Anime, Drama, Musical, Slice-of-life

Some Anime Cliches (Musical Genre)

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After my post about the clichés that are repeated again and again in Romantic and Comedy anime series, today I decided to continue that trend and came back with another ‘Anime Clichés’ post. This time, I have chosen the genre ‘Idol’ or ‘Musical’. If you guys don’t know what that is, it’s generally a slice of life anime that centers around a musical background, which means it might be about playing in a school band, or playing in a middle school band, or in a high school band or….. Well, I think you get what I mean. That’s why, without any further delay, let’s get right into it!

  • The Goofy Protagonist: 

    Be it horror, slice of life, romance, action or even thriller series; we always come across at least one goofy character. I don’t know what’s with the creators and their ‘Carnal Attraction’ with these kinds of characters. Well, in the musical genre, they just have to make the main character goofy or hyper energetic. For some reasons, she just HAVE to be lazy about important stuff, HAVE to get a sudden desire to form a random club and just HAVE to be the one who EVERYONE magically listens to. I swear to God, I will never be able to figure them out.

  • The Strict Character:You guys know what’s a Equilibrium, right? If there is something negative, introduction of a positive substance equalizes the net value. What I want to say with this sudden science stuff is that 1, Science is the only thing that I have to think about after I entered High school, and 2, if we have a goofy main character, there has to be a strict character that will be there to scold the Protagonist as well as the other associated characters; only to get ignored by everyone XD
  • Fewer members and the hunt to find more:As I mentioned before, the main character just HAVE to get this sudden desire to create a new club about something they have zero idea about. Since it is of musical genre, of course the club has to be regarding music and stuff, but the thing that pisses me off real bad about this cliché is the fact that the protagonist just suddenly decides to create a club and start something new and SOMEHOW manages to find all the required members (Oh yeah, they are always shown to be in some kind of member crisis, until a sudden character shows up, saving their club) and learn everything about it and just happens to get the whole band ready by the Cultural Festival. Bruh……… It took me 3 weeks to learn how to play a basic song in guitar (Well I’m slow so nevermind that example ._.)
  • The Almost Failure First Performance:
    Well it was easy to get the idea to start a sudden music related club, gather members and practice hard for the day of their first performance. It’s not necessary that it would go that smoothly all through the season (Well, K-On! was smooth throughout the entire story, *SPOILERS* it still came across a tiny bit of crisis when Ritsu and Mio had a fight). In most of the idol based anime series, the first performance either starts with an empty hallroom or a nervous breakdown. When all of us are convinced that it’s gonna be a failed performance, suddenly things starts to change and well, it turns out to be an ‘Fair enough’ show. How did they manage to do it? Magic.
  • Cute Girls doing Cute Things:Musical anime = Cute girls. Like, that’s just completely obvious, no one watches these anime for the music, it’s all for the loli like characters who are wasting their time having a pillow fight or eating cake and practice for their performances only for a few days. I mean, come on, wouldn’t it be boring as hell seeing them just practice all day? To hell with logic, we want these cute girls to do certain cute things……. Like saying “N-Nyaa” while wearing cat ears in their clubroom.
  • The Sudden Dream:While the protagonist had this sudden urge to make a band, its hunger for more doesn’t stops there as he/she suddenly decides to perform at a certain ‘Oh-So-Big-And-Famous’ stage. What’s more, the member of that band agrees to set that as their target without much of an opposition, and then suddenly starts to get ready for it……. Well, after finishing their cake, that is. God, I must say, Musical/Idol genre is the only genre that exploits the ‘Protagonist power’ so much. The side characters could literally do nothing but accept his/her orders.
  • The great final performance:Guess what comes after months of practice, tea time breaks, soap drama and stage lives? Why, of course, their dream show! The live that they were all waiting for, the place where all of them wanted to perform at. Now, just like the sports cliché, they would try to enter this tournament before too but might get knocked away by their rival, however, by the second season, here they are, having the time of their lives. It’s beautiful and heartwarming, but at the same time, it’s very repetitive.

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And with that I’m summing up this topic. Wew, it really was fun to write it again, even though I have a feeling there still are some clichés I think I have missed. What do you think of this post? Is there anything that you would like to add? Let me know in the comments below.

Anime

Anime Plot: A second preference?

I hope that most of you are familiar with a small proverb, “All That Glitters is Not Gold”, it means that everything that looks attractive isn’t necessarily good too. While we might follow this rule in most part of our daily lifestyle, sometimes we tend to forget this moral when watching anime.

Agreed that anime has gained popularity mainly because of its overwhelming story, beautiful art style and liquid flow animation techniques; there are some brilliant series out there which get neglected only because of an art style that’s not as appealing as the other mainstream anime series. That’s why today I will be talking ranting about how important the art style, story, animation as well as the OP/EDs are for an anime.

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The face I make when I realise that I have chosen to watch an anime with good animation but awful story

In these past 3 years of my anime viewing, I have met different sorts of people who have different preferences when it comes to watching anime series. While story remains the main focus most of the time, there are some examples where the mass gets attracted to a series of extremely beautiful animation even if the story is pretty shitty; they sometimes like it. Well, I won’t comment of someone’s personal taste and preferences, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it does happens.

My latest review of ‘Kuzu no Honkai’ showed how I struggled to criticize the first two episodes only because I liked the art style (Even though the story was killing me). It’s not just this anime, there are many series out there with not that great of a story (Like Trinity seven, Saekano, Mayoiga), who got their fame thanks to the amazing amount of details and brilliance in the artistic side (Totally my opinion on the story liking part).

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Have a look at the amazing Art style of ‘Ping Pong: The Animation’

While on the other hand, there are low budget anime series (Like Tatami Galaxy, Welcome to the NHK, Uchouten Kazoku, Ping Pong: The animation), who have excellent story but were not able to gather as many audiences as the mainstream ones, reason? Well of course it’s because the art was so mediocre (Or different in some cases) that the audience decided to bail out even before they could complete the series. As a result, these anime don’t get to earn much and the producers drop the idea of continuing the series (This shit is the main cause of the end of most series in the very first season).

OP/EDs also play a main role in the popularity of an anime series. Personally, I get the feeling of watching a series if I find their OP/EDs to be enjoyable. Even though the story of that series is shit, I couldn’t stop myself from ending it; something keeps telling me that an anime with a song this good can never be bad (That thinking of mine has made me suffer a lot tho). Like for example, I wasn’t actually planning to watch ‘Tokyo Ghouls’ at first, but as soon as the hype of its OP ‘Unravel’ swallowed the whole community, I also decided to watch that series with that same ol’ philosophy of mine (TG didn’t appeal to me that much). Anime like ‘Kuzu no Honkai’, ‘KnB’ and ‘Toradora’ are some more examples of me following this trend; Toradora, thankfully, wasn’t a mistake, and I still find myself get all excited to watch that series whenever I listen to its first OP ‘Pre Parade’.

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A small advice: Choose. Watch. Think. Judge.

Anyways, in the end, I would like to advice you guys (As well as myself) that every anime, no matter how it looks or rated by most peoples in the community, if it fits into your preferred genre, must be viewed and judged by you before you put a label of ‘Not worth the time anime’ on that series. Remember, a diamond is always found in the coal shaft. You could neglect a series based on how it looks like at first, but that might deprive you from experiencing something that most mainstream anime doesn’t gives us.

Thanks a lot for reading this post. Yeah, I know I’m not being much active but things have been quite busy over here after I got admitted into this new school. Well, I still am doing my best to provide you with some of my rants,  bear with me for a little longer please XD