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how often do any of you guys sit down and really think about all the creativity and work that went into the media you consume? anime alone has storyboarding, keyframing, tweening, sound design, voice acting, character design, and a whole plethora of things I can't remember off the top of my head. I've been trying to do it more often lately myself, but it's hard to do that in the moment when the mark of a great craftsman is how they don't get in the way of your experience, but simply add to it. it's probably better to have a specific thing you want to appreciate in mind, then go back and replay/rewatch something with that in mind.


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Most of the time if I notice something exceptional in a work I'll make a mental note about it, but normally I don't try to evaluate everything I could in a work. To try and think critically about something while watching it is usually reserved for a rewatch so that your first experience with a piece of media is minimally muddled by attempts to pick apart it (though if something is bad your mind tends to not get swept up in feeling and you think more critically). I think most people passively appreciate all of this anyways, which is why arbitrary terms are usually used to voice praise of something, so a good idea would be to keep a rating on the stuff you watch so you can come back to it later if it was good enough.


I'm well aware of the fact that most people subconsciously appreciate quality whether they want to or not, I've just been wondering if I might get even more enjoyment out of what I consume if I take a more active interest in the parts that make it work. although I certainly agree I wouldn't do it the first time I'm watching something.


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That’s like appreciating all the steps that go into making a pencil ready to buy. From when the wood is cut to when you hand the cashier the money. That is to say I am aware that the process but aside from that I rarely if every think any deeper on it.
There are certainly some things where I consider the process in greater detail but even then I wind up ignoring most steps as at some point you’ll reach a physical level that can barely be understood let alone appreciated.


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At some point I started doing this subconsciously, the minimum rating for any anime is 4/10 for me.
I also remember that real human beings worked hard to produce it, so even if it's the worst anime ever you still have to give it some love. Of course that doesn't apply to every anime, cashgrab sequels for example deserve no love.


All the time. Most of my favorite series are my favorites because I can sense the staff loved to work on the show. Loved Shirobako and the movie for this reason.


you liked the movie huh...


I try not to, since it takes away from the magic. I do sometimes think about this kind of thing when it's a solo project or small studio producing something, however and it includes strong feels of inadequacy and envy.


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It's not as good as the main series, it's not as good as Sakura Quest, but it captures the complicated emotions of wanting to create something great quite well - especially trying to regain your waning creative spirit. Can't help but appreciate it.

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