Have you ever considered the possibility that you could write a popular anime? Surely it’s not hard as some of the anime airing these days is substandard. You just need a push, someone to motivate you to open that text document and start. That somebody is me.
So all good stories start with a protagonist and since we are going to follow a formula which guarantees success our protagonist will be a male transfer student from Tokyo. He is a bit of a wimp but when the time comes he can save the day. I think it would be neat if he had a mustache but lets not get too crazy.
Now that we have a character we need a setting. Obviously we want to go with something unique so lets pick a school in a country town where everybody knows everybody.
So now we have a killer set up lets get cracking on the plot. On his way to school our transfer student spots a really pretty girl with long blue hair. She will be the love interest but we will explain that later.
Once at school the protagonist meets another guy who has spiky hair and is a bit of a push over when it comes to ladies. He hits on them but they find him creepy. The pair instantly become frineds despite a clear clash in both interest and personality.
Enter pretty girl. The blue hair girl from before comes in quietly and this confirms our protagonist is attracted to her. She isn’t just a pretty face however. She has to have some kind of special trait that is unique to her. Maybe she is a ghost, a zombie, or a magic girl? She can read minds? Yeah lets go with that.
So to make things interesting. Our protagonist has a special ability that only the girl is aware of. It’s a two parter so this is something unique to this anime. First off she cannot read his mind. Secondly when she is around him she can only read the malicious thoughts of other people.
For good measure we need to add a really cute girl who has a crush on the protagonist. She is completely ignored however as he is clearly in love with a girl with no romantic feelings for him.
Congratulation you just created an anime exactly like every other anime ever. It has an interesting dynamic between the two main characters as the girl enjoys being in the company of someone she cannot read the thoughts of but at the same time being around him brings out the worst in other people. Would you want this anime? Of coarse you would; You are watching at least one anime this season with this formula.