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  • Genre Talk: Adventure

    The Adventure Anime Genre

    Popularity: 10/10

    Commonly mixed with action, historical, or fantasy.

    “A life with no adventure in it is boring. The least a friend can do is stir up a little trouble in your heart.”

    – Gai Tsutsugam (Guilty Crown)

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    When it comes to this genre, the story is drawn out and very detailed. Of course, as the name suggests, the characters are often in search of something. The story line tends to be strong as well as character development, mostly due to the fact they are long stories. The long story can sometimes be tedious to get through and often people will pause watching the series (or reading) and move to something else for a while.

    Adventures are usually a genre in which the main character must risk their lives to reach the goal. The risks can be financial, psychological, or physical. Adventure anime’s can usually cause people to have motivation to get things done. This is because the character is often being given motivation to complete the task.

    Examples of Adventure

    One Piece

    The most well known adventure anime out there. Luffy is on the search for the ultimate pirate treasure, One Piece. With a crew, each member gained as a separate adventure, they sailed through the Grand Line. A series that focuses on its character and plot development.

    Digimon Adventure

    A group of kids are drawn to the Digital World to search for a way to save both that world and reality. They face many perils along the way as well as other small adventures.

    Samurai Champloo

    A pairing of three random people in search for a samurai that smells of sunflowers.


  • Genre Talk: Dark Fantasy

    The Dark Fantasy Anime Genre

    Popularity: 8/10 (USA), 8/10 (Japan)

    Commonly mixed with Horror and Supernatural.

    “Don’t you think it’s beautiful? That rosy red that spreads only where the body is wounded. Shall I paint you in that lovely red?”

    – Ophelia

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    As a sub genre of Fantasy, a lot of creatures tend to show up in this anime genre. There will usually be werewolves, vampires, and even sociopaths as the main characters. Due to this, it shows the monsters point of view and usually extreme violence and blood can be seen. This genre is also used to retell old children’s stories as a horror. Sometimes the story will be Japanese folktales as well as fairytales of the west. In most cases the Dark Fantasy genre will stick to medieval like features (ie. castles, knights, lots of lush lands). The other popular time of choice is the 1800s London scene.

    Examples of Dark Fantasy

    Berserk

    The story follows a Guts and Griffith. Griffith is the leader of the Band of the Hawk, a band of mercenaries, and Guts is one of his men. They hunt the Apostles (demonic creatures) and kill them.

    Hellsing

    This anime follows the vampire Alucard. He works for the Hellsing Organization under Integra Hellsing. They are attempting to take down the Millennium and Vatican section XIII.

    Black Butler

    Ciel and his demon butler Sebastian, completed missions for the Queen of England. Ciel sold his soul to Sebastian seeking revenge for the unjust death of his parents.


  • Genre Talk: Bishounen

    The Bishounen Anime Genre

    Popularity: 5/10 (USA), 8/10 (Japan)

    Commonly mixed with Slice of Life.

    “I’m used to being mistaken as a girl.”

    – Haruka Nanase

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    When it comes to the US, this is a pretty unpopular genre. In Japan, though, it is very well loved. The lead role is usually an extremely beautiful man (almost feminine beauty). This is because the targeted audience are teen girls and middle aged women. Since the male lead is very feminine, there is usually a touch of homosexuality. Usually the main character will be very tall and slender. They have clear skin and great hair styles. They are very androgynous, until they take their shirts off. They may appear female at first glance, but they are most certainly males to the core.

    The Bishounen genre often breaks the stereotype for beautiful male characters. In most cases, these characters will do something very masculine as a hobby. Most often the hobby is a sport (kendo, swimming, basketball, martial arts, etc.). In other cases, the character will be very funny or intelligent taking the role of the lead character.

    Examples of Bishounen

    Free!

    This series follows Haruka on his journey to become the greatest swimmer. He lives and breathes water.

    No. 6

    In a perfect town called No. 6, Shion meets another boy named Rat. His life drastically changed after this meeting.

    Vampire Knight

    Yuki Cross has a weird connection to a fellow student Kuran Kaname. She protects his secret, that he is a vampire.


  • Genre Talk: Action

    The Action Anime Genre

    Popularity: 10/10 (USA), 10/10 (Japan)

    Commonly mixed with any other genre.

    “If you cling to being alive, you become frightened and your eyes get clouded. If you don’t have that desire to begin with, you can fight on, right until the end of the world.”

    – Revy

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    Action is an extremely common genre for any form of animation, film, books, etc. Usually this genre is mixed with other genres such as adventure, fantasy, mecha, etc. Action anime’s are typically good if what you want is a bunch of fight scenes. In some cases that is what you get. Although they can get annoying, action anime have the best fight scenes (usually). Sometimes, though, the action genre can lack character development or underlying stories. This is not always the case though. Some actions are longer and allow for more character development.

    Examples of Action

    Attack on Titan

    The story follows what is left of the human race and how they survive amongst giant Titans.

    Bleach

    The story follows a new Soul Reaper, Ichigo. He must use his powers to save the human race from evil spirits and others to the afterlife.

    Fate/Zero

    It follows the events of the 4th Holy Grail War. Summoning seven Heroic Spirits, each member fights to obtain the Holy Grail.


  • Genre Talk: Comedy

    The Comedy Anime Genre

    Popularity: 8/10 (USA), 9/10 (Japan)

    The most commonly mixed genre, it is often mixed into every other genre.

    “So tell me, what’s it like living in a constant haze of stupidity?”

    – Hiei

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    Of course, Japanese idioms and humor is added which most other cultures do not understand. When watching in subtitles, some people will not get the jokes. Due to this, when they dub the anime the jokes will be changed. The comedy is usually used with the character designs and compositions as well as props. Their eyes may change or they may go chibi style. The most popular genre combinations are action, romance, and adventure. This genre is easy to mix in and often gives relief from hard moments.

    Examples of Comedy

    Lucky Star

    This anime does not have an ongoing plot, but focuses on the daily lives of a group of girls. It is set in the city of Kasukabe and follows the life of Japanese high school students: Konata Izumi, Kagami Hiiragi, Tsukasa Hiiragi, and Miyuki Takara.

    FLCL

    The series follows a 12 year old boy, Naota Nandaba. Haruka Haruhara comes into his life and began to create trouble.

    Gintama

    Aliens called Amanto have taken over in the Edo time period. The series follows Gintoki Sakata, Shinpachi Shimuta, and Kagura on their freelancer work. They must make the rent by the end of each month.