>>2465>but since around 2013 i just haven't really had the patience to watch anime anymore.
Just don't watch the seasonals. It's completely fine to skip them and watch things at your own pace.
>but i feel like a lot of the stuff i read nowadays is more entertaining than artistically profound.
Can't say for manga, but if we're to talk about anime, it doesn't happen that often. Closest I can recall is this season's Yesterday wo Utatte, which looks starkly different than anything by that studio (Doga Kobo) and most anime that are coming out. Uzumaki will also be getting a proper adaptation in monochrome, that alone being a filter for most people.
>shojo shumatsu ryoko seems like yuribait
I don't really feel this vibe. I know what you mean, it's just that it's not a show where you'd really want the girls to kiss (like in Hibike! Euphonium or something).
>i get that there has always been low quality trash. maybe it was always this way, and it just took me this long to realise it.
Is nowadays anime trash? Both yes and no.
Yes, because there definitely were more cool looking OVAs. The closest thing to an OVA nowadays would be a web anime, and even these don't fit the bill completely.
There's like one studio that isn't very afraid to experiment (Science SARU) and that's pretty much it.
The creators of Serial Experiments Lain have admitted that their series couldn't possibly have been created nowadays, IIRC.
No, because there's always been trash, even among the OVAs - stuff like Vampire Sensou or The Samurai. It's quite hard to watch these series in the first place nowadays, because they're hard to find.
Besides, the tech one needs to make anime got REALLY affordable. There are lots of indie anime authors and talented animated, who joined the industry just because had a drawing tablet and learned a lot.
Animators like these are usually described as "webgen", https://blog.sakugabooru.com/glossary/webgen/
Fun fact: the studio behind the first OVA of YKK does one anime this season, Kakushigoto. It looks pretty good. Of course it doesn't look as good as YKK did, but that's partially because they were trying to emulate the style of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.
>i'm at the point where i can't remember what drew me to it in the first place.
There's always something you haven't seen, even if you were to go back to some series from 10-20 years. There even are people who discuss these shows to this day.>>2466
>But even before all this, so many manga only ever got a focus on after getting adapted into anime.
It's quite sad that some anime are made exclusively to be ads for the manga, in a way.
Fortunately, sometimes it's unrelated, like in Eizouken's case. The studio came across comments saying "Eizouken would look cool if that studio did it" and they actually went with it. The manga sales got boosted very fast (it was relatively unknown prior to that AFAIK) and just some time later Viz got the rights to publish it in the US.