why anime characters act in such exaggerated/unrealistic way?
Why hyperbole is such a commom thing in anime anyway?
>why movie characters act in such exaggerated/unrealistic way?
>Why hyperbole is such a commom thing in movies anyway?
Is just as accurate.
And the answer is "because they are movies". Any other stupid questions?
Probably the same reason why actors in a play exaggerate, but for a slightly different reason.
Acting in plays is often exaggerated, because it's difficult for people who sit far away to see small movements of the body and face.
The same is probably true for anime. With a low budget it's difficult to animate everything that a normal human body does while interacting, so they exaggerate a lot to compensate.
How can you find all the characters acting as completely retarded/mentally unstable persons a good thing?How can you suspend your disbelief about something that so poorly written ?
>maybe you should try watching good movies
I tried that, it turns out that "good" movies are generally just people staring out a windscreen for two hours looking contemplative.
Why is this the case for western film critics almost always? They cannot tolerate anything unrealistic unless it's a kid's film. It's like realism is some Holy Grail for them. Like their brain can't comprehend surreality.
Exaggerated actions help kids who are not fully able to understand nuance in emotion yet as their experience is not yet at the depth and breadth of a normal adult. Japanese otaku are the equivalent of /a/. This covers the full gamut of the audience for anime.
Because the audience has autistic tendencies so they need to exaggerate facial emotions because they can't pick it up otherwise.
I remember reading something about kids who watched a lot of Thomas the Tank Engine switching over to anime as teens for the same reason.
Never have I seen an anime that was able to portray realistic human emotions.
Perhaps the only one that was remotely close was Neon Genesis Evangelion
Socially, the interaciton of japanese people has always been notoriously held back and reserved. There is actually a great movie called Shall we Dance (1996) which addresses this situation. Even between family members, it is considered rude to portray your feelings directly and unrestrained.
Japanese society is about efficiency and is held together by thousands of social etiquettes.
This is why Anime is never able to portray realistic characters that act like human fucking beings. Whether it comes to design, personality, body proportions, and internal fears, they all flop face down.
Anime is all about style over substances, aesthetics over actuality. The best anime are the ones with the best concepts.
>Never have I seen an anime that was able to portray realistic human emotions.
Well this man may be an erudite and knowledgeable individual...
>Perhaps the only one that was remotely close was Neon Genesis Evangelion
Fucking dropped. Eva characters are all nutcases designed specifically to be mentally ill.
OP here,i think that SSY does that in a very good way,at least in parts.
The show keeps the majority of flamboyant/exaggerated behaviour and melodramatic bullshit in check.
You missed the point completely. Of course EVA characters are mostly nutjobs. But they're extreme versions of human beings. They have fears, dreams, and weaknesses like humans do. They are effective and realistic portrayals of regular people driven insane
And also, not every EVA character is a nutjob. Ritsuko was a good character and she was a normal person, as was Misato.
Oh the melodrama. The horrible melodrama!
The forced conflict, the forced characteristics, the flashbacks and internal thought sequences which directly tell you who the characters are
And I agree Berserk does a good job with this too.
Agree with this,Shinsekai Yori really break many stale anime tropes
But most people aren't mentally ill, so you are not seeing realistic portrayals of normal people in Eva
>Ritsuko was a good character and she was a normal person, as was Misato.
The animespecifically addressed Ritsuko and Misato as also nuts. Ritsuko because of her inferiority complex due to never being able to steal Gendo's focus away from Yui or Rei and Misato because she was part of the second impact and was traumatized for a long time, began seeking out sex partners like mad and desired to feel the false, bodily love of other humans
Rei clones may be the most realistic imitations of real humans in anime. Humans don't typically show a lot of emotion in their day to day lives.
Where are you people coming from and why are you here?
why cartoon characters act in such exaggerated/unrealistic way?
Why hyperbole is such a commom thing in cartoon anyway?
it's one of the most cringe things in anime for me.
See Clannad for example,the show has many amazing things but the dramatic scenes look like the most forced things i ever saw
Exaggerated emotions look kinda cool
Has nobody mentioned Ghost in the Shell for a specific reason so far? Besides the extremely unnatural precision that they speak in, there isn't much crazy shit that happens besides when the normal characters state why crazy shit is happening.
I was just being ironic to point out how facile his outlook on film is; not actually comparing his view to Eberts. But as for your question, there are a few reasons that I can find for this.
The first (easy) reason why people are critical of "un-realism" is that average or normal people have small comfort zones and dislike things they are not used to, though I hesitate to use terms like "normal". Naturally, some of these people also become the film critics you ask about.
A second, though this is (I hope) for more informal criticism is that works are praised or faulted for their realism in other criticism. This is fair when when the realism or lack thereof does not fit with the style of a work which seeks to be realistic. However some people, hear works being criticized on realism and apply it to works that are not even in that style so it is misapplied.
In regards to published film critics:
There has been a "bias" against fantasy works in the US, in published criticism, awards, and so on. The reason for this is that for a very long time in modern history, genre fiction has been the domain of things like comics and pulp novel, mass-produced, general fiction that was frequently disposable, exploitative, or marketed towards youth and simply not of high quality. These traits persists and are applied to other fantasy works, like genre films, even if it is not fair to the work.
There are other reasons like trends in literature and film, that is a main one
Show made for children.
It wasn't mentioned because there are many anime/manga you could mention where characters have more subdued, realistic demeanor.
OP and the rest just need to watch more than the 20 or so shows they've seen.
I don't want to hear gatou bitching about how he missed the garbage truck, I don't want the major to relay her latest lesbian dream orgy. Just discuss work topics is good enough
GitS is an example of what happens when you try to make anime characters realistic. You get a boring, lifeless procedural detective drama and then in the eps where they discuss philosophy and such like non-real humans, it seems all the more awkward and abrupt
OP and the like are generalizing but that generalization is true. There are a lot of exceptions with more subdued characterization, but hyperbole is still the norm in anime characterization
>there are people who actually think this
Shit, now that I think about it LoGH does have a more realistic cast (although they are in the year 3000 something).
>Sick of characters who act in such exaggerated/unrealistic way
>Then we get this guy
>This is fair when when the realism or lack thereof does not fit with the style of a work which seeks to be realistic. However some people, hear works being criticized on realism and apply it to works that are not even in that style so it is misapplied.
This is valid.
>The first (easy) reason why people are critical of "un-realism" is that average or normal people have small comfort zones and dislike things they are not used to, though I hesitate to use terms like "normal".
That's not true. Some of the most popular and favored works are not realistic. Myths are such a case and have always been liked by the average person.
>There has been a "bias" against fantasy works in the US, in published criticism, awards, and so on. The reason for this is that for a very long time in modern history, genre fiction has been the domain of things like comics and pulp novel, mass-produced, general fiction that was frequently disposable, exploitative, or marketed towards youth and simply not of high quality.
I think the discomfort with fantasy is recent. As in maybe last 30 years or even more recently than that. A lot of critics are the type of people who you can call an edgy atheist that rebels against anything they think is superstitious. There are exceptions with things like LOTR .
To be clear, I'm not saying this is the case for all atheists/agnostics. This is just a recent trend that has been picked up by film critics who largely are that type of liberals.
Real drama is organically put in the plot and believable to the viewer.
Forced drama is by default when characters do dramatic things that don't seem very believable to the viewer due to they thinking that actual human beings would not do or think the same thing as the show character in that specific moment,thus the watcher loses immersion/suspension of disbelief in that scene
Forced drama can be found very much in anime
>Characters making a big deal and acting desperate over nothing
>Characters crying and having mental breakdowns over the most stupid reasons
>Characters yelling and making exaggerate moves over anything
This things are not very believable to the watcher because actual people don't do that.
It's one thing when ONE character does that being like this is actually a trace of his personality,it's another when being like this is a normal/standard thing in the show
>It's one thing when ONE character does that being like this is actually a trace of his personality,it's another when being like this is a normal/standard thing in the show
So basically Eva is entirely forced drama to you? Then why does everyone fap to it and say it's realistic portrayal of insane people?
I don't want to be anti-autism here.
Aren't a large part of hardcore anime fans autistic? This can explain the appeal with exaggerated actions/emotions since autistic people have a harder time picking up the subtlety. And since the anime industry is highly driven by BD/DVD sales numbering in a much smaller number than the total viewership in Japan, this can explain along with certain aspects of modern urban Japanese culture, why anime is the way that it is.
This is the only answer I can think of that makes sense, but then you get some anime with very good budgets (even films) and the expressions/emoting is still exaggerated to a point of breaking immersion.
All acting is hammy/over acted hyperbole by nature. Do you in your every day life deliver perfect lines and thoughts? Stand around posing or getting a good angle? Things that are shot in a more relaxed 'natural' manner tend to be boring. Anime for the most part takes the hammy acting and runs with it instead of trying to pretend otherwise.
The problem with EVA is that everything is hyperbolic,the archetypes and thoughts of the characters are actually real/believable but they are portrayed in a extremely exaggerated manner in the show
Almost all animation has ultra-expressive characters. That's half the point of using animation instead of live action in the first place. It's not specific to anime and it has nothing to do with autism.