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you commented on my profile like 2 years ago. i can't even remember what I replied but it doesn't matter..
any new or fairly new anime that you would recommend?
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Reading your extra analysis of Holyland has made me appreciate it even more, and I kinda get why characters are made simply a lot of the time. Plus, the usage of those tropes is pretty realistic all things considered, I guess because I've seen the same things done so many times in other series, I've began to lose my appreciation of well done stories just because I've seen the same tropes before. The repetition that goes on through Holyland is realistic and portrayed well from a fighters perspective, and the all of the side characters were, at the least, fun and not annoying (Aside from the female MC, Holyland's mangaka does not know how to write a good female protag.)
If your looking for some underappreciated manga like Holyland, I reccomend Yomawari Sensei and Saikyou Densetsu Kurosawa, as both cover topics similarly to Holyland like finding a place of belonging and living in the moment (Though Yomawari Sensei is a lot more pessimistic about the hole topic.) Also, sorry I responded so late, I have been really busy lately and only have spare time on the weekends. I really do enjoy writing like this and meeting people of similar tastes in the anime community.
And I think simply for this alone it breaks out on my top 10 manga list. Only a few things that I have read have realistically depicted the world in which our characters live. The entire cast feels fleshed out, aside from a few exceptions, and the interactions they have with the MC are even better. In a typical shounen manga (I'm using the term "shounen" broadly here, it could easily be argued to be seinen as well) our MC would find a mentor who would train him out of nowhere, then become stronger and take down weaker opponents. In Holyland, however, a lot of the time the MC is given no advice or ways to beat his opponent, and with every lost battle he doesn't always try to figure out how to win next time. He gives up, he loses his rhythm, and usually the way he gets out isn't by fighting but because the only thing he strives for is to fight. It depicts the sense of not fitting in anywhere else, so he picks himself up not because he wants to, but because without it he will lose the one thing that made him feel human.
But to be fair, there is a lot of mentoring and typical shounen tropes in Holyland. For example, the girl that likes the MC for no apparent reason only existing so she can lift the MC out of a depression. As well as the extremely strong fighter who helps the MC occasionally because he sees talent in him. No series is perfect however, and I feel the mangaka had a good balance of shounen junk to keep the readers who just wanted to read a traditional shounen engaged, while also contributing with a realistic coming of age story about a young boy who desperately clings to find a place where he belongs in the world.