Overused clichés in anime can often damage a respectable series, but one overused cliché won't be leaving any time soon.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that tournaments are "Unoriginal and cheap", they're just not novel ideas on there own. I think a tournament can be good if the man focus isn't the tournament itself, where the tournament is just a stage for the better elements of the plot.
I think the writer of this article is conflating tropes and cliches...
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