Almost Otaku: Is Shonen Worth Our Time Anymore?

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 18, 2010. Last post by djqj 3 years, 10 months ago.
Post by SamJaz (11,823 posts) See mini bio Level 19
@lizcat: Ah, Seinen. My favourite genre of them all.
Post by Morita_Shunsuke (1,029 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Im only otaku when it comes to Naruto Is the only one I watch and read at the moment
Post by DoctorWelch (25 posts) See mini bio Level 4
I would most definitely say, as a casual anime fan, that a lot of new anime is trying to hard to appeal to American culture and audiences. The thing that I love, and I would say a lot of people love about anime, is that it is so different from anything that is made her in America. There is something about anime that makes it unique and its the reason why I love it. Its something that I cant really describe or put my finger on. Yes, its the visual style, but its also they way the characters and stories develop, and I feel that the newer stuff is loosing some of that. I feel like I really enjoy older anime more than I do the newer stuff. I really like how the new stuff looks, but the old stuff is way more interesting. That's just what I think as a casual anime fan, take that how you will.
Post by Xiaolin101 (1 posts) See mini bio Level 6
Of course  is Shonen worth our time. 31 mangas of 20 from my manga shelf is shonen. Just so you know
Post by itchymaths (35 posts) See mini bio Level 10
@FoxxFireArt:  i kinda thought Gurren Lagann was pretty comedic.....??...heh
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,639 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@itchymaths: 
It's an action series with comedy in it. I was more speaking about series where the initial intent is comedy.
Post by agila61 (87 posts) See mini bio Level 4
@FoxxFireArt said:

" @agila61: 
What Anime News Network links to on their site is more often just links from Crunchyroll or other sites. I just checked out their video section. One of their Naruto episodes is a direct link from Crunchyroll. That's not distribution. It's linking. If Anime Vice started video links from Crunchyroll, HULU, or FUNimation. That wouldn't make Anime Vice a distributor.
 
Sites such as  Crunchyroll, HULU, or FUNimation often have exclusive contracts to be the main distribution points of animes and other assorted video.
I don't see why Anime Vice should be promoting another anime news and encyclopedia site. That's the job of this site. I don't think they would be promoting Anime Vice. "

Ah, so you checked ONE  title. 
 
If you had checked Spice and Wolf instead, you would have seen that they stream it directly from their site. Indeed, their catalog display states clearly which are "Courtesy Crunchyroll", which are "Courtesy XYZ (via Hulu)" and which are "Courtesy XYZ". 

Of course, most of Funimation.com streams are cross-streams from Hulu.com, so the "exclusive source" seems an awfully lot like it was just tacked on to justify an argument you launched into without checking the facts first.   
Post by agila61 (87 posts) See mini bio Level 4
@DoctorWelch said:
" I would most definitely say, as a casual anime fan, that a lot of new anime is trying too hard to appeal to American culture and audiences. ... but its also they way the characters and stories develop, and I feel that the newer stuff is loosing some of that."
A lot of that is driven more by the Japanese market ~ the more they have to rely on merchandise to finance new anime, the more interest in trying to get otaku to develop and attachment to a character. That means both less attention to storyline, and less character development that can risk people either not developing an attachment to a character right away, or else developing an attachment then being outraged at how the character develops.
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,639 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@agila61:  
I never said I checked one title. I mentioned one title. I didn't feel the need to have to list the various series I checked at random.

" If you had checked Spice and Wolf instead, you would have seen that they stream it directly from their site. Indeed, their catalog display states clearly which are "Courtesy Crunchyroll", which are "Courtesy XYZ (via Hulu)" and which are "Courtesy XYZ". "

Anime News Network is not the main distributor of Spice and Wolf. That is FUNimation. They are the official US distributor of the series. It's even on their video website right now. They are allowing Anime News Network to broadcast their series.
 
Having sites such as HULU host the videos is a way to make a cross promotional agreement so that FUNimation doesn't have to worry about hosting numerous videos on their own servers, and allows them to broaden the reach of the product.
 
I still say, I don't see why Anime Vice should be promoting another anime news and encyclopedia site. That's the job of this site. I don't think they would be promoting Anime Vice.
Post by itchymaths (35 posts) See mini bio Level 10
@FoxxFireArt:  hehe. yeah. i get your point. i thought it was mainly comedy with a bit of action in it. the story seemed like comedy, the characters, the plot, the dialogue, all seemed like comedy.....even the action seemed like comedy!! =-D
 
but,,,,i get your point. i need to see more comedy anime & manga.
Post by sergio (84 posts) See mini bio Level 18
I would say yes because without shonen we will be bored
Post by nate1222 (17 posts) See mini bio Level 4

While I'm more of a seinin fan, shonen will always have a place in my heart. InuYasha, Neon Genisis Evangeleon, Soul Eater and Death Note (many an adolescent dig DN) are NEVER going to lose favor in my Anime tastes. That goes for some shojo (Angel Sanctuary Manga) as well.
Post by Y2Ken (1 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@mysticboy said:
" Yes. Shonens got me into Anime in general. *points to DBZ poster* "
I think I probably sit somewhere on this line also.
Post by BloodRaven (34 posts) See mini bio Level 10
The shows are good Shonens has a lot to offer but at the same time there is more out there and you just have to find some thing you do like.As for shonens anime i love them all but a few i could not get in to.
Post by keoskey (7 posts) See mini bio Level 13
I read and watch Naruto, Bleach, One piece, Death Note, Ultimo i get the shonen jump mag every month and i read everything in the book.
Post by djqj (9 posts) See mini bio Level 11
I don't think the type of anime is that critical as long as it's good maybe something like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
I would like to see something current like Okamisan or occult academy. If you wanted to do a long shonen series you could do Fairy Tail being that it's only about 40 episodes so far.  
 
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