Yeah, I know what you might be thinking here. Why a guy whom I don’t even know is telling me what he hates about my favourite thing in this world? But wait! Hear me out on what is the one thing I hate about anime.
This five-letter word has always been very technical (especially shounen). Characters brag about their fighting techniques and constantly say: “I have to get stronger!”
That can get repetitive and be painful sometimes to watch.
I watched Digimon back in the day and I believe that was my first anime. Pokemon was my second, I think. Then came shows like Doraemon, Shinchan, etc. that defined my childhood.
After a gap of like ten years from this small but monstrous word “anime”, someone recommended me a show that shows the pinnacle of smartness in the name of “Death Note“. I was completely blown away by that.
And then I watched multiple shounen blockbusters in anime like Attack On Titan, One Punch Man, Jujutsu Kaisen and the latest one being Tokyo Revengers.
Although I don’t hate any anime, I just have one complaint regarding it. And that is the problem in nearly every show but that doesn’t stop me from watching them which literally changed the perspective of how I see life.
Without any further ado let me jump right into the issue.
Shows taking too much time in explaining
Anime shows typically take more than enough time to explain something. Whether it is explaining an attack in the middle of a fight scene or reminding the audience of what a character wants to do, anime shows sometimes exaggerate it.
Let me explain this in two aspects.
1. Constant reminder of a character’s aim
Like in the show Tokyo Revengers (I love the show by the way), the main character in the name of Hangaki Takemichi explains his aim multiple times in just five minutes. He would say: “I have to save everyone!”
After some time he would again say: “I have to save everyone!”
All right, man! We get it. You want to save everyone but you don’t have to remind us every time. One time is enough.
I understand that it’s important to tell the audience that this acts as a character motivation but sometimes it gets exaggerated. And even before you know it, two minutes have been wasted.
But in the end, this flaw doesn’t stop Takemichi from being a fascinating character. Those who still think that he is not worthy of being the main character of a show, just wait as you will be stunned and blown away when you will see his character development and surely recognise him as the GOAT (or close to the GOAT).
Another example being Demon Slayer, which has one of the kindest main characters at its disposal in the name of Kamado Tanjiro. He tends to remind himself to calm down every once in a while.
That can get repetitive a bunch of times and that is what I hate about anime shows, but it shouldn’t be a problem for anyone.
At the end of the day, this is just a minor thing to focus on.
2. Explaining fighting techniques
When I was about to watch Jujutsu Kaisen, I was really pumped up about the show. There was a lot of hype when the show aired and after watching it, I understood why. Those eye shattering visuals, that top-level animation, likeable characters, phenomenal fighting skills, etc.
What was not there to like? Well, there was one thing (at least for me).
Like in a fight scene, characters tend to explain too much about their fighting techniques and their individual attacks. I know that the concept of cursed energy is simply mind-boggling and a bit difficult to understand but sometimes they expound it too much.
For instance, when Maki Zenin fights, she talks about what she would do next and how would she use her technique to defeat her opponents. Like her, other characters do the same. This can build tension in a scene but sometimes, it works the opposite way.
Shows involving powers
Even in Naruto, characters explain a lot about Chakra and praise other opponents for how strong they are. That just takes too much time. I actually felt a little bored and impatient when they did that. I was like: “Start the fight already! That’s enough talking.”
This kind of issue mainly occurs in shows which have characters filled with their individual powers and to explain their unique powers, the show tends to take more time.
I feel like doing that kind of thing breaks the momentum of a fight scene sometimes, but hey, anime shows have been like this from the start. And eventually, it doesn’t hurt much to go through them.
Attack On Titan does everything differently in my opinion. They just fight. That’s it. There is nothing to it. It is focused on the story and that, it delivers.
Tokyo Revengers too, but it has no powers for its characters, only fists, kicks and “mind-blowing” pipes! So there is not much talking within a fight scene.
Conclusion: Anime is all right!
Even if I take these minor things as flaws, I won’t stop watching anime as it is something that makes me move and fills me with tremendous ecstasy. I regret nothing.
Even if that is the thing that I hate about anime, it doesn’t bother me to an extent that I would drop the show. Never!
Anime keeps getting better and better, no one can deny that. Every show that is about to come in the upcoming months is full of nothing but hype. Be it Demon Slayer, Chainsaw Man, Attack On Titan or Blue Lock, every show has built up its own fan base and people are looking forward to it.
All in all, I won’t mind much if anime keeps spending time on some redundant speeches. The bottom line is that I love to watch anime.
Komi Can’t Communicate is an anime where I don’t think you would have a problem. Read this blog post to find out.