I was simply interested in the type of Anime and Manga you guys watch.
It's an on going debate between me and my friend. I, personally prefer Shoujo, but thats because I get a bit feminine when it comes to fiction. Whether it be Manga or Georgian Literature.
Of course, I can see why people like Shounen, if you look at things objectively, Shoujo gets very repetitive. There's always the same set up, but in Shounen, there is so much diversity from Manga to Manga
[Including Anime of course]
I just wanted to know what you guys thought
"Life's not a paragraph, and death I think is no parenthesis" - E.E Cummings.
Trigun, Berserk, Death Note, Hellsing, Full Metal Alchemist (ok maybe that one is Shonen), Neon Genesis Evangelion, Claymore, Samurai Seven....
I like my anime serious- not overly tragic or violent, just not silly and cute and lovey-dovey. Most of those I listed have plenty of humor to break the tension; I'd say only Berserk and Claymore are unrelentingly grim.
Post by The Sonar Chicken on Jul 21, 2009 18:04:47 GMT
Not talking about anime, btw... since I rarely watch that.
This only applies to Japanese manga, Korean manhwa and Chinese manhua are another matter.
Remember: manga is all about demographics(shoujo, josei, shounen, seinen, etc.). There're a few odd fields that aren't about demographics but ehhh..
I don't really go for most mainstream shoujo(HYD and the other hugely popular stuff) but instead, many things which're often not published. I err prefer Josei, seinen and all sorts of other alternative stuff instead. Josei and seinen are manga targeted at older females and males.
There're quite a lot of good gems in shoujo: a lot of it was in the 1970s to 80s era and that’s "classical shoujo". Unfortunately, you'll find very very few "classical shoujo" titles being published in English, due to licensing, marketing and other issues. So, people took to translating that stuff, themselves. Hence, scanlations.
Most shoujo and shounen published these days are for children/teens(10 yrs to 18 yrs old) and are also tightly designed and marketed to cater towards the target consumers. Shounen is about big bucks so they try to attract the female readers too. For both these demographics, the "writing ability" is fairly restricted and if it isn't bad enough, there's a lot of "heavy moralising" too.
If you’d like some recommendations from me, go ahead and ask.
Isn't Death Note overly tragic though... at least that's what I thought...
Well, it sort of is, since it's so focused on death, and since our "hero" Light doesn't achieve his goal. But there's not a lot of emotion involved in it - I thought it was a very "cold" anime (I've read the respective manga for all my favs, I just find anime superior). I liked Death Note mainly for the cat-and-mouse mind games between Light and L, not the fact that so many people die in the series.
Compare that to Full Metal, which is more Shonen-oriented, but tugs at your heartstrings constantly - I mean, you really care about the characters' well-being, and by the end of the series, if you haven't shed some tears or at least gotten some strong goosebumps, you're pretty stone-hearted.
i picked No Preference. there are good shoujo out there & if there's a shoujo anime, it'll be Haibanmei Renmei. love it to bits.
like Sonar Chix, i prefer Josei & Seinen. i find the storylines & plots as well as characters in Josei unique & real. as for Seinen, well it's because of the heavy stuff, like politics or history. the most recent one i read is Shigurui. it's ongoing.
What should I pick if I prefer the dark/serious anime? Shounen or No Preference? Like, I enjoy summa da good younger-audience stuff, but mostly the grim/violent ones (not necessarily for the violence, but I like the dark fantasy of their stories).
"Make life a comedy by living it like one." - Me
Next moment, he was standing erect on the rock again, with that smile on his face and a drum beating within him... "To die will be an awfully big adventure." - Peter Pan