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danasider said:

But I most enjoyed Satoshi Kon's works. All of it is impeccable in quality, tone, pacing, etc. Instead of the melodramatic vibe I get from most anime I've tried to watch and failed, his works are like American dramas but with awesome animation.

Perfect Blue.

When it was released back in the day, it was dubbed as "Hitchcock plot made by Disney" because at that time japanese cartoon/anime was looked down by critics


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Sorry to those who were disappointed by my deletion of the OP's original contents. The crux was that I was/am pleased with the evolution of American animation of the last 30 years and that I had been inspired to say as much by the amazingness that was the first episode of Infinity Train. I had remarked about how anime had seemed clearly superior to me back in the '90s with such series as Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, and other examples, as well as movies like Grave of the Fireflies, Akira, and Ghost in the Shell, but that that perception has changed over the years, as American animation began to improve (again, in my view) starting with Samurai Jack and the 2000s-era Teen Titans program and has since included not only a list of notable comedies, but also programs like (going in approximately chronological order here), Avatar: The Last Airbender, Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, The Legend of Korra, Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. And I'm really looking forward to the release of more episodes of Infinity Train!

I had mainly intended to highlight the all-around superiority of these newer American cartoon programs to the American cartoons I grew up with like the original She-Ra and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and so forth, but I think this point got lost to misguided generalizations and complaints about newer anime shows. I love the genuine sense of childlike wonder that so many of today's American cartoons convey, even as they've evolved to become highly accessible to older audiences. That combination of developments results in them reminding me what it was like to be a kid. That's the heart of what I was trying to say. I just think that modern American animation is underappreciated (especially outside the U.S.)

Last edited by Jaicee - on 31 July 2019