What’s good and bad about “deep anime?”

DISCUSSION – When I mean “deep anime”, I am referring to anime series that tend to use wordy, complex and metaphorical dialogue and processes that might seem to be a headache for a casual viewers to understand.

After watching the first episode of the anime series, SAGRADA RESET, I was left thinking to myself – “what makes a complex anime series great or bad?

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I want to put the Monogatari series as an example for this article. The charm of this anime series is not mainly because of the fighting, the softcore ecchi but the witty, and intelligent remarks the characters give whilst they communicate.

Over the course of time, people have always said that it takes away some sort of realism when a male high school student converse as if he was writing an essay about social norms but that’s just it – this is what makes the anime great. Coupled with great humor, some ecchi, and seriousness, the Monogatari series shaped up to be one of the most head-turning anime series every time they release a new season for it.

The good thing about anime series that tend to go in-depth is that we learn more and more about the world they are in and we can further understand the events unfolding around them.

But an anime series with characters that talk seriously and in-depth doesn’t work if they don’t include one important aspect – how do viewers relate to these characters?
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Sagrada Reset lacked in character depth to be able to appeal to the majority of its viewers for its first episode. The dialogue was interesting and deep coupled with the great usage of metaphors and short moral stories but in the end, it was for naught as these characters were not, in any way, relatable to anyone at all.

It felt like someone wrote an essay about astrophysics and it was read aloud by a toddler. It doesn’t feel, in any way, somewhat real in order for the viewers to relate with these characters. But then again, anime is a story-form based on mostly fiction so it’s not really expected to be real. However, we should at least be able to relate with these characters but the anime series fails to do this in its first episode.

So what’s the bottom-line here?

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An anime series can have deep, complex, wordy, and interesting dialogues and characters but in order for it to sell to most people, it should be at least relatable.

Series that pull this off are the Monogatari series, HyoukaOregairu and many more.

These anime series pride themselves in having witty and wordy dialogue, intricate scenarios and premises whilst maintain entertainment by keeping their characters in check.

However in the end, it all comes down to what a person is interested in. Is he/she a casual viewer? Or does he/she long for more deeper and intricate story lines in order to pique his/her interest?

I, for one, am the latter.

I love stories that go deeper and explore ideas that I’ve never thought of before. It makes me think and ponder about how things are possible or not.

What about you? Do you love stories that are more deep and intricate? Or do you prefer stories that cut to the chase with all the actions and the like?

Leave your opinion in the comments below!

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6 thoughts on “What’s good and bad about “deep anime?”

  1. I like both, depending on my mood. The Monogatari series and the Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei series count among my favourites. They’re deep, very relatable to humans. But I don’t mind “shallow” all-action series. I enjoy them while they last, but unlike deep series, I often don’t have lasting impressions on them. The truth of the matter is that if I’m entertained, it doesn’t matter if it’s shallow or deep. Besides, I’m a very moody viewer. There are times when I’m in the mood to watch series that will stimulate me mentally. On the other hand, there are times when I just want to be entertained and not think too much. Good post. Keep it up.

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  2. I had issues with Monogatari because the characters did come out with some really amazing observations or interesting points that didn’t seem to gel with the rest of their actions or personalities. I didn’t mind Sagrada Reset’s first episode (though I wasn’t totally sold on it either) because the characters have so far remained consistent. Even if they aren’t very realistic characters, if they remain consistent to their set-up that works for me. That said, it’s only been one episode and while there were some interesting questions and ideas thrown about it remains to be seen if the story will do anything with them.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. If you do write something about Monogatari, I’d be extremely interested (fanboy here).

      The great thing about Monogatari is that it uses Japanese pop culture references and literature that it is very confusing to foreigners such as ourselves.

      It all requires some real digging and research in order to nail some great analysis.

      Good luck! :3

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