I wanted to do something unique for this blog. I wanted to bash popular anime with my unique point of view. I used to be a huge anime fan, but these days I’m a former angry anime fan, honestly anime sucks.
There’s one major flaw with anime that oddly enough is not addressed. Basically 90%+ anime are based off manga that’s printed in weekly or monthly magazines. The problem here is almost all anime end oddly (or a cliffhanger) or there are odd fillers in the main story. The manga is also a spoiler for the anime, people who read the manga usually spoils it for the anime watching public as well. So you are forced to read the manga to avoid spoilers and to catch up on the story, when you do that the anime sucks and doesn’t mean as much.
The style of anime these days has a very clean look. There is no gritty element these days. Everything is so sterile. If you watch movies you notice the ever increasing presence of CG. I feel this is happening to anime as well. Anime sucks because the animation looks wrong, too clean, you can tell a computer did it.
Another reason anime sucks, is the fan-service of the program. Harem anime are overly saturated and the fan-service is ridiculous. Finding an anime you like these days is much more difficult. The ratio from crap-good shows is increasing. Out of hundred you’ll probably find ten of them that are of good quality. The biggest problem is the manga connection to anime, you are essentially dictated by the manga and if you go a different route the fans will ostracize you.
I don’t know when my love starting to turn to hate, but it was a gradual process. So now I’m here writing about why anime people love and I hate (or don’t like). I never considered myself outside of the mainstream, but for some reason I am different.
I can’t understand the current anime culture, so I wanted to write about anime shows and why I think anime sucks.
Update 1: There are some really good comments below on why some people don’t like anime these days (like JJJ and Sootoo). I think there is some confusion why I say anime sucks yet I watch alot of it. My issue with anime is complicated to say the least and it’s difficult to analyze. I made this blog to explain why my fandom is starting to die out. In my comment I talk about a movie called The People Vs George Lucas. In the film you would hear fans cry out why did you do this, why is this included etc…. Watching this movie I felt a connection to the disenfranchised fans of Star Wars. If you watch this movie it would help you guys understand my point of view to current anime. People also ask why I pick on the most popular anime like Naruto and Onepiece, since those anime have been on the air so long I actually watched it when they first came out, so I really did love to watch them early on, but more and more problems with the shows kept happening. There also isn’t a whole lot of criticism for these anime,. If there are, it’s mostly vague statements and not a in-depth analysis on the anime.
I have watched a few new anime, like the 3rd Eva movie and Initial D fifth stage, didn’t like them. I just can’t seem to watch new anime lately, including JoJo Bizarre Adventure TV (this should have come out 10 years ago). I’m a huge fan of the JoJo Bizzare Adventure OAV series, but can’t seem to watch this one. Perhaps because I”m getting older as well and anime is very different than 15-20 years ago, that could be a factor as well.
There are lots of comments on why I say anime sucks because that’s a stupid statement. You can say Movies suck or TV sucks and you can find incredible movies and TV shows that are amazing and anime is should be similar. I do agree on that point I’m being too general in my statements, but I’m doing the best to give valid reasons why anime these days seems to get worse and the ratio between bad and good is growing and why my connection to the general anime audience seems to be at opposite ends.
This blog was also created because I hardly see any arguments on the most popular anime shows, I”m watching Bleach, Naruto, Toradora etc… and i’m wondering why aren’t people complaining about this plot point or a stupid character action or even a pointless death. (Yea Neji is dead now). I feel an anime series gets too much praise and hardly any criticism.