As inspired by a small rant I had in Scott’s comment section.
You know what I want? An anime about coding and/or hacking. Not Hollywood hacking, like Akudama Drive’s Hacker does (warning: TV Tropes link)…a faithful version of it.
I know, I know…no Japanese anime studio is ever going to stumble across a blog in English and go, “Yes! That’s a great topic for an anime!” (Even if I tried translating this into Japanese so that it might have a chance of being read by those parties, I don’t think they would.) However, I think the reason people find certain topics, such as computing or maths, boring is because no one (or not many) people has ever tried to spin something fun out of their passion. Normally, people who make things fun with their passion and become excited about teaching other people things end up being teachers/professors or textbook writers, not animation directors or mangaka. (Then again, I guess even IT people like to not think about work when they want to relax with an episode…)
I guess it’s kind of sad, in the case of computing. Almost everything I’ve tried for the computing aspect fails on that aspect – which is, so far, the very small list of Gridman and New Game – and one anime I did try for other reasons – The Perfect Insider – succeeds by using computing concepts in its mystery.
Sidebar: This also begs the question: Does SSSS.Dynazenon (which is coming this spring, as of this post) fit this criterion…? It’s hard to tell right now, seeing as Gridman has a sort-of-source in the tokusatsu show but Dynazenon is going to be all-new…
IT is one of those topics that’s also seen massively at odds with socialising – and hence it doesn’t look very exciting to a bunch of people – because it’s such a solitary thing to do if you don’t have people you can learn from or with, but nobody ever said that about, say, learning a language now, did they…? (Probably because to practise speaking, you need two people, but you can self-study entire computing languages without having to interact with a real person, I guess.) The Perfect Insider also suffers from a similar plight – it’s mostly characters standing around and monologuing, because its source is a novel, on top of the fact it’s a mystery. People find it boring because there’s stuff being done, sure, but not all of it translates to an exciting and compelling experience because people want to see stuff being done, not necessarily the stuff that goes on under the hood. (…Well, some IT people are interested in that too, or else no one would ever figure out how code works.)
On the other hand, one thing that could be potentially adapted to mitigate this (seemingly small?) demand is Ne0;lation, although that was cut short and so it would need a proper ending to justify adapting it. There’s also Bloody Monday, although that’s mired in terrorism so much that I can only really see an adaption of that succeeding on Netflix or Amazon. Furthermore, Scott mentions in his reply coding as an aesthetic is rather popular, but programming itself is pretty boring…which is, sadly, true if you lump “frustrating” in there as well.
I’m sure there are other manga out there about coding and/or hacking which fit my criterion and I don’t know about and I may even have missed an anime which fits the criterion, so sound off in the comments if you have any recommendations for either.