it's any more, I just have conviction in my own opinions and it's not like im going to say "in my opinion" every time and tip-toe around other peoples opinions just because mine is negative or different.

Anime Forum
05-28-2014, 01:23 AM
I know there were plenty of bad anime back then too but not as much as there are nowadays (because there's a lot more in production now). I just think that the greats (not necessarily just big-named though the good ones among those 'classics' are included) from back then are better than the recent ones and that the good to bad ratio was better then, it has nothing to do with lasting the test of time or people knowing their names or anything like that but rather my own opinion.

Im not so sure im an elitist, I don't look down on people for liking what I consider bad. I just have opinions that differ greatly from most, I do think most anime is terrible but that's not what an elitist is. When I adamantly say I think something is bad im not stating it like it's fact, my opinion is my opinion of course and I don't think it's any more, I just have conviction in my own opinions and it's not like im going to say "in my opinion" every time and tip-toe around other peoples opinions just because mine is negative or different.

Let's agree to disagree. Probably easier (doesn't seem like any of us are going to budge, lol). By the way, don't think I dislike you or anything. Your posts are just an easy target.

Ominous Flare
05-28-2014, 01:27 AM
Im not so sure im an elitist, I don't look down on people for liking what I consider bad. I just have opinions that differ greatly from most, I do think most anime is terrible but that's not what an elitist is. When I adamantly say I think something is bad im not stating it like it's fact, my opinion is my opinion of course and I don't think it's any more, I just have conviction in my own opinions and it's not like im going to say "in my opinion" every time and tip-toe around other peoples opinions just because mine is negative or different.

Understandable. It's tough to share your personal opinions on the net without being attacked or criticised. It's nice to keep things friendly.

And hey, I feel you. I know where you're coming from, that thick atmosphere of mediocrity creeping about modern day anime. I'd say your statement is a bit of nostalgia and a bit of truth combined. I wouldn't dismiss it as complete nostalgia. I mean, like I said before, artistic works today are treated less seriously than back then. You'd hardly see any artwork being labeled a 'masterpiece' on a global scale nowadays.

Anime Forum
05-28-2014, 01:30 AM
Understandable. It's tough to share your personal opinions on the net without being attacked or criticised. It's nice to keep things friendly.

And hey, I feel you. I know where you're coming from, that thick atmosphere of mediocrity creeping about modern day anime. I'd say your statement is a bit of nostalgia and a bit of truth combined. I wouldn't dismiss it as complete nostalgia. I mean, like I said before, artistic works today are treated less seriously than back then. You'd hardly see any artwork being labeled a 'masterpiece' on a global scale nowadays.

To be fair. Its a forum so debates and defending your opinions should be expected.

Inactive_Account
05-28-2014, 01:47 AM
Let's agree to disagree. Probably easier (doesn't seem like any of us are going to budge, lol). By the way, don't think I dislike you or anything. Your posts are just an easy target.

Well it's not like im annoyed or put-off by it or anything, im just not sure I fit the bill for an 'elitist'. I mean I obviously have pretty high standards and probably evaluate anime in a different way than most people, but it makes it that much better when I find anime that I actually do consider good. I always try to analyze everything in a show, which is why I continue a lot of 'bad' shows because I enjoy analyzing and scoring them/writing reviews on them from time to time. It's like a side-bit to watching anime and helps me get the most out of even shows that I think are bad.


Understandable. It's tough to share your personal opinions on the net without being attacked or criticised. It's nice to keep things friendly.

And hey, I feel you. I know where you're coming from, that thick atmosphere of mediocrity creeping about modern day anime. I'd say your statement is a bit of nostalgia and a bit of truth combined. I wouldn't dismiss it as complete nostalgia. I mean, like I said before, artistic works today are treated less seriously than back then. You'd hardly see any artwork being labeled a 'masterpiece' on a global scale nowadays.

Im not so sure it's nostalgia because I wasn't really into anime way back then and don't really have a nostalgic feel for them. I think it's more that nowadays the tropes and cliches are far more abundant and overused to the point where we get a ton of shows every season that's nothing but those tropes and cliches. I feel like anime nowadays take less risks and mainly go for what sells instead of trying to be artistic and expressive. There's some exceptions of course but I just mean the vast majority. All kinds of media are like that though so it's not like I think anime specifically is the only one getting worse or something.

Ominous Flare
05-28-2014, 01:54 AM
All kinds of media are like that though so it's not like I think anime specifically is the only one getting worse or something.

Yeah, I hear you. It's the same with movies, comic books; basically stories of any form. Being original is hardly possible in the technological age.

SGI
05-29-2014, 05:05 PM
The overall quality of anime has definitely declined in recent years. If you look at all the new anime released per season, and how many contain one or more of the following words you can see a trend.

“Harem, moe, comedy or slice of life”.

There is actually a simple, yet dull explanation. Japan has been in the grasp or a recession for years, but recently has been much, much worse. Animation companies are, after all businesses and need to make money. Sadly, such an environment means there is much less of a chance for more experimental, complex or challenging projects to get the green light an get produced. To pay the bills, many of the studios have fallen back on more the kind of projects targeted at the die-hard Japanese otaku market. Sadly, this usually means harem perv-fests or moe slice of life titles. These tend to at least allow these companies to break even.

So yeah, so long as the economy in Japan is rubbish, it means that it’s less likely we’ll see any chances be taken at studios, and thus less likely we’ll see anything truly great come from Japan.

Anime Forum
05-30-2014, 08:04 PM
The overall quality of anime has definitely declined in recent years. If you look at all the new anime released per season, and how many contain one or more of the following words you can see a trend.

“Harem, moe, comedy or slice of life”.

There is actually a simple, yet dull explanation. Japan has been in the grasp or a recession for years, but recently has been much, much worse. Animation companies are, after all businesses and need to make money. Sadly, such an environment means there is much less of a chance for more experimental, complex or challenging projects to get the green light an get produced. To pay the bills, many of the studios have fallen back on more the kind of projects targeted at the die-hard Japanese otaku market. Sadly, this usually means harem perv-fests or moe slice of life titles. These tend to at least allow these companies to break even.

So yeah, so long as the economy in Japan is rubbish, it means that it’s less likely we’ll see any chances be taken at studios, and thus less likely we’ll see anything truly great come from Japan.

I don't need think quality = complex works. Not sure if you meant that, but in case you did I felt the need to say that. Something can be less complex and still be made really well.

And....

Moe is awesome yo

Ceris
05-31-2014, 12:28 AM
I'll leave this here for anyone who thinks popularity has gone down.
http://puu.sh/99p0J.jpg

Sorry for just posting on a tangent instead of the direct topic.

Edit to fix link, greedy people not wanting to share information? Might as well link the page this come from: http://www.projectharuhi.net/?p=5053

Ominous Flare
05-31-2014, 04:46 AM
It says "Don't steal our content!!! www.projectharuhi.net"

So... pirating is bad? But it's popular nonetheless...?

Anime Forum
05-31-2014, 02:33 PM
It says "Don't steal our content!!! www.projectharuhi.net"

So... pirating is bad? But it's popular nonetheless...?

I saw the image yesterday and it showed evidence anime is more popular now than it was before or something, lol.

Ceris
05-31-2014, 03:23 PM
It says "Don't steal our content!!! www.projectharuhi.net"

So... pirating is bad? But it's popular nonetheless...?
Yeah, the image had anti-embed code on it. Maybe I shouldn't have, but I took a screenshot of the image and posted that instead.


As for my opinion on the original topic: I haven't been watching anime for very long, and I admit I have never watched an anime from before 2002, but to say anime's quality is decreasing is like saying all related forms of media in Japan are decreasing as well, light novels, visual novels, and manga, since that's where anime comes from. I think it's too farfetched to say an entire section of Japanese culture has "decreased in quality" and would have to say "it's changed" for a better phrase. People should stop letting nostalgia talk for them.

Ominous Flare
05-31-2014, 03:37 PM
I think it's too farfetched to say an entire section of Japanese culture has "decreased in quality"

Which reminds me - quality is subjective for each culture. What we might have felt as a decline in quality might just be due to our dissatisfaction with other non-Japanese mainstream media (American media, for example).

Anime Forum
05-31-2014, 07:14 PM
Yeah, the image had anti-embed code on it. Maybe I shouldn't have, but I took a screenshot of the image and posted that instead.


As for my opinion on the original topic: I haven't been watching anime for very long, and I admit I have never watched an anime from before 2002, but to say anime's quality is decreasing is like saying all related forms of media in Japan are decreasing as well, light novels, visual novels, and manga, since that's where anime comes from. I think it's too farfetched to say an entire section of Japanese culture has "decreased in quality" and would have to say "it's changed" for a better phrase. People should stop letting nostalgia talk for them.

I can't speak for the people in this thread, but I completely agree. The anime fans living off nostalgia are becoming more and more laughable every year that passes. Funny thing is, in about five years from now people will be saying anime like Naruto were the good days of anime.

What does that sound like?

Nostalgia

So, yeah. My opinion of anime NOT going down in quality still holds firm. I'm sure there are a few people here who will love to disagree, but honestly people need to stop thinking anime was so much better in the 90s- than it is now.

Ominous Flare
06-01-2014, 12:47 AM
Funny thing is, in about five years from now people will be saying anime like Naruto were the good days of anime.

Haha, no way. Lupin III was quite a popular classic anime back in the day and even I could recognize that it was flawed. The only really big-time anime I could name off are the ones I truly feel to be well-written (and preferably philosophical) series like the ones I mentioned earlier.

Oh, and just to balance off the old vs. new debate - Legend of the Galactic Heroes. 'Nuff said.

Anime Forum
06-01-2014, 01:52 AM
Haha, no way. Lupin III was quite a popular classic anime back in the day and even I could recognize that it was flawed. The only really big-time anime I could name off are the ones I truly feel to be well-written (and preferably philosophical) series like the ones I mentioned earlier.

Oh, and just to balance off the old vs. new debate - Legend of the Galactic Heroes. 'Nuff said.

You'll see. I obviously realize Naruto is garbage, but delusional fans will be saying that.. (just like they do with 90s anime now). Old anime are great, but new ones are also great. Honestly, people who hate new anime and only go on forums / other sites to diss them and never attempt to talk good about anime need a new hobby.

Plus, nobody takes them seriously anyways. Not even my friends with 2000+ completions.

Ominous Flare
06-01-2014, 01:56 AM
Honestly, people who hate new anime and only go on forums / other sites to diss them and never attempt to talk good about anime need a new hobby.

Well, as much as I want to agree with your... more than passionate resentment towards such people, I think it's still better to just treat both old and new anime with equal respect. I mean, you can't deny that a number of the old anime broke boundaries in terms of anime storytelling. Evangelion, for example, for all its flaws and plot-holes, brought quite a few new stuff to the mecha genre. Yes, I know other mecha anime probably did those 'new stuff' much better than Evangelion, but you gotta give the anime its due credits.

SGI
06-01-2014, 01:59 AM
I don't need think quality = complex works. Not sure if you meant that, but in case you did I felt the need to say that. Something can be less complex and still be made really well.

And....

Moe is awesome yo

I agree that something can be less complex and be well written.
I should follow up my point a bit more though. What I mean to say is that the truly memorable titles that last for years in the memory of those who watch it tend to break new ground in terms of writing, plot and characters.

What I am saying is that it is much less likely for chances to be taken insofar as writing, plot, and character direction to be taken. Rather, the current Japanese economy and creative direction insofar as anime goes seems to be to churn out something that appeals to the otaku market and move on. Heck, the last new anime I saw, and stuck with to the end was Shiki, and that came out in 2010.

Anime Forum
06-01-2014, 02:06 AM
Well, as much as I want to agree with your... more than passionate resentment towards such people, I think it's still better to just treat both old and new anime with equal respect. I mean, you can't deny that a number of the old anime broke boundaries in terms of anime storytelling. Evangelion, for example, for all its flaws and plot-holes, brought quite a few new stuff to the mecha genre. Yes, I know other mecha anime probably did those 'new stuff' much better than Evangelion, but you gotta give the anime its due credits.

I do give and treat old anime with equal respect with new anime.

The problem lies in the reverse. There aren't that many (at least with all the anime fans I've met) that feel anime really hasn't gotten any worse. I do respect old anime. Wish certain people would respect the reverse. If you don't, that statement is void.

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I agree that something can be less complex and be well written.
I should follow up my point a bit more though. What I mean to say is that the truly memorable titles that last for years in the memory of those who watch it tend to break new ground in terms of writing, plot and characters.

What I am saying is that it is much less likely for chances to be taken insofar as writing, plot, and character direction to be taken. Rather, the current Japanese economy and creative direction insofar as anime goes seems to be to churn out something that appeals to the otaku market and move on. Heck, the last new anime I saw, and stuck with to the end was Shiki, and that came out in 2010.

I can agree with a couple of your points in a sense, but you haven't watched anime in four years. How can you say the quality is decreasing if you haven't seen anything past Shiki?

BronyBradyBuddyKiller
06-09-2014, 03:53 PM
All this talk of bad anime is making me feel depressed...

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