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There have been some great psychological anime over the years, but where have they all gone recently?
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20 Jun 2017 - 1:45 PM  UPDATED 20 Jun 2017 - 1:45 PM

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In the latest episode, Joey and Aki dig into a big question that has come up in the anime world in recent years - why hasn't there been more psychological anime? 

Joey and Aki has noticed that the market these days tend to focus towards more fan service-y types of anime, and this has played a part in the recent lack of psychological anime in recent years. Prior to the "rise of anime in the West" (Joey hates that phrase), anime was more "underground" and more of a niche, thus there was more creative freedom to tackle edgier, more psychological-themed content due to the relative lack of censorship.

But as more anime aimed at children (like Naruto and One Piece) started to push anime to the forefront, the need to appeal to younger audiences meant that censorship of grittier anime started happening more frequently, and this ultimately played a part in the gradual decline of more violent, psychological anime, such as Tokyo Ghoul.

Hit the audio tab above ^ to listen to Joey, AkiDearest, and Gigguk talk about the recent lack of psychological anime at the 3:00 mark

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