American dramas would be over after 6 episodes if any of the characters had any common sense.
Haven't been watching anime recently (saddly). I do enjoy watching a few (as in one or two) American Dramas such as House. What I *have* been watching are Japanese and Korean TV dramas. They're hilarious XD
i don't watch american drama
actually i don't watch tv at all XD
only watch downloaded anime and japanese drama/movies on my PC
but HEROES is exceptional as i somehow found it interesting...
maybe because HIRO speaks japanese...
I don't hate American shows or anything but I've never really gotten into them.
Well to tell you the truth, Animax does not only aired in ur country. Since its a cable channel. Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and some countrys have animax too.
For the most part, my viewing times are a bit more heavy on the anime side.
But I have been keeping up with Prison Break since its conception as well as House.
Other than those, I dont watch any other American dramas.
if Anime is "just cartoons" american drama is just Barney and Sesame street.
I've only been watching anime for two years now (albeit quite a lot of it...), so I'm a late bloomer compared to most of the folks here. :3 IMHO, both can be amazing (on a deeper level than "just" entertainment), great entertainment, average entertainment or utter crap.
Buffy was the first show which dragged me into fandom (and straight to the internet, actually, back in 2001 or so), and along with some of Joss Whedon's other works, it remains firmly in the first category. The West Wing and the Sopranos are up there as well. And I feel the same way about, for instance, the Cowboy Bebop movie, or Honey and Clover.
Then there's the second category. Right now, I think that House and Supernatural are providing some really great entertainment. I felt the same about Lucky Star, Higurashi, etc.
As for some of the titles mentioned, Heroes I could never get into... I enjoyed the first season of Lost, after which they indeed "lost" me definitely. 24 was more addictive in the earlier seasons -- now I mostly watch it for laughs. Battlestar Galactica I will try to catch up with sometime when I can give it my undivided attention.
I have never seen Prison Break, but I think I would reccomend:
Alias, pre-jumping the shark (around season 4, if I remember correctly)
House (a must see, even just for one episode)
Supernatural, if you can deal with there being very few ladies :D
So, you're saying that no anime has ever dragged on past beating a dead horse and no anime has ever had a non-conclusive ending? LOL.
The only thing I tend to watch on our local TV is the News.
I usually use our TV for playing my PS2, and I watch anime when I'm done playing (usually late at night, but when there is school I usually watch 2 episodes before hitting the hay)
I dunno, but anime seems better for me because of their exaggerated expressions and because of the voice actor's performance. But I can't deny that Dr. House rocks even though I've only managed to watch one episode.
BTW, nice pic of the Lancelot there shooting out its slash harken.
It's really an apple and pear question. Each got it's own plus and minus points. Personally, which ever got a more interesting storyline + music + acting gets my vote any time!
I have this habbit, that when I'm doing something (while not on the computer) I must have something that makes noise (besides my mom) or else it's too quiet, so I turn on the TV on AXN. But usually I am bussy with homeworks and anime ;D
i take anime over american drama any day. only good american dramas are "friends" and "i love raymond". and these don't really count as drama because they don't really have a strong story.
I can watch whatever that comes on TV but I much prefer to watch anime over it. I only watch TV when I've run low on anime series or when I feel that I've watched enough for the day.
no doubt that i still enjoy watching anime, TV series has been a good run for me. series like Prison Break, Ugly Betty, The Big Bang Theory and Britain's Got Talent make me wanna watch them every week due to its good storyline.
I like both. I Can't choose because those in my opinion are two different things and both have their qualities.
Anime, hands down. I just don't switch the TV on enough to know what's new with dramas. I guess I should cut down on my anime intake...
very true. American drama and overall story-telling in all media is rather bland and lacks the depth and artistry that you see in Anime and Japanese story-telling. Heros had to be probably the closest I've seen an American production come to mimicking at least something from the east. I enjoyed what I saw of it but as with western artwork, American TV drama just is meh. Hollywood movies can be great but that's mainly because of their high production values. Japanese dramas can do 10x better with 10x less production value. Now if we could see a movie with the $$$ backing of a big blockbuster Hollywood movie but story, production, characters and most or all actors being Japanese...that would be something to behold.
Story is an important point for me but I tend to side with anime more.
Got stuck with Heroes when it aired here, pretty nice story to me. Has a liking for conspiracy type stories.
Thats pretty much the only drama I watch.
I don't watch TV drama at all, i did have a little interest in Prison Break but i never found the time to keep up with that show. I don't watch much TV to begin with unless there's sports on like the NBA, the MLB or the NFL.
The only show i'm following right now on Fox 11 here in L.A. is Hell's Kitchen but that's actually a reality show.
I watch both.
too much times on my hand eh? hehehe
The thing that i hate most about american drama is that it's driven by rating and not always the storyline. Take Prison Break as an example, the first season was awesome, one of the best show on during that season and it would of been perfect to just end it after 2 seasons but no, they dragged it out to go on and on and now the story is so stupid that i really lost interest in it.
Anime used to be great, a 26 episodes anime usually setup and build characters in it's first half and start to wind down the story as it approach the ending and have a real ending. Now it seem that most anime are getting setup to have a second season or even a third and it keep on going and some time just leave it with such an open ended ending that leave the series in ruin. Now a day i usually wait until the anime end before i start it and i look to see that it look to have a decent ending.
which do i prefer?? ANIMEEEEEEEEE!!! ^^ i really get bored watchin Lost or Prison Break
I love anime, but I have yet to find an anime that I can, without a doubt, say is better than House M.D.
I don't make a conscious effort to watch much on American TV (there's so much garbage). The only show I'd consider a drama that I watch is Battlestar Galactica, which is almost over. I do watch some Comedy Central and Cartoon Network shows. Namely Reno 911, Daily Show/Colbert Report, South Park, Robot Chicken, Home Movies, and The Venture Brothers...oh and Myth Busters. Not much else. Watch absurd amounts of anime though.
It's just more interesting, I guess. I like fantasy more than I do modern stories, and there's plenty of that in anime. Plus I don't have to watch TV actors who couldn't act their way out of a paper bag.
I'll second that Nodame recommendation. I'm a big fan of the anime, and I loved the live action show as well. It's a fantastic show for music fans; really loved watching the orchestras play (or at least (maybe) pretend to play) all those great songs.
The "crime" genre is really in right now. I can't stand watching those shows, personally. They're so boring to me, and every episode is just sort of the same stuff over and over again. My boyfriend loves them though, which drives me nuts.
JDrama has some of the funniest stuff I've ever seen. It's so incredibly cheesy at time, but it's genuinely funny. Unfortunately the guys aren't always quite as pretty as the girls. It's not really fair. :(
Use to watch Lost but "lost" interest in the subsequent seasons. Now I just tune in once in awhile to keep up with what was going on, which is hard to do with that show. Most US dramas really bore me but I do like Prison Break. I tend to like shows because of the inner politics and struggles going on.
I have no specific preference because anime and american drama are just mediums to express a story. So what matters is substance of the tale that is told.
But then, anime has a lot of cute girls and explosions...
i seldom watch TV nowadays. too much crappy shows. i spent most of my free time online.
the only TV shows i watch lately are LOST and HEROES. season 2 of HEROES is really awesome! better than season 1. can't wait for the new season.
I say anime. I mostly watch anime and read manga. LOST should be watched from the begining to understand it more but it is still great to watch. Scifi shows are great also, e.g. Heroes.
I vote anime but is it really possible to get accurate results for a poll like this on an otaku site? I'd be curious what a similar poll would be on fansites for US dramas would be.
One of the reasons why I watch anime is because TV series are so boring and lack of ideas and originality. I know there are tons of crappy anime too but anyways I rather watch anime.
The last TV series I really enjoyed was The X files.
Drama shows are incredibly rubbish and boring in my opinion, as is most TV. I tend to just watch anime. Or perhaps the odd comedy show if it is worthy.
For the most part I find the majority of American dramas to be rubbish. But I think Prison Break is the one exception. That is one of the few shows on tv that I go way out of my way to catch. The show is absolutely amazing. Although I must admit, I was pretty disappointed with the second season. The first was just so good, it had to much to live up to. But the third season made up for it, it was very good. Despited the fact we got screwed out of probably 10 episodes because of the writers strike.
I follow some American shows (CSI, Bones, House, as well as a sitcom here and there), but the volume of "good anime" out there, in my opinion, exceeds the volume of "good American dramas" out there. That said, I generally enjoy watching my weekly episode of [A-drama] more than my weekly episode of [anime], though there are exceptions (Gundam 00, for example, was probably one of the best shows I've watched, A-drama or anime).
So for A-drama, there is less of it that I enjoy, but the stuff I enjoy, I enjoy a lot.
For anime, there's lots of decent-good stuff, but very few shows are as enjoyable as the enjoyable A-dramas.
Defenitely hate Drama series... I mean like come on.. I don't get any of the stories lol <--- interesting ^.^
I am not a fan of American Drama, or rather ANY drama... Don't know... Live action is, meh...
Lost makes me lost... I first watched lost when there was some mist monkey thing attacking the island castaways, then they totally got rid of that monster, and went about talking about the other inhabitants, and what not... and I was like, WTF HAPPENED TO THE MIST??? So yea, Lost = Lost...
regardless, my friend has his anime phase and a drama phase... which is quite amusing...
I find American shows to be pretty boring. They are always about every one being angsty and fighting with every one else. And the girls aren't very moe.
the truth is i like both, but american drama which has very long episode smallville tend to get boring, i'm afraid the same thing will happen to HEROES. unlike anime like naruto n one piece, i never get boring watching those although it has very long episode..
I actively avoid watching North American television for various reasons. Mostly because of blatant product placement in everything and most Canadian television companies being puppets controlled from the shadows by various Organized Crime groups such as Hell's Angels.
i'll go for both. it's not like we should leave the reality world, though. Plus, dramas such as HEROES and PRISON BREAK do have their own quality. but the rest? i dunno... but yup, a life without anime is a total nono =)
u shud watch Heroes, danny. it's cool!
Anime all the way. I've tried watching Lost (I really tried for more than 10 episodes), but eventually my interested withered away. I agree with D_Blade, somehow the american dramas seem to be carved out of the same wood. While with anime there's much more variety, it's a miracle how many different people you can present in an anime with a simple change in hairstyle and personality.
I personally like the older series too. Nowadays there are too many terrorist, catastrophe, murderer, tough dudes, hero, soap opera dramas (O.C. and the bunch) going on. Even the Sci-fi seems to lack intelligence and originality nowadays. I've heard that Lost isn't so interesting anymore as it's taking things on to a too weird level. Haven't watched Galactica apart from few episodes so I can't comment on it.
I haven't watched TV at all lately, apart from Full Metal Alchemist and McGyver and some older Bond movies. Being frustrated about it.