I never said it was a bad thing, just that it wasn't anything new.Am a bit confused as to why Fullmetal Alchemist involving resurrecting the dead is a bad thing just because Mary Shelly thought of it back in 1818.
And it's not like Anime has a monopoly on the themes Moira was talking about, so to suggest otherwise, to me, is what seems limited.
Now I know that some anime is better than others, but the fact remains that it's very much become a victim of it's own success. The artform really hasn't moved forward substantially, and that formula has become the basis for what I call "mass-produced mediocrity" -- where quality has given way to quantity -- all in the name of a buck. Shame really. There was so much potential.
I'm not much for what our mainstream animation studios produce either, so on that we can agree. I prefer the up-and-comers, the independents, and studios that aren't afraid to take risks. Unfortunately, the business is a numbers game, so for now mainstream is where it's at. And like the goose that laid the golden egg, I doubt Japan OR America is in a race to pluck that bird.To me, it's like me watching the movie "Scooby Doo," and judging that all American films must be ridiculous drivel.
BTW, I've never seen Scooby Doo, so I'll take your word for it.
I'm sure the kids love it though.