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I can list a whole range of eastern-born cartoons that I think look absolutely gorgeous, and whose visual style I wish very much that I could emulate.
Only a handful of those, however, can I refer to as being "good". Or even "tolerable".
Having watched them for most of my life, going back to things like Mysterious Cities of Gold and the original Astro Boy, I can say with a certain degree of authority that: Japanese storytelling is a bit wank. Daring and dynamic visuals, sure. Crap narrative.
And it can't ALL be blamed on "bad translation".

There's a wide range of gripes to be had, but chief among them these days is that the major characters, those who one would assume you're to root for, across however many episodes the series consists of, are generally complete and utter dicks.
Example:
I'm currently wading through Gurren Lagann, a series which people have raved about for a while but which I'd not had the chance to watch until now (spoiler approaching, should you be in the same boat). There's a character in this called Kamina. He's an arrogant, aggressive, idiotic thug that, when not beating up his weedy little friend, instead throws him into harms way, and drops the line "Who the hell do you think I am" at least four times an episode. Which isn't annoying at all.
He's a douche, basically.
Thankfully, he dies. Inexplicably, all of his companions are broken up about this (which I assume means the audience is expected to be also). What the hell? This guy was a twat! Don't weep by his grave! DANCE on it! He's gone. You'll all live longer!
The more contemporary anime I watch right now, the higher the pr*ck count seems to be, and they're all primary, if not central, characters. This probably explains why I keep going back to my older DVD box-sets rather than purchasing new ones. I just can't watch a series where the character that gets the most screen time is such a dislikeable prat.

I've been digging around in my retro games mag collection, and found an old copy of Amiga Power. In it, they listed a few of the key tropes that will always be found in an anime. In 20 years, nothing's changed:

[excerpt from Amiga Power, Issue 50, June 1995]

Essential Anime Scene 1: A vocal conflict.
The thing that separates Anime shouting from shouting per se is the highly stylised and distinct Japanese way it always gets done. Take, just by way of example, a testosterone and amphetamine charged showdown between the evil Antagonist and green-haired, large-eyed Protagonist. The shouting must take the almost haiku-like form of:
Antagonist: "Protagonist!"
Protagonist: "Antagonist!"
Repeat at least 15 times.

Essential Anime Scene 2: Something is surprising.
96% of Anime plots make no sense, jumping from a poignant confession of undying love one moment to a hell-spawned demon biting off a motorcyclist's head the next. If the viewers, the writers and the animators don't understand them, why should the voice-over artists that dub them? To cover up any embarrassing pauses that are caused by a particularly indecipherable sequence, all characters go "huh?" to show that even THEY haven't got the foggiest idea of what's occurring. It's become an expected convention.

Essential Anime Scene 3: She's asking for it.
The Otaku WireHeads who create Anime films love women. They think they are soft and warm and yummy. Unfortunately, they don't meet women, and even if they did, wouldn't possess the social skills to talk to one, and here's the rub. Their somewhat mixed-up feelings invariably find their way into their films. To full recreate this, scantily clad buxom babes ripping at each other's clothing is good, but women being bashed around by nine foot tall blokes is better. Strangely, this too has become the standard in anime and manga.

Essential Anime Scene 4: A meaningful debate.
Of course, it's not just terrorising innocent women, you know. What do you think these people are? Monsters? To enrich the viewer's lives, or in an attempt to even out the gratuitous violence and misogynistic attacks (one or the other), Anime films MUST contain scenes provoking thought. Read the assorted works of the world's spiritual leaders (God, Allah, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, etc) and simply plunder random passages from each. Stick a few characters in a cell or on a mountain for a scene and have the spout some of these musings. Perfecto.

Essential Anime Scene 5: The allegedly humorous incident.
Despite all you hear about Benny Hill being sold successfully to European TV stations, humour doesn't travel that well – look no further than Blossom or Hanging with Mr Cooper for proof of this. Anime humour comes in two basic forms – 'Giggle, that's a nude girly' gags and slapstick. Slapstick a la Sam Peckinpah/Quentin Tarantino, that is. People sprinting into unseen plate-glass windows, smashing their teeth on table edges or getting their hands torn off is funny. Apparently. Something to do with the East/West cultural differences, we think.

Essential Anime Scene 6: Air is moving rapidly.
Be it the front of an approaching storm, the fearsome updraught of a cataclysmic conflagration or merely the shockwave of a small, tactical, thermo-nuclear device, numerous scenes in any Anime film MUST be windy. Ideally, the character must be standing on some lofty peak, fiercely backlit, maximizing the potential for flapping capes and those light flares that happen accidentally in movies but are carefully recreated in animated form. Skyscrapers are good, as are mountains. Or how about the wing of a 747, the hero stoically leaning into 500mph head winds?
  • Listening to: Booming orchestral scores
  • Reading: a book
  • Watching: Craptacular anime
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Bread
  • Drinking: Water
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NightmareVF Featured By Owner Edited Nov 29, 2014  Student Writer
Honestly, I hated the show and those bitches like Yoko >:c But, there are some decent animes with more action like Hellsing or One Piece
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JulieAdeolaGoldDust2 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Writer
Interesting... what about the anime that teach you things like friendship and inner strength? Ever heard of Naruto:Shippuden?
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star3catcher Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
I like to describe myself as an anime fan who admits that the majority of anime is pretty bad.
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CannibalRabbit Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
Well I hated anime because I think it's repetitive and stupid at times. Constant "kawaii!!" factors and stupid shit. Sorry, but I hate it very much, and prefer american/whatever stylized cartoons better. More likely, I hate it because of the obnoxious fandoms it has. "Oh gosh!! Armin/whateverthefuckhisnameis is such a kawaii shota desu I wanna rape him!!!! >W<" and not exaggerating on that one, I've seen worse. Hell, even some cartoons have these weeaboo fandoms crawling all over as well. It gives me cancer every time I see some kid that made some kind of "fanurt" that consists of a pre-made base and a poorly drawn character of theirs that apparently every guy in the shows she loves is practically in love with her.
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Luchii-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. xD I like anime, but I dont usually watch it due to too much violence or sexual themes.
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nightshade43 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
I'm usually very careful with what anime I watch, and look into a show so I'm not surprised by anything I don't like. Some anime [the more grounded ones like Shi Ki] I like.

I'd love for you to do a Western Animation version of this. There's so many themes. Or adult series. It's fun pointing out the cliches in everything.
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the-third-guy Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
I agree 100%
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TheRavensBastard39 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wow. you just completely summarized why Anime has never caught on with me. well done sir. 
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Mew-seeker Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
I have watched Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and while he has flaw, he also has his good side.
Sure, Kamina is braggart and he could probably act nicer toward other people too.
He asked for the treatment he got in the bath house episode and it was funny. : P
That being said, while the way he treats Simon is rough, he try doing so to teach to Simon how to never back down run away from problems and develop his through potential.
Despite all his flaws, Kamina is the guy who saw first before everyone else who Simon truly is and not what he seems to be.
By contrast, Yoko, while a much more nicer person toward Simon treat him like a little kid who is way out of his league and can't manage on his own.
One of the most telling scene of the trust has Kamina toward Simon is when Simon just say he has a plan and Kamina just hand him full control without asking any question.
Also, despite you saying he his a jerk, he refused to take for himself the things Simon discovered at the beginning. : )
Also, Kamina never accepted that people would live a mediocre life uner the ground, under the fear. Not just him but everyone. He also never accepted that someone else told him that something was impossible just because. As he fought against those who oprimed humanity, the others seeing he was getting somewhere imitated him and joined him in hopes of a better life. That he died like that was a big shock for everyone.
Also, they were wondering : "what now"?
Anyway, one of the thing I liked about the show was the interactions between the characters. ^^
Sure, the story was not the deepest but, overall, the anime was good imho.
Maybe it's not for you but I don't think it's as bad as you make it sound.
That being said perhaps the movie version would work better for you?
If anything, it's shorter, 2 movies of 2 hours each.

That being said, should you look for something better, I have some suggestions.
Puella Magi Madoka Magika is one of my favorite. Several people overlook it because it looks like a Sailour Moon or Card Captor Sakura knock-off. It's not. And only 12 episodes too. ^^
Gargantia of the Verdurous Planet is nice too. Super space warrior Ledo and his robot Chamber end up in a world they know nothing about and must adapt to the situation, having to deal with stuff like value dissonance among a few things. 12 episodes too.
Spirited Away. A young girl and her parents end up in a supernatural world. The girl end up having to save them. Great movie. ^^
Princess Tutu. If a show can make ballet awesome, it's this one. Also, a lot more stuff happens than you would expect at first.
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ShawnLeroy Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's too great. Bravo, good sir. Apparently, European magazines were awesome in the 90s.
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youngduss300 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
I loved gurren lagann though kamina had too much of an effect on everyone for a guy who dies 8 episodes in. If you haven't watched it watch Puella Magi Madoka Magica
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boborly713 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
thats so.....vague
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AngriestAngryArtist Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
D: I watch gurren lagann for the Robot. Boobs < ROBOT!
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axlflow57 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Finally! Someone like me.
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Shrrgnien Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
A good chunk of animes make no sense, have little plot, or have other weird quirks about them that make them unappealing to a good lot.

It's why I'm careful with choosing which ones I watch. I get previews and if they're interesting, I'll watch. If not, eh, move on.

Latest series was a little 5-episode OVA called Yukikaze, after the book of the same name. Kickass CG, and unless you read the books, some of the plot seems a little nonsensical.
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Zilkenian Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I laughed a lot with this. I'll put into my favourites XD.
Now, lets get serious.

YES, anime of these days are-always-the-same.

What is shojo? A girl who wants a boy, and has another girl going after him too, and the main girl has: powers, tail, animal-form, huge eyes, nice voice, and she's beautiful but everyone sees her like she was a pimple with legs.
Eventually, she gets the guy.

What is shonen? A couple of guys doing something to get the better of the best skills/power/strenght/whatever, and to get it they start a ridiculously large trip, os fight because yes against bad people.

What is hentai? Porn.

And then, what fangirls and fanboys do? Put two characters that sometimes they even don't interact with eachother to kiss and have sex, and they write about it and feel proud.

That's anime in these days. That's why I went into cartoons. They are better now.
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nightshade43 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
And then, what fangirls and fanboys do? Put two characters that sometimes they even don't interact with eachother to kiss and have sex, and they write about it and feel proud.

And Western Animation, live action movies and books don't have this happen to them? XD
I know in Anime pairings are often NAMED like if "paul" and "tiffany" become "paulfanny" or something, but pairings exist everywhere XD
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Zilkenian Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fangirls and fanboys made hell happen, my friend, and the big ones had to adapt. Trust me, my eyes have died more than once....but I survived....
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nightshade43 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I think fandom is the worst part, at times.
Sorry you had to see terrible things. I remember my first time. Shocked the hell out of me.
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Zilkenian Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember all my times. Some of them caught me off guard. 
Now I think I'm somehow inmune to it. Simply because I've studied the human mind a bit more and I know, more or less, what I can find.
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angeleater Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Don't forget the fangirls/fanboys OTHER habits of writing the anime/manga characters kissing/having sex with self inserted versions of themselves :boo:(which also rarely represent the fantards actual appearence)
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Zilkenian Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Asdaghsffhsdg....that's a trauma for me, thanks XDDD
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marowakmaniac14 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
you're right, that sums up most Shounen anime to a Tee. two problems-

1) not all anime is like that. there's comedy, horror, tragedy, and pretty much every other genre. the ones who get the biggest spotlight, your Naruto, one peice, and generic mechas, are aimed at teenage boys. go outside that range and you'll get to some awesome ones. saying all anime is like that is like saying all cartoons are Tom and Jerry.

2) Superman. Yes, japan has their stereotypical heroes, but so do we. think about practically any superhero or protagonist and you'll find just as many cliches repeated over and over again. this isn't an anime or eastern culture thing, it's just a people thing. we always fall into ruts, we always go with cliches. it just happens. we like what's familiar.
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KatrinaTheLamia Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
To be fair Sturgeon's Law also applies to Western Cultural stuff.

I agree with the majority of your issues with Anime... in fact The Laws of Anime are what you said here, but a more inclusive list of irritating things in anime series. There is also a Drinking Game that could be done here.

Not that Western Culture shows are that much better... just the main fuck ups over here are:
* The only colours that exist are Orange and Blue. I defy you to find a colour that is not Orange or Blue
* 1980s item: it is never daytime. Everything always happens during the night. If it is day time, people will be indoors and the shots will have the artistic effect of what being hung over looks like
* 1960s B-Movies... the specialty of MST3000
* 1980s more Dakka and more muscles always saves the day
* Skeletor is fucking fabulous, thank you
* Horror movies have the skank killed first, then the smart guy, then the jock or black guy nearly make it to the end... but naturally only the virgin is allowed to live (assuming she does live)
* Disney's wonderful depiction of women's right to be in the kitchen baking somebody a pie.
* Zombies are Republicans.
* Vampires are Democrats
* Werewolves are Communists
* Death is evil
* Hacking can do anything... you can literally hack into anything to change reality itself.
* "bitten by a radio active spider"
* Mud/Gunk hitting the camera
* The Inception Effect, in trailers
* Oh... god... and so many other issues.

I mean, I'm not defending Anime. I agree that those are valid issues. Just saying that Anime is not the only form of media that needs an overhaul to not have a lot of it be a glorious waste of time.

In the case of Gurren Lagann, I like Kamina. Yes, he is a douche bag... but he was the Douche Bag who was right (with the other characters being wrong). Just because somebody is an asshole, doesn't mean he don't know what he is talking about... which is something people need to start learning.
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ThatBlue-Bolt Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Uh...try Cowboy bebop dude. You want quality anime? Cowboy bebop. And don't just label the WHOLE genre because of 1 show that spoiled it for you.
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Zilkenian Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think he's talking about modern anime, and not old anime. Old anime was really good, like Corboy Bebop, Slayers, Doraemon, Saiyuki, etc.
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Maymayliu Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I'd have to disagree...although some anime are as you've described them to be, you can't make such a broad generalization.
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Mokojoko Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So much if not all of this is true. I have almost completely stopped watching anime after going hard at it for about 5 years straight, but there are many gems that I still love that don't follow conventional anime norms which I highly recommend such as BERSERK and Cowboy Bebop. Just great storytelling and amazing character development.
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Katakikun Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, such a reaction. Anime is cool and all, but I wouldn't waste a paragraph on it.
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SteelSkeleton Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Yeah, I've fallen out of anime. There's still some shows I watch, but for the most part, the cultural rift between The United States of America an Japan is big enough to bother me that I've given up on a good 93% of anime of ever being good in my eyes, and for these very reasons. And I think the reason why I still like some shows that do these very thing is because the ones I like are so over the top for some reason or the other that they just work. DBZ is a perfect example of the vocal conflict and rapid air points. It's heavily based on Eastern mythology, you can see the parallels if you know what to look for, but it's so freaking crazy you can't help but either be drawn in by the absurdity of an otherwise mostly serious martial arts anime or be repulsed by how frequently it breaks it's own rules. Goku died? Get the Dragon Balls. Remember, in DBZ, Y.O.L.A.M.T.A.T.E.D.R.Y. (You Only Live As Many Times As The Eternal Dragon Resurrects You). Earth was destroyed? Wish for a new one. There can only be one Super Saiyan per generation, if any at all, and even then, only a full-blooded Saiyan can reach that plateau? Nope, there's five, three of whom are half-Saiyan (I'm not talking about Dragon Ball GT).
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PrimeKage Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Here's the thing about Kamina and Simon's relationship: Kamina knows that Simon is by far the stronger, nicer and smarter of the two, however Simon doesn't, and lacks motivation. Kamina is hard on Simon because he wants him to realize his potential, which is to create the heavens.
Plus you must've seen the times where Kamina told Simon to save himself from the village chief's wrath, or when he hugged Simon to calm him down during the earthquake, or when he calls the leader of Adai out on how he treats his villagers, or when he explains that his "never run away" attitude is actually based on something logical, namely that it's easier to get attacked with your back turned (he had no problem retreating when the Dai Ganzan was in a hole, and thus couldn't chase them).
Also, have you even reached episode 11 yet, where we see the conversation that Kamina and Yoko had earlier in the series, and Kamina explains that he was actually inspired by Simon's determination.
Kamina is by no means perfect, but his heart is definitely in the right place: he yearns for freedom from oppressive regimes, and his tenacity inspired entire villages to follow in the revolution, and as long as he has Simon by his side, he knows everything will turn out right in the end.
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PrimeKage Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Or perhaps a better way to look at it would like this: Kamina is Batman. Just hear me out:
Batman has a strong sense of justice motivated by his parents' death; Kamina has a strong desire for freedom motivated by his dead father.
This motivated Batman to become a crime fighter and Kamina to become a freedom fighter.
Both use violence to achieve these goals and are angered easily.
Both are obsessed with letting everyone know who they are ("Who the Hell do you think I am?" "I'm the goddamn Batman")
Both are willing to put young adolescents in jeopardy in the name of their goals (Robin/Batgirl and Simon).
Both inspire others to join the cause.
Both have had multiple girls chasing after them, with the difference being that Kamina was a virgin and Batman wasn't.
I can probably go on for pages, if I really put my back into it.
Really the biggest difference I see is the fact that Kamina had no training what so ever while Batman had years of training in multiple martial art, and yet Kamina is by far more successful (even if he has to inspire someone to pick up the mantle after his death)
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NikChomp Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with much of what you're saying. Even as an anime fan, I can willingly admit that anime can be weird, fucked up, annoying, or just plain stupid. However, there are SOME good anime. I can give you a list of my favorites. hetalia is not on the list because even though its my second favorite its not very high quality.
1. Gundam Seed. This is probably my favorite Gundam series ever. It manages to pull of a huge cast and somehow gives them ALL depth and character developement. the fight scenes are great and so is the art. and there's only a little bit of 'ATHRUNNNN!!' KIRAAAAAA!!' Gundam seed is great if you want to watch a deep, philosophical, dramatic action series.
2. Host Club. host club is perfect if you feel like laughing your ass off. it's probably the most hilarious anime besides hetalia. it makes fun of itself and anime stereotypes, as well as some pretty crazy situations that you will laugh at.
3. Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni. higurashi for short or When They Cry. If you want a horror murder mystery 'who done it' kind of anime, higurashi is for you. It has a repeating story in alternate chapters, but unlike other anime that try to do that, it isn't repetitive and it all leads to a certain point.
so ya... i hope you watch some of those and it might restore your faith in anime.
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I wholeheartedly disagree with your summation. First off- Most Anime Protagonists are 'dicks'? I assume you haven't seen Silver Fang, Transformers Victory, Masterforce, Fight the Titan, Full Metal Alchemist, Jin-Roh, Kimba the friggin' White Lion, Astro Boy, Layzner, Evangelion, Here and There, etc; The only 'dicks' I recall ever being protagonists in any anime would be Light from Death Note, Naruto from Naruto and Ichigo from Bleach. And guess what? That was the frigging point. And no, I am not a fan of these shows [in fact I kinda despise Bleach], but even in those cases, those protagonists were FREQUENTLY called out for their 'dickish' behaviour by the other characters, Light even being cast as a VILLAIN.

Secondly, having watched three episodes of Gurren Lagann, Kamina isn't meant to be the protagonist. Simon is. Kamina's more along the lines of a Yoda mentor figure, in fact the show makes many attempts to point out that what Kamina says is often incredibly stupid in every scene. And to say that Kamina's friends should dance on his grave is not only insulting to their characters, but also to someone who had just died risking their neck to protect the ones they love.

And thirdly, you can't judge an entire medium of animation culture based on the shortcomings of a few examples from said medium. It's called don't judge a book by it's cover. Next time, take a closer look at what you're saying before throwing at the wall and hoping it would stick. Your argument is flawed at best.
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PrimeKage Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Well, I am a fan of Naruto, Bleach and Death Note (manga versions for all 3), and as such feel the need to defend them: Naruto grew up without friends or family, and thus acted up and put on a tough guy routine in order to get attention, and the entire point of his character development is that he's becoming a kinder, more selfless, more forgiving person and not relying on his tough guy routine anymore (which honestly is kinda evident from the first chapter/episode); Ichigo never really struck me as a jerk, I always saw him more as "the only sane man" in a world full of crazy, and thus gets frustrated really easily, and while he does sometimes act kinda apathetic, but usually only about pointless things, and when something gets serious, he gets passionate and will do anything to protect those he loves; even though Light is a villain, he. . . ok yeah, Light's an asshole, but he's so damn fun to watch.
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I always thought Naruto had more of a clownish vibe, hence why he does stupid things in order to get attention. Never struck me as a tough guy. Still, I do agree with what you're saying.
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PrimeKage Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Well, he was always trying to act tough before the time skip, especially around Sasuke; that whole "I'll never be saved by you again" thing and all. I think he's grown out of it now, but still is a goofball, only now he's goofy because he's genuinely happy whereas before he did it for attention.
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Makes sense, especially given Sasuke's reputation and Naruto's desire to become the next Hokage. Plus, as much as I don't like Bleach, I do agree with you saying he's the only sane man in the 'room', especially in the first issue. So yeah, we can both agree that jollyjack didn't really do his homework.
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PrimeKage Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Well then why'd you call Ichigo a dick in your first post? He was just having realistic reactions to all the lunatics that inhabit that manga (btw, those lunatics are among my favorite things about that series and anime in general XD)
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Because I was too busy dealing with this troll. Well, that and I was too angry to think properly.
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PrimeKage Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Lol, ok.
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trismugistus Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, Amiga Power - now that brings back some memories.
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ErinConstance Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
The faults you are able to find in Anime or Japanese animation can just as easily be found in in western animation. And you cannot make such . . . brood statements. You can not expect some plots to not resemble each other, it happens in anime, books, manga, movies, television shows, and etc. Even though anime has some outlandish moments or topics so does every show, no matter were it was created.

I hope you are not making you judgement on the simply popular shows. Before you make you judgement expand and do some research.
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Spartan-117Cortana Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
So I assume you've watched what? 10 anime shows from the same genre and/or company? Because clearly you haven't seen much to have such a dense, uncultured view of the enitre genre, sure, like anything, many anime have similarities in plot and yes, many shows are almost identical, but that's due to the over whelming amount of anime shows there are out there. Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Code Geass, Death Note, Soul Eater, all very different anime shows with little to nothing in common with one another. And you insult Kamina without actually looking at the purpose of what he does? Sure he talks big and is arrogant, but he never picks on Simon, instead he's actually pushing Siomn to be his best and training him so he can survive, Kamina took him in as a younger brother when Simon's parents died, he's the only person from their village that actually liked and respected him. And even when he talks big, it's always for those around him, it's to inspire them and keep their spirits up by never giving up even when it looks impossible. It's easy to judge a character when they act goofy or idiotic, but only their true nature comes out with emotion. Kamina's last words to Simon were "Don't believe in the me that believes in you, and don't believe in the you that believes in me, believe in the you, that believe in yourself!" He basically told him to not find strength in believing in Kamina, or that Kamina believes in him, he needs to find his strength by believing in himself, that's what matters.
Sorry for the rant but I hate when people judge a character without looking more then surface deep.
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I-Hate-Tucking-Fypos Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
I don't know you but I love you like a brother / sister for this journal. This is a historical milestone for me: faving a journal.
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CKentavr Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Just because you can't make heads or tails of a joke, doesn't mean it's not funny to someone else.

I can't figure out why you think verbally abusing people is funny, either. So what?

Alot of anime has terrible animation, too!

But you know what it does do? It depicts stuff we couldn't do with real characters. Such as Gurann Lagann: They might have lived longer without Kamina, but without Kamina, they'd have lived short, deadly lives underground instead of short, meaningful lives where they choose their destiny.
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CryolaBlue Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I've never had the chance to watch Gurren Lagan (or however you spell it). From what I've seen from pictures and such, it doesn't look like it's even a good anime in terms of plot points and such. Sure, there are some I watch that have no plot (such as Hetalia...and that's a good anime to watch in terms of comedy), however, other shows like Clannad (which made me cry slightly), Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt (again, not much plot...but comedic anyway), Fruits Basket, Vampire Knight and many others. I could go one but this would be longer than it is now. I'm just saying that the cartoons that are out now are kind of...how do you say...lame? I like Adventure Time, but aside from that, I prefer the ones from the 90s. Anything after that was kinda bleh.
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majin88 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Refreshing; I thought it was just me! Your assessment of gurren lagan is spot on! And for good measure, throw in Evangelion (aka, EVA) , an over hyped existential bag of wind that terminal acne cases pretend to grasp to be thought of as cool. As such' very little of my collection dates past the early 1990s.
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Monkeyman2525 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Gurren Lagann is the anime equivelent of a Michael Bay.

You don't go for the story, you go for the Splosions.
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DSlayerMinster Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] The world is a pretty divided place.
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