Let's face it. There's so little that is unique in the anime we watch these days. We are so far removed from the golden age which I generously attribute as the 80's to the end of the 90's. Regardless, I religiously keep up with whatever shows might be airing every season for the past several years which has led me to realize how very little surprises me in the content I see. A few days ago, I watched a video that shows that one doesn't even have to look beyond the ever important opening scene to see just how much trace and paste anime is especially these days.
Derek Lieu is the man responsible for this great video and has a webcomic over at Kick in the Head. It's truly funny that some anime fans have called him out as a hater but as he said, "Who would put that much effort into something they hate?" No matter how much one may like anime, you really can't be blind to the reality of things. I definitely commend Derek on his sharp eyes and the time he took to put together such a sobering piece of work.
What do we have to blame in the end? Perhaps it's the stagnating industry where those in the biz are getting paid less and less as the years go by. Not to mention a lot of the sketch work ends up being outsourced to Korea, China, and Vietnam in order to cut costs. A lot of shows that airing nowadays are adaptations of manga, light novels, and the like so there's very little original source material. Fortunately, this current season has some refreshing content like Star Driver, a mecha show with flashy and flamboyant tendencies which can be described as a mash-up between Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Revolutionary Girl Utena, and the vulgar yet cartoony Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, which at first glance looks like something out of a Power Puff Girls episode but is rife with adult situations as well as homages to Western pop culture.
Now that we're maybe in the midst of a post-moe boom era, more original anime will be aired as there are less existing material to adapt. In fact, it may even be safe to say that there is a good deal of post-modernism since Neon Genesis Evangelion within some shows aired in the last couple years. In the end, we'll still probably be seeing a lot of characters running from the right to left in the midst of sakura petals in opening sequences to come.