Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Okay...now things are getting a bit too complicated

Just like TV and traditional movies, there are all sorts of types.  You can check out films that have very easy to understand plots, or watch TV shows that weave a tangled web of story and details over years' worth of content.  Anime is exactly the same, and I personally believe that some anime has more intricate plots and stories than traditional media.  Then there are anime that I think are just trying too hard.

Do you ever get the impression that some anime are desperately trying to piece together sophisticated stories, only to come off seeming silly and over-complicated?  There are a few out there that explain away big story details with even crazier information that didn't even exist a few minutes prior.  It's kind of like the Star Trek syndrome.  Explain yourself out of any situation with an absolutely outlandish string of nonsense logic.

I don't think there's anything wrong with striving to be something special when it comes to anime.  You definitely need a little something to stand out from the crowd, and a detailed story with sophisticated characters can make that happen.  The thing is, that type of content just doesn't appear out of thin air.  Unfortunately, that's where some creators try to pull their content from.

What anime have you watched that are just trying to hard to be something more than they are?


  1. I stopped reading Naruto a while ago (but not because of it getting too confusing), but when I was, I found that the story started feeling like they were just making stuff up as they went along and going back and looking for a random, loose plot element and were like "OH MAN, IMAGINE IF THIS WAS MAGICALLY REALLY IMPORTANT" and then some crazy thing came of that. It was starting to be nonsense.

    Other than that I don't really know. I tend to avoid anything that looks like it's going in that direction, but maybe I am just a fan of crazy logic and totally miss it when it happens.

  2. Neon Genesis Evangelion.