Three Things Japanese Anime Does Better Than Western Animation

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Mar 302020
 

The long-live argument of who does better has existed for years. While hard anime fans are convinced that Japanese anime is the superior form, those who prefer Western animation are convinced otherwise. In fact, they are too different for a definitive answer. Each style has its strengths and faults, depending on personal preference. This article focuses on three things that Japanese anime does better than Western animation.

Volume

Japanese anime has sheer volume of episodes, which tends to trump Western animation. With hundreds of episodes sometimes enabling a story to progress through a lot of story arcs, there is more to watch. That is a solid advantage in this age of binge-watching and streaming.

Utilizing its limited animation style makes Japanese anime become easier and cheaper for studios to make, giving them the freedom to pump episodes out at an astounding rate. For example, extremely popular anime Fairy Tail has nine seasons with a combined episode and that doesn’t include the count for the latest season, Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest.

Middle Ground

Western animation typically sticks to two categories: for adults and for children. The stigma cartoons for kids began to break apart through the efforts of Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks with their family films. However, there remains a dramatic age gap in what people watch. While the adult shows are typically crude comedies, kids shows are light, adventure-filled, and avoid taboo subjects like death and war, such as Steven Universe and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Genre Variety

Japanese anime has more sheer range of variety than Western animation. Japanese anime offers something for everyone of every genre, with shows for many demographics, including things that Western animation doesn’t aim for.

From dark fantasy psychological thriller Madoka Magica to cyberpunk space-western Cowboy Bebop, Japanese enimes cover all genre of audiences. Certain Japanese animes such as the hit show Yuri On Ice also features LGBT romances, which is totally absent in Western animation.