Rudimentary creatures of blood and flesh. You touch my mind, fumbling in ignorance, incapable of understanding.
You exist because we allow it, and you will end because we demand it.
Many adults (holy shit I'm one of them!) appreciate shows like Naruto and Dragon Ball because blood hell we grew up with those shows. If you can honestly say you grew up with Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, and other cartoons of similar nature and didn't like them for what they were at the time I'd have to question your sanity.
American entertainment focused heavily on comedy and dramas. Japan's manga/anime entertainment uses plenty of comedy and drama as well, but they also dig much deeper into the idea of "The Hero's Journey" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhk4N9A0oCA if you like learning about boring things) which is the basic design of MANY shounen manga and anime. ALL people are capable of relating to the Hero's Journey because that is the very nature of the journey because we all are the hero of our own story. So the Shounen genre really just calls out to the dreams of people and insists that they are within reach.
But I'm rambling and starting to sound dumb at stupidlate o-clock. Like it's been said here by about a dozen people. You don't just "understand" anime, you appreciate different forms of it according to your tastes. No one can fault you for an opinion (although that being said there are people that will do their damndest to try) but it isn't fair to lump anime together in one big ball of things and try to evaluate it (this is what people that have never watched an anime typically do).
Naftc, "Hunters are the cheapest class in game and when played right are more deadly than a train plowing through a field of bunnies covered in napalm"
The new Shippuden is nice because of the war, finally people die and the story is progressing like crazy. The target audience however is again slightly different. No goofing around, serious topics, harsh background story, famous chars die etc.
TL;DR: The anime you don't like are all for younger people. The ones you liked are for older audiences. You just like more mature anime, that's all.
Note: I completely quit watching anime. I just read the mangas/manhwas once a week or so.
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"Lordaeron belongs to the Forsaken. Always and forever!"
Perfection is so horribly dull, don't you think?
I started watching because i love sci-fi/fantasy and anime has some of the best for those genres.
Dragonball Z and many of the old anime defined the cliches you are hinting at and people watch them and re watch them because of nostalgia the newer ones like Naruto, bleach and one piece all have the same idea to them.
But really...other than a very very few series on normal TV the rest is trash worse than the majority of the mediocre "childs" anime.
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Being a militarily man RICH you would atleast get a bit of a laugh at Upotte and girls und panzer.
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Try watching something like Kaiji, Gantz, or Speed Grapher. They're all aimed at an older audience. Gantz is (or was) in the top 10 selling Mangas in Japan and they actually made a live-action movie based off of it. However, hardly anyone in America has ever heard of it. Coincidence? Kaiji has pretty bad animation. The first few episodes are horrible to watch until you get used to it. The psychological battles that happen create a very compelling storyline, though.
It's different strokes I guess. I happen to enjoy Naruto and One Piece. The stories, to me, are fantastic. Naruto has been going downhill lately though.
Try something other than Shounen lol.
Shorter series, more episodic series (like ghost in a shell or trigun) dont have to deal with these problems as much.
Not to sound hipster or anything about it, but some of these series are simply better paced if you read them in manga form. Dont get me wrong, naruto manga has its flaws and what feel like half assed chapters. I still enjoy it since i can read in in a few mins on a Wed morning when the scanlators release it, and so if its a crapy chapter, i didnt waste much time. Though the action scenes are usualy done pretty well in the anime, though i havnt watch the naruto anime in quite some time since it was in filler for so long.
As for other good anime to watch, death note is pretty damn good, scryyed wasnt bad, but falls into some of the "dbz" pitfalls, but it wasnt a long series and had character development. as others have mentioned, trigun, out law star, samurai X/kenshin, samurai shamploo, code geas, blood reign.
How old are you?
I started reading Dragon Ball when I was 10 years old and bought the books as they were released. I can't imagine I would get into Dragon Ball if I would discover it today.
“The north still reeks of undeath. Our homelands lay in ruin. Pandaria oozes our hatred and doubt. What hope is there for this world when the Burning Legion again lands upon our shores?” - Eric Thibeau
I mean its like saying i don't get movies because of chick flicks , B grade quality etc etc. Its a medium of entertainment so i'm not sure if you fully understand what you're even saying.
And yes i'm probably beating the dead horse but just giving my two cents and i didn't read everyones reply.
Dragonball is like the father of all animes. It was the one that opened the way for animes to the western population (if not to all). If you watched it as a kid, you will love it even if you are 50 years old and never grow tired re-watching it. If i was to watch it for first time now, as a 26 years old, i would find it bad too, maybe mediocre at best. Memories is what make it great i guess.
Other than that , the most popular trio atm, is One Piece, Naruto and Bleach (while bleach stopped publiching animes), not the ones you mentioned above. Other great titles worth watching are : Hellsing OVA (fanmade one , official was crap), Death Note (no way you cant love this), Tenjou Tenge (they banned it fast not many episodes but still enjoyable) , samurai champloo ,Darker than Black ,Slamdunk and many other ... It mostly goes at your prefference.
But i would definetly recommend you to watch Death Note, if you want to be an anime fan you have to watch it at least once.
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A little advice to ya OP - NEVER watch anime in english (the only one I'll ever watch in english is full metal alchemist) because they suck...the translations usually don't make a whole lot of sense and most of the english voices are abhorrent and don't fit the characters. ALWAYS watch anime in original japanese w/subs and you'll actually understand wtf is going on (most of the time if the people who do the subs aren't retarded)
when i'm looking for a new anime I go off of art style first then I read the summary to see if it sounds interesting and then I'll watch a few episodes to see if I like it but that is just the way I usually do it. I also read a lot of manga so it can be awesome when they make one of the manga I read into an anime.
here is a list of ones I've watched if you want a place to start:
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Sword Art Online
Star Driver (i think you'll either like this one or hate it but I loved it)
Ghost in The Shell
ToraDora (ONE OF THE BEST EVER!)
Darker Then Black
A couple of new ones that I like that JUST came out are:
Suisei no Gargantia
Shingeki no Kyojin
my advice is just to watch the first episode of any anime that piques your interest, that's the only way to know for sure if you personally will like it.
here is where I go to watch most of my anime:
good luck and welcome to the wonderful wold of Anime!
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I hear ya, a lot of Anime and Manga are so stupendously cheesy and cliché it makes my grey matter rot. But every so often there's one that manages to draw me in, mostly because of the story, since the presentation is usually immersion-shattering unrealistic and... well... too Japanese.
One obvious warning sign for poor storytelling, bad closet humour and general awkwardness is a protagonist who is around 12 to 14 years old, with dudes just over 20 acting as old-timers content with passing their wisdom on to the next generation.
But if you look you'll find some serious ones with great and adult themes that are approached in a mature manner even if they target kids.
The fanaticism for DBZ may just be nostalgia. I first watched it when i was 13 and love it to this day, but newcomers that are my age now don't "get it" either, so you'll possibly never "get it" if you didn't watch it when you were that age.
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Shingeki no Kyojin.
Suisei no Gargantia
Deadman Wonderland (lots of violence but the story wasn't that good).
No. 6 (Not to offend you but this is a slightly 'gay' anime that it story was quite nice (no adult scenes)).
see http://myanimelist.net/ for info about each one.
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