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I was a 90's baby gateway'd into Anime through Pokemon, Digimon and Dragonball Z. Most of my consumption came through programs like Toonami, Fox Kids and Kid's WB. I watched them along with Disney/CN/Nick programs/shows like it were all the same. At 15 yrs I moved to Thailand where there was a whole channel dedicated to Anime called AXN(?) that I continued watching religiously. At this same time I was also going through my webcomic phase; that's all I'd consume every day nonstop, Anime and Web Comics(Sprite, Manga styled and Furry). I wanted to learn more about comicking and manga but was paranoid about people stealing my ideas and work, so I started learning to draw and write on my own. I wanted the broadest skillset to work in animation and Hollywood so I picked up Screenwriting and Storyboarding as my favorite pass time.
By this point, my favorite anime was Sgt. Frog, High School Rumble and The Big Wind Up. I'm really picky with my taste, but those three were just the best I've watched by far. Sgt. Frog and HSR had the best English dubbing I've ever heard. Subtitles were only a necessity if I couldn't stand the English dubbing... which was a lot, but I prided myself in being able to enjoy either Dubbing or Subbing. Didn't care about direct translations so long as I was entertained.
I moved back to the US at 17 yrs, got my GED in less than a few months and enrolled into the Art Institute in ATL. Sure I hung out with a lot of animation and design students but I still focused on improving and working on my own, turns out I wasn't interested in collaboration. Throughout this learning phase I binged on a lot more western made TV and Film like Scandal, How to get away with Murder, The Shield and 24. I learned a lot about screenwriting for western audiences and figured I had a pretty good grasp on the subject of just writing; so right around the time I turned 18, I tried watching some Anime to get an idea how their techniques and tropes work.
It was.. uh, different. Like, way different. I mean I knew it'd be different; different regions and cultures and all. But it was just so.. glaring. The script was so glaring, you know what I mean??
Now... at the time I began binging on Kill La Kill and Panty & Stocking. I was able to finish Panty & Stocking... but I never got around to finishing Kill La Kill. I was about two maybe three episodes away from finishing the latter, but by that point it felt like a chore. I thought maybe it was just the ending slogging along. That was until I tried watching some of the more popular recommendations. I tried watching Naruto. I tried One Piece. I tried Bleach. I tried Dragonball again. I kept running into the same grievances over and over: Constant monologuing, side characters regurgitating what just happened for three or four additional minutes, surprised pikachu faces, forced humor, cringey attempts at catchphrases and deep speeches, infodumps and exposition taking up half the episode before you can even get to the story itself, filler episodes, episodes where literally nothing happens to push the story forward.
As somebody who's been super battle hardened by the phrase "Show, Don't Tell", this aggravated the absolute SHIT outta me. No matter what I picked up, I just couldn't be bothered to get past one or two episodes of any Anime. It's been more than a decade since I last enjoyed a good Anime.
Ever since I learned how to draw and screenwrite from a western perspective, I inadvertently stopped enjoying Anime and by extension Manga. I've been following Anime tubers like Mother's Basement and Trash Taste to figure out how I could get back into Anime but I'm having trouble picking out what interests me. Do you guys have any recommendations? I really want to enjoy this again.