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as in like western animation?
About time more people starting escaping from the weebtrix.
The majority of both mediums are pretty useless these days. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
if they both suck there is no alternative. If you're talking about western animation then the west is still light years behind japan. If you're talking about regular television the west has always been ahead.
Not really imo. Western television generally has better execution but anime is more diverse and imaginative in the kind of shows it provides.
Western television at some point found its golden formula and perfected that. But this did result in basically all shows folllowing the same formula with only few exceptions. Western television is also very safe. It's always drama wiith adult protagonists in a realistic setting. Be it historical or present day.
There is some influx of quality genre television but that too, by and large follows the same formula I mentioned earlier.
Lastly western tv shows are generally made to run for multiple seasons and that very much hinders the amount of stories they can tell.
Anime on the other hand doesn't have that issue and as such can create a much more diverse landscape of shows.
Just this season I'm watching a show about super powered individuals in an alternate universe New York, a show about a badass motorcyclist fighting demons in a cyberpunk city, a show about another badass motorcyclist traveling through a fantasy land and contemplating the human condition,
a show about two girls traversing a post apocalyptic wasteland, a show about a young orphan discovering a world of magic and slowly dealing with past trauma, a show about a floating island where people with special abilites do not live past the age of 30, a show about a 30 something MMO addict and a show about fox spirits working at a traditional Japanese inn. And that's just one season.
So yeah if you're looking for shows that are confidently executed than Western television is obviosuly superior. But if you're looking for more variety and imagination in the entertainment you consume anime is still ligthyears ahead.
Lastly here's a video that explains the issues with western television better than I ever could: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRh6xkQPR1E
Personally I enjoy both western tv-shows and anime. For me western tv-shows are comfort food. Being western myself there method of storytellign is recognisable and pleasant for me and I can always rely on the execution being at least somewaht decent. However there's usually only one or two shows each season that I'm really interested in.
By comparison anime is not something I'd watch as comfort food but there are way more shows I'm interested in each season due to the large variety of shows.
So it's all really a matter of what you're looking for in your entertainment as far as I'm concerned.
Good god man. That's the first time I've ever had 12 notifications at once on here. :b
Well it's an interesting question and not one that can be answered within the space of a single post.
Or eleven apparently. :b
Kerb ur enthuasiasm brah.
What can I say? I find it an interesting topic being both a fan of live action tv-shows and anime.
for regular TV western is better for obvious reasons ie budget, talent execution. If you're talking about animated medium then yes they are way ahead of western animation. Other than that though i'd say western is better at everything else apart from animation.
I'd have to politely disagree. Budget: probably. Execution: definitely. As I said at some point western tv discovered its golden formula and it certainly does work for creating highly compelling drama. Talent though...I feel that in terms of sheer imagination and creative freedom Japan is still way ahead of the west. Anime just has such a more vast and diverse landscape of stories being told.
If you want to simplify things you could say that anime is better at creating stories whereas western tv is better at telling them.
That variety you speak of is part of the problem though. While everyone in Japan is trying to be original, they forget that the story is absolute garbage. At least with WTV, the episodic nature of the series and lack of diversity requires the creators to create a story that stands out. IMO there hasn't been a good anime season since Fall of 2015.
You had to ask, @4xdblack
That's kind of cherry picking though. Anime is judged by the strength of a season's offerings, where television is judged solely on the best things going.
If you look at western TV as a whole, as we do with anime, you'll find its got just as many terrible shows.
Really, the ratio is probably going to be even worse, because there are just so much shit on television.
you guys are comparing two different mediums.
@Enies Believe it or not but I actually agree with you. I think the appeal of anime and the appeal of western tv shows is vastly different.
TV-shows tend to run for multiple seasons so getting into a tv-show means comitting to something that you know is going to be very big and sprawling. Whereas with anime it's contained to twelve, maybe twenty-four episodes and that lends itself to a very different kind of storytelling.
I find that where western tv tries to cram as much into a single show as possible with anime it's more spread out. Want a fun fantay adventure show, usually there's one or two each season. Want a beautiful heartbreaking drama, you'll probably find something to your liking, want a good comedy, take your pick.
Each anime provides something different. This is because due to the short length the amount of stories that can be told are much larger. Yet at the same time because of this there is less time to craft a genuine epic like you see with a lot of western tv shows.
I think if you must compare anime to something I'd say it's more fair to compare it to movies since a lot of stories told in anime series would not be adapted to tv over here but rather a film.
And this is where the 12 episode format is a benefit because even thoug it's far shorter than the average tv series it's longer than the runtime of a movie and allows for the kind of carefully crafted character arc you don't get much in movies.
So yeah if you go into an anime expecting to get the same kind of experience you get from a TV show you'll be sorely dissapointed. But then if you look at western tv series expecting the same kind of variety in storytelling you get from anime you'll be pretty dissapointed to.
Like @Enies said, they're two vbery different mediums with a very different appeal. It's not that one is better than the other. It's just that they offer very different experiences.
So what you're saying is... Because they're two very different formats, I can't judge them by the same standard of whether they're garbage or not? Sorry, but differences aside..I only care about whether I can enjoy it or not. And frankly, WTV has been far superior to Anime here recently in that regard.
Well enjoyment is subjective and if you enjoy western tv more than anime right now than good for you. Tastes change. Personally though I wouldnt assign any kind of objective value to one medium or another because of that.
Anime is objectively terrible
Leave the objectivity to the critics. In the end, subjective opinions are what buys DvD's, movie tickets, boxsets, and other merch. If you want, you're free to be objective all you want.. However, it's NOT objectivity, but subjectivity, that decides the value of an entertainment platform. And my subjective opinion is that WTV has been far superior overall than Japanese Anime here recently.