Anime is a term used to describe animated works from Japan. In 2016 SungWon "ProZD" Cho's "chairem anime" sketches effectively destroyed anime forever, as everyone realized this shit was kinda dumb.
Anyway, the spring season is just about over (watch Odd Taxi!) and the summer season is about to begin. On the eve of this new season, I figured a helpful reminder would be in order.
During any anime season, we can break down anime into several major demographics.
- 50% of shows will be low-effort, copycat isekai bullshit, or in a few years whatever the new flavor is. You will meet people who try to tell you to watch one of them. "It's different!" or "It really comments on the genre in an interesting way!" These are lies, do not believe these people.
- 25% of shows will be about cute girls doing cute things. You can break the CGDCT genre down into about 3 major subdivisions
* 1/3 will be thinly disguised idol shilling, assembling a bunch of fresh-faced, pretty young voice actresses to voice the roles and try to use this show as a launching platform for their acting career. Most of these girls will be out of the industry within a few years.
* 1/3 will be thinly disguised product shilling, trying to convince a bunch of lonely otaku dudes that chicks will totally dig you if only you play X game, collect Y cards, or do Z sport.
* The final third will just be cuz some animators wanted to draw some cute girls doin' stuff.
Of the remaining 25% of shows, 1 will be a weird porno that somehow, inexplicably got released on a mainstream cable channel and got picked up by English streaming services because lol they don't check this stuff. People will be very angry about this show.
Another 2 probably should just be honest with themselves and admit they're porn, but they never will. Horrible teenagers on the internet will think this is endearing and buy the blurays to see fanservice scenes with slightly less fog.
1 will be such a colossal trash fire that the only possible explanation for its creation is some sort of elaborate money laundering scheme behind the scenes.
Finally, there will be 1 or 2 shows that are actually artistically interesting, ambitious, and have a real story to tell. No one will watch these shows.
A trap is for fish: when you've got the fish, you can forget the trap. A snare is for rabbits: when you've got the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words are for meaning: when you've got the meaning, you can forget the words.