Good Video, interesting conversation
I find that all entertainment have some kind of value to them, it just depends on the person. I use too not like slice of life, but they grow on me. The type of slice of life I like are ones that show a different life style (like Princess Jellyfish) or ones that I can relate too (like A Silent Voice). I like slice of life that give me a different point and view on life.
In a way, it is a cultural different since most Asian ideals are of improving oneself and Slice of life reflects and encourage that. Saying that Slice of life "should be made live action and not anime" is missing the point the style choice. Sure you get the same message but certain actions and goofy humor in slice of life shows look odd in a live action setting and it loses a imaginative look where anime can go weird with facial emotions, movements, and be abstract. If you want to know how to make a bad slice of life, Glasslips is it. It does everything wrong with pretending to have meaningful events, characters acting out of character, and losing focus. I think it is pretending to have something is what makes a bad slice of life series.
What is the American equivalent of slice of life anime? Is it soap box opera (forgot the right term)? How many folks who watch anime also watch these types of shows? I ask this because I hardly seen these type of shows in America. In Japan, slice of life won't die out because of its strong cultural roots. For folks who didn't get into them, they are not used to slice of life.
I used to dislike slice of life because it was boring to me. When I got into anime, it was from the shonen genre side. I started to like slice of life shows but more of the romance and comedy types. Sket Dance, Angel Beats, Pet Girl of Sakurasou, and Nagi no Asukara were the ones did it for me.
It all comes down to how you define the world 'value'; to an extent i agree. There is no real value to slice of life anime because it consists of the sort of content that could be easily manifested in a live action format; basically, as takashichea said, Slice of Life anime are the equivalent of American soaps, and i personally do not get the rationale of animating material that you could just as easily shoot in live action format.
Yes, there are slice of life anime which require that extra touch of anime oddness to work; but that doesn't apply to the majority of them. For an anime fan however, i can see how they inject diversity into the industry. There are stories that i could never watch in Live action format but which i am suddenly able to enjoy when i see them through an anime lens.
What is the American equivalent of slice of life anime? Is it soap box opera (forgot the right term)?
basically, as takashichea said, Slice of Life anime are the equivalent of American soaps, and i personally do not get the rationale of animating material that you could just as easily shoot in live action format.
Where are you all getting this stuff from? Soap Operas? Have you never heard of "drama" before. Slice-of-life is not equivalent to soap operas. The equivalent for that would be really bad bad Josei or Shoujo. It's equivalent to dramas.
I've always thought the live action argument was dumb. Anime is a valid medium for telling any story. You don't have to have crazy insane "too expensive to be CGI in live-action" in order for an anime to be valid. No other medium gets this stupid rule applied to it. You guys aren't out there saying they should cancel Walking Dead and every superhero comic because they can all be done in live action. What is it about anime that makes you say that anything that isn't super fantastical shouldn't be done it? We don't do this for comics, we don't do this for books, we don't do this for TV, or movies, but for some reason when it comes to anime we say it should only be allowed to tackle certain stories.
Especially you Taka, who list Sket Dance as if that's some insane super hero mech transformation series that couldn't be done in live action. It's just kids in a high school and would need like no CGI to be pulled off. Sounds like a strong candidate for your it shouldn't be allowed to exist category of anime.