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Jul 17, 7:51 PM
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Johan said:
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>imagine thinking you are smarter than the rest because you joined this site earlier than the others
stop being retarded mate


No i think I'm smarter than others due to my innate intelligence, IQ, deductive reasoning, and a plethora of other- more relevant factors.

My time on this site is however, directly related to my watching experience, and anyone will tell you experience is very relevant in anything you wish to discuss.

10 years debating certain topics, and 3000+ anime seen - mean i'm probably pretty well rounded on these things.

I know you're not too bright though, and the fact you're tagging me again for attention is kind of sad.

Like I said you'll never be Andocommando to me, or Zephsilver, or Karhu brah. You're literally a nobody and always will be - no matter how hard you try to insert yourself in the conversation


Man, everybody on this site is a fuckin nobody, it's an anime forum for god's sake XD

Joke's aside, fuck off mate. I don't care if you're the smartest man alive, clearly you aren't smart enough to realize that you're wasting your time typing up insults on the internet. Nobody gives a shit if you've watched 3000 anime or 3 million, in the end, watching some TV shows doesn't really amount to much.
 
Jul 17, 9:53 PM
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Some of those cute girls doing cute things series come to mind!
 
Jul 17, 11:46 PM

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I have jojo. I don't understand how can this misogynistic anime that promotes toxic masculinity be this popular.
 
Jul 18, 2:10 AM

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Of course FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood.
My rating of FMAB: 9/10
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Jul 18, 2:11 AM

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Samurai Champloo. The show just didn't hold my interest and I fail to see what makes it stand out other than the music, yet I've seen nothing but praise for it. Maybe I just don't appreciate hip hop.
 
Jul 18, 4:04 AM
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AnimeFeminist said:
I have jojo. I don't understand how can this misogynistic anime that promotes toxic masculinity be this popular.


This is genuinely hilarious congratulation
 
Jul 18, 4:42 AM

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Guilty Crown. I really tried to like it but I ended up dozing off literally. The writing wasn't captivating in the least, and I haven't seen characters this boring since Kaichou wa Maid-sama

"If you liked Code Geass...then you might like Guilty Crown" Seeing this in the recommendations makes me want to give others a warning sign. I understand they have a similar atmosphere but don't even try to put them on the same level y'all
 
Jul 18, 8:54 AM

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Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san - They make bullying out to be cute. I don't get how people could enjoy watching that.


But... Takagi-san is not a popular anime ^^'. We're hearing about it now because the second season is airing, but once it's over it just goes into oblivion like most seasonal animes.
Also, it's not bullying, it's teasing. Not the same thing at all. Takagi is not bullying Nishikata, she's hitting on him. The difference is pretty clear...

That would depend on where you draw the line between teasing and bullying. Some of Takagi's actions have tangible negative consequences for Nishikata, and in my opinion that puts them over the line from teasing into bullying.
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Jul 18, 9:03 AM

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Some of those cute girls doing cute things series come to mind!

You mean like K-On!? I somewhat agree on that one. For me it was generally good and enjoyable but it was rather unremarkable, having no wow factor, leaving me struggling to understand why people uphold it as the ultimate example of the CGDCT genre.

The same goes for Cardcaptor Sakura and the magical girl genre.
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Jul 19, 4:45 AM
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mwalimu said:
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But... Takagi-san is not a popular anime ^^'. We're hearing about it now because the second season is airing, but once it's over it just goes into oblivion like most seasonal animes.
Also, it's not bullying, it's teasing. Not the same thing at all. Takagi is not bullying Nishikata, she's hitting on him. The difference is pretty clear...

That would depend on where you draw the line between teasing and bullying. Some of Takagi's actions have tangible negative consequences for Nishikata, and in my opinion that puts them over the line from teasing into bullying.


Just no. Teasing and bullying are completely different things. The one thing is done with the intention to harm, while the other is just making the day a little bit funnier. I DO understand where you come from though, since you are probably hining at events like episode 4 of the first season, where he has to clean the science room as punishment. But two things you might consider: A Takagai helps Nishikata (and just wanted that as a pretext to spend time together) and B she also helps him along by studying with him.

Considering popularity: I do think that Takagi is rather popular. Of course it is by no means Death Note level of popularity, but the first season had both a good overall rating AND an overall watchcount. As a reference number, Takagi Season 1 has 100k completed watches, Gintama Season 1 is at 160k. 100k examples other than Takagi would be Zombieland Saga, ef: A Tale of Memories, and Little Busters.

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Kadmos said:
Some of those cute girls doing cute things series come to mind!

You mean like K-On!? I somewhat agree on that one. For me it was generally good and enjoyable but it was rather unremarkable, having no wow factor, leaving me struggling to understand why people uphold it as the ultimate example of the CGDCT genre.

The same goes for Cardcaptor Sakura and the magical girl genre.


You practically answered your own question there. It was good and enjoyable. It doesn't have some high entrance hurdle, it is relaxing, it is fun. And in contrast to most other CGDCT anime, this one shows us some growth and emotional impact. Also, it has waifus.
Most CGDCT anime can get at least some popularity this way. So, if we tie this to the main question 'How did this become popular': Well, obviously it would. Large target group, low entry hurdles, lots of waifus and relaxing is literally MADE to be popular.

For magical girl (or Cardcaptor) I can't really speak, because I watched next to none. I assume it is pretty popular because it is kinda the same for girls what shonen is to boys?
 
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... she also helps him along by studying with him.

Are you referring to the math test scene in episode 5? As I recall he failed the test after she misled him into studying the wrong material. It was a golden opportunity on her part for some redemption but she chose to twist the knife instead. I seldom drop an anime once I start but that scene led me to do so in this case because after that it was too unpleasant, even painful, to continue watching.
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Jul 19, 8:59 AM
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He failed the test, but she actually didn't mislead him. If you watch that epsiode closely, she merely helped him with the problems he (and prolly his classmates) chose to study. Also, I even if he ended up failing that test, he learned a lot of new stuff. Also, in the the sequel he actually became a teacher himself, so it can't be that much of a problem, right?
 
Jul 19, 9:04 AM
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Haha...talk about subjectivity

-any anime is popular if people appreciate it..which clealy means that they understand what writer wants to say..what story itself wants to convey....
and this 'Understanding' is something that varies from person to person...some can understand only 5% n some can understand even 95-99%.....
>>> as for me such an anime would be -Angel beats!
Oh man! I was never able to understand its main theme but I got little after that TUNNel episode little bit....but to me logics in anime were too vague.....

PS- I would have also added OPM if I answered it few days ago but....I now understand it ✌✌👋
 
Jul 19, 9:20 AM

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I really haven't, when I see something incredible popular and I think it is trash (like in my case 90% of isekais, NGNL above all) I know from friends of mine that at least they have some atractive for some people like: animation, artstyle, things as simples as the palette of colors, etc. It's either that or maybe those shows are easy to watch to a person that is new to the medium and can't really judge the quality of what they are watching (like most of the people that like SAO or NGNL)


 
Jul 19, 9:32 AM

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i had no clue how did the shows re:zero and darker than black became so popular, watched more than 4 eps from each..they were just..okay for me
 
Jul 19, 9:34 AM
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@mwalimu :

Like I said, the line between the two is pretty clear ^^'. Play2X said it better than myself: its bullying if there's an intent to harm. Takagi clearly does not want to hurt Nishikata.

As for K-On, I can speak for myself here: I loved this show, overall for one thing : the direction.
KyoAni has this magic in their animation where they make believable characters and lively worlds even when there's no story. Natural movements, small details that actually add a lot to the characters, and the overall "realistic" atmosphere. Like, their world is actually believable, despite the moe stuff.

There's also a level of detail that makes it actually clever.
- When the girls pet the turtle statue, that's a symbol of their affection towards Yui,
- the dream sequences, they are so much more accurate than what we can see in many other shows. Like, this is the kind of dreams I actually have irl.
- actual body language. In the anime industry, there's this trope where the characters say everything (if a character is sad, they'll have an entire monologue "this happened, that hurts me, I can't take it, I have to do something, [...]", bla bla bla), it's just so cheap!
"Show, don't tell", that's exactly what K-On does that most animes don't.

Long story short: there's just so much more than meets the eyes.

Also, there's the awesome music. K-On is one of the very rare animes about rock songs, and man did they nail it. Yui's voice kind of ruins her songs (personally I love them, but I understand why others would be annoyed), but the best has to be Mio's songs. Her voice is just amazing!
And the instrumental is always gold. They made me love keyboard when I never really found any musical appeal to it.

Finally, it may be a CGDCT, but it's a comedy above all. There's plenty CGDCT that are really just that: moe stuff and nothing more. Love Live, I'm sorry for the fans but this is really just a moe show, as all the cute stuff happens for no reason. In K-On, most of the moe stuff is here for the comedy. Mio's cheesy lyrics, it's cute but more importantly it's here for the others to make fun of her.
Basically, the big difference is: the point of K-On is the comedy, when average CGDCT actually shows cute stuff for no reason (other than "it sells").

I could go on and on about it xD! Long story short, K-On is actually deep, even though it doesn't look like it. The music is worth it, the moe stuff actually has a point (as most of it serves the comedy), and it feels more natural than other CGDCT.
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