I feel like some of your observations were generalizations, simply because I could see so many exceptions existing.
Yes, I was dealing in generalizations, simply because I see the topic at hand as a generalized "Japanese Anime vs Western Animation." What I'm trying to point out is that, as I see it, Japanese anime has a higher percentage of good series to watch, and a higher degree of variation in themes and genres. A Japanese anime could be a comedy, an action/adventure, a drama, a fantasy epic, a sports-themed show, or any number of different things -- and not
be some kind of freaky exception, because anime is just full of freaky exceptions. Western animation, on the whole, has a much lower percentage of exceptions that aren't meant for children or aren't comedies.
Obviously I can't give you a statistic on this one. It's just my personal observation, and it's the conclusion I inevitably have to come to when I am looking for a good show to watch. When I'm browsing through Japanese anime, I could stumble upon several different genres, find genres that appeal to me and those that don't, or find series that are different from anything I've ever seen. Effectively, the fact that they are animated does not affect or limit the content
. However, I simply cannot say the same for Western animation. When I start browsing that bin, it's 80% Disney-esque movies and other children's stuff, with some Futurama and Robot Chicken thrown in, and a very small amount of things like Avatar: The Last Airbender (which, by the way, is still aimed at kids, even if it is enjoyable for adults).
And, I've been seeing a LOT of CGI in anime lately. You need look no further than Ghost in the Shell or anything current that utilizes space ships or mechs.
Oh, I don't deny that it's in there. I'm sure computers are at work in every part of anime these days. What I was trying to say is that there a far greater number of Western-animated shows that are completely 3D-rendered from the ground up. Seriously, I was out of town a couple weeks ago and flicked the TV on for a bit on a Saturday morning in my hotel room, and nearly every cartoon I saw was either completely 3D or was some sort of horrible, poorly-animated Flash product.
Also, there is a growing amount of adult-targeted western animation on the cable networks, particularly Adult Swim. Most of Adult Swim is complete trash, but it does qualify.
It qualifies as what? As trash?
I really don't have some underlying agenda to promote Japanese anime over Western animation. If I say that I think anime is typically better, or has more variety of programming, that is just describing the current circumstances and not a binding rule. All I'm saying is, if someone were to ask me to recommend some good animated series that are enjoyable for adults to watch -- or even just a good show in general -- I'd feel obligated to recommend some anime. I'd be doing them a disservice if I started trying to cherry pick a very select few Western-animated series, having to qualify my recommendations with "Well, actually, most of them are complete trash."
To me, "suitable for children" does not automatically mean "meant for children". I have a great deal of love and respect for a movie that can be highly entertaining for an adult and yet still accessible to children.
Oh, I can respect that as well. The impression I get, though, is that in the west, animation is seen as being for children first, and adults second. I agree that there are animated movies out there that appeal to both adults and children, but I see them as "A kids movie that is also good for adults," and not "An adult movie that accessible enough for kids."
Sex and violence do not interest me, a good story does. And there are a lot of people out there who seek out anime for its sex and violence.
I agree, the main goal of a good series or movie is often a good story. Sex and violence are sometimes byproducts of that, depending on the themes explored. My point is that Japanese anime does not usually make a point of excluding those themes, where Western animation often does, or at least glosses over them.
I mentioned Monster as an anime that was primarily targeted at adults, and as a series that would never have been made for a Western audience due to the overall attitudes about the role of animation.
The show has
violence and sex in it, but it isn't about
violence and sex, nor would anyone ever watch Monster with the goal of seeing violence and sex. Monster is all about plot, character development, atmosphere and dialogue. I can't think of a Western-animated show even remotely like Monster, nor could I honestly expect a Western animation studio to garner the funding or the desire to produce and promote such a show for a Western audience, nor could I expect that series to sell well if it did get made.