@redhotchilimist: Well you touched on the popular ones that I was thinking of. I think when anime does it it's also usually in a style that I find crappy looking more often than not. When They Cry was interesting conceptually but stylistically bankrupt in my eyes. I thought some parts of Steins; Gate are okay but I was not as enamored as most people were with it overall. I also don't like these shows because of how they set a precedent for just making the blandest looking character designs and letting the premise do the heavy lifting as if that excuses a crappy aesthetic. At least the video games you mentioned didn't have a look or style to them that made me want to barf. I prefer cohesion above exploitation in this case and those are two examples of the former in my opinion. For the record I thought ERASED had an okay look to it but I did not watch all of it.
Western time travel stories are usually bad and full of inconsistencies. Anime at least has world building in their time travel stories. Most explain their time travel rules early on as they become essential to the plot. How does the West do time travel? The last one I saw was Looper and it was simply too broken to enjoy.
I wish to echo the "Please Stop" Award is worthy of a trend which dominates an entire industry with moribund sources of entertainment attempting to ape a popular creation. There were at most two or three shows. Secondly, none of those shows came across as shameless cash grabs worthy of condemnation. Each featured a different interpretation of the theme rather than churning out the same garbage.
And if we are going to move forward with the "Please Stop" Award then I would like to propose "Some asshole gets stuck in a video game/virtual reality world," because that shit is really driving me crazy.
I can't believe they are still making that the "stuck in VR" genre a thing.
i love MLB the Show's career mode but you feel so out of touch with the rest of the league. It needs a similar social media news board like the NBA 2k series. I remember pitching my ass off in the minor leagues, and thinking that I would get called up but then all of the sudden I get traded and promoted. Career mode needs a little more charm and interaction like real life to make it feel fleshed out.