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I have been uterlly dispointed at anime show latelly (yes, it seems to be a recorrent theme these days, but still I wanna give my 50 cents). We all know that there's some good anime, but mostly it's just garbage. But, the worst of it, is that as it becomes more "industrialized", the more even good shows turn out awful. Let me explain...
Studios have contrats to produce shows to fit specific slots in Japanese channels. So they rush production and massificate all the animation in order to fill/sell as many has they can. That is why we see litlle to no variation is character designs on anime shows (there's about 3~5 types in my opinion), so that every studio can work with every other show/anime, and an excess use of psycological talk so that they can just do lip-sinc and escape the actual action/animation work.
Unfortunatelly, this castrates and canibalizes some potential great shows/stories/heroes. This past season I found two shows that had that potential, but after 3 episodes I has enough. Either they lacked a good director (cuz there's only about a dozen of those... and they're all taken - "Space Dandy", despite not being for everyone's taste, is a good example), or animation (lots and lots of just 'still-frames'), or both. I've always learn that, in animation, the time it takes to do bad animation, is exactly the same time it takes to do good animation... If you have to draw 200 pictures, at least make them worth your while!
I'm not gonna mention names, but one show was about a detective agency in wich the detectives add paranormal powers, and it evolved into a goverment conspiracy. Another was, teens that were given powers based on historical characters and defend the planet against an alien invasion. Both add a somewhat "different" look to them in terms of character design (one was very lean and colorful somewhat "persona", and the other add special suits in a "megaman" flavour). Both were interesting: one had the different paranormal powers side and even a school (like "X-Men"), and the other had an historical interest, which could be used for kids to learn more about the role these characters played long ago. They both add, in my view, great potential... Unfortunatelly, they lacked ANIMATION. They lacked action. They lacked depth, They lacked excitment.
I've seen more and more of these over the years, and became more and more disapointed... recently only "Kill La Kill" escapes this norm. But even he/she falls a bit into the "massificatrion" by putting panties and nude girls/women all over the place. And let's face it, the enemy was a piece of thread... What happen to show like Conan? Like Ghost in the Shell? Like Cowboy Beebop? Even remakes like Saint Seya Omega just fail my (and I believe our) expectations over and over again...
I don't want to be a downer and say it's all bad. But seriously, after Dragonball Z, only one other show rose to the occasion, and that was Gurren Laggen (that I recommend to EVERYONE).
I hope the japanese industry comes together and create a really good show, cuz I... we are in need of it.