This argument is often used my some anime fans for denoting the increased velocity of bad quality works. But is anime truly going downhill? let’s try to answer that.
Anime has a long and rich history, And its is based on western cartoons. If you watch really old anime, you can see the similarities between Disney’s animation and anime. At this time you can call anime ‘Japanese cartoons’. After some time, anime slowly started to create its own unique style of animation but still looked towards western entertainment industry for reference. This period is regarded by many as the golden period for the anime industry. This period was broad and included shows like legends of galactic heroes, Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion and much more which are consider masterworks today by many fans. So why animes changed so much?
The answer is simple, people who were making anime changed. Anime was made by people who were an artist with no different identity and today anime is made by the artist who also has the label of an anime fan. Due to change in creators who can only think of anime while making anime, made anime medium inclusive. They started to Reference inside of the medium rather that looking outside for inspiration, this made anime inbred and filled with tropes we all know and hate or love today. Is this a good change?
Anime is probably only medium with such loyal and fanatic following. If you look animes in the so-called golden age of anime you will see similarities between Hollywood-style storytelling and anime storytelling. There are so similarities between these animes and Hollywood movies that I can choose one over other and will not miss anything for not watching one of them. Truth is that anime at this period were so influenced by the western culture that it had lost its originality and uniqueness. It is very hard to find an anime in this period which is focusing on Japanese culture. This period was the gateway for many fans from the west and mostly these fans are complaining that animes are getting worst. But are they?
As I said that anime is still in its infancy, it is growing and learning. Anime of today are inclusive in nature they do not try to cross boundary drawn for them. This thing improved animes in a unique way. Due to this inbreeding anime mutated in variety. Today anime is more diverse than before, there are many options to watch. Anime has become universal medium and can be enjoyed by the person with any taste. We have grown out of action and sci-fi phase and become more grounded in both storytelling and direction, while Hollywood is still in that phase. If there was not shift like this, I may not have gotten into anime at all. Anime has slowly started to explore eastern spirituality and philosophy rather that spinning in the circle with sci-fi, Anime has developed the new techniques to tell a story. slice of life, psychological, sports, comedy, moe, romance, zen animes will not be prominent if anime stayed in that period. As for the quality argument, I think that is a subjective matter. You many not like new animes then those anime is not meant for you, watch old anime or find the new test for anime, criticizing anime is fine, though. For me, anime is better than it has ever been, and if you don’t like light novel adaptation then I will say that not all animes are light novel adaptations and some are good too. Let me ask you a question, do you truly want anime to be Hollywood?
“When we focus within, we open path of uniqueness ”
– Animeindianphilosopher (I cant remmaber who said that, for now I will take credit of it.).
That’s it, guys, let me know your thoughts, am I wrong? do you think animes are getting worst?.
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