Anime Programming in the US
Making a Living in Manga in Japan with Felipe Smith
Lost in Translation
I think I have a short attention span! help! my best friend is really in to anime and he gives me a lot of shows to watch but if they are not exciting in the first one or two episodes I can't watch any more and some of these are just boring!! Shows I am talking about like Raxhepon, Noir, Ghost in the Shell etc. He tells me they are really good and get better later on but they don't seem good to me they are boring! What do I do?
Well, if you don't have the attention span for it, then you don't have the attention span for it. Not everyone is entertained in the same way; if you need it to engage you right off the bat, then some of those shows (although I'd argue the first few episodes of Ghost in the Shell are pretty action-packed so it's hard to see where you're coming from on that one) aren't going to be for you. It's nothing to be ashamed of. Your friend should probably recognize what your taste is and stick to things he thinks you might like based on what you've shown a preference for rather than just continually giving you shows that are notoriously slow in the beginning (Noir I think takes what, 10 episodes to get going?).
Recommending shows to people who are new anime fans or casual anime fans can be a tricky thing. It's unreasonable to expect someone who's relatively new to the hobby to sit through 3 hours' worth of content they find boring or uninteresting in order to get to whatever "good part" you're referring to. Veteran fans generally have a bit more patience and a bit more tolerance for how slow some anime series can be (although that patience burns out over time, and I count myself as a living example - if it's not good within the first 2 episodes, I'm out) but most new fans, especially younger fans, are likely going to want to be engaged right away. Nothing wrong with that, but it's probably not a good idea to hand them Legend of the Galactic Heroes as a starter.
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everyone hates u
And yet I keep getting out of bed in the morning.
Here's last week's question:
First, from Janet Liu:
From John Bryant:
Alot of people may not agree with me, but I feel that the anime most deserving of a sequel, is FLCL (Furi Kuri/Fooly Cooly). Most might argue that the story had a satisfactory ending, and that any sort of sequel might risk the integrity of the story that is currently in place. I however, feel that there is a gigantic unexplored universe out there within the story of FLCL. Far be it from me to write any sort of sequel, as it would only turn into terrible fanfiction, but I don't think it's a stretch to imagine a sequel in which a grown up (or teenage, etc) Naota goes into space to find Haruka. Maybe it's just me, but something about the lack of closure to one of (in my opinion) the greatest series ever, feels like a missed opportunity for something great.
If I had to pick a series that alot of people would probably agree on, it would have to be Yū Yū Hakusho. Without going into spoiler mode, YYH leaves itself open to a sequel in which the stability of the new "government" in demon world (ok, maybe I'm getting a little spoilery) becomes weakened, or downright topples, and only Yusuke (and friends) can possibly fix the situation (of course). Not that I wouldn't be happy for a sequel where Yusuke plays with his kids in the park and nothing happens....just saying (now I'm really going to the pits of fanfic hell)
I'm sure there are alot of animes that could stand to have sequels (I'm sure alot of fangirls and boys alike will send suggestions of Inuyasha and Ranma sequels your way) but unfortunately it doesn't seem like the market is there right now for such a thing. When the trend seems to be to put out as much Moe Moe garbage as possible, what chance is there of getting a sequel to an old shounen anime (YYH), or an old (by anime standards) OVA (FLCL)?
I've always been a reader, but not a participator, but this question is one I just had to answer because my sister and I were just talking about this very subject. 2 different series came up during our conversation. The first one is Gravitation, this was an excellent manga series and the anime series just doesn't do it justice. I think it deserves a sequel that would follow gravitation ex. The sequel would have more problems between Yuki and Shuichi's relationship, but it would also show more development of the characters. This is something I believe the series lacked and that is why it really needs a sequel done. The other series was Angel Sanctuary ... ok, maybe not really a sequel but at least a continuation o_O If you haven't read the mangas you will probably be lost for the first 30 or so minutes, then it just ends ... that aggravated me so much! This series would do so much better if it was continued, so many characters are introduced in the manga that if animated would result in a fan girl frenzy ^_^ (that comment came from my sister *right now she's squealing and she's just looking at the manga*) Basically the sequel should follow the mangas, I can't stand it when animes wonder off and create just off the wall things (Naruto fillers anyone?). If either Angel Sanctuary or Gravitation were to recieve a sequel that followed their mangas they would be so much better and I'd run right out and buy the dvds!