Sotyfan : Ok, there have obviously been a number of anime about the same topic (ex. samurai, Gundam/mech, harem, etc.) and some seem to be stale with their stories as they seem to be repeating just with different animation, voices, and characters. I think the question can be summed up as: Anime: still refreshing or getting stale?
It’s still refreshing to me . That’s for damn sure.
Look, I'll take the “scenic route” to answer this...
A number of users have commented that they’ve appreciated the focus of Anime Vice as being free of any "doom and gloom" about the anime biz dying. I don’t presume to be a journalist trying to report on the realities of the industry. I’m just a fan with a platform, so I suppose I’m more-or-less immune to what’s happening to the business.
Is anime getting stale? Are sales diminishing? Are Japanese studios getting too risk-averse in a hurting market and a tight economy? Maybe. Who knows? I don’t have any control of it, and I haven't seen much, if any, effect such questions have had on on my experience. What I do see is an overwhelming mountain of anime and manga for me to explore - - a mountain I probably will never even get through in my entire lifetime, even if (a ridiculous worst scenario) production totally ceased by next year.
Anime could very well be getting stale on the whole - - but, as Mom often says, I'm not going to borrow that trouble. All I know is that I’ve been enjoying the hell out of GURREN LAGANN and COWBOY BEBOP and so many others series; I've had barrels of funs going to anime conventions (watch out for me in New York this weekend!); and I've relished this opportunity AV's afforded me to learn from all of you.
And all of that has never ceased being refreshing.