Yumeka and Macho Chikorita posted their unpopular anime opinions so I figured I’d post some myself. I’m not known for being controversial so do not expect anything jaw dropping. I’ll divide the opinions in anime and video games like the macho did.
Yup. I’m kicking off with the most upopular opinion I have. I honestly don’t see it. What is so groundbreaking or amazing about Citrus? To me this is yet another example of good art/graphics/animation over plot. It looks pretty but is that REALLY enough to warrant this title as “the next big thing” in yuri manga? The story feels similar to Blue Friend except I like most of the characters in BF whereas the only likable character in Citrus is Yuzu. I can understand Girl Friends being highly revered in the yuri nation but THIS?! Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good manga but nowhere near as amazing as the majority claims.
I bet all my readers a ton of money that if one were to ask any animeniac in the IAC (Internet Anime Community) what their favorite KyoAni show is, most will answer a past show like Lucky Star, Haruhi, any of the “Triforce of Tears” (Kanon, Clannad, Air) anime or even the recent Hyouka. I, however, would pick the epitome of moe goodness in the modern era of anime, K-ON! This show solidified my “embracing the moe”. K-ON! is a simple show about a group of girls enjoying their high school lives as much as humanly possible and creating cherished memories that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Depending on what kind of high school life readers had, I bet next to graduation, that was (or became) a major objective in their high school lives.
To answer the question why I have a picture Tamako Market instead of K-ON here it is because of the next unpopular opinion.
Tamako Market getting a movie baffles me.
I am shocked TM is getting a movie and wondering why. TM was not that good. As far as rom-coms go it’s average at best. For those who know my tastes they would also know what is the ONLY acceptable ending for this movie. Any other ending is not worth my time.
It’s like the internet wrestling community’s opinion of the current product, especially WWE. They think the “golden age” of wrestling is gone. I say no to that. The thing is that no matter what era of wrestling (be it the 50’s era, Hogan Era, New Age Era, Attitude Era or the PG Era) one grew up with, there was crap to be found in all eras. A similar opinion is expressed in today’s modern anime era. Yes, I embraced the moe and enjoy all manner of “cute girls doing whatever they please”, but that does not mean the quality of the anime product has diminished or disappeared. What people don’t is that their so-called “golden age” of animation had its fair share of moeblobs and titillation. It’s always been there. An argument one would follow up this statement with is that titillation and moeblobs have taken over the anime industry and all the serious shows have taken a back seat. Keep in mind that the shows the serious fanbase are still there and as shows like Hyouka, Madoka Magica and Gatchaman CROWDS proved, shows with moe stuff in it can still make a global impact. Besides, for every Kiniro Mosaic and Non Non Biyori out there, there’s a Psycho-Pass and Attack on Titan ready to please the serious crowd. The anime industry’s doing fine, although Senor Frog vividly explained that both the industry and especially its fanbase could use some tweaking.
I hate Nisemonogatari.
There are two major reasons why (as of this writing) I have yet to pick up the Madoka Rebellion movie (the Blu-Ray thing is not that big a deal). The frist one being my hatred of this show. I hated it so much that I stayed away from 99% of SHAFT related stuff for an entire year. The only thing I picked up was Hidamari Sketch 4 but that’s because HS is my favorite Slice of Life series EVER! I hated this show. The incessant focus on how much each girl wants to suck Araragi’s schlong, Shinobu opening her mouth, the Fire Sisters not getting the spotlight without first having to show off their incestuous crush on Araragi, most of the show being about this rather than focusing on the more important stuff, that being the girls and their supernatural afflictions. Araragi is nothing more than an avatar with little to no purpose other than getting credit for being a persistent punching bag. By the time the show FINALLY got serious I had lost all interest. A year has passed and my rage against SHAFT had dwindled. To show I’m a good sport and I am not a hateful bastard (I can be a heel though), I plan on picking up the second season, which I heard SOMEWHAT goes back to form and has a similar pace to Bakemonogatari, which I really like.
“Mainstream Sweethearts” just don’t do it for me. It’s complicated. Basically the more popular a show is, the less interested I become in picking it up. Some shows I disregard altogether like SAO here or Guilty Crown or KyouKana. I still haven’t picked up Psycho-Pass and Attack on Titan for this very reason. The best explanation I can give as to why mainstream appeal upsets me is because of the fanbases. Some would probably ask “what about Madoka and Kill La Kill? You love both of those shows and they’re MS too”. Yes they are but in Madoka’s case I never expected it to become an MS. KLK had the fact some of Gurren Langann (and apparently Evangelion)’s writers were involved but I didn’t see it becoming an MS either. Speaking of shows written by popular writers…
Oh but OG, Shinichiro Watanabe, the guy who directed Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo (I actually watched and enjoyed this one immensely) and Apollo Creed is directing this one. My response to that is “So what?”. Just because someone who wrote/directed critically acclaimed series is involved in a show’s production does not mean it’s worth my time. I don’t care that Dandy gets bonus points from me for looking like “The Fonz”, the show felt “TOO Western”, if that makes any sense, for me to care about it. It’s one thing for a Western show to be made by Westerners. It’s another for a “Western” shows to be made by foreigners. It may have worked for Panty and Stocking but not for Space Dandy.
So the Wii-U isn’t selling as well as Nintendo had hoped. The same thing happened with the Gamecube. This is mainly due to Nintendo’s poor marketing decisions as of late. However, that won’t stop me from picking up a Wii-U. The PS4 currently has nothing worth my time yet and it’s about time for me to go back home to Nintendo. I may get a PS4 sometime in the future but my PS3 is far from done with all the great games still coming out and I never cared for the XBOX so Nintendo it is for next-gen consoles.
I don’t need to play as a male character to project my manliness in a game. I KNOW I AM MANLY! Besides, it’s more fun playing as women. Yes, part of it is due to sex appeal. I can’t deny that. However, the main reason is because it’s more epic seeing women save the world from destruction or conquer it. Women are scarier than men when angered (I once saw a woman rip a guy’s face in half. “Shivers”). Women lifting heavy objects is cooler. Women taking down divine entities is more epic. Women showing compassion for others and the will to succeed at whatever it is they want to do is more enthralling to me.
The main reason I suddenly changed my mind and am considering picking up The Last of Us sometime in the future is because of Left Behind. I have a feeling it won’t end well for these two but any Western yuri in gaming media outside of Bioware games should at least be worth checking out. Long story short, I feel the same way about Mainstream Sweetheart games as I do about MS anime.
I’d rather play this game than Ride to Hell: Retribution. Sure the gameplay’s repetitive and the animation (lip synching inconsistencies) could have been done MUCH better but to say this is the worst game of 2013 is an exaggeration. It won’t appeal to a lot of people but the storyline and presentation are at least worth one romp or two to see both sides. Maybe it’s because I’m an animeniac and love JRPGs but I still stand by this opinion.
There you have it. Whether you’ll still want to be my fans, neighbors or stalkers after this post is up to you. Feel free to share your thoughts (agree or disagree) on any of these opinions.