One thing that ironically unites anime fans and anime haters is — you guessed it — the overused clichés. One group hates anime because of these things; the other loves anime just because of it. If you don’t know which is which? Sorry, I can’t help, but I can point out these cliches and you decide where you stand.
Glasses that blank out
Can we all just admit how goated anime characters that do this thing are? This glasses thing will never not be cool! That’s how you know the character is about to make a profoundly wise or foolish statement. Is the move always a tad bit over dramatic? Yes, but what’s not to love?
Eccentric old teachers
Every super cool anime protagonist has that weird, eccentric teacher who uses unconventional means to shape them into heroes. Key examples are Ginpachi and Gojo, etc. You just can’t exist as an anime’s main lead without these weirdo teachers. Also, haven’t we all met an eccentric teacher in our lifetime? It’s cute, please.
When they unsheathe their sword but it has already sliced someone
I know it’s not possible; you know it’s not possible, but it always looks super cool. Especially when they show how the hero did it: opened the sword, wiped the sweat off his head, ran around the room, kicked the villain’s stomach and then sliced him. But all we saw was the slice. Even just thinking about it has me excited. If this thing doesn’t make you happy, then I don’t know for you o.
The gravity-defying haircuts
Not only will their hair defy every law of physics, but it’ll also be the brightest neon colour. I just want to know how their stylists do it..
The beach day
What is life without a beach day filler episode with no fighting or chaos, just ocean waves and good vibes? It’s like the calm before the storm; the rest before the chaos. Anime will give you the most relaxing beach episode, and the next thing you know, someone is dying in the next episode. I love it, sha; it helps you prepare for the worst.
The out-of-place side character
This happens so often it doesn’t even stress med anymore. All the characters will look as normal as anime gets, and then suddenly, a character with the roundest looking head and flattest, most expressionless face will appear from nowhere. They’re usually comic relief sha, so you may eventually find yourself liking random characters like these.
The one episode that’s just fight scenes everywhere
Anyone who has followed a long anime by mistake or on purpose knows what I’m talking about. That endless episode with fight scenes lasting the length of five more episodes can be fun because, yes, fight! But that’s also when you know an important character is about to die. There’s no winning with these people.