Saturday, April 14, 2012

Anime Editorial-Anime Longrunners

Hi, I’m the Eclectic Dude and I will not reviewing for the lolz, at least not this weekend.

So, you, the casual blog viewer may be asking or thinking, why am I not doing any reviews on shows like InuYasha, Bleach, One Piece, and/or Naruto? Why dwell on titles that either goes unnoticed or ones that are plain, dull crap? Good questions, I will answer as best as I can.

First, I don’t much care for those series. I termed them as ‘longrunners’ as they well run long, as in more than 26 episodes. Now, I have stated in a few reviews that a lot of OVAs had a few episodes and that is it, many went unfinished. Longrunners have the opposite problem; in that they never end seem to end. Granted, for people who are into watching longrunners, they may not mind this. But, for me, at some point I just lost interest. For instance, I watched Bleach through to the early episodes of the Bount arc and then just gave up. Also, most of them are shonen action genre pieces which I don’t watch anymore. I have moved on from it to watching other, more interesting genres.

Second, I have to ask: What is the point? I mean, if you really think about the premises for longrunners, they should be able to work within 13-26 episodes. But since they don’t, we run into another problem: filler episodes. It is the bane of my existence, when it comes to anime. There are episodes where not much happens and plot is derided for reasons not explained. That is not to say all anime series have to be all plot/story/characters with no downtime. But the downtime has to be at least productive and works well with the plot of the story told.

Third, while they are popular and mainstream, they don’t best exemplify what anime is about. Let me ask a reflective question, are shows like Bleach or Naruto going to be remembered with same fondness as shows like FMA or Ghost in the Shell? I don’t think so, as those shows have much more substance than a series like Naruto or Bleach.

Lastly, it is the fans of series like Naruto, Bleach and/or One Piece. One may called ‘Narutards’ or other unsavory names, I prefer to called them ‘misguided’. As I stated, since most longrunners are shonen action genre pieces, fans of these shows seem to think themselves better than others because they watch Naruto, Bleach and/or One Piece. They also seem too deluded to the point that any flawing/errors in series like that as a personal offense. Personally, I have reached a point in being an anime fan; I have developed some basic expectations for my anime. That is:
1.       Be entertaining
2.       Have a Point to it
3.       Hold my interest
4.       Tell a good story with interesting characters so that points 1-3 are satisfied
5.       Be weird, quirky, strange in some form or shape (personal and optional for me)
When it comes to longrunners, the first 4 points are not fulfilled at all, at least when it comes to me personally. Even some of the titles I own/seen over the years I can say with a straight face both the flaws and strengths of a series. I have demonstrated this through my reviews since August of last year. Does this make the authority of all when it comes to anime? Nah, there are plenty of people who probably know more about anime then myself. I just wish to impart my thoughts on the odd and the stranger titles in anime, which I have established as my ‘comfort zone’ when it comes to anime
Well, next week, I will do my first manga (graphic novel) review on SS Astro. Laterz
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