Anime I’ve OverratedPosted: May 26, 2011 | |
Whether I’m twittering, forumming, or just talking with my friends (IRL, and yes – I do have some), I tend to overrate things that I find good. Food, Classes, Movies, Games, Anime, and more. If it looks good and if it looks like more than one person will strongly disagree with me, I’ll hype it up and say it’s the best thing ever.
Blogging makes it so much worse. It’s like I have a devil on my right shoulder urging me to hate all non-perfect shows and an angel on my left shoulder urging me to overcompensate for my bias by overrating it.
Here are some anime I’ve overrated in the past (and excuses/reasons why I did so):
- Sora no Woto
People were making a shitstorm about how it looked so much like K-ON!, and it annoyed me. It turned out a ton of people were saying the same thing, because the aniblogosphere was buzzing with praise about this mediocre show.
I watched this show without reading anything online about it (school and such, you know?). I thought it was good by the time I’d finished it, but once I got online and saw all the hate, I vehemently defended my “good” decision until it became a “great” decision. Some of the criticism is well said, but I guess I’m still not seeing the light or something.
It was surprisingly boring and surprisingly like Sprited Away. I focused on the latter, and found it a really great show. In retrospect, I found it a chore (and a bore) to watch.
- Strike Witches
Don’t get me started with this show. Every time somebody talks crap about Strike Witches, I have to qualify my praise by saying “look, I hate fanservice, but I loved Strike Witches.” It’s gotten to a point where I’m questioning my dislike of fanservice and my sanity.
- Arakawa Under the Bridge
Early on in my anime career (wc), I discovered Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei and ef. I loved those shows and became a fan of SHAFT. Later, I ran into the boringness that was Maria Holic, the snoozefest that was Natsu no Arashi, the disappointment that was Bakemonogatari (imo), and the failure that was Dance in the Vampire Bund. That’s a full year and a half of utterly terrible SHAFT shows. Then came Arakawa. Reminiscent of SZS, the show sparked the inner SHAFT fan in me even though it wasn’t that good. I never got through the second season…
- True Tears
Peer pressure. I read very, very favorable reviews of this anime on various blogs and forums and decided to be hipster and proclaim it the best romance show ever! In reality, it’s not that good. Maybe because I liked Aiko more than Noe or main girl. It’s that red hair.
- Hatsukoi Limited
I don’t know why I liked it. I also don’t remember anything about the show except the main female character’s face. That’s probably a sign that I shouldn’t have praised it so much.
- Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini
I just wanted to jump on the Darker than Black bandwagon, honest! I didn’t like the first season of DtB while everybody else seemed to love it. Thus I decided to force myself to love the second season, a show that had some drunk old man and some girl who does something to end up with one hell of a stupid and confusing ending. My plan backfired, and I ended up trying to defend a show that I knew, deep down inside, was less than extraordinary.
- Serial Experiments Lain
“Confusing means deep” was my motto while watching this show. I don’t understand what happened while I watched it, and I still don’t understand it. However, I thought the anime was cool and deep because it managed to baffle me. Also because everybody likes Yoshitoshi ABe and I should too.
No amount of explanation could convince you of my sanity.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I find all of these shows to be good – just not nearly as good as I say they are.
but if you say they’re good and then you say they’re not as good as you say, then doesn’t that mean they’re bad?
Well, as an unreliable source, you shouldn’t believe me even when I say these shows aren’t as good as I say they are. Maybe they are good. Maybe they are bad. Anyway, I just think that my original opinions on these shows gave way to a gradual realization that they weren’t the best thing since sliced bread.
And don’t take this as an opportunity to point out
Hey, you actually don’t think ______ is good!
For many, that blank could be Fractale. I think Fractale is good. You think I’m crazy. I think you think that I think it’s bad, but I think you’re bad. The same applies for the other shows. Strike Witches and Moetan may be up there, but hell, I hate K-ON! with a passion, so don’t lump me in with that bunch!
With anibloggers using stronger and stronger language to describe their feelings toward shows, it’d be nice to have some qualifications. “I like/hate this anime, but ______ and Mikoto is awesome.” should be the standard template of every aniblog post ever. Instead, most posts are “THIS SHOW SUCKS” or “THIS SHOW ROCKS.” I would know – I started off aniblogging through unqualified bashing and hyping (more of the former, though: think Akikan and K-ON, if anybody remembers my embarrassing aniblogging past). But this is my atonement!
So getting to my point, what anime have you overrated, and why? I’m very interested to see if people actually like shows that I detest (FLCL, Bakemono, etc.). What so good about FLCL anyway? It’s just a show about Amarao, a guy with big, bold eyebrows and some kid and some girl. The same goes for Bakemono.
P.S.: Alien Nine, where this post’s header image is from, is an anime I’ve consistently praised ever since I watched it. It’s really good. I-It’s not like I’m overrating it, baka…