Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Anime Grumps

Writing about Miyazaki made me think about anime grumps. It frustrates me when I try to bring up Miyazaki with other people only to have it cast under the wide umbrella of "anime" and immediately disregarded, because Miyazaki movies aren't like that other stuff.

Wait... that other stuff? Am I an anime grump?

Truthfully, my hit rate with anime has been low. I try to go in with an open mind and often enjoy a setting or premise, but get turned off by plot holes and character moments that were never earned.

But I may just be an entertainment grump. I have the same complaints about the vast majority of western entertainment, and it takes a trusted opinion to have confidence in recommendations from any medium. It rubs me the wrong way when someone insists that all anime is bad despite my low hit rate, not just because there are gems, but because I doubt the hit rate of their entertainment is much different.

3 comments:

  1. I love Miyazaki's stuff, but it doesn't appeal to my wife. It's all too weird for her. I think there's a certain "open" mindset that is necessary to appreciate eastern sensibilities. Although I just finished the Avatar series and I think she'd be able to enjoy that more. Which is probably because it's way more western than traditional anime.

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  2. I don't watch a lot of standard 'anime' either, but one series I actually liked a lot was "Azumanga Daioh". It has a kind of quiet, absurdist humor based on the everyday interactions of 5 high school friends and their teachers. Although it's filled with the tropes you'd find in a lot of Japanese media (school girls, a creepy pervert, cuteness, etc), it manages to avoid being trite, and packs a lot of charm. It's amusing, goofy and still somewhat innocent. The episodes are brief, and I'd recommend the subtitled version over the dub.

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  3. @Sam the same thought crosses my mind, even when watching Avatar. I was geeking out over the librarian (owl) and his long, creepy neck but it didn't seem nearly as interesting to Jen. But she loves Apa, however the hell you spell that.
    @Gonz I'll have to look into it. I don't suppose it's on Netflix streaming?

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