Not Sure If Trolling or Just
There was this one boy, an aniblogger to be specific. He was just whipping up the next season’s anime preview- made his picks and commented on them just like aniblogger would do. His picks were heavily bishojo in lead, with lots of nichijou-esque vibes in them. None of his picks featured ‘dated’ styles such as the ones seen in ‘Clannad’ or ‘Air (2003)’. It was pretty obvious that his tastes were pretty modern; an affinity for modern visuals if you will.
Kokoro Connect was his first pick, as he heard of much it seemed like a combination of ‘Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai’ and ‘K-ON’. It was pretty much a dream combination come true. His deputy, unfortunately, didn’t seem too happy with his picks, namely Kokoro Connect, and labeled them as ‘an easy way out’ for reviews.
And a tirade within him followed up…
First of all, the entertainment industry (used very loosely here, but focused more on animation) pretty much revolves around an ‘all pick’ concept- where the consumer mass decides what is mainstream – popular and profitable – though, what’s not mainstream, albeit often being unpopular, didn’t mean being unsuccessful. Industry niches such as anime have definitely made its own distinctive mark. Producers nowadays, for the most part focus on what makes a product popular and easily marketable. Shining example? K-ON; what can be more appealing to the masses than an innocent bunch of highschool girls having tea and cakes everyday afterschool with their worthwhile music? Modern? Moe? Easily relatable? Music ? then, we are definitely set to make a mark on this industry. As much as the modern consumer population emanates an aura of forced conformity onto every incoming consumer to indoctrinate him or her into ‘what’s good’ and ‘what’s not’ in the industry – MY PRODUCT IS GOOD AND YOURS AIN’T-, they are not immune to criticism – nothing is. It is just that the consumer has every right to spend their hard-earned moolah in whichever way they want, and in the process of doing so, deciding the fate of certain industries.
People just need to realize that this industry almost entirely operates on a on-demand basis, not out of necessity, like, say for example: your own health?
Secondly, it is hard to criticize anime and stand by it, or in fact, any work of art. In the above story, I forgot to mention that this boy’s deputy was in fact a pretty hardcore fan of K-ON when it was in its prime (2010), but tis’ was depressing to see how the guy dismissed K-ON-related stuff and labeled them ‘an easy way out’ for reviews after merely two years. Does he ever review anime ? Nope, this fictional person would never know it feels like to do one, but we’re not here to rant about a person who never existed in the first place. Did K-ON have a rocket science plot? Hell no, but it is ever immune to criticism? Nope, nothing is invulnerable to criticism. Reviewing a light-hearted series like K-ON, then touching on a gem like Madoka later on – one is not necessarily easier than the other to criticize, as each person has his or her own benchmark to hold the anime against. “K-ON’s story holds no water, whereas Madoka is just simply mind-blowing” Valid criticism, but is it ever easy to make a comment ? No, you’d have to have enough balls to actually say your own mind about the subject, and stand by it resolutely – like how Saber unquestioningly serves Irisviel despite her meager existence as a Homunculus for the Holy Grail. See what I did there? No matter how horrid the criticism is, it’s still valid as a person’s take on something. Looking at a really fundamental level, would you dare to say that certain anime genres are ‘easier’ to criticize than others? I can easily review series like To Aru Majutsu no Index and Slice-of-life genres at the same time. Would it take more brain juice to process the stuff in To Aru than it is to comprehend the plot of Black Rock Shooter? Definitely, but is it ever easier or harder than any other genre? It varies from person to person. Excluding additional knowledge needed to thoroughly criticize certain anime genres (e.g Sci-Fi), criticizing anime is never an easy feat.
Of course, I forgot to definite what a review actually is. Review: 1) a formal assessment or examination of something with the possibility or intention of instituting change if necessary. So, holding this definition true, any review should be an EXAMINATION of a subject, with SUGGESTIONS instituting change if necessary. When reviews are done, one examines every aspect of the anime and criticizes based on all these aspects- making suggestions to improve the work. When a slice-of-life anime is reviewed, should be just solely focus on the slice-of-life aspect it so much it seeks to specialize in? Should we dismiss K-ON as a moe-blob, money grabbing production just because of its overly moe content? No, we are both consumers and critics; we have the right to decide which aspect of things suck and which don’t- and what the producers can do about it. If a product’s strongest aspect makes us overlook its downfalls, then, good for the product. Is this ever ‘easy’ to do, with any genre of anime? I don’t think so.
Now that I’ve defined what a review SHOULD be like, never say that certain things are easier to review than others, especially if you’ve never done it before. There’s more to it than just one-line criticism than you think.
I don’t have many series’ reviews to testify to my capabilities as an anime reviewer, but I am improving my style, skills and the scope of the anime I cover. I just believe it’s just my duty to criticize fairly.
I think i’ve just gone full retard, or flew into a rage – or both.
Feel free to flame me and criticize me.
P.S Based on a true story, though not intended to personally offend anyone.
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