Originally posted by Bilbo Baggins
amen to that, brother.
Originally posted by MetallichicA
I'm not trying to sound mean here, I'm just curious...
How can you watch the stuff? It makes my head hurt! It's no wonder kids get seizures from watching shows like that.
I've tried to watch it, but somehow I can't get into it. Is there a series where the characters aren't overly hyper?
m-chica: i had that same opinion about anime many years ago. i've come to like it the hard way (wasn't into it because it was popular. i hated it and came to like it slowly and painfully). what i have to say for anime is this: it's an artform, at times. the mindset takes a little getting used to, because you are american, with american customs and american ideals (i could probably substitute western in there for better effect, but whatever), and the japanese have different customs, ideals, and traditions. the hyperness is their version of our slapstick. you watch the three stooges and some might say "this is stupid, where's the humor in it" but others see classic written all over it.
anime is the same way. there's different genres, comedy, action, drama, and there's a blurry line between the three genres. ie a drama will have some comedy elements, and maybe some action elements as well. a comedy might have some drama and action too. for instance, take the series "golden boy". it's a comedy, but it switches between the three different genres regularly. one minute it will be serious and the main character is on the verge of tears, and the next minute he's waving his arms around and screaming in one of those epilepsy-inducing scenes you were talking about. a minute later and he's involved in a gripping bike race that will have you on the verge of your seat. so you switch from laughing to crying and then nail-biting. the series itself has a very immature premise: it follows the adventures of a perverted young man who travels around modern day japan, but once you look past the crude premise you've got a really heartwarming tale. there are scenes in there that make you groan and wonder what the show's writers were thinking, but most of them are really tongue-in-cheek and actually parody themselves.
in a lot of ways, i prefer the anime method of storytelling and cinematography to normal live-action american films. the matrix tried to incorporate both worlds (without the epilepsy scenes, of course), and that's a huge part of its success.
i'd have to say give the real animes a try before you write them off completely. it's not all pokemon and sailor moon, and most of the animes that i watch and love, i would NEVER let my 6 year old sister watch. give them a shot. go through the lists mentioned above, and maybe look some of them up.
you have to have an open mind though, because at first glance, you'll think that if you've seen one show where teenage heroes control giant robots to save the world, you've seen them all, and anime is all about proving that wrong. the entertainment is in the actual storytelling, not in the storyline. and before you knock that idea, it's been done before. arguably the greatest english writer of all time, mr. bill shakespeare, was notorious for taking known stories and retelling them his own way, and most of the time his version is MUCH better than the original.
just give it a shot