Top 10 Essential Anime Elements


The element most anime fans are looking for in the anime they watch may come as a surprise to some, considering its near total absence from so many popular late-night anime titles…

The ranking, of “elements you stress in the anime you watch”:

1. Story

2. Character

3. Seiyuu

4. Art style

5. Music

6. Art quality

7. Performance

8. Gags

9. Visuals

10. Moe

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    Comment by Sasazuka
    16:50 09/02/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Here's my top 10:

    1) School girls
    2) high school club, preferably "one member short"
    3) delicious cake
    4) boys, either not shown at all or shown as idiotic supporting characters, unless they're traps.
    5) beach episode
    6) school culture fest episode
    7) school uniforms
    8) cosplay costumes made by an older female acquaintance who seems to be a little too involved in the younger girls' lives
    9) infectious theme songs
    10) languid, pleasant and calming pace

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    you remind me of K-on and lucky star.
    seriously, stop.
    stop with school anime. STOP with that fucking EXAGERATED moe.

    -sincerly, the rest of the sane people that watches anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Speak for yourself. K-On and Lucky star are great.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 11/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great if you are into annoying girls

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 15/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    your opinions are your own, you don't expect everyone to like the same thing as you do you?

    please, you're not any more sane than the rest of the community who stereotypes. most of you think something sucks for the main reason being 'just cause I don't like this'.

    Newsflash, there are people that like what you dislike, so fag off you otaku wannabee.

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    Comment by VillainousHanacha
    01:08 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what, I can respect this. If this is what you are looking for in your Anime, then more power to you. I apreciate this honesty.

    Really, if you stick to what you love, you can't go wrong.

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    Comment by motaku96
    03:56 11/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go stand in the hall Sasazuka.

    (I agree with you 100% though)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:26 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i especially approve of #8 because i'm a massive yurifag

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:01 09/02/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Oh sure, that's how they answer the survey. But it's a LIE.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seems like there is lot of trahs like you who just loves to put words in other people mouths.
    You know its like some polls .
    Is Twiligh horrible movie?
    90% of peole vote for yes yet its fucking popular .
    So no its not lie you know shit about those who voted in this list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:16 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    the movie is only popular cause it caters to those who love triangle relationship filled with the supernatural and a tan hot guy to boot, and that ranges from teenage to middle age women.

    Whos to say the survey is taken by guys who hates the movie?

    Is there any data given to point out whos taking the survey?

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    Comment by Red
    02:49 11/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fuck does Twilight have to do with Anime? 0_0

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    21:51 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    That's true, for me to watch an anime I need to know it doesn't have a fucking shit stupid ending. Shit stupid like say, Fruits Baskets ending in the anime, jesus FUCK that was terrible. Or Samurai Deeper Kyo's anime ending. Or the first mahou sensei's ending. Because godamnit, I hate shit endings like those. I suppose that might fall under story, sort of though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:55 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny you mentioned each of those. By Gawd furuba was stupid. SDK anime ending is like WTF am I watching, but w.e. for some reason liked it though.

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    Comment by Holy One
    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love 2d BOOBIES!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 11/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to say i agree STrONGLY with this one

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    Comment by Actar
    22:10 09/02/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You know what is the most important element to me? To be entertaining.

    However, since the definition of entertaining is subjective, there can be no set list.

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    Comment by VillainousHanacha
    01:42 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    For me at least, this is also the ultimate end. I may have a few simple standards for which I believe an Anime should have, but they are standards so the show will ultimately be entertaining.

    Not everything needs to be subversive, not everything needs to be a genre buster, not everything needs to have so many twists that it would give Shyamalan moist trousers. The ultimate end should be to entertain in my opinion. Whatever you do along the way is fine, but if you are making Entertainment, you should be aiming to entertain.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:17 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But just having entertainment in your fiction makes it worthless, as I will demonstrate:

    There are an absolutely absurd number of methods of finding entertainment available to any individual at a certain time, and nobody will ever run out. Additionally, they're pretty fucking easy to make. Because of this, if something only offers entertainment, it's basically worthless by definition, as it could be easily replaced by literally anything else.

    Basically, why the fuck would I watch something if it isn't going to give me anything more than I would just get by masturbating, or fuck, watching some other shit?

    "It just needs to be entertaining" is a meaningless and weak excuse.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:49 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it's fine if any one element of those are so good and intriguing and entertaining, that an anime might not need the other elements to be the best they can be.

    I think some hyper critical anime fans look at the 'place in history' of a certain show and other superlatives they want to throw at a show they like. It's not a contest to begin with..

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:13 11/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Totally agree with this hence this whole list is pointless. Not like any of the previous ones were informative anyway.

    Avatar of AiEm
    Comment by AiEm
    16:09 09/02/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    #10 Moe and #1 Story?


    If that's the case why do majority of the story heavy shows kicks the bucket in terms of sales?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:37 09/02/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Just in case your new to Earth; the majority are leeches who feed on mass consumption. Coincidentally the stuff made for mass consumption is nothing but glorified junk food.

    It's like asking why does my hormone infused steak is ranked lower then an all natural one if everyone eats more of it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Another anaology is that more people eat hamburgers than steaks, although we all know which is clearly better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:23 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And then there's steakburger...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:53 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    pshhh. its people, duh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Soylent Green

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:42 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're right we do, it's cheeseburgers

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:33 10/02/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    @01:02 lol like any of these kiddies know what Soylent Green is beyond a tshit

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    Comment by Yamato
    01:18 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 18:26
    honestly, I'm not a huge fan of steak. It's too tough a lot of the time, and the fat's a pain either to chew or to cut around. I'll gladly take my beef ground.

    But the analogy aside, I think the problem with a lot of "insightful" type-A anime (though honestly, I think more than a few are a tad overhyped) is that they rarely capture the same type of visual appeal as the moe anime. I can give them points for trying something artistic, but in the end, realistic or gritty aesthetics simply don't appeal to me (or a lot of otaku, apparently) as much as colorful, charming, and stylized characters or environments (albeit still very capable of being dark at times).

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:19 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like he never even had anything outside of junk food o_0

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    Comment by Dan Hibiki
    10:49 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    then you have not had good steak ;)

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    Comment by Crazy_O
    20:28 09/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Id say its because story is usually difficult to do right. I only like a few story driven animes and they are my favourites. I still watch more SoL animes because they are easy to watch and enjoyable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    'story-heavy' isn't synonymous with 'good story'

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Also because they failed 2-9.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:49 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    One Piece is doing ok.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:40 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like #1 Moe and #10 Story.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:53 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Evidently as K-on clearly proves.

    In b4 K-on fags claiming K-on has any story whatsoever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:59 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with the list, although I don't care too much about who the seiyuu are as long as they perform well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ahahhaha. I laughed at the list. most people I know are from bottom to top.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:10 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    they probably thought the higher the number, the better.

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    Comment by ImBZppl
    16:14 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    well at least fan service is not in the top 10 given that there has been too many fan service anime as of recently.

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    Comment by AiEm
    18:38 09/02/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Fan service is pretty broad and general. If a show is aimed towards military genre fans, wouldn't bringing out big guns and showing awesome action scenes be fan service as well?

    But in any case ero fan service is something that I'm sick of. It's not safe. It's awkward as hell. It ain't funny(well at least for me). Not to mention it makes the show feel cheap and crude.....

    If I wanted cock teases I'd go for porn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    You're right. Ero fan service and excessive violence has "ruined" many otherwise-great anime.

    When I wrote "ruined", I meant it in the sense that you'd love to show them to your parents, younger cousins, etc., but you don't dare.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:03 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i salute you sir.

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    Comment by shoranhimura
    16:07 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    For once, I totally aprove this list! If only they'd follow that... I miss the lates 90's-2000's....

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    Comment by HouseLife
    16:09 09/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I guess 'animation quality' is encompassed in 'art quality' perhaps? Because that is pretty high for me. Watching Working season 2 is a joy because of some of the small details they keep getting through. This is the same for several recent shows. I think it's why Haruhi was truly considered as revolutionary as it is. Some of the minor extras they allowed into the characters truly brought it to life.

    So few people realize how much life is given when you just spend a few extra frames allowing a character to settle from simple motions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    working!! season 2 is good and all in term of animation quality, but the second series lack of sense of surprise (and gag in this case is story that i perceive as a narrative) that the (every) original has.
    later this series lack of BGM, bgm should be considered as important part of animation or every moving picture.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I miss the 80's and early 90's.
    Hell even Japanese themselves say that was the Golden Age of Anime!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 10/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    wait 20 or more years see how they miss the 2000s

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    Comment by Chen-04
    17:33 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But for different reasons than you assume. It was because at that time they had lots and lots of the money to waste.

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    21:57 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No its not the fault of pirates. Seriously thats fucking retarded and capitalist notions like that are ruining the world over. I watched a lot of anime, and buy a lot of manga. I will not buy an anime or manga I have not read, because I'd rather know that my money is heading towards those that most deserve it. You hear about billions lost each year to piracy, and yet companies all over the world are having record profits, some of them movie companies.

    Why is it that people don't seem to understand that fact that people who are downloading stuff online did not actually have the money to buy it in the first place, so they aren't actually losing money? If people were stealing physical things, then they'd be losing money.

    But people downloading something they probably would not have been able to pay for in the first place? There's no money lost there and they should stop trying to count non existent money. Piracy is not killing the anime industry. Wages to animators is criminally low, they ask for a LOT of money for the single discs they release with like 4-5 episodes on it for upwards of 30 dollars, not even counting how expensive some dvd/blu ray stuff gets in japan. You can buy a season of a TV show from north america or England for about that much.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    18:21 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Keep in mind it's generally the fault of pirates that made it not possible for them to have money to waste now... I mean we can lie to ourselves all we want about piracy 'helping spread the word' now, but that time is long over. It ended around 2005 where pirating lead to more purchases.

    Thankfully quality still talks the language of sales in general... but that too is getting pretty iffy.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    18:43 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @House: I blame the economy mostly. It's not like I had any spending money to buy those anime I pirated. And what little I have, I spend for this hobby.

    There was this big crisis back in 2007, I think. And it's still kinda there, not going anywhere. Or if it's already gone, at least I didn't notice..

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:52 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And it was a money spent well, mostly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:22 09/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've read that most of the budget for anime ends up going to the broadcasting stations. That's pretty fucked up. Canned Dogs should have a few posts explaining the details.

    Personally, I don't enjoy anime (or any other form of media) that focuses solely on trying to portray characters in an attractive manner. I like to see characters who are attractive within the context of a good story. It's much more meaningful.

    My thoughts on the subject of piracy:
    Everyone likes to be a victim because it's always beneficial. Lonesnipa has already said most of what I wanted to say, but I wanted to make a list of the factors that I doubt companies consider when they whine about piracy:

    1. The people who can't afford a copy won't buy one anyway.
    2. People pirate a copy to try it out, and then spend money if they like it and can afford it.
    3. Companies gain free publicity through the distribution of pirated copies.

    If they took these into consideration, they'd find that it probably balances out in the end.

    I think piracy is only really bad when the people who deserve to be paid, aren't. It's hard to feel sympathy towards huge companies that want to be richer than they already are, especially when most of them are publishers who didn't create anything themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous

    ...holy crap. you know nothing about the Japanese economic crisis, do you?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Gag, you young whippersnappers and yer' moe and fanservice. Hey get off me lawn!!!

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