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Old 11-12-2005, 07:14 PM   #1   [permalink]
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what makes a series?

in your opinions, what makes a series good? (characters? themes? ideology? satire? etc)
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Old 11-12-2005, 07:40 PM   #2   [permalink]
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Well it depends on what the series is going for in the first place.

One thing I do find important is developped characters that keep developping,more precisely characters that have both strenghts are flaws and work with what they have.A good example os Shuffle!,wich starts with cheerful loveable characters but as you watch on you see the characters unveil their dark secrets.

One thing animes should never have is flashbacks/explanations that last more than 1 episode (Yeah I'm talking about you Tenjou Tenge!).That's not character development as much as it is the author explaining his characters in details,most of them either irrelevent or not interesting.
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Old 11-12-2005, 07:46 PM   #3   [permalink]
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I would agree, good character development is needed, same with a strong plot. Originality wouldn't hurt also, but hey pretty much everything has been done now.

But yes it does depend on the type of series as well, say action series I want to see some good lengthy fights and none of that flashing lights and quick cuts.
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Old 11-12-2005, 09:17 PM   #4   [permalink]
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It depends on how creative the characters are and how good the story goes. For me if the story doesn't have a good conflict of what the story is about, I wouldn't want to watch it .
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Old 14-12-2005, 08:22 AM   #5   [permalink]
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While Character Development is important, I would rather see a good story than knowing the emotional significant of a character. Yes both would be good, but give me an interesting story any day.
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Old 14-12-2005, 10:43 AM   #6   [permalink]
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Originally Posted by Darklightz
One thing animes should never have is flashbacks/explanations that last more than 1 episode (Yeah I'm talking about you Tenjou Tenge!).That's not character development as much as it is the author explaining his characters in details,most of them either irrelevent or not interesting.
'And that goes for you too Wolfs Rain and Gundam Seed!'

A powerful/mysterious hero or villian is a must for any horror/sci-fi anime... Someone that can keep the story going even if it is just knowing about their presence.

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Old 15-12-2005, 02:14 PM   #7   [permalink]
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What annoys me at the moment is that villains just can't seem to keep their big mouth shut for once in their lifetime, I don't need three episodes of explaining their friggin' motivation, just to see someone go "oops, I foiled your plan again". There's is also the way things are handled which still kind of puzzled me, like for some insane reason they always send one villain to attack the hero(s) just to find out that one is not enough, so keeping repeating this process untill they finally are defeated and then they wondered how this could have happened, a big duh to you mastermind.
So a good anime to me is one that suprised you instead of lengthy explainations and one that does not repeat the same stuff over and over again.
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I could rant on this for a while, but I think the truely best anime are those without any episodes that could be sacrificed.

Take NGE for example. There isnt a single episode where you could take something out. The early ones might seem laid back, but they're actually quite important. After that its non-stop changes and alterations to a character to such a degree that removing an episode makes it harder to work out how the character should be behaving.

I do also hate cheap tricks like re-used animation. I dislike poor dialogue, such as explaining how a person's move works. It isnt science, it isnt educational. Its a waste of brain matter. I think most would agree that Kenshin was far more intense and amazing as a simple sword slasher in the OVAs, than super duper awesome "I have 5 l33t moves that do x y z pseudo science to execute".

I especially like anime that challenge my views or moral codes. Sometimes they may not even intend to do it. Take Kimiga Nozomu Eien for instance. Here you have a character in love with 2 people, and there isnt a correct answer as to who he should be with. There is no way to not hurt anyone, and there is no way to be a hero. One of the few anime which actually admits that yes, sometimes you DO need to move on and leave people behind that you'd rather not lose.
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