Rank the following three essential elements in terms of importance in anime to you
Although all 3 are important, shitty characters will ruin an otherwise outstanding show
If all 3 are just average I would prioritize quality in plot the most as it is what drives the story, and characters the least because in anime even the good characters are always shitty
>animation anything but dead last
Animation being the most important. If it's not japanese moeshit, then I'm not watching it. Go watch Avatar or read a book if you put this last. Characters a second because shitty characters will ruin a good plot/animation.
I think completely irrelevant is wrong but I think anime should be focused on making you actually care about what you're watching first, mainly making you want to actually watch its characters. Which is why I'd put it last.
>If it's not japanese moeshit, then I'm not watching it.
I'm not saying stuff like k-on is good, i'm saying stuff like ping pong just doesn't have the art-style for me to be worth watching. It's like choosing between watching evangelion or aku no hana. Can't get attached to an abomination.
It's funny that you guys must say that because OPM had only animation and turned out to be bad.
A nice plot can be somewhat entertaining but bad/insufferable characters might ruin it (see the autistic Eva cast)
Good characters will always bring more interest no matter the rest, and it's perhaps the reason people like SHAFT that much.
Characters > Plot > Animation
You should have included "visuals", as in "drawings".
evangelion has a muddled plot and the animation definitely hits some hitches. yet despite this, the character writing carries it past those flaws and it remains relevant 20 years later.
>>A nice plot can be somewhat entertaining but bad/insufferable characters might ruin it (see the autistic Eva cast)
Nigga, Eva is incredibly well remembered for its characters.
>A story can have bland characters and be spectacular.
Literally name three
>Sakuga > All
Considering the large majority of anime doesn't have sakuga I'd say this is an incredible misnomer
It depends on the genre. If I'm just watching fight-porn like One Punch Man, it's...
...because duh. If I'm watching fight-porn, I want me some fight-porn that looks great and has interesting characters.
If I'm watching a more dramatic show, it's going to be
...which depends on whether the focus of the plot is on the core characters themselves (i.e. Cowboy Bebop) or is focused more on world-building with the characters involved (i.e. Kara no Kyoukai).
Then of course, if I'm watching a comedy, it's
...because the characters drive the comedy (so they have to memorable) and the animation drives the jokes (so it has to be spot-on for the visual gags), leaving the plot by the wayside.
Your post is stupid, OP.
Not who you're quoting, but... People identify with them. They're not lovable, really.
Shinji is so fucking useless and whiny it's painful, with the bulk of his usefulness only coming through during equal or greater amounts of angst.
Asuka is a raging bitch, even if it's for what turn out to be very good reasons.
Misato is a alcoholic on a revenge kick willing to sacrifice children for said revenge.
Ritsuko is psychotic in her devotion to Project Eva.
Gendo... 'nuff said.
They're interesting characters in the same way Flay was interesting in Gundam SEED, but "lovable" they fucking are not.
You can't really approach anime as a whole with one mindset in regards to the importance of these three because if you're watching something like a slice of life show obviously characters are going to take precedence over plot, action shows will put a heavy emphasis on animation, experimental or artsy stuff will have little to no character or plot whatsoever etc.
My niggas. I'd read a book if animation wasn't the most important. It's a visual medium. Saying characters/plot is like saying the lyrics are the most important part of a song, or the script is the most important part of a movie.
Many people are as emotionally crippled as the sad excuses for humanity which populate the cast of Evangelion.
Arguably the most lovable cast-member is Misato, and let's not forget she was straight-up willing to let the kids die in her pursuit of revenge against the Angels.
She learned a lesson from the experience, yes, and also during the Shinji = Soup experience, but she's still so fucking emotionally broken that she feels full-mouth kissing her adoptive son and promising more afterwards is appropriate right before she dies.
Shit gets darker for every character from there.
They are interesting characters. They are engaging characters. They are not "lovable".
Not necessarily, but entertaining/interesting characters are required to make people care about a plot.
If the characters are as flat and dry as a mummy's tits, no one is going to care.
True. OP, next time you shitpost don't forget OST. Clannad fucking killed it and that's why I love it.
>My neighbour totoro
>Conan, boy from the future
I don't think I'd call any of the characters in that bland especially galactic railroad or Dennou Coil
That's not necessarily true. The character could be expressive and really memorable but the plot could suck ass.
You know what's a good example of this? Cross Ange. All the characters in that show have some sort of weird shit to them but it sucks so bad on every other level
You know what's funny I was actually thinking about putting Music in the OP but I figured it was something that people don't usually argue over. It's either an OST is "great" or "yeah it was there I guess"
Which is exactly why sakuga is god tier. I appreciate a good plot and well rounded character, but I can get those from reading a novel. The soul purpose of an anime is to animate said story. And because the sole purpose of an anime is to animate, the animation is the most important aspect, and sakuga is the epitome of said animation.
tbqh as long as you have a colorful fast of characters that keeps the audience entertained then you've got an A+ anime. Doesn't matter if the animation is shit, as long as the characters are amazing then you're good. Plot is a hit or miss for me.