I'd like to say "I like anime because its unpredictable". I found out through searching online that ありきたり translates to predictable, however I'm not sure if this is correct.

My entire sentence:


My second question would be, does いっぱんに translate to generally in the way I've used it above.

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One common way that people phrase this is by saying "don't know what will happen next". Using the most basic vocab, I will say something like


次 means next, and 起こる/起こります means to occur (not to be confused with 起{お}きます).

Edit: to clarify, both 起きる and 起こる are acceptable usages. In fact, upon further research, 起きる is a more common way to say it.

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    not to be confused with 起きます -- But you can say both 「事件が起きる」and「事件が起こる」,「何が起こるかわからない」 and 「何が起きるかわからない」, 「アニメや漫画は、次に何が起こるか or 起きるかわからないから・・・」
    – chocolate
    Commented Mar 10, 2019 at 6:11
  • @Chocolate Yes, 起きます is taught in (at least my) intro textbook as waking up, so I just wanted to point out it might be different than the way a beginner might have already seen the word.
    – Chi L.
    Commented Mar 11, 2019 at 6:40

I can't really tell you on the nuances and stuff of your sentence, but what I can say for certain is that you should cut the です in front of the とおもいます.
When です is used with i-Adjectives, its purpose is to make the expression polite (you can think of it as a replacement for the ~ます-form). Unlike in English, the "is"-part of the adjective is pretty much already included in the plain form (i.e. how they appear in the dictionary) of i-Adjectives. So you can think of たのしい as "is funny". And since quotative と most of the time uses the plain form in front of it, たのしいとおもいます is better in this case.

  • It seems like my post wasn't recieved well. I'd like to improve, so I would appreciate it if someone could tell me the reason for it. Was it because I didn't really answer the user's question, or was it because of some grammatical error in my post?
    – Kaskade
    Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 17:03

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