You ever see someone praise an anime in a way that just turns you off from it even more? A show has a fanbase so obsessive and un-savvy on the Internet that it makes you dump a show before you even give it a proper chance? I definitely have, so I wrote a post detailing ten things I never want to see in a positive review for something, whether it’d be trash like Zegapain or good shows like Beast Tamer Erin.
1. It gets better.
Reason: You have to like the concept/big picture first before you can you like a fictional product. Whilst most anime do start off kind of iffy, you’re supposed to give a reason to want to continue watching within the first episode. Otherwise, why would I bother continuing? Yes, Air Master sucked in its first few episodes, but that’s because of the humor. The fight scenes and underlying story were pretty good in that intro.
2. It’s better than (something crap)
Reason: So just because one thing sucked means it’s okay for another thing to suck?
3. I am a (insert anime TV studio) fan/fan of (loosely related at best product).
Reason: Whilst directors themselves can be consistent in quality, TV studios themselves have always been hit and miss. Even when Gonzo was considered good with Gankutsuou, they had a lot of crap being made. Shaft is a bit of an exception because Shinbo practically is the studio, but he’s always been hit-and-miss with a huge leaning towards miss in recent years. Also, regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes was awful. It shouldn’t matter what it was a sequel of, because on its own, it’s still crap.
4. Best girl/boy/mecha!
Reason: Don’t care.
5. Boy x Girl/Girl x Girl/Boy x Boy/Whatever x Whatever
Reason: Don’t care.
6. Using the word “sasuga” in any context.
Reason: I think only the n-word beats that particular s-word in terms of annoying things that people can say.
7. Saying it’s a subversion/deconstruction/original work.
Reason: Don’t care. Also, semantics aside, you need to care about the genre the work is subverting/doing an original take on before you can like it. Stanley Kubrick may be one of my favorite directors, but even he couldn’t make me like a war drama with that Full Metal Jacket snorefest.
8. It’s so fun!
Reason: Saying something is fun is like an explosion. It’s fine in support of something, but on its own, it’s terrible and meaningless.
Reason: BAAAARRRRRFFFFFF! Oh, and praising something in all caps is also like an explosion.
10. Not giving any attention to the big picture.
Reason: See Reasons #1-9.