TBT: Throwback Thursday-What Makes An Anime Truly Great?

(Disclaimer: Today’s blog is a Throwback Thursday post I wrote in May of 2017. I figured since I have a larger audience now you guys might enjoy this content!)

I wanted to have a little chat with you all today on the topic of what makes an anime truly great.

We all have our likes and dislikes, our favorites and least favorites, characters we love to hate and hate to love, our best wifu’s, and even which OP’s and ED’s we decide to watch every time a new episode is on or should we choose to skip over the song(s) just to get to the opening scenes. But with everyone’s personal taste being just that, personal, how do we really know when an anime is great?

Is it the characters or how they are drawn?
Is it the plot/story-line?
Is it the animation or art style?
Is it the music/soundtrack(s)?
Does it have to be unique or can it be done over and over again with a different perspective?
Or is it simply because you can immerse yourself into that world because the mood or atmosphere draws you in?

These are all very logical and rational questions when it comes to breaking down an anime series.

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For me it’s a combination of all the questions I just asked. It is a jumbled mix of art style, design, story premise, music, character development/progression, and the ability to be drawn into an anime within a matter of minutes.

Now I do have to admit I am not the harshest critic out there. I tend to go easy on anime I love, while others tend to tear it apart. I feel like I am that audience member that is easy to please. But I also feel like my way of processing anime (and other media) is way more open than others. I really enjoy anime (and movies) that have no real concept or meaning. I like things that have no “true” ending. A good example of this is the anime Glasslip. This was a pretty typical romance anime until the very end. Many people were disappointed because it made zero sense when it ended, but here I am saying that I liked it. I wasn’t mad that it veered off in a completely different direction than what I thought it was going to be originally. I think I was more so wondering why they didn’t explain things more thoroughly? It needed that little extra edge for it to make more sense.

Glasslip

I think in order for an anime to be truly great it has to leave some sort of lasting impression on you. It has to have some meaningful impact that you can connect with on a “personal” level. Those are the anime’s that tend to stick with you throughout your life time. Even if the story or the characters are cliche, if there is something within that anime that resignates with your soul then that anime has done its job.

Being unique and different are just plus side effects of making an anime that is simply special.

I would like to call this feeling “emotional impact.”

My favorite anime’s tend to make me cry or they have me on the edge of my seat. Those are the anime’s that I love the most. I love the feeling you get when you are so hyped up on watching a certain scene that you just can’t help but squeal with excitement. You are so enthralled with what is going on that you don’t  even dare to blink. Memories are usually forged with these “emotional impacts” and these are what allow anime’s to stick with you forever.

I want to know your thoughts on what makes an anime truly great. Is it some of the topics I mentioned above or is it something else entirely? Do you have any likes and dislikes about certain anime? Let me know in the comments section ❤


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  1. Okay, when I saw the title of this post, automatically an aswer came to me: It need to evoke some kind of emotion within me. And…then of course when reading your post, “ emotional impact” comes up😊 Completely agree….That for me is one of the most important things that makes an anime great 😊 Second I’m going with characters. Anime that has memorable characters, makes it much better 😊 Loved this post, but then again I always like your posts ! 😀😀

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  2. Many times I can love an anime for what isn’t there. I project what must have happened between the lines for the lines themselves to make sense. So often an anime others find confusing, I’ll be enjoying, extrapolating from what happened to what must have happened in order for the plot to be coherent. Other times an anime will not tell you how you should feel and you are free to interpret as you will.

    What you can read into anime is often more important than what is there.

    For example, some people think the fishing scene from the first episode of DAF is “just” fanservice. I get a completely different take from it. I get a powerful sense of *savage innocence* from it. Zero Two is still a wild animal, uncontaminated by most human mores. What is important is what he would have seen should he have stumbled upon any of the other females/ They would have had far more “civilized” reactions. Probably no nudity and definitely no fish. If they were nude they probably would have been hyper-aware of it and self-conscious about it once they were aware of being seen.

    I don’t think Zero Two was focused on her nudity, rather that she was free of enforced constrictions, any more than a dog or a dolphin thinks they are naked. (That damn little kid keeps making me dress up in dolly clothes, thank God they are off.) If someone can’t get past the “naked = sexy” formulation, they need to grow up.

    So I am “reading” powerful character development where others just see a cute naked girl showing herself off. *To the limits of this disjointed mess of an anime allows it*, her transition to a human sense of being without losing the fundamentals of who she is forms the core of the show. The conflict with the other klaxxis and with the dystopic civilization, the Ikuno plotline, her useless partner, ect, are all just backdrop. Too many cooks spoiled the soup.

    If I can fall in love with even one character, the anime is a success for me.

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