Yes, yes they are.
Good article. I agree that character driven movies are more interesting because you try more to relate to them. Most characters are written to be written more over the top to be more interesting and I think, in your example, Inception is one that doesn't do that. They are people, each who have a unique skill. They aren't all emotionally broken or have drug problems, etc... I think I've seen everything you listed except jo jo adventure. Those are some good ones, Welcome to the NHK is one of my favorites.
Welcome to the NHK is also amongst my favorite anime. If you're looking for awesome campy fun then Jojo's Bizarre Adventure (2012) will be right up your alley :P
Not even just movies. .hack//SIGN had AMAZING character development as did the video game Deadly Premonition. Diving deep into a character's feelings or finding out more about them is so much more satisfying.
Someone else who's played Deadly Premonition?! Hell yeah! The mechanics and graphics might have been incredibly outdated, but the fantastic characters made up for it!
For the Japanese? Yes. For me? Nope!
Alas, it's a rarity when something has both good characters AND plot. There was a good haul last autumn that got this, JoJo is already mentioned, but Zetsuen no Tempest and Shinsekai Yori both have great plots whilst being character driven. There really hasn't been a great deal that started airing this year that nailed the characters and plot. Even Attack on Titan's character set was a bit weak. DanganRonpa is the only thing that springs to mind this year that does well on both aspects; there's been many shows could have done both well but just became disappointments such as Maoyuu Maou Yuusha and Hataraku Maou-sama! Characters are definitely an important aspect but most anime focus on nailing that aspect right anyway, TBH I think there does need to be a bigger focus on developing meaningful stories.
For me, the best character development is in .hack//SIGN, BERSERK, and Monster. I could name a few more, but to me, the three I mentioned are top tier in character development. BERSERK and Monster also come as my favorites for plot as well.
But there are no plot without characters, i think you mean character development, then i do say it depends of the anime, Shounen anime like bleach you dont expect much char development in comparison with lets say a romance anime.
Um... did you read the editorial?
Silly Deadlight, this is what happens when you provide "The Answer" in your submission, when the editorial /does/ include the "For me" part as well.
I dont think anything is more important than the overall storyline, yet the plot is usually created around the characters personality. As an inspiring writer myself, I know that you usually start off any story with the actual plot, synopsis if you will. Then you come up with the world the story takes place, and come up with all the colorful characters. Then you go back and try to fit the story around the characters, making them the central point, while still making sure that the story holds up perfectly for the reader.
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