An anime based on a visual novel with adult connotations revolves around, guess it, a highschool student, who needs to run for student president! How thrillingly amazing. But you got me, right? You have seen through my elaborate plan. Today is April’s Fools day, and I am suddenly blogging, about anime. It couldn’t be any less obvious! This anime, picked from Scamp’s Summer 2012 chart because of its most pleasant illustration image, is just a decoy.
My connection to anime has hit the sack, died of starvation and rotted to the bones in the last year. My path begun with Hayao Miyazaki, jogged into seasonal marathoning and “keeping up” with every possibly anime of the season and considering everyone who didn’t do that “uncool”, and now this path ends. On my way, I encountered truly good things. Ghost In The Shell being one of them, or the most sweet Kamisama Kazoku. But as the number of anime I’ve seen grew, the patterns became more and more obvious. It has become boring and dull, because your average new anime show is just an nth copy of an older anime.
Of course every work of art is based on and inspired by a previous work of art. There is no “true originality” per se. But by an odd coincidence, other mediums show a higher effort to shit ratio. That ratio is not high, don’t take me wrong. When I enter a book shop, I fight the urge to leave the book shop, because dozens of Stephanie Meyers, werewolves and dragons stare at me from the book shelves. I probably don’t even have to mention modern Hollywood. But nevertheless, I can think of a very large list of books worth reading and films worth watching. The list of anime in this case, is rather small. Yes, I certainly didn’t watch it all. I don’t claim I did. And you could argue that anime is younger, and did not have the time to accumulate the same ratio. I don’t know. I honestly don’t. But by my subjective perception, this medium is no longer part of my daily life.
Godspeed, anime community.
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