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What makes an anime "Good/Great" in your view

Discussion in 'Alternate Animé & Manga Discussion' started by AceFlonne, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. AceFlonne

    AceFlonne Mediator

    Basically what the title says. Discuss
  2. Jolteon91

    Jolteon91 iDOLM@STER Fanboy

    Good characters
    Good seiyuu (preferably with Ono Daisuke and/or Hanazawa Kana)
    Good plot
    Good animation
    Good OP song (preferably by FLOW)

    In that order.
  3. Jb

    Jb Tsun in the streets

    Great Cast (No Sasuke's or Sakura's)
    Watchable Plot (The worst it is, the better the characters should be)
    Great animation (Most KyoAni works) Or at least unique (Panty and Stocking)
    VAs don't mean much to me when it comes to Japanese ones. English is a different story.
    Murder and Dismemberment!
  4. RLinksoul

    RLinksoul Well-Known Member

    Likable characters is the biggest thing for me. I can overlook a lousy animation style (unless it's Shaft's) or a poorly written story if I like the majority of the characters.
    Good character development is a must for shows with a story. Comedy shows don't really need it but it makes them all the better.
    And finally, a good show for me should have a balance between light and dark elements. If it's too cheery and fluffy and nothing bad ever happens, it gets kinda boring. If it's too grimdark and wangsty and everyone's doomed no matter what, then it feels like there's nothing to look forward to. I can't invest my emotions into it, and all the melodrama gets really stale.
  5. TeamRocketGrunt

    TeamRocketGrunt WobbWobbWobb Wobrudo

    Animation, characters, openings/endings, a followable plot (Unless it's a comedy, then I don't watch it for the plot really XD), and bad/good moments at the best time.
  6. Kurloz Makara

    Kurloz Makara Red Death

    Humor, great characters, and a good plot. Animation styles and subs/dubs don't bother me at all. ^_^
  7. Zazie

    Zazie So 1991

    One that keeps me entertained when I watch it.

    This is regardless of how ridiculous the concepts is, whether or not I can follow the narrative or even understand what they are saying. And I certainly don't care about animation quality.

    Half the fun of watching anime is taking what they show you and making it your own. That's not something you can rate objectively.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2012
  8. Charizard Champion#06

    Charizard Champion#06 Spiral Warrior

    Like the people above have said, good characters, writing, plot, art direction, animation quality, enjoyability all come into play.

    It's got to be the right amount of that stuff. Compensation and balance are what's important. I can overlook an art style that I normally wouldn't enjoy if it has strong writing and characters (Kaiji, Clannad, Steins;Gate, in these cases I ended up embracing the art style later.) On the other side if the story is bad sometimes I can overlook that if it's a joy to look at (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt). So in most cases it just comes down to if the show has enough good things that it outweighs it's flaws and becomes great.
  9. ParaChomp

    ParaChomp be your own guru

    Just watched JesuOtaku's Highschool of the Dead review...doesn't always have to be "good" to be enjoyable.
  10. Charizard Champion#06

    Charizard Champion#06 Spiral Warrior

    Highschool of the Dead is way better than JesuOtaku.
  11. matt0044

    matt0044 Well-Known Member

    JesuOtaku's not an Anime so that's an unfair comparison.
  12. ParaChomp

    ParaChomp be your own guru

    You made my day.
  13. Izanagi

    Izanagi 'Sup!

    Mostly if a series has a decent amount of action, a good story, a likable cast, stunning animation, and last but not least a decent soundtrack then it will probably be a watch in my book. I always saw a good anime like baking a cake, without all the ingredient it just doesn't work. I usually don't mind fan-service but whenever it becomes too much I usually drop it. Fan-service is usually the icing in the metaphorical cake.
  14. Kutie Pie

    Kutie Pie "It is my destiny."

    I feel that as long as the plot and atmosphere is great, the animation is at least tolerable to watch, and the characters are likeable characters, I don't care about the VAs in either Japanese or English. Generally, of course, it's usually the characters and story that captivate me.

    Oh yeah, and a great soundtrack is always a plus.
  15. AceFlonne

    AceFlonne Mediator

    Now that you mention it. Since Anri and Celty's VA's are in the upcoming Psycho Pass. Daisuke should really voice Shinya
  16. SoulSilverMstr411

    SoulSilverMstr411 Hikikomori

    Originality. A tight cast. If there is a lot of characters they should all play an important role and not be forgotten about. A "Kudzu Plot" if you will. Good voice actors.
  17. PrismaticPrincessAnna

    PrismaticPrincessAnna I'll do my Lilliest

    Plot also comedy and drama... and romance ;) Also different personalities for each characters and originality, nya~
  18. Xashlei

    Xashlei probably elsewhere

    Definitely some plot that captivates you, where you honestly wonder "What happens next?" at some point in your day. Characters you can sympathize with, laugh at and with. For especially powerful series you get moved to tears. When it comes to slice-of-life, instead of thinking about story direction it's what kind of strange scenario comes next.

    Either way, you're never bored.
  19. Charizard Champion#06

    Charizard Champion#06 Spiral Warrior

    And yet people still wonder why other people enjoy K-On!.
  20. For most semi action anime like Herems, comedy and spices of character development. If you're like shows like Rosario Vampire, screw who goes with who, give me the comedy because shipping in Harems ruins the whole concept.

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