>The Fall of Anime?
December 18, 2010 3 Comments
>Now, this is a conversation I had a few days ago with a random person I had on a gaming chatroom:
<Anonymous>: All the new anime shows suck, anime isn’t good anymore.
<Me>: Well, what about the fantastic shows that came out this year?
<Anonymous>: Like WHAT? NAME EM.
<Me>: Durarara, Shiki, Angel Beats,
Random person doesn’t say anything for awhile…
<Anonymous>: Well what?
<Me>: Well, have you seen them?
<Anonymous>: And what? THEY SUCK.
And here is the point where I decide anything he says is void and null.
Now opinions are opinions and I can respect that, but to say all the new shows of anime is complete trash, compared to the old one, is ridiculous to me. In fact, I could say that anime is getting progressively better, even if it’s just by little steps. Of course, I cannot disregard the classics like Tenchi Muyo, and Akira. Those were part of the most influential animes during their time, no argument about that. But let’s face it here. Nowadays, the art style of most animes look sleeker, more directors are trying new art styles, new styles of telling a story. So much has changed since the 60s to the 90s and so on.
Voice acting has certainly approved, both english and japanese dub wise. Back in the day, it was so……how do I put this…. shitty. I mean, just look at Sailor Moon. I loved that show. Ven loved it. We all watched it with our sisters at some point. But looking at the dub now, it’s completely atrocious. The cat has some British accent which severely puts me off, and Sailor Moon has some bratty irksome voice.
Now if this dub doesn’t make you itch all over, I don’t know what will. Now let’s look at Samurai Champloo, which in my opinion, has an excellent dub. You really can’t go wrong with Steve Blum.
Now that is improvement. These voice actors and actresses certainly know the kind of character they are and should be in their role. Every word is spoken with their full on effort, to breathe life into the character on screen.
I simply don’t understand the people who will always choose the old animes over the new. There’s plenty of gems in the rough, and there will always be at least one fantastic anime every year. True, a lot of it can be crap. I won’t deny that. But I sincerely doubt it was any better in the 80s or 90s much less.