And the winner is: Gravity
Of course it’s fine. I have no issues with different genres.
However what tipped the scales in my books is that it’s no longer “some” anime, it’s almost every single anime that airs each season. The anime industry, as Miyazaki mentioned in his interview, the industry has made its target audience otakus, and no I’m not referring to any ‘ironic’ uses of that word. The character designs, plots, and animated adaptations themselves are all structured around male targeted fanservice - the loligirls, the moe characters - I could go on. The /only/ difference with Free is that it’s targeted at females, however those things that are in my opinion detrimental to anime still remain - the tool-ish characters, poor animation, boring plot devices, and typical anime interactions that are extremely unrealistic.
I’ve said before, but nothing is original and ‘never-been-done-before’ - every single work of fiction that is in our industry (worldwide) from books, to movies, is based on something. Everything. What separates cliche bullshit from interesting intriguing enjoyable content (for good fun or more serious plot) is the ability to put a new take on familiar concepts, to make them fresh and new.
Would you consider Tolkien’s work ‘original’? Probably. In fact, generally yes, it is consider original, and I would agree with this. Almost every fantasy novel or movie is subsequently based on its ideas. Ultimately though, those ideas that Tolkein created are not original - they are borrowed, adapted, weaved from Indo-European (predominately Germanic/Norse) mythology. He set out to create a mythology for the modern world because so much of the old stories had been lost. It’s still considered original though, because it’s a new take on those myths, ideologies, and themes. It’s a new creation.
I crave diversity within the industry, I don’t want to be given the same tropes, characters, plots, and ideas. Just because something is produced for a laugh, for FUN, doesn’t mean it has to follow the mainstream trends.
Rivaille VS Rin