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Submitted by Gekko 827d ago | opinion piece

Why Do Critics Hate Popular Shows?

Why are critics so against shows that are popular? Just because perfectly good shows likes SAO or Titan become popular, they have to pull at the seams and attack them? It seems mean-spirited and pointlessly non-conformist to put down shows just to look “critical.” (Culture)

D3acon  +   827d ago
If you mean actually reviewers then of course you get more views for going against the grain. Personally I like to go to reviewers that I feel have similar tastes.

If you just mean people on the internet, what's the point? Opinions are like anuses, everyone has one. My opinion on bleach, one piece, and naruto are very low. Sword art lnline started out perfect and fails towards the end, my opinion. Some people simply don't like it and others just want attention.
Black-Helghast  +   827d ago
I agree with everything you said except One Piece. Then again, it's your opinion and I respect it. I think Attack on Titan isn't as amazing as everyone says. They leave us in the dark way too long, to the point where I lost interest. Don't get me wrong, the animation and fight scenes for SnK are great but I just kinda lost interest.
JC_Denton  +   827d ago
I mean, Attack on Titan is an objectively bad-mediocre show. Shallow, over dramatic caricatures, ridiculous pacing, and bland artwork don't really attract much other than the mass anime crowd (Bleach, Naruto, FMA)
Yi-Long  +   826d ago
It's not perfect, but it's entertaining, and original. I agree with some of your criticism, but I still want to watch it and se what happens next.

Of course, there are beter animes.
Lord_Sloth  +   826d ago
AoT is flawless for what it tries to do, which is build a world without hope. The characters are very human and all too mortal in AoT which keeps you guessing.

As for keeping the readers in the dark for too long, I kindly redirect you to...just about any other story ever made.
JC_Denton  +   826d ago

Game of Thrones is an example of building a dark world perfectly. I laughed at loud several times throughout the first few episodes of AoT at how hard they were trying to shove the despair and hopelessness down the throats of the viewers (WE COULD ONLY BRING BACK HIS ARM!!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING'S HOPELESS AND I SUUUUUCK! OH, AND THE MAIN CHARACTER'S MOM IS TOTALLY GOING TO DIE LATER IN THIS EPISODE!!!! FEEL THE GENERIC EDGINESS! FEEL IT!!!). If I wanted my media spoon-fed to me, I'd waste another 134 20 minute episodes of my life on Bleach.
Thunder_God  +   825d ago
Lord_Sloth, some of the problems with AoT have nothing to do with what it's trying to do, any show would have these aspects as "Failures".

First, the pacing - in order to fit what content they had into 26 episodes, there was quite a lot of padding, people staring at one another, or shouting one. Word. At. A. Time. And then stare at one another some more, just to pad out the time. Defense of Trost was the worst offender by far, but they had a scene or an episode such as this even in the second half, I think if the show had been allowed to be an 18-20 episode show, it'd have benefited greatly.

Second, and this is probably as a result of the first point, which is melodrama - characters shout their lines, characters stare at one another, we get shots of Armin from below, and the camera snaps to show him from everywhere, and every line is shouted rather than spoken, as if shouting will convince us of how serious and how "real" the messages he spouts are.

You want a proper speech? Try Episode 9 of Maoyu, "I am human."

But regardless, all of this sort of misses the point Bob makes in his piece.
Amerowolf  +   827d ago
Because hate and controversy attracts more readers.

True facts.
Lord_Sloth  +   826d ago
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   827d ago
haters gonna hate
CanadianTurtle  +   827d ago
I honestly think AoT is the best anime ever made.

By the way, do people ACTUALLY care about what anime reviewers think? I can understand people giving credit to video game reviewers and movie reviewers but "anime reviewers" aren't as big of a deal in my opinion.
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admiralvic  +   827d ago
Popular things get more coverage, which increases the chances of someone disliking something. In addition to that, popular things tend to get over hyped and have absurd expectations, which results in many going "it's okay, but not great". Like I heard all the praise for Attack on Titan, though I do not understand why it's popular in the least.
Neckbear  +   827d ago
Because whatever critics say about those shows, it is true. Complaining about criticism in such a flawed and honestly crappy show like SAO is like expecting people to not say anything after seeing you take a shit right on the street.
Blacklash93  +   827d ago
"Because whatever critics say about those shows, it is true."

Blindly accepting criticism is as stupid as blindly accepting praise. Both are perfectly capable of being exaggerated and twisted by critics, as well as debated by genre fans. And opinions are very influenced by personal attitudes and preferences of what shows should be like, which two people may likely not share and thus have different experiences with these shows.

That said, I agree that SAO is a very boring show. I hope it gets replaced by Attack on Titan or Kill la Kill on Toonami, which are much more enjoyable shows for me.
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-Gespenst-  +   827d ago
It's not as simple as "controversy for hits." For the most part, people who are really reactionary to critical pannings of their favourite shows are pretty casual and passive consumers, they're not really critical people, and dare I say it, they're not exactly very intelligent. I'll admit that there have certainly been cases in the history of criticism and of reviews where opinions have been exaggerated or even manufactured all in the name of "any press is good press," but there have been just as many, if not more cases in which a reviewer has simply been misunderstood. When a lot of people accrue around something popular, they can't fathom it when someone doesn't like that thing. Regardless of however valid that person's criticisms are, they can't accept it because it makes them feel insecure. There have certainly been plenty of cases where the majority have been more wrong than right, and there probably always will be.

You have to acquire a critical faculty, you don't just have it; it takes effort to develop. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but there are also such things as rubbish opinions which are backed up by very little thought. Such opinions are usually bandwagon opinions or opinions formed for really unsophisticated reasons. An example of the latter might be "I love it because of all the violence."

The criticisms of Attack on Titan are perfectly valid from a critical standpoint. It's a tasteless show. Dreadful pacing, loads of filler, woefully overwrought dialogue, generally poor music, questionable core philosophies that verge on the Darwinian, and pretty much zero subtlety. It's a hard show to make oneself watch because of these things. If I had anything positive to say about it it'd have to include the animation, but it's still a mixed bag. I'd also have to give it credit for no glorifying death and violence like so many animes, but at the same time, the slaughtering of the titans is still pretty gratuitous.

Just like most hyped things, the enthusiasm for AoT was generated by people falling for promotional campaigns and too quickly lapping up the usual anime nonsense therein. You know, swords, blood, teenagers fighting big monsters and flying through the air and shit, a post-apocalyptic setting of sorts. These are all ingredients of the simple recipe that gets the uncritical masses foaming at the mouth. We've seen all this stuff before, only it's done even worse this time around. Lots of people only like stuff because it's popular. It makes them feel secure, even if they don't really comprehend what it is they supposedly like. But this is not what art and creativity is about. People need to be more critical, and more open-minded.
Blacklash93  +   826d ago
I knew very little about Attack on Titan before I first saw it. I like the show, what more is there say? Even after the animation took a considerable hit in quality part-way in, it was still above average by the relative standards of TV animation shows. I like the characters, the action, the setting, the minimal fanservice, ect. But I know it can get a bit slow at times and I absolutely dislike the Titan designs, which I think are on the wrong side of ugly. I don't enjoy the show because it's popular, but because I like what it does.

Shows are meant to be enjoyed. You either enjoy them or you don't, really. But it's no secret that the societal value on entertainment is incredibly bloated nowadays and people think critical intellectualism and analysis is better directed at fiction than on real issues that matter.

There's always going to be defensive fanboys who can't get a little annoyed at a thing or two in what they like. There's always going to be pretentious people who have a habit of situationally alter their standards whenever it fits their attitudes and gives opportunity to criticize on a soapbox. And everything in-between.

Virtually any creative effort can be fluently argued to be poor or good; even the most treasured of classics. People aren't usually capable of arguing consistently to begin with (even those who think they are an exception), so what's the point of it things so trivial like TV shows? In the end, it means nothing and people will enjoy what they enjoy for their own reasons.
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-Gespenst-  +   826d ago
Well items of culture are kind of the lens through which many of us see the world. You can't regard that as "trivial." These things aren't isolated from society at large. In fact, it's those things that are popular that have the most affect on how people think. People think they're "right" because they're popular, and because of this, such things should be scrutinized intensely. As far as I'm concerned, AoT is yet another highly dubious item of popular culture.

That said I do like the Titan design. It definitely challenges preconceptions in a good way. Just a shame such a design was squandered on a crappy surrounding show.
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MidnytRain  +   827d ago
To answer a question with a question: Why are sh***y shows popular to begin with?
NeartheSun  +   826d ago
I watched one episode of this anime to see what's the hype behind it and I was really disappointed. I mean, how ridiculous can something get? What an akward design and cliche characters and story. Sometimes I think that the japanese are the kings of ridiculousness.

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