Originality? In My Anime?

Hey guys, it’s the Andy-San here to discuss something that I’ve come across while planning my next slog: anime originality.

I looked around a couple sites to kinda get a feel for how other people review anime, and all of the reviews were complaining about the lack of originality in [insert anime here]. The thing is, anime is very formulatic. It basically takes a known winning combination and adds its own spin to it. Take Love Hina for example. Sure, Ranma 1/2 and other old-school anime did it first, but I still love Love Hina. It took the pretty standard harem romantic-comedy and added its own take on it, such as the girls initially hating the main male character when in most rom-coms he’s the center of their attraction. Like I said, Ranma 1/2 already did that with Ranma and Akane’s relationship, but Love Hina upped the ante and had essentially all of the main girls hate Keitaro in the beginning and for awhile after that. If I had begun to complain about the lack of originality in anime, I would have sworn it off years ago and converted…to Islam (inside joke lol)!!

Anime is just like every art form in existance in that it’s continuously evolving; constantly changing what it was before while still retaining what it was originally. Take yourself for instance. You’re always moving forward with new life experiences. Those who refuse to accept this will live in misery forever. I know, I was there once. When I was living with my aunt, she sympathised my frustrations but didn’t do much to help me resolve them. That’s why I moved back in with my parents. Although they can be annoying at times, they help to keep me focused as well as resolve my issues.

So what does this have to do with anime? It’s simple really: anime has been the same thing since before it was even created, and that is human expression. While other animals may evolve into something smaller or grow wings, our greatest natural weapon, our consciousness, is reshaping itself much faster than physical evolution. Because of this, our methods of expression are changing as well.

Now with all this talk about change, where are the consistencies you ask? Well, we’re still on the same planet as we were billions of years ago (according to most). We were born as humans with two biological parents. What happens after that is our own individual evolution.

Wow, I really went off on a rant there, didn’t I? To sum it all up (and to bring us back on topic hopefully), Love Hina is essencially the evolution of Ranma 1/2.

As I’ve said earlier in this post, I plan on doing some anime reviews in slog form. Slog is short for sound log (kinda my take on how the word “vlog” was made) and it’s basically a podcast-of-sorts. The main difference between a slog and a podcast is that a slog is much shorter than a podcast. My slogs are around 5-8 minutes long while the average podcast is an hour or two or even longer.

Stay tuned for my upcoming anime review slog on Love Hina. Love & Peace!!