Quite interesting. Thanks for posting. I have to agree with a lot of what the article said. I've only seen one entire episode of DBZ and nothing was accomplished in the whole episode.
It started off with hero flying at the bad guy, then cutting to the supporting cast wondering/worrying about the hero. Then cutting back and forth between the two groups with the hero & bad guy never getting to each other by the end of the episode. Left a lot to be desired.
But there are other anime/mangas with the same problems, not all shonen, there are some shoujo titles. Sailor Moon is the one that comes to mind first. Both Sailor Moon and DBZ have defined anime/manga for a lot of people, which is why it's so hard to break away from those steroetypes in the Western World. Anime & mange isn't just for kids and doesn't have to be those stereotypes, but those are the most accepted forms.
I'm looking forward to the second part of the article.
Post by The Sonar Chicken on May 28, 2008 7:16:05 GMT
Meh... the problem of "fillers" in anime started 'cos this guy called Tezuka Osamu(sp?) used that as a method to keep anime production costs low and profitable. After that, everyone started copying him and that's where you get the state of anime right now: lots of series with plenty of bland jokes, bad fillers and completely inane side storylines that don't do much justice for the story, etc. As a result, I rarely watch series but instead, prefer movies.
Edit: I admire that guy's skill in creating in-depth manga masterpieces but he sure caused a lot of problems for the anime industry.