I have a question for /a.
I've heard the word 'depth' used a lot lately(always) and aside from flagrant usage the term often translated to 'confusing'. So I wanted to ask. What does the term 'depth' mean to you in your Manga/anime? (No. Not 'punch in her guts with your peter' depth either )
Anime doesn't do depth well. Most "deep" anime are pretentious or at least very confusing.
For me depth means rich world with all kind of interesting characters that act more or less like real human being with real problems. Something that broach important topics.
For example I recognize Evangelion's depth, but it's still buried under all this popcultural trash about giant robots, fanservice and ridiculous plot.
>but it's still buried under all this popcultural trash about giant robots, fanservice and ridiculous plot.
That's the whole fucking point of eva though. Spurned expectations. Your issue is with the very premise of the show.
I think something deep is something you can watch/read many times and take away something new each time. It's not about being difficult to understand at a surface level (which is incredibly easy to do, any hack can intentionally obfuscate their work) but about having many layers to it, to the point that you could almost say they're telling multiple different stories all at the same time.
What's deep about it though? Just because it buries its message under a load of convoluted crap doesn't necessarily make that message deep. From what I can see it's actually rather simple once you cut out all the bullshit.