Apparently the power of anime is being cliche as hell

I don’t get this Anime no Chikara thing. Honestly? It just seems pretentious. And I mean that in the truest sense of the word. I think one can argue that something like Evangelion is not pretentious, but you can’t do that with these shows. These shows are actively pretending to be something bigger than they actually are.

Take Sora no Oto for instance. Out of the 8 epsiodes that I saw, it came off as nothing but a formulaic moe-themed slice of life show. And not even a good one, like Keion! or Lucky Star. It was relentlessly boring, and the characters had no soul beyond their tried and true archetypes. Even the cast of Keion! had more pep in their execution than these girls.

Now we have Senkou no Night Raid. I only watched one episode, and it really sucked. It was a run-of-the-mill supernatural action show that had nothing exciting in its execution, characters, or story. The only thing that set it apart from the rest was its setting.

What I’m saying is that these show’s attempts at differentiating themselves from other anime is just lazy, and quite insulting. They stick so closely to established formula and have absolutely soulless execution, but think an unorthodox setting somehow puts them on a level above everything else.

I’m pretty bummed. I had high hopes for this project, because I was really looking forward to some well-executed mature anime that would hearken back to the likes of Cowboy Bebop to break up my moe diet a bit. I guess I’ll just stick to the good things noitaminA does.

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26 Responses to Apparently the power of anime is being cliche as hell

  1. tekky99 says:

    I wouldn’t count it out just yet. noitaminA took a few seasons/years before it became a “critically-successful project”

  2. wah says:

    Honey and Clover was their first show, and that hit it out of the park as far as I’m concerned.

    That said I guess the only noitaminA shows I’ve watched/liked are Honey and Clover, Eden of the East and Trapeze lol

  3. serial says:

    And those shows belong to an entirely different demographic than what they tried with Sora no Woto.

    Which is why I think they failed with that.

    Also, I think their staff is not as good a Team as it should be. It feels disjointed.

  4. jennifu says:

    wait how can you like noitaminA its all girly shojo or josei shows except eden of the east which you hate.

    But yeah, joking aside, if you just take the Anime no Chikara label off, then it’s the same as any old anime; perhaps disassociating them would be better for your opinion of these shows?

  5. omo says:

    anime no chikara is a programming block with some notable features:
    1. original works that are anime only. Note that almost every noitaminA show is an adaptation of a manga or a book
    2. programming blocks air features one after another that have a similar target audience. noitaminA is about josei crap. Anime no chikara, who knows.

    I think somebody is taking the “anime no chikara” label too seriously. Nobody said they were going to make non-mainstream shows or shows that have “chikara” or whatever, at least not in jest. If it has any power, it is in the power that original anime is worth watching, rather than just some kind of ad for the source material/franchise.

  6. VZ says:

    I actually enjoyed Sora no Woto. For the most part, I can’t watch ANY serious anime that’s made today, only comedy/slice of life. There’s exceptions like Simoun, Dennou Coil, Eva movies though.

  7. jpmeyer says:

    The most pretentious part of Anime no Chikara is really just the same. It’s pretty overblown for what amounts to “Let’s make some original titles instead of toy commercials.”

  8. jpmeyer says:

    er same = name

  9. wah says:

    >>omo

    How is original anime worth watching if it’s all crap?

    >>jpmeyer

    That’s my problem.

  10. kgods says:

    Not every show needs to reinvent the wheel, but creativity and polish certainly do make something more appealing. “This is great for what it is” will always trump “This is soooo different/original, but is trite and stupid anyhow”

  11. Likewise says:

    Sora no oto/woto/wo to has a good array of underlying themes, it is however not pretending to do or explicitly explaining itself to you. Which is a nice feat in a moe show. It proves itself to use the slice-of-life elements as a big part of something bigger.

  12. lvlln says:

    I thought the point of Anime no Chikara was just to have anime with original content, not to be particularly deep or anything. Because, yeah, Sora no Woto was pretty disappointing. I was really hoping that they would go somewhere with the post-apocalyptic future setting and explore the hard scifi stuff, but it ended up as K-On with guns.

  13. Jack says:

    I’m glad that there are people on the internet who understand what pretentious means. .

    So Ra No whatever is certainly one of the more recent offenders. Why suggest world building when you have nothing more then paper-thin characters. Then throw in some viloence, as if that some how makes it a deep war show.

  14. なでこ says:

    Ugh, Anime no Chikara.
    Sora no Woto was boring as hell, and I can’t get through a single episode of Senkou no Night Raid because of the massacring of the chinese language.

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  16. omo says:

    >> How is original anime worth watching if it’s all crap?

    You know Tyrenol? Because that’s what he’d say. And lol, com’on.

  17. wah says:

    Well, it’s true. What’s the point in watching something if it’s crap like Sora no Oto or Nightraid?

  18. VZ says:

    This is pretty much the notion I have with Gonzo. Their comedy or fanservice & action shows were great (Saki, Strike Witches, Vandread), while their dead serious shows were awful (Speed Grapher).

  19. TheBigN says:

    “Take Sora no Oto for instance. Out of the 8 epsiodes that I saw, it came off as nothing but a formulaic moe-themed slice of life show.”

    And it becomes more than that from there, to the point where I could say you might even have finally felt from chikara from there. I think Anime no Chikara is an interesting concept, but it will be a while for me to say if this blog is effective or not.

    What it does say is that even if you have shows that aren’t adapted from anywhere, it doesn’t mean that the premise and results aren’t going be the same as everything else that’s out there.

    “I’m pretty bummed. I had high hopes for this project, because I was really looking forward to some well-executed mature anime that would hearken back to the likes of Cowboy Bebop to break up my moe diet a bit.”

    Expectations suck. :(

  20. TheBigN says:

    Gah. “but it will be a while for me to say if this blog is effective or not. ” actually is “but it will be a while for me to say if this idea is effective or not. “. :v

  21. wah says:

    If it’s not amazing right from the start, what’s the point?

  22. mt-i says:

    >And it becomes more than that from there

    If anything, it becomes less than that from there.

  23. TheBigN says:

    “If it’s not amazing right from the start, what’s the point?”

    To keep us from being overwhelmed by chikara from the beginning, obviously. :P

  24. wah says:

    That’s bullshit. If you’re striving for perfection you have to catch people’s attention right from the very beginning.

  25. Anon says:

    Yeah, look at Gunbuster, perfect from the very beginning.

  26. wah says:

    The first episode of Gunbuster is incredible, what are you talking about.

    It’s almost as good as the last episode.