i thought death note and code geass were pretty good, how they used semi-lunatics as protagonists and had another person who was a "hero" be the antagonist. the story itself, while is mostly driven by the personalities of the characters, can also be driven on how interesting the story develops especially on major twists that are completely off mark.
another truth is that sometimes i think there are too much fan service in manga. cage of eden actually has a good story line, but i dont like how its heavily relying on fan service while the story is already good enough.
something i also noticed, idk if its just me or not, ive actually started to get interested in more of the animes that dont come from manga, but from short story novels, for instance: Ano Hana, Ano Natsu de Metteru, Hyouka, and Kokoro Connect. these stories actually hold similar styles, while these styles appear in novels, i barely see them in manga, unless i just havent noticed yet :P. i think it would be more interesting if mangakas started to apply these type of styles in writing romance stories, rather than completely fan serviced filled manga pages. there have been pretty interesting romance mangas, one of my favorites is Kare Kano, where people's characteristics, personalities, and back stories are implanted into the story line to make it more "psychologically" tense and interesting.
im going to agree that protagonists that are strong headed like Naruto (Naruto), Ichigo (Bleach) and Natsu (Fairy Tail) are starting to get cliched and there should be some change. i read these mangas and i like the mangas, more than the animes it self. but mangakas should put some thought into creating characters when making a manga, naruto started a good over 10 years ago, along with bleach, when those mangas came out, people of that generation were different from people (kids that read manga) of this generation. i think manga and anime are heavily influenced by the age difference, even if there is only one year apart from age. i can remember one year ago i was still fired up about naruto and bleach but now im more interested in the animes i listed above, which i will remind once again, arent even from mangas, but from novels. there still are good mangas, and i would prefer manga over anime anytime.
one reason i think manga is dying out is the heavy stereotype of the manga reading anime watching society, where we are considered "Otakus" while it carrying a negative cantonation to it. this stereotype is probably just as bad as how asians/indians/jews are considered cheap, while even trure, shouldnt hold a negative schema to it. another thing about anime and manga is that many people think its just simply hentai, while its not completely true. its just a dark side of anime and manga, like how theres is a dark side to politics, it actually helps run a country, even if its not the best. there will always be a dark side to something and i think hentai (while the true translation of this japanese word actually means "pervert" not "porn") is just overly emphasized since the world has made itself overly indulged in this portion of "entertainment."
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