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Anime epicness on the decline?

11 FEB
2010

I've been an anime otaku for at least 10 years.  I've seen so many different types of anime that nearly nothing surprises me anymore.  While the technical qualities of anime have been skyrocketing, the epicness of animes have been on the decline.  At least, that's what it feels like to me.

I remember back in the days of Rurouni Kenshin, Full Metal Alchemist, Fushigi Yuugi, etc.  It felt like I was surrounded by anime with storylines that were so epic I was completely wowed by them.  It wasn't hard to find an anime that had a storyline that would utterly blow me away (like One Piece).

Recently though (in the past 2-3 years), it feels like I'm trying to find a needle in a haystack.  There's has been an explosion of ecchi, and harem genred animes with cheap fanservice and even cheaper storylines.  Sure, occasionally a gem (like Ouran, Nodame or Code Geass) will show up.  But even with these, they don't have quite the same 'epicness' as animes like RK or FMA.

The sad thing is that there are so many GOOD mangas that could be made into an anime adaptation... Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing a few become anime (a personal favourite would be Wolf Guy Ookami :D)

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TJ2012 avatar TJ2012
Apr 26, 2010

Okay i personly fell that clannad was actuly one of the needles in the haystack but then again iv only been watchin anime sense Feb.2009 so IDK :)

Dagon123 avatar Dagon123
Apr 10, 2010

I agree with you there, I wish they made better shows, Shows that didn't revolve completely around ecchi and had a storyline worth watching. Unfortunately for folks such as ourselves, Ecchi/Harem/Moe are extremely popular and sell really well, so studios continue to make them -_-

Sunagan avatar Sunagan
Feb 17, 2010

You love RK too??? You are just so awesome :D! *being still a newbie to the anime world having entered the anime realm just 1½ years ago, bowing at the greatness of a 10-years otaku career*

Sixen avatar Sixen
Feb 11, 2010

I'd like to say that you're incorrect, but that would be a lie.  Having just got into anime one year ago, and having watched over one hundred series, it strikes me that the vast majority of my 5 stars go to shows five years older or more.  Sure, there are exceptions (TTGL, Kara no Kyoukai, Baccano!), but they are as you said few and far between.  This last year especially was devoid of more than one or two quality shows.

Spring 2010 looks to be more solid than the past two seasons, however.  We can only hope.

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