i stopped being a huge fan of anime when every anime girl started looking like ten year olds literally just to pander to 23 year old guys who jerk off to young moe girls
i hate to sound like that person thats like “i was born in the wrong generation :(” but its not a rebellious notion for the sake of being edgy; 80s-early 2000s anime was just the most appealing to me. i feel like since 2010 the anime industry has just plummeted into this manufactured dark age where theres no real plot thought into it and its made just mainly burnt out cookie cutter 19 year old anime girls that look like theyre 10
see that 2010 style? i ha i hhhat hate
the 80s-90s style was common but at least it wasnt plastered on every anime girl’s face. i literally dont want to go surfing for examples but a lot of it is seen on 4chan or whatever as reaction pics and such. and these are animes that ive never heard of or seen like theyre being pitched out at the speed of light. where are they even airing on but you know what im talking about. that love-live whatever kinda stuff
and im not saying every post 2010 anime is bad nor am i saying every pre 2010 anime is good. it was just a simpler more enjoyable time to be an anime fan, like now you have to be cautious of someone with a moe girl icon because he is likely to be a nazi or white supremacist some shit. if they say kek you run
i really like when animes have their own unique art styles and you can tell who a character is without confusing them for another from a different show
and i know its certainly a lot more time consuming and costly but i really really loved cel animation from the 70s-90s animes. like that really specific unique bright yet muted palette where whites were off-color, the simple cel-shading and contrasting to the main colors, none of that gradient stuff
now i have to say i love the style of LWA, paswg, jjba (both 1993 and 2012) but man the animation in the 1993 ova was stunning, hell even the pokemon sm anime i think has improved from the stoic bw/xy character models. its so much more fun and expressive and it still hasnt given in to those infectious perfect-circle-huge-iris-gradient eyes thank god
the few animes i tend to get attached to seem to be more continuity-driven with a firm storyline that keeps you on your toes and makes you wanna binge until you cant keep your eyes open anymore. and jojo does just that for me.
not to mention that new anime lately has been overwhelmingly slice of life. as i said earlier, its more about the market of cloning kawaii anime girls rather than thinking of a decent storyline. we’re talking like king of the hill kinda slice of life but with fanservice and hardly any diversity.
these animes are like a typical japanese school setting every fucking episode or sports anime (sans the Beach Episode™) and fanservice. just sellin figurines and making bank over the same plots with lazy slight changes
see now a story of searching the globe for a shitass egomaniacal vampire and taking on a trio of aztec fitness gods head to head is goddamn legendary over this
another thing i like about jojo is that it retained its 80s art style even in the 2012 anime, only now its made with cg. no character looks perfect and symmetrical, including the women. holly joestar has a dimple on her left cheek i noticed
what i find hilarious though is that rather than having a 25 year old character look like theyre 16, a 16 year old character looks like a 25 year old. unlike the former i highly doubt this has to do with fanservice (i cant think of one person who finds muscles that bulging to be hot) because it honestly just lets the series live up to its name, jojos bizarre adventure. its supposed to be so over-the-top and extra all the time, with the serious blocky stroke shaded art style and the supernatural events and whatnot. and besides having a 16 year old boy look and act like a 25 year old isnt as creepy as infintalizing a woman to act like shes a submissive prepubescent 10 year old when she damn well could act and look her age and fight back if she needs to
and jojo is actually entertaining as im watching it and it has literally every classic dramatic shounen anime trope but then i realized jjba IS the grandfather of a majority of these tropes.
and FUCK ALSO jojo does diversity a great favor. were talking multiple characters who for once ARENT a cast of all japanese protagonists. like when i saw mohammed avdol as a main supporting character i was shook because like, how often are middle eastern people represented in anime as main recurring characters?? hes like a fav hes awesome
“ZA WARUDO (clock fart noise)” is much more likeable than “u-uwaa~”
the show is like watching extra comedic wrestling rather than a sexualized catfight and i wish a lot more modern anime had that same kinda jojo ridiculousness and focused less on marketability and more on heart and creativity
i want memorable characters, ugly if needed be, not perfect forgettable snowclone girls
i think what im trying to say is..its hard for me to respect modern anime? as a creator and seeing the potential going to waste due to capitalistic roots becoming more apparent it just makes me lose respect, and the audience its pandering to makes it more shameful
idk i wanted to say something what do you guys think