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Feb 6, 2013 12:09 PM

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Also check out Akagi Shigeru from Akagi. The guy was being badass at the age of 13. Driving off a cliff and shitting on the Yakuza.

3 years younger than most of the common wimpy protagonists but 100 times cooler.
 
Feb 6, 2013 12:41 PM

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I don't mind wimpy characters unless they're like Shinji from NGE or Yuki from Mirai Nikki, who would shit themselves over a fucking snail (I'm assuming this).


Yeah let me tell ya, Shinji is such a coward for piloting a huge mechanized weapon as a little kid against giant aliens that want nothing more than to rip his entire planet to pieces. Yep... Damn that Shinji!

I think Shinji himself was a good character. The problem lies with the fact that he should never have been the main character of such a series. Though I guess his existence was to create psychological tension instead of just have a more heroic and older character who might have handled the situation a little better. (again though, who can keep a cool head when a giant alien is about to rape your planet)
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wimpy male lead.
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Accel World.

 
Feb 6, 2013 1:48 PM
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I avoid or drop anime like this so I dunno.
 
Feb 6, 2013 4:59 PM

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It offers a dynamic duo and I personally don't mind this. In fact, I have soft spot for "strong female leads". However, if the male character hardly grows out of it and is mostly static throughout the show, it takes away from my enjoyment. I love drastic changes in any character overall. Yuki from Mirai Nikki, yeah I understand his situation is hell, but
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They got tired of useless female leads?
 
Feb 11, 2016 2:05 PM
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its due to a very strong and subtle feminism influence in japan...

that Men are weaker and women are strong, which is why most male characters end up as being sissyboy types and will allow the female characters to walk all over them.

Obviously this is a very dangerous brainwashing method they have decided to make use of and is working only too well... Japanese men are so feminine that they will SIT to take a piss...

It just goes to show how much feminism is ruining this world...
 
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I've noticed that recently, this has been a rising trend in the anime recently. This can be seen in Guilty Crown, Deadman Wonderland, Mirai Nikki, Accel World. I was just wondering, why did the producers decide to make characters based on this archetype? Someone told me that it was because most (male) viewers can relate to the wimpy characters and can better empathize with the plot as if they are in the shoes of the main character. Honestly, I don't get this because this doesn't attract me at all. I get turned off my wimpy characters and would much rather watch a series with a heroic, badass protagonist. What are your thoughts on this? and if you disagree please tell me why.


What shows have you been watching?
Guilty Crown has no good characters. That show isn't something you should analyze or take anything from.
Deadman Wonderland's not a wimp. He's just the only sane one.
Mirai Nikki. You're right.
Accel World. You're right again.

That's it?

Do you know how many awesome ass protagonists are airing this season and just last season.

You must feel the whole wimp/strong thing only because of the shows you're watching. Just watch more anime.

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its due to a very strong and subtle feminism influence in japan...

that Men are weaker and women are strong, which is why most male characters end up as being sissyboy types and will allow the female characters to walk all over them.

Obviously this is a very dangerous brainwashing method they have decided to make use of and is working only too well... Japanese men are so feminine that they will SIT to take a piss...

It just goes to show how much feminism is ruining this world...


Why do you have to bring your feminist hating agenda in this? Men are weak and women are strong is not a recurring theme in anime. It barely happens. The most I see is that the women are as competent as the men. If it's ever the other way around it's because they're setting up the lead character to grow as a character while the girl remains static so you can gauge his change.
 
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Usually the main character is who the audience is going to identify with, anime fans are predominantly male and therefore most protagonists are male in order to reach the largest demographic. A lot of shows have the protagonist experience an arc that takes them from one state of mind to another as events transpire, usually having them begin the series as weak and ending much stronger after conquering a bunch of obsticles. Weakness is a univerally relatable theme, regardless of gender, we've all had points in our lives where we've felt weaker than people around us and we've all conquered obsticles and felt better for it.

It's just a pretty common character arc for protagonists, I don't think there's anything more to it.
 
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strong femele lead is alredy been there and always been there since long time ago. i don't understand why people said "recently". even one of first series with femele mc is a mahou shoujo series with strong lead.

as for "feminine" mele lead, lOl. again, ASIAN is not that fanatic with MUSCLE! stop using your standard.
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Well, this trend is probably due to what I'd call "The NGE Propaganda Effect".

Now, let me explain what does that mean. you see NGE was a very big hit and probably the most successful series in japan, and the most influential anime series in history; everyone working in the anime industry from directors to writers to producers had wished at certain points of his career to use certain aspects of NGE to make their shows a bit more watchable, but they couldn't just use any aspect from NGE because that show was on another level, it was so complex that even if you tried to incorporate a certain element while disregarding the slightest lack of a complementary element might result in a complete disaster. but there was a collection of elements that synchronized very well together & independently, those were the characters personalities, interactions, and from the presumptions of the dull minds of japan; the Many:1 female to male ratio.

Now, i shall elaborate on their flaws. you see those collection of elements were not independent or should i say were lacking a certain element for them to be independent, and that element is a fitting premise. remember when i said that NGE is very complex, ah..ha you see the previously mentioned dull minds of japan disregarded the fact that the characters in NGE were set in premise that is intended to deconstruct the Mecha genre, (deconstruct = behave in an exclusive way in this particular show and that behavior is not to be copied into another show). but as you all know since all the Japanese men are virgins they let their fantasies take control of their lives, and then BOOM............ the Harem Genre was born.

BTW you may argue that there was series that used these tropes before NGE but they were using it before NGE made it Cool.
 
Feb 12, 2016 12:13 AM

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author want to deliberate us that wimpy, weak, undecisive, <insert bad personality here> male lead is as good as those perfect, badass, ikemen, strong guy, you know.. because "perfect" male lead is overrated, too good male lead cause the story is somewhat meh, and the author can't improve him...MAYBE. NAH, don't take it seriously, it just my random guess. i really doesn't know what the author thinking about this.

I still prefer balanced character, a default wimpy chara is OK, as long he has self-insert (and the author want to change it), not wimpy for 10-ish eps, or even full 1 season.
 
Feb 12, 2016 12:28 AM

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I love wimpy male characters they're more realistic.
 
Feb 12, 2016 1:24 AM

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author want to deliberate us that wimpy, weak, undecisive, <insert bad personality here> male lead is as good as those perfect, badass, ikemen, strong guy, you know.. because "perfect" male lead is overrated, too good male lead cause the story is somewhat meh, and the author can't improve him...MAYBE. NAH, don't take it seriously, it just my random guess. i really doesn't know what the author thinking about this.

I still prefer balanced character, a default wimpy chara is OK, as long he has self-insert (and the author want to change it), not wimpy for 10-ish eps, or even full 1 season.


I don't think the 'whiny' character necessarily has to change. The show needs to address it though, be aware of it and find a way to make it necessary to the story. Don't make them whiny just so they'll be passive and observe the story. Future Diary does it right.
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Feb 12, 2016 3:39 AM

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Wimpy male lead? have you read Sherlock Holmes? The point-of-view character, Dr. Watson, is exactly like that. And point-of-view characters are a necessity when you want to keep your main character mysterious.
I think it's good that females can be main characters in shows meant for boys, like Mirai Nikki or Claymore.

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Another thing is, there's a strong female lead in Mirai Nikki? Last I checked, Yuno was a psychotic bitch acting like a psychotic bitch.
But she is an awesome psychotic bitch who kicks a whole lot of ass and does what she wants to do. Strength doesn't need sanity.

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For some reason wimpy useless males seem to be rather common. I assume for some reason the Japanese viewers enjoy it.
As some people have already stated, becoming stronger and cooler is a popular thing in Japan. Battle shounen protagonists exemplify it best, but many other shows demonstrate this concept too, from the moe girl who finds the courage to talk to people and eventually confess her love, to Shinji who finds the courage and gets the skills to fight off giant alien enemies.

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Well, this trend is probably due to what I'd call "The NGE Propaganda Effect".

Now, let me explain what does that mean. you see NGE was a very big hit ...
but as you all know since all the Japanese men are virgins they let their fantasies take control of their lives, and then BOOM............ the Harem Genre was born.
I think your statement is totally incorrect.

Tenchi Muyo (1992-1993) is considered the first harem anime. http://myanimelist.net/anime/539/Tenchi_Muyou_Ryououki
It started with an ordinary schoolboy Tenchi, who got suddenly dragged into fights between space pirates, space princesses, space police, space super-scientists and space supervillains. Every one of them, except the supervillain, was female, beautiful and interested in Tenchi. At first, Tenchi could only run away from the space pirate, but by the end of 6-episode OVA, he gets to wield awesome powers and defeat the supervillain.

NGE dates to 1995-1996. http://myanimelist.net/anime/30/Neon_Genesis_Evangelion
 
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Yukiteru isn't even wimpy in the first place, as the "visions" of the first timeline show that he was actually a badass who did the stuff that Yuno had "taken over" from him in the second timeline. It's just that Yuno completely mindfucked and spoiled Yuki to the extent that he wasn't able to it all himself anymore...

And add to that that in the first world Yuki probably was motivated to protect Yuno who was still more or less a "normal" traumatized girl at that point. But in the second world she was a NewGame+ character, so instead Yukiteru didn't even consider the possibility that he would have to protect Yuno in that timeline.

The more I think about it, the more I want a "first timeline" series, just so we can see Yukiteru when he is serious aside from the very few segments where he was serious in the second timeline. I mean just imagine all the shit Yuno went through and think about how Yukiteru of all characters solves those situations one by one. It's actually quite impressive when you think about it.
 
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flannan said:

Triple-A said:
Well, this trend is probably due to what I'd call "The NGE Propaganda Effect".

Now, let me explain what does that mean. you see NGE was a very big hit ...
but as you all know since all the Japanese men are virgins they let their fantasies take control of their lives, and then BOOM............ the Harem Genre was born.
I think your statement is totally incorrect.

Tenchi Muyo (1992-1993) is considered the first harem anime. http://myanimelist.net/anime/539/Tenchi_Muyou_Ryououki
It started with an ordinary schoolboy Tenchi, who got suddenly dragged into fights between space pirates, space princesses, space police, space super-scientists and space supervillains. Every one of them, except the supervillain, was female, beautiful and interested in Tenchi. At first, Tenchi could only run away from the space pirate, but by the end of 6-episode OVA, he gets to wield awesome powers and defeat the supervillain.

NGE dates to 1995-1996. http://myanimelist.net/anime/30/Neon_Genesis_Evangelion


I guess I might have gone overboard with this one which caused me to word it in a wrong way.

since our focus is the wimpy kid trend and the harem genre i meant to say that NGE simply expanded on them which caused harem outburst post-2000.

@flannan thank you for correcting me in regards to this matter.
 
Feb 12, 2016 4:33 AM
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I've noticed that recently, this has been a rising trend in the anime recently. This can be seen in Guilty Crown, Deadman Wonderland, Mirai Nikki, Accel World. I was just wondering, why did the producers decide to make characters based on this archetype? Someone told me that it was because most (male) viewers can relate to the wimpy characters and can better empathize with the plot as if they are in the shoes of the main character. Honestly, I don't get this because this doesn't attract me at all. I get turned off my wimpy characters and would much rather watch a series with a heroic, badass protagonist. What are your thoughts on this? and if you disagree please tell me why.
I don't think I agree with this, I'm pretty wimpy my self and the shortest guy and my school so I get bullied a lot so when I see I character like me a relate to them I'm not a fan of the overly bad ass character its not for me ( my tastes )
 
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The actual problem isn't so much that they are weak, but that they are weak-willed and they are being pushed around by girls all the time. I mean, what the hell kind of message are the producers trying to send - that men are supposed to submit to women all the time?
that what anita sarkeesian thinks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpaOy8b8X6A
 
Feb 12, 2016 4:38 AM
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Usually the main character is who the audience is going to identify with, anime fans are predominantly male and therefore most protagonists are male in order to reach the largest demographic. A lot of shows have the protagonist experience an arc that takes them from one state of mind to another as events transpire, usually having them begin the series as weak and ending much stronger after conquering a bunch of obsticles. Weakness is a univerally relatable theme, regardless of gender, we've all had points in our lives where we've felt weaker than people around us and we've all conquered obsticles and felt better for it.

It's just a pretty common character arc for protagonists, I don't think there's anything more to it.
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wimpy male lead.
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Accel World.

Yeah I find this funny a lot of these anime fans seems to forget these bad ass moments when the wimpy characters actual grows and dose bad ass stuff the anime community is some times questionable.
 
Feb 12, 2016 5:31 AM

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Can it really be called a "rising trend" when it's been going on for about 10 years now?
 
Feb 12, 2016 5:34 AM

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It's been here for a while bro, i mean look at Shinji...
I guess japanese otakus can relate more to wimpy people, thus = better sales.
 
Feb 12, 2016 5:47 AM

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ikr , i hate how girls are made to be braver than boys in anime

he don't have a problem with strong female mc he just has a problem with fucking weak whining mc...you???why even post ?
 
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I often find myself wishing for more normal characters, rather than going from one extreme to the other.
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NGE maybe? Whenever something gets pipular people like to copy it. I don't mind depending on the character. The difference between simone, and Yukiteru and Ganta is that Simone is likeable from the beginning. He has a great, memorable character design and they show that he as skilled at something (digging), so we feel like this guy is worth so.ething before he even begins to develop, and might actually be able to achieve something later in the story. Ganta and Yukiteru are intolerable shitbags from beginning to end.
 
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NGE maybe? Whenever something gets pipular people like to copy it. I don't mind depending on the character. The difference between simone, and Yukiteru and Ganta is that Simone is likeable from the beginning. He has a great, memorable character design and they show that he as skilled at something (digging), so we feel like this guy is worth so.ething before he even begins to develop, and might actually be able to achieve something later in the story. Ganta and Yukiteru are intolerable shitbags from beginning to end.


Why is it so important for a character to have a developed Skill Tree? You can have a wicked Skill Tree by hax. It doesn't require talent. Yukki actually gets developed, has an idea behind his character. Ganta is completely meaningless.

Yukki is way more active than people give him credit.
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Nothing wrong with wimpy boys because it's a more realistic portrayal of them. When you're a 12 year old with a phone that can only tell the future thrown into a killing game, you'll probably come to realize how screwed you are.

What they need though, is to have some likable qualities. If they're weakness is being scared, then they must have some points where they shine to balance it out.
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NGE maybe? Whenever something gets pipular people like to copy it. I don't mind depending on the character. The difference between simone, and Yukiteru and Ganta is that Simone is likeable from the beginning. He has a great, memorable character design and they show that he as skilled at something (digging), so we feel like this guy is worth so.ething before he even begins to develop, and might actually be able to achieve something later in the story. Ganta and Yukiteru are intolerable shitbags from beginning to end.


Why is it so important for a character to have a developed Skill Tree? You can have a wicked Skill Tree by hax. It doesn't require talent. Yukki actually gets developed, has an idea behind his character. Ganta is completely meaningless.

Yukki is way more active than people give him credit.
He doesn't need a skill tree... That isn't what I said. Simone is shown from the beginning as being good at something. He has value to other characters in the story before he ever begins to develop. he has a purpose within the story and isn't just along for the ride fort he sake of having a wimpy MC to develop. Ganta is obviously awful, and Yukiteru is useless and pathetic, and doesn't give me any reason to care about him or his fate. What's worse is reaction towards anything sexual. He does "develop", I suppose, but the steps it takes to get there are unbelievable. He's bland and unlikeable with a future diary that tells you how bland and unlikeable he is, it's actually very meta.
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I don't have a problem with the "wimpy MC" or whatever but anime uses a lot of the same personalities for male leads.

And out of all of them the "wimpy" ones are the most realistic even if they are a little exaggerated. If any, the perfect op ones are the most boring and annoying. The preachy self righteous ones are used the most imo.
 
Feb 13, 2016 12:55 AM

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I honestly don't mind wimpy characters. They're most of the time pretty relatable.
 
Feb 13, 2016 3:14 AM

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I avoid anime with wimpy mc , they are annoying.
Seeing them getting ass kicked/always saved by someone makes me want to bash the screen.
 
Feb 13, 2016 3:17 AM

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How fucking is this post??
Anyway, theres all these harems going on atm where the mc is such a fucking lil bitch I want to kill myself instead of finishing that animu. Dont get me wrong tho, some harems r fantastic if done right.
 
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I often find myself wishing for more normal characters, rather than going from one extreme to the other.
What happened to the regular Joes?

What are you talking about - normal people would probably run the fuck away or die because they weren't nice enough to have lots of people on their side.

Also asking for more 'normal' people in a medium which is almost entirely about exaggeration somewhat misses the point, no?
 
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Its either the technique of the author that wants to show some hidden details or maybe what they want to portray is that female also has the power to change destiny
 
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I don't have a problem with the "wimpy MC" or whatever but anime uses a lot of the same personalities for male leads.

And out of all of them the "wimpy" ones are the most realistic even if they are a little exaggerated. If any, the perfect op ones are the most boring and annoying. The preachy self righteous ones are used the most imo.


Characters that are easy to develop are more favourable by authors I guess. Unless your writing is super good it is hard to develop an already perfect character
 
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I've only seen this mostly in Ecchi, I think. Didn't know it was carrying over to regular Anime 0_0

Really though, I guess it depends on how wimpy the Male is compared to the Female and what circumstances they are in. Considering Yuki's situation and how batshit insane Yuno is, I didn't have too much of a problem with that at the time. Nowadays I look back at it and cringe at how useless Yuki really is, but it is still somewhat justifiable.
 
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Because modern feminism?

Uh, I don't really see this as a problem as of now. You can't call it a cliché yet and in fact it's a breath of fresh air after seeing the way women were portrayed all these years..

Maybe I'll start complaining after about 5 years of this..
 
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Having a wimpy, cowardly, underpowered or timid MC isn't a bad thing as long as the story is done right. Don't know how much of a 'rising trend' this is, as its probably always been around but been gaining in popularity in recent years. If the story is done right, it can look amazing since there can be a lot of room for character development. But if done wrong, it can make the character look very annoying.

Which makes Mirai Nikki interesting as the MC makes or breaks the anime for some people.
 
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ItsMaz said:
I often find myself wishing for more normal characters, rather than going from one extreme to the other.
What happened to the regular Joes?

What are you talking about - normal people would probably run the fuck away or die because they weren't nice enough to have lots of people on their side.

Also asking for more 'normal' people in a medium which is almost entirely about exaggeration somewhat misses the point, no?


Not really. There are plenty of mundane slice of life shows that don't require exaggeration.
And the idea that a normal guy is going to die whereas a super wimpy and weak person isn't going to die is inane.
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Why did I see it? Anywa, I guess people are tired of the usual gender roles, and want something new.


 
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Because japanese men have no balls and no one is making kids anymore/a bunch of them have zero interest to be in a relationship, so anime is escapism where ball-less men are with perfect tsunderes/yanderes that are mad into them for no reason at all
 
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ItsMaz said:
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What are you talking about - normal people would probably run the fuck away or die because they weren't nice enough to have lots of people on their side.

Also asking for more 'normal' people in a medium which is almost entirely about exaggeration somewhat misses the point, no?


Not really. There are plenty of mundane slice of life shows that don't require exaggeration.
And the idea that a normal guy is going to die whereas a super wimpy and weak person isn't going to die is inane.

Most of these people AREN'T super wimpy - your basis for comparison is just off. They may not be the bravest people in the world but to be scared in a cataclysmic event makes more damn sense than to be aggressive.

And also just...lol do you even watch SoL? They are some of the most OTT shows a lot of the time - anime almost by definition is exaggerated. The eyes and expressions are bigger so we get a better sense of emotion, the colours and clothes often add to the character and as something which is animated it will nearly always look over-the-top because that's how you get effective movement in animation really. Even shows like K-ON, Non Non byori or Silver Spoon which are simpler are still fucking way WAY over the top compared to real life, and shall we not speak of shows like Nichijou or Sayonara Zetsubou sensei?

Anime is far more about exaggeration than it is about realism, which is why more realistic shows tend to stick out.
 
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Why is it so important for a character to have a developed Skill Tree? You can have a wicked Skill Tree by hax. It doesn't require talent. Yukki actually gets developed, has an idea behind his character. Ganta is completely meaningless.

Yukki is way more active than people give him credit.
He doesn't need a skill tree... That isn't what I said. Simone is shown from the beginning as being good at something. He has value to other characters in the story before he ever begins to develop. he has a purpose within the story and isn't just along for the ride fort he sake of having a wimpy MC to develop. Ganta is obviously awful, and Yukiteru is useless and pathetic, and doesn't give me any reason to care about him or his fate. What's worse is reaction towards anything sexual. He does "develop", I suppose, but the steps it takes to get there are unbelievable. He's bland and unlikeable with a future diary that tells you how bland and unlikeable he is, it's actually very meta.


Yuno isn't mean to be rational. She's not meant to love him for reasons you will love him. You're supposed to care about a character because they explore a certain personality type, that's it. Yukki is an observer on purpose, and his moments of activity show his development. Unlike Ganta, Yukki's traits are connected and make sense in the plot and how he reacts to the game. It does help that everyone around Yukki also has a personality which sets him apart. DMW doesn't have that.
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It's not in just anime it's going in that direction in other medias as well.
 
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Not really. There are plenty of mundane slice of life shows that don't require exaggeration.
And the idea that a normal guy is going to die whereas a super wimpy and weak person isn't going to die is inane.

Most of these people AREN'T super wimpy - your basis for comparison is just off. They may not be the bravest people in the world but to be scared in a cataclysmic event makes more damn sense than to be aggressive.

And also just...lol do you even watch SoL? They are some of the most OTT shows a lot of the time - anime almost by definition is exaggerated. The eyes and expressions are bigger so we get a better sense of emotion, the colours and clothes often add to the character and as something which is animated it will nearly always look over-the-top because that's how you get effective movement in animation really. Even shows like K-ON, Non Non byori or Silver Spoon which are simpler are still fucking way WAY over the top compared to real life, and shall we not speak of shows like Nichijou or Sayonara Zetsubou sensei?

Anime is far more about exaggeration than it is about realism, which is why more realistic shows tend to stick out.


When did I say anything about expecting a character to act aggressively?
All I said was that I wish there wasn't two extremes - super weak and wimp, or perfectly OP Gary Stu.

As for the rest - citing a few shows here and there doesn't prove your massive generalisation.
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Feb 13, 2016 1:24 PM

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ItsMaz said:

When did I say anything about expecting a character to act aggressively?
All I said was that I wish there wasn't two extremes - super weak and wimp, or perfectly OP Gary Stu.

As for the rest - citing a few shows here and there doesn't prove your massive generalisation.


This season we have, Bubuki Buranki's protagonist who stands up for himself
We have Luck And Logic's protagonist who's capable and stands up for himself.
We have shoujou tachi's protagonist who is socially competent and stands up for himself.
We have Grimgar's protagonist who has confidence issues but doesn't get pushed around either.
We have Gundam's protagonists who are all badasses.
We have Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi and he's a socially competent individual who doesn't get pushed around.
We have Dimension W's protagonist who doesn't get pushed around.
We have Active Raid where the girl wants to be taken seriously but get pushed around by her seniors instead. The lead male is pretty aggressive in that one.
We have Ao No Kanata's protagonist and he doesn't get pushed around.
Ajin's protagonist doesn't get pushed around by girls.

This season we have Kazuma from Kono Suba.

I don't see where you're coming from. This is just this season too.
 
Feb 13, 2016 1:25 PM
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ItsMaz said:


When did I say anything about expecting a character to act aggressively?
All I said was that I wish there wasn't two extremes - super weak and wimp, or perfectly OP Gary Stu.

As for the rest - citing a few shows here and there doesn't prove your massive generalisation.


But most characters aren't 'super weak and wimp' - sure there are some but not a massive amount, maybe you should stop generalizing...Or list me off every series so I can take your point seriously.

Seriously - I am not going to list off every SoL series which is unrealistic, every one which is 'realistic' and then compare them. More realistic series generally aren't SoL: drama, josei and shoujo are often some of the more realistic series. Now before you say "I never said realistic, I was talking about exaggeration" they're directly linked as art style and subject matter are usually linked too (not always admittedly). SoL lends itself to exaggeration and over-the-top art and settings because it doesn't require a continuous plot, I don't need you to agree with me on this by the way - it's just common sense.
 
Feb 13, 2016 1:29 PM

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TitanAnteus said:
ItsMaz said:

When did I say anything about expecting a character to act aggressively?
All I said was that I wish there wasn't two extremes - super weak and wimp, or perfectly OP Gary Stu.

As for the rest - citing a few shows here and there doesn't prove your massive generalisation.


This season we have, Bubuki Buranki's protagonist who stands up for himself
We have Luck And Logic's protagonist who's capable and stands up for himself.
We have shoujou tachi's protagonist who is socially competent and stands up for himself.
We have Grimgar's protagonist who has confidence issues but doesn't get pushed around either.
We have Gundam's protagonists who are all badasses.
We have Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi and he's a socially competent individual who doesn't get pushed around.
We have Dimension W's protagonist who doesn't get pushed around.
We have Active Raid where the girl wants to be taken seriously but get pushed around by her seniors instead. The lead male is pretty aggressive in that one.
We have Ao No Kanata's protagonist and he doesn't get pushed around.
Ajin's protagonist doesn't get pushed around by girls.

This season we have Kazuma from Kono Suba.

I don't see where you're coming from. This is just this season too.


Bear in mind the date this thread was made lol. My comment is in regards to the OP's particular qualm; nothing to do with this season. I'm quite happy with Winter 2016.
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