Most of the points i've read are valid, and in America it is being expolited to a ridiclious amount. But as one poster said, its just another form of medium. And to me just another wonderful form of animation and comic style. In the end, it willl always be about the story first then the visuals later.
To me, anime and manga in themselves aren't overrated. Even if there are some titles that are overrated, the medium in and of itself isn't, at least not to me. The titles that are overrated are really just the result of being marketed too much.
Is the medium overrated? No. If one were to apply all they know of anime from DBZ, Pokemon, and Beyblade, and say that the whole medium is overrated based on shows like that, then one could say that a lot of things are overrated. But, are there a few titles that are overrated? Yes.
So, here's my opinion, even if it sounded like the babblings of a complete and utter dumbass who has no clue what she's saying.
I say no and yes. Mostly no. Sometimes anime is overrated, like Yu-Gi-Mon, Pokémon, Beyblade and so forth.
I have to agree that anime looks very alike. It's not like cartoon. But seriously, would you like millions of different UGLY cartoons than millions of equally BEAUTIFUL animes? I don't. Cartoons are ugly. Disney used to have good art, but now they have...yuck! Look at their artstyle! Bleh.
Oh, and even though anime look the same, they still don't look the same entirely. Styles are always different. Does your anime style look the same as SmashSweetie's anime style? Nope, but their both anime, and they're not ugly.
First off, Anime and manga is NOT a genre... if anything it's a medium. Westerns or scifi are genres. You can have a scifi story, and it can be told in numerous ways, anime being only one of them.
Anime is overrated. There are too many people singing its praises, when it's nothing more than a style of cartooning. It's gotten to the point where you have lame rip-offs of anime, i.e. Totally Spies, Teen Titans, etc. And big TV exectutives think that the only reason shows are popular is the simple fact is that it is an anime. Would Inuyasha be as popular if everything was the same, except it was an American cartoon? How about if it were a live-action show? Most likely not. A good portion of viewership is simply because it's anime and it's "cool"
It's the same thing as that idiot Mike Eisner at Disney. Because Disney was doing horribly with movies like Treasure Planet and Brother Bear, and Pixar was doing very well with Finding Nemo and the Incredibles, Eisner said that kids just want 3-D animation. They just aren't interested in hand-drawn stuff anymore. This is completely and totally incorrect. The reason that Finding Nemo made more money than Treasure Planet was because IT WAS A BETTER STORY.
Story has all to do with something. Anime is just a medium to used to tell it. Anime has certain qualities, which would lend itself to tell some stories better than others. Some things are done in anime simply because anime is popular. These are usually bad, and anime-freaks eat it up. Anime is only at it's best when it is used effectively with stories that benefit from the things that anime can provide in storytelling.
I like some anime, Trigun, Gundam Wing, Detective Conan... that's about it... and it's simply because the stories are good.
I voted no because over all I don't think it is, but I DO think that some people take it too far and some serieses are overrated. For example, it really annoyed me when Pokemon was ridiculously over hyped and EVERYWHERE and it seemed like everyone was OBSESSED with it. There's some animes like that that are marketed waaaaaaay too much and get obnoxious, but then there's some really good animes that not too many people have even heard of.
Also, I've seen some very enthralling and beautiful animes. Escaflowne comes to mind immediately-- I loved that show for the adventure and action, the complex love story that I related to SO well, the interesting characters, the music, and the drawing itself--it looked and sounded beautiful and was so interesting. That show is what got me interested in anime; before Escaflowne I had mostly seen the kid's shows that are so over-hyped. It's my favorite anime series of all time--not to mention favorite tv show ever-- and most of my friends hadn't even heard of it until I mentioned it. When it comes to a show like that, anime certainly isn't overrated.
Basically, anime is like any kind of tv genre or movie-- some are better than others, and some are more hyped than others.
gotta say yes.. theres too uch of it now, and most is rubbish... what happened to traditianoal anime?? it's dead..
although if you are talking about things like Hayou Myiazaki.. then no, you can't get enough of his films.. but I don't think that his films are classed as anime.
I can't really force myself to look at Anime and Manga as a single group. There's bad Anime, and Good Anime, just as there's bad American Cartoons, and good American Cartoons.
I can't just say that all Anime and Manga is overrated
Saying that things are "overrated" is just lame, anyway. People could at least come up with a more clever word.
Another point in the difference between an otaku and zealot-
An otaku may exagerate anime, or a given anime, but thats only because they love it so. A zealot purist on the other hand feels that its a duty, a mission, and an obligation to defend anime in anything and everything regardless of their personal feelings, likes and dislikes.
Anime is not overated at all. The very nature by which it was created and the nuances and unparalleled beauty, forethought and imagination as well as realism that is put into it is beyond compare by any kind of animation the world has created.
From the beautiful artwork, to the beautiful music, to the story lines, plots, and characters, anime is a step up and a raising of the bar in and of itself. It stands out as the zenith of animation in our times. Not all anime is like this, albiet.
Some people voted yes.
What these people need to understand is that anime is a stand alone superior product. But it becomes a different story altogether when zealot fans go on and on about it or really hype it up. This hype is justified 100% because of what I've said above, but it can get annoying, redundant, and obnoxious for people who take it to a level of zealotry.
Its important to distinguish the difference between a superior product and fans merely praising what it in their own way and perhaps overdoing it. To each his own however, what some consider overdoing, some feel is rightfully due praise and adulation for this wonderful gift that inspires so many.
Anime is not overated, zealot fans are. The fandom is, not the genre itself. They make an exception genre flawless and all-important, when it is not. I think it is from these problems that others see anime as overated. Its not the genre itself, or even the anime, its the fans that sing it's praises or not and to what level and degree they do that to.
In the end, something is only as good as people allow it to be. The world-wide majority believes anime to not be overrated. The fraction that does believe it's overrated are usually irritated people who have heard enough.
Look at it this way-
Its like when someone praises someone for a job well done on a picture they drew. And this artist gets lots and lots of replies telling them how good they are and wow, and this and that.
Theres always going to be those people who are thinking "what the hell, it wasn't so great! They're making something out of nothing!"
Its obviously something if that many people had something positive to say about the picture. They gave the picture acclaim and therefore made it popular.
Anime is not quite like this, but the situation is reversed.
With anime, it was already popular and superior. But the following it would get from North America and the rest of the world just bolstered it more.
I think something truely becomes overated when you exagerate things. And I think this happens, again, depending on what level of commitment a person has to anime.
Theres three levels, I think:
Zealots and purists are basically people who treat anime like its divine, holy, a way of life and God's gift to the world, and they go on self-appointed missions to become as much a fan as humanly possible by buying pocky, buying things in japanese only (even though they don't understand it and are american), hanging with japanese people thinking thats going to give them insight, taking japanese glasses only because they watch anime, suddenly getting into j-pop as a fad when they wouldn't have given a damn before and get into heated debates over issues like dubbing, american voice acting, and interpretation.
Zealots/purists see anime as perfect and absolute and dispise the thought of anything about it ever being changed, even if its the will of Japan itself.
This group is the most annoying and which I would agree whole-heartedly is the one that poses the greatest ammounts of zealousness and tend to overate everything japanese, not just anime. Some become extreme cases and sometimes become delusional.
Translates roughly as "anime fan". Otaku is the medium level which has neither the indifference of a general spectator, or the level of fanaticism of a purist. An otaku appriciates and loves anime for what it is, what it offers, and what it means to them. They are fans of particular series and characters, admire these characters, and some even aspire to be professionals both in the art and acting fields. While this is akin to the purist, it is mentally interpreted on a different level of value and necessity, though often times is the same.
An otaku is someone who might exagerate or overate particular series that they like, whereas a zealot purist may overate everything.
Most people fall into this category.
Indifferent people are neither otakus or purists. This can be for several reasons- perhaps non-exposure to anime, an ignorance toward anime, an assumption of what anime is or an assumption of it's best quality based on tv-regulated shows like that on Adult Swim, or something keeping them from watching anime or reading manga (such as expense, selection, location, etc).
Indifferents are usually people who want to see some good in anime, but often fail to see where others are coming from. They often disagree with an otaku and almost always end up arguing with a zealot and vice-versa.
Indifferents may see shows like Pokemon, Digimon and other child shows and think that THAT is the anime otakus and zealots especially are refereing to. It must certainly is not as that is low-grade anime. An indifferent will not/may not know this however because of the reasons I've stated above.
Overall, indifferents are neither here nor there, as that is what it is to be indifferent. They are both looking forward to chastize or criticize anime, but usually are willing to be proven wrong or be made an otaku of if theres enough reason to steer them that way.
I like good series. That's about it. I don't like something BECAUSE it's anime (I can think of many that I don't), I don't think that Japanese animation is innately superior to American (Pokemon? POKEMON, anyone? ANYONE? Compared to, say, Looney Tunes?), I don't think that people should like something just because it's anime.
Also, I really don't like Inuyasha. So many people seem to, and it's OKAY, but it's not as good as the ratings might suggest. Primarily because of this fact:
Setting: Feudal Japan.
Reccuring/Main Samurai Characters: Zero.
Number of fanfics/fan characters that are based SO VERY MUCH on Inuyasha or Sesshomaru that you can tell that the "imagination" involved was mostly changing the name: SO VERY MANY.
So y'see, just because it's ANIME doesn't mean it's good OR bad. It's a medium, more than a genre. That's like asking "Is TV good?"
Being an anime and manga lover myself... people are pushing the limits. People are getting abnoxious about it. Fans are terrible anymore. No one understands what good and bad anime are anymore... what good manga are anymore. They just like whatever is slapped at them. I've heard several.. SEVERAL people say that they will like an anime weather it's good or not.
Personally. I'm sick of them. Fandom is one thing when they realise the anime's faults and good points... but when it gets to the point that they refuse to see the faults and cling on to one good point... it's sickening. Like thousands of people saying how great of a series Inuyasha is and when they're told all these things about it that suck.... and then you tell them to give good points and THEY CAN'T GIVE ANY. 90% of fans are that way... and it's pathetic.
Woo hoo. That's why people that actually HAVE brains and like the rare few good ones get flammed because of the retards.