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Your Most Hated Anime Tropes! - - THE VICE PIT

The Vice Pit's usually about love but, this time, Sam and Tom let their hate flow out on Inner Monologs, J-RPG fantasies, Moe and Amnesiac Child Assassins. Can we be done with these tropes already?!

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    takashichea moderator on Aug. 23, 2012 at 7:01 p.m.

    You might hate Sword Art Online. I share most of the hated tropes with everyone for typical shonen shows.

    sotyfan16on Aug. 31, 2012 at 2:27 a.m.

    @PenguinDust said:

    I actually enjoy a lot of tropes. When there is a problem, it's not so much the trope which can be annoying but how it is presented. I like hot springs episodes and school festivals where the class is either a horror house or a maid cafe. Teenage or even pre-teen soldiers are part-and-parcel for the whole medium these days, but I get a kick out of the utter nonsense of it all. Why is it always some angsty high school boy who can pilot a futuristic death machine? Why are emotionally confused middle school girls always super powered demon hunters? It's laughable but I accept it because I know the storytellers are using the children to explore innocence and personal growth while setting them in a world normally inhabited solely by adults. I know some people find this troubling or even exploitive, but I see it as just a plot device. An adult wouldn't be believable reacting the same way as a teenager would, the way the story demands, so they make them kids and it's more acceptable. Perhaps because it's so far removed from reality the fantasy of it is easier to reconcile. For me, this includes the amnesiac child assassins as well as moody giant robot pilots who scream about how much they hate fighting while mowing down scores of enemy fodder.

    I pretty well agree with you. There aren't tropes that bother me but sometimes they don't work out as well in some series as in others. I can also say the same about series with two primary genres but don't mix them together well enough (ex. Aria the Scarlet Ammo) where the series as a whole suffers.

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