For years, the age-old debate of “who does it best” has raged. Devoted anime enthusiasts believe that Japanese anime is the greatest art form and is light years ahead of Western animation. These animation techniques are so advanced that we would like to list five reasons why anime is much better and ahead of western animation.
1. More than enough episodes to watch
The number of episodes of Japanese anime consistently exceeds Western anime. With hundreds of episodes allowing a plot to move through multiple story arcs, there’s more to watch, which is a significant benefit in this age of binge-watching and streaming.
Japanese anime is faster and cheaper to produce due to its constrained animation style, allowing companies to produce episodes at an incredible pace. For example, Fairy Tail, a hugely successful anime, has nine seasons with a total episode count of 328, not adding the count of the current season, Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest.
2. Gives hybrid scenarios for all age groups
Western animation is divided into two categories: animation for children and animation for adults. The perception that cartoons are just for kids has started to fade thanks to the efforts of Dreamworks, Disney, and Pixar with their family movies, but there’s still a significant age gap in what people watch on TV. Adult shows are often crude jokes, while children’s shows are light-hearted, adventure-filled, and avoid taboo subjects like death and war, with notable exceptions like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Steven Universe.
Japanese animation occupies a middle ground, with complex and beautiful stories that aren’t afraid to face reality. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime that does this exceptionally well and appeals to adults and children alike.
3. Filled for all genres
The sheer diversity of Japanese anime greatly exceeds that of Western animation. Japanese anime offers something for everyone, continually pushing the boundaries of the genre with series targeting many demographics, many of which Western animation simply doesn’t advertise for, such as Seinen anime, which exclusively for 15-24 year olds.
From cyberpunk space western Cowboy Bebop to dark fantasy psychological thriller Madoka Magica, there’s something for everyone. Some Japanese anime, like the popular Yuri On Ice, features LGBT romances, a genre that is almost non-existent in Western animation.
4. Best character designs
Due to the limited animation technique, Japanese anime can afford more elaborate character designs, but Western animation keeps things basic, frequently basing its models on shapes.
Compare the popular Western series Adventure Time to anime of a similar genre, such as Hunter X Hunter – the level of detail is vastly different. Anime characters are extremely appealing to fans of fan art and cosplay.
5. Unmatched Character Development
Most Western animation storylines follow a pattern: at the end of each episode, the characters return to their previous state. This could be attributed to networks wanting to be able to air repeats without having to be wary of the sequence of episodes, or to some shows simply not caring about continuity; anyway, it’s become a stereotype that the status quo remains constant until maybe the final episode.
Anime characters grow and evolve, and the changes are often permanent. They learn and grow, which makes the story much more engaging for the viewer than if everything stayed the same. The characters of Fruits Basket have deep and emotional character development, and even though the program is only in its second season, the famous manga promises more to come.