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Top 7 Overused Anime Cliches

For this entry, I'm gonna go over some of the most common cliches that I've noticed in the world of anime. Now before I go over my list, I want to start by saying that both American animation and Japanese animation have influenced me tremendously since my childhood. And as we all know, both styles have their fair share of strengths and weaknesses as well as their fair share of clichés. But truth be told; everything has its clichés. TV shows, movies, video games, comics, and even graphic novels have their own clichés. And anime, like all forms, tends to repeat itself. But because I'm a big anime fan, the purpose of this entry is not to bash anime for its flaws. But rather, I'm just going to point out some of the things that I feel are a bit overused, which I think Japan needs to go easy on. Without further delay, let's get down to business.

7. Calling Out Attacks:
This is a custom that was used throughout anime's long history. And it is quite common in such anime cartoons that revolve around superheroes and giant robots, which are two of my favorite categories. The "Calling Out Attacks" thing is actually one of my favorite cliches because I've grown accustomed to it since the 80s when I was watching anime as a kid. Examples of shows that feature this cliché include shows like the Mazinger series, Voltron, Dragon Ball, Digimon, Slayers, Sailor Moon, Ronin Warriors, and the numerous anime adaptations of the Street Fighter franchise. Now, there's nothing wrong with calling out attacks, but they do tend to overuse it from time to time. Thankfully, Street Fighter and Ronin Warriors don't tend to spam this cliché as much as others do. One example of an anime cartoon that totally overuses this cliché is "Transformers: RID", which admittedly is a show that I seriously hate. I mean there's plenty of things wrong with that show as it is. But the fact that the characters call out attacks every two seconds really gets on my nerves, and it just made me want to mute the volume on my TV set.

6. Long Transformation Sequences:
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, anime has had its fair share of TV shows that featured long transformation sequences. This cliché doesn't really bother me much because it was one of my favorite clichés from back in the day. However there is such a thing as overdoing it. This is the sequence in which a character undergoes either a physical transformation, or an outfit change, or when multiple mecha or vehicles transform and combine to form a giant robot. All done in a dramatic sort of fashion while accompanied by flashy backgrounds and colorful lights. These scenes can be lengthy, lasting for at least 10 to 15 seconds. A few examples of shows that have this include "Voltron", "Sailor Moon", "Ronin Warriors", and "Wild Knights Gulkeeva". There's nothing wrong with transformation sequences, but I don't think its a good idea to spam them too much. Because after seeing them about 10 or 20 times, they become imprinted into our minds. And after that, it becomes predictable. Because we pretty much know what the characters are going to turn into before they engage in battle with the villains. All I'm saying is that these need to be less frequent than usual. Now, there are certain anime cartoons I know of in which transformations were quick, plain, and simple. A good example of such a show that got it right is Dragon Ball Z.

5. Emo/Jackass Characters:
This trait appears to be quite common in anime. Especially in a lot of anime cartoons out there today. So this definitely counts as a cliché. Though, to be fair, America has had its fair share of emo/jackass characters as well in a lot of different TV shows and theatrical films. And I can name a few characters so to speak. In many anime cartoons I know of, there are plenty of characters who are totally selfish, arrogant, hot-tempered, antagonistic, and antisocial. Characters who are total dicks tend treat others around them like crap. Either physically, verbally, or both. Examples of these kinds of characters include Tiger of the Wind from Monster Rancher, Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mick Simon from the Area 88 TV series, Ultra-Magnus from Transformers: RID, Tedium from Wild Knights Gulkeeva, Yamagata from Akira, Joe Yabuki from Ashita no Joe, Junpei from Those Who Hunt Elves, Kicker from Transformers: Energon, and Inuyasha from the series of the same name. But by far, Inuyasha has got to be the biggest jackass I've known in the history of anime. Though to be fair, Joe Yabuki does lighten up to some characters. Like his mentor Danpey Tange. There are also characters who are so cold, self-centered, and antisocial, that they prefer to be alone than to be with others. These kinds of characters also tend to think too much about themselves and not enough about others. Examples include Shin Kazama from the Area 88 TV series, Hiro Yui from Gundam Wing, Hiead Gner from Pilot Candidate, and Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop. Don't get me wrong; Spike is actually one of my favorite anime characters for his tough guy badassery, but he can be a whiny bitch sometimes. But to be fair, Spike did save Faye's life a few times. And he did express a bit of sadness and despair upon the death of his girlfriend Julia in the final episode of his respective series. So he's not a total dickhead. Though just for the record of it, Faye Valentine is my least favorite character from Cowboy Bebop because she is such a bitch. Now, there are some anime characters I know of who are not complete jerks, and who actually have likable, tolerable, and relatable personalities. Examples include Rick Hunter from the Macross saga of Robotech, Dana Sterling from the Robotech Masters saga, Koji Kabuto from Mazinger Z, Jiro from Android Kikaider, and Ryo Sanada from Ronin Warriors to name a few.

4. Repetitive Concepts:
Where do I begin with this one? Well, as I've mentioned elsewhere, the Japanese are entitled to their own fetishes, and so are we Americans. But there are concepts that I do find a bit tedious and repetitive. One such subject I'd like to go over is what is referred to as the "Pokemon Craze". Pokemon originally started off as a series of role playing video games back in 1996. It was created by "Nintendo", the famous Japanese video game company who in the past gave is the NES, SNES, and N64 consoles. Since 1997, Pokemon had spawned its own TV series which has been running on television for years now. And not only that, but the franchise has even spawned numerous theatrical films which surprisingly were even released in theaters here in America. Whereas most anime films sadly never get this kind of treatment. For what reason, is totally beyond me. But anyway, Pokemon is one of those franchises which the industry seems to have become obsessed with over the past 15 years. Now, for those of you who are Pokemon fans out there, I strongly apologize if I sound like I'm dissing it. Don't get me wrong; I don't hate the franchise. But good lord! It just goes on and on and on! And they reuse the same plots and themes over and over again even in the newer seasons. And frankly, I feel that it overstayed its welcome, and its gotten old. As a result of the franchise's ongoing and seemingly never-ending popularity, numerous other franchises followed in its wake, and even borrowed some influences from it. One of the most notable of these influences being the concept of super-powered creatures or beings that are owned by young children, who keep them in cards or some kind of electronic device (an example is the Pokeball). But there are a few of these spin-off series which I have respect for like Digimon, Monster Rancher, and Yu-Gi-Oh. But I can care less about the rest though.

3. Perverted Characters:
This one is another cliché that anime shares with the majority of American cartoons such as Beavis and Butthead, Johnny Bravo, South Park, and Family Guy. But anyway, in certain anime shows I know of, there are characters who are just plain crazy over beautiful women, and they tend to act on their hormones quite a bit. They seem incapable of controlling their sexual lust for women, and they tend to flirt with or grope them instinctively, which usually ends in them getting physically and verbally abused. Good examples of this include Ryo Saeba from City Hunter, Lupin from Lupin III, Miroku from Inuyasha, and Master Roshi from the Dragon Ball franchise.

2. Abusive Love Interests:
This is another common characteristic in anime which can also be described as "Tough Love" where the relationship between a male character and a female character seems to be woefully unstable. I'm not sure how common this one is. But it seems to be abundant in a certain number of shows I've seen. The female character is either a tomboy, cutesy, or a total bitch who very rarely shows the main character any concern, affection, or any sign that she cares about him. She regularly curses him out, calls him names, and just generally criticizes him harshly half the time. And when another female character shows up, the love interest smacks him across the face or hits him on the head with a giant hammer; or whatever sort of object she suddenly manages to find. Just for once, I'd like to see a male character give the love interest a taste of her own medicine, and tell her that he's done putting up with her bullshit. There's no other example I can think of other than Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion, who no doubt is a total bitch. And for once, I wish that Spike would have given Faye a real hard smack in the face.

1. It's All About Japan:
Before I go over this one, its worth mentioning that Americans almost always make works of fiction that take place in the United States. Very rarely will we make something that takes place in a different country. But we have done this at least a few times before in the past. And the same applies to anime as well. In most anime cartoons, the setting takes place strictly in Japan, and almost all the characters are Japanese. There are a few rare exceptions however in which the stories in anime took place elsewhere, and the characters were a large variety of different nationalities and ethnic groups. Not that I'm trying to sound racist or anything. But my point is there are other cultures that are worth exploring besides the American and Japanese cultures. If you look at a lot of the films Disney has produced over the years, they have made movies that take place in North America, South America, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and they once even did a story that took place in China. A good example is the 1998 film Mulan. Now, in anime's case, its almost always about Japan. But in fact, Japan seems to have this on and off fascination for American and European cultures, and they have made at least a few cartoons that revolved around those. This cliche doesn't bother me too much, but I think there needs to be more balance and variety in the kinds of stuff that America and Japan puts out. Examples of anime cartoons that didn't strictly revolve around the Japanese culture include "Area 88", "Sherlock Hound", "Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics", "Slayers", "Robotech", and "Vampire Hunter D".

So there you have it. Those are my top 7 overused anime cliches. Again, I'm not trying to bash anime or criticize it in a negative way because anime has played a huge role in influencing my imagination since my childhood. But I couldn't help but notice some of the cliches in it. And it seems the more anime cartoons I see, the similar cliches are becoming more and more obvious. There are probably things that are completely wrong in this list as it is my own impressions on the state of anime and manga stories in general. If there's anything you agree with or disagree with, please let me know and feel free to leave comments below. I hope you enjoyed this review, and best wishes to all.
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Darkdarkar Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
I think you might want to add too #1 is that if something like a doomsday or global happens some anime treat it lime it's the last place on earth putting up a fight or that has life without showing other countries. This gets really annoying and makes very little sense in my eyes. 
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TheNightSky1998 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Don't forget product parodies, and I do find the Masochistic Relationships awful.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014   General Artist
Really?
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TheNightSky1998 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes, I find it sexist, and inappropriate in all ways
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TheNightSky1998 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 12, 2014  Student General Artist
And certain popular lines from famous people that are overused are annoying, some of the most annoying long transformations that I've seen are third to final form Frieza, and SSJ3 Goku.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
I see. That's interesting.

That is true; the final forms of Frieza and Super Saiyan Goku did take longer than necessary to complete.
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TheNightSky1998 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Also fillers and false time senses are annoying like "5 minutes left on Namek" = almost 2 hours.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
Makes sense.
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Filmographer
I agree with you on this, at least you aren't biased like a certain other dude

and yeah shouting out your attacks is cool (like in Johnny Sokko and Mazinger) but yeah it's somewhat overused
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   General Artist
Yeah, usually when I review stuff or make comments about them, I try my best not to be biased or to contradict myself. But rather I try to give out sensible reasons and point out things which may be overlooked by some.
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Filmographer
that's what I try to do as well
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joremias Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Number 1: I agree with you... There are some few exception to the rule. One of them is Black Lagoon, because the main scenario is in the Middle East and other countries (nevertheless, one season was about Japan, though). Another one is Ultimate Hellsing, because one of the mass slaughters in this series was in Brasil.

Still, japan/Europe/USA scenarios are overusued, even for alternative universes...
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joremias Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I am up set but not angry with the first one, though. I just like series with different scenarios...
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013   General Artist
Well said. Come to think of it, I do know of some other anime cartoons/series that didn't strictly revolve around Japan. Besides the ones I listed, there was, as you said, the Hellsing animated series. And there was Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Golgo 13, and the anime adaptations of the Street Fighter series.
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
Yeah.

Also in the original Giant Robo manga there's a fictional nation called T Nation which is where almost all of the first chapter takes place in.

That and the Toku of Giant Robo and the first Mazinger Z series took place in parts around the worlds (most of the time)
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014   General Artist
Yeah, I noticed that two.
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
IKR?
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014   General Artist
Yep.
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
Yeah
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist
The Pokemon thing is simply: it was syndicated but bought by WB, as well as Yu-Gi-Oh!, and since they're were booming back then, they got a theatrical release to milk the franchise. Most anime films are aimed at fans themselves, so a normal theatrical release is now rarer noadays, unless in select films...
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   General Artist
Really? That's funny seeing as the very first Pokemon film was shown in theaters for mainstream viewing. It wasn't hard to find when it first came back in 1999. But then again, that was the only Pokemon movie I saw. I didn't see all the other films in theaters. Maybe they "were" harder to find than the first.
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Ginga1122 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
As much as I love Anime with all my heart, You made very good points, MD.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   General Artist
I wasn't trying to bash anime in the negative way. I was merely pointing out some of the obvious cliches that I noticed in it. Now there's probably quite a lot of other cliches that I've missed. But still, anime has influenced my imagination since the 80s when I was a kid. And it still continues to influence me to this day.
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oldblueford Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never been a huge anime fan, for one, the overused cliches, but my big turn off is those Goddamned eyes. Those fucking huge eyes that barley blink except for when it's convenient. And somehow I can still feel them staring into my soul even after I turn off the TV set. I apologize in advance for what's going to sound racist, but I work with a number of Asians on a daily basis, and none of them have eyes that even remotely come close, and are in fact the opposite.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   General Artist
You have a point there. In real life, Asian people don't have such large eyes. However, that's just the way they draw their cartoons. And I know its a style thing, but it kind of makes me wonder...
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oldblueford Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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oldblueford Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, it still bugs me, though. It's one of those things that just throws you off. However, the Doctor Who Anime was alright.
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oldblueford Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry, I meant it looked alright, this is just an extended trailer, really. I would love to see the whole thing though
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willylliw Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
7. I always found that cliche a bit dumb. What better way to tell your opponent what moves you're going to do by shouting it out? Not very smart.
6. I never really noticed this one until you mentioned it. :O Interesting.
5. No kidding on this one. Most of the time, the jerky one isn't the villian, but they sure act like the villian. That bugs me too sometimes.
4. Pokemon isn't bad, but at the same time it is overrated. I did not understand the games, the movie are boring and very preachy, and the Tv series is the same in every episode. They meet an opponent, battle with Pokemon, and somehow Ash always wins. Not a bad show but very predictable.
3. Oh man, this one annoys me! Women get when they are portrayed as sex objects, but what about the guys that are portrayed as sex addicts. Some of my favorite animes always feature this. Some go into graphic detail, it's sick.
2. I always find find this one too melodramatic, it makes the show like a soap opera. I too wait for a female character to get a taste of her own medicine. Although it's not an anime, the best one I've seen was Gone with the Wind (1939).
1. Hmm, another one didn't really notice. I figure it's because it's a Japanese cartoon, and the animators and writers are more familiar with their own country. But I like what they did with Sherlock Hound and Grimm's Fairy Tales. Love those shows.

Interesting points here. I'll have to share something like this too sometime. :)
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   General Artist
Well said, there, man. Though, for the last one, I don't really have a problem with it. After all, anime is made by the Japanese. So they're entitled to make cartoons that circle around their culture. And the same thing applies to American cartoons. We usually make stuff that circles around America. All I'm saying is that there needs to be more vairety. Because as I've outlined here, Japan has made cartoons that circled around Western and European cultures in the past. And we've done the same thing. For example, we have made shows like Samurai Jack, Jackie Chan Adventures, and Xiaolin Showdown, which had a decent variety of characters of different backgrounds.
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marlon94 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
Well, what can I say? There's sure to find a lot of used cliches like these ones you mentioned.
For #7: Don't know what it means: "Calling out of attacks", but I do know what you mean, a little...
#6: I know, transformations are pretty cool, but when you used again and again, it gets annoying, without offense for Sailor Moon.
#5: It's pretty visible for everyone to see characters with that negative attitude, I saw many characters in anime and cartoons who posses that, including Mandy from the Grim adventures of Billy and Mandy for example.
#4: That's something it bugs me, and don't understand the reason they keep doing it, even for Pokemon, I know, understand and respect of what they're doing. But man, can't they just make a final episode and put an end to their tv series? They continue with brand new pokemons, while forgetting the old ones, even Ash it's gone, and there's this new pokemon trainer, I don't even know what happen to Pikachu? I think this series should just end, just like other animes did, and instead, continue with their video game franchise instead.
#3: Oh, don't even talk about this, every series, has that kind of perverted characters, even Johnny Bravo, he does it for his good, the problem is, it's that the ladies always answer him with kicks and such as a message: "No".
#2: Even female people are quite easy to see, always tomboish, impacient, noisy, all of it, something man not gonna resist!
And finally #1: A lot of series always uses the North american, European and Asian scenery, culture, music and tradition, but never using the South American ones, except one show named: "The Simpsons", theres an episode when the family goes to Brazil. But the rest, well, can't blame them, that's their popularity, can't do anything to change unless you're from South America, go to one of those places and tell them about it, and see if they're interested to.
Anyway, good job on this Top 7 of overused anime cliches, very observative you are!
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013   General Artist
Thanks for pointing those out. You're pretty insightful as well, my friend. Just one thing though; the "Calling out Attacks" is when a character utters the name of a specific move, and shouts it from the top of their lungs. For instance, when Koji Kabuto orders Mazinger Z to do an attack, he shouts "ROCKET PUNCH!" and the robot launches his arms at the enemy, which then returns back in place after hitting the enemy. When Goku does the Kamehameha wave, he shouts it from the top of his lungs. Same for when Ryu and Ken shout "Hadoken!", "Shoryuken!", and "Tatsumaki senpuu kyaku!"
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marlon94 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
You're welcome! As you can see, I saw some anime shows during my childhood, I have saw "Slayers", "Monster Rancher", "Ginzo"..well, don't know the name well, but it's about some characters wich features a boy with purple hair with orange armor if I don't get wrong that protects a girl that supposed to be a princess, and a bear that turns into a lion if I remember well, and "Digimon" up to the 3rd titled "Tamers", after that, no other Digimon show I saw.
Oh, so that's what Calling out attacks is about, yes, every attack they do, always has to shout with lungs at top, even Sailor Moon, when she attacks, she screams like this: "Moon Tiara attack!!".
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   General Artist
That's right. I saw those two. And did you know that Dilgear, the green werewolf from Slayers, was one of the inspirations for Trevor? I believe the anime you were talking about is called "Shizo". That's the show about these three guys who have powerful alter-egos who are protecting this girl in a post apocalyptic world. Good show. The guy with the purple hair and orange armor is called "Mushrambo".

Yep. That's right; that's what I'm talking about.
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marlon94 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
Did you, that's great, of course, you know Slayers because you draw Dilgear, that explains everything!
Ah, it's Shizo, thanks for correcting me, I have seen that show for years as Monster Rancher.
Good, glad everything it's understanded, thanks!
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   General Artist
Oops, I mispelled that title. It's "Shinzo". There's an "n" in between the "i" and "o". Sorry about that. Anyway, yes; Dilgear and Drago were two of my inspirations for Trevor. I haven't done much fanart of Dilgear than that one with him doing a dramatic pose with his sword. But yeah. I saw Monster Rancher back in 1999 when the first Matrix movie came out. I thought it was quite original. Though, I couldn't help but notice the strangely familiar background music that they used for that show. In fact, a lot of the background music seems to have been taken directly from the Ruby Spears Megaman cartoon.
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marlon94 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
Yes, when I tipped that on google, it show something else, then, when I add "Anime" on the search bar, I saw a small typo there, but that's okay, it always happen, unexpectly or not!
Not only Dilgear, but also other characters, including Wilford B, some artist made few fanarts, I guess you and others are trying to do fanarts for all characters at once, but since they can't, they're forced to take time to do so!
Well, I didn't remember quite well the music of the tv show, but, I guess, some composser must be the same that made the music composition at Megaman, pherphaps?
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Wolf-Rizer Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep. All of these cliches are pretty much true. ^^;

I know how feel about pokemon, I had started on Generation I. They started off cool, I still think their cool now, but man, all of these pokemon are overwhelming. And when will they run out of ideas for the legendaries.

Funny story about #5. ^^; I had designed a main character in my.original anime idea like that, sort of.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   General Artist
Yeah, sorry if I sounded like I was dissing Pokemon. Nothing against the franchise. But it sure has lasted for quite a while now. How was the story regarding #5 funny? Just asking. Oh, and don't let this list hinder you from making a character of your own design. Cuz remember, we're all free to do as we please. I was merely pointing out some of the few things I noticed which Japan tends to overuse.
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Wolf-Rizer Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its alright, I know you don't mean to.

I meant I made a character with a personality similar to what was mentioned in #5, but it was more of a personality base off of certain elemental.

In Roy's case, one of my main characters, his personality was base off of the earth element of the Wu Xing philosophy: self-centered or anti-social as a negative property. He's not supposed to be bad, he just need to learn compassion with his teammates.
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VirtualSonic1731 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
jeje,interesting list friend and i must say that is better that the last journal that you made and these that the cliche that you mentionate the more that i note are the 1, the 3, the 4 and the 6, because is very common see that the animé is very centered in Japan and generally in the Kanto area(Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Gunma,Yokohama), the presence of perverted characters is normal and specially in comedies that involves sexual relationships, the repetitive concepts is more complicated of identify because the change of names and concepts and the mix of references that is used(Yugioh for example mix references to the Egyptian mythology, the Greek mythology and the Norsk mythology, Pokémon refers to animals of the real world but with elements) and besides each company visualize the concept of different mode, and the long transformation sequence is very used in the first episode, altough try to shorting in the later episodes, because these scenes are back in scenes of limited animation,jeje
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   General Artist
Very sound and valid points there. Very well said.
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kaze-fox Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dont forget the one where there a woman who wants to use her power to protect every but just gets in the way and cry.

And the one where the lead female just calls put to the lead male in tears and some how his motivation becomes so strong that he can win a fight, despite the fact that he lost 90% of his bodys blood.

Oh the other one were the guy has to carry a absurdly large sword. My guess is that's supposed to reflect his manliness.

Then there is the tough female fighter who either starts off winning a fight then loses or turns out no matter how strong she is she needs a man in her life and he will always be stronger.

You also have that bullshit where having close friends that grant you rediculous strength through the power of friendship.

Finally the antagonist spends most of his time talking shit and about his plans when he could've finished off the hero 2 episodes ago. And now he loses because of all the bullshit I mentioned above.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   General Artist
You know, those are some good points you mentioned there. They're all quite valid and sensible. The large swords thing seems to have been a popular cliche since 1997 with the release of Final Fantasy VII for the PS1. The power of friendship thing is tolerable because in sometimes, that can apply to real life as well. The last one you mentioned about the antagonists wasting time talking shit is definitely a bad cliche. It's similar to the cliche that James Rolfe pointed out in his "Top 10 Worst Movie Cliches" video, where he goes over the fact that villains always hesitate to kill the hero even when they're pointing a gun at them in point blank range. If you're gonna shoot someone, then do it! Don't waste your whole time talking about it!
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kaze-fox Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
some anime do the friendship thing reasonable but others make it just as bad as the "i just found my secret power that will save my ass just in time" cliche. i was quite young but i have a feint memory of an anime were this guy bled all of the place, and pretty sure he had broken bones and internal bleeding, and he just said some crap like " you can never defeat me because i have my friends are by my side." his friends weren't physically there, they were in astral form putting their hands together and he ended the fight in like 10 seconds. and its like, oh wow, couldn't you have daydreamed about your friends 2 episodes ago instead of getting the crap beat out of you?

the last one i mentioned about the bad guy talking is quite annoying to me because it takes up air time when i just wanna see the finale. i find that more clever writers now are making it that the antagonist talks the most shit after he lost a neck and neck battle to the death. revealing his plans and how their plans cant be stopped even if he loses. but then again this kind of writing usually have deeper better plots.
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Eon101 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
!!!!!! I JUST NOTICED?! ARE YOU BULLSHITTING ME?! I JUST FINNALY NOTICED AFTER 5 FREAKING YEARS!
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   General Artist
Sorry; I may have worded that wrong. Truth is I did notice some of these cliches for quite a number of years now.
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Eon101 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
it's ok. i just meant that i've watched anime for the first time five years ago and i never noticed.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   General Artist
Oh... Sorry...
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Eon101 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
it's okay, nothing wrong.
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