its the curse of the status quo and producers cancelling shit all the time
can't try and do a long story arc or build up history unless we're guaranteed a long enough run time. even then, we gotta keep the episodic format of "one new thing to deal with per episode" while slowly inching the actual plot along in the background>>109930041
completely overblown sakuga stuff wouldnt be fitting for a lot of the settings. it was a bad way to explain what i feel western shows lack. its not so much the flashiness and blowing the animation budget through the roof, so much as the emotional highs. the buildup to the climax and the climax itself.
action shows have that rush of pure adrenaline as the animators wrists explode from all the insane stuff they animate. but at the same time, theres things like Your Name, A Silent Voice, and Ghibli movies. its not some big animated fight but theres still something there that makes you feel.
western stuff fails at good climaxes and even building up to them a lot of time.
when things reach the big climax in western shows, whether it be action or emotional climax, it feels stunted. shallow. again, like they're afraid to really take that risk. good example i can think of is Gravity Falls. while the action and tension build up isnt perfect, its a pretty good high in comparison to other shows. but then when the big payoff and sacrifice have to be made, they chicken out. they're afraid to make that one last step and really emotionally destroy you. its still memorable, but not as much as it could have been if they had the balls to take that plunge.
and i dont mean that stuff that isnt high impact is bad. a lot of French animation, like the Illusionist, is incredibly subdued and grounded but its still good.
its good at what it wanted to do.
meanwhile murrican animation just... isnt.