>>13202259>>1. Copy someone else's motif that was at one time innovative and hugely successful. Copy the basic premise well, and don't make a complete carbon of the original. Finally, have at least decent production values.
The problem with this is, in the 80s and 90s, the 'standard motif' was different from today. Almost EVERY series had to be at LEAST 26 episodes and it was very rare to see any kind of 'slice of life' show. A show like Tenchi or Ranma was very rare and Love Dramas were more common (and had actual comedic character sub plots more often than not). And there was much more Action/Fantasy/SciFi/Samurai/Reality shows than today. And they all had to have some kind of plot, even if it was kind of bad.
Now adays, its like shows just pop up based on any kind of Doujin Hentai game or whatever ecchi comedy some random guy in a basement comes up with, as long as it looks like it might go 3 seasons and it'll sell DVDs. And Almost all series are no longer 26 episodes, but either 13 episodes or 32856375472375234832848280328503023453 episode Shonen.
I don't think the current state of Anime is for the better.