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My fiancee and I just finished through Episode 15 of Sword Art Online. Without giving too many spoilers, I’ve got to say this may be one of my favorite series I’ve seen in a long, long time. So much of what it’s doing, as least to this point, is solidly in the wheelhouse of stories I love. Not sure how soon we’re going to start in on the second part of the first season, but I’m just hoping it holds up for me.
Between this, Attack on Titan and Blue Exorcist, which we’ve just started, I’m a little more interested in anime than I’ve been in a while. I’m just a huge animation junkie in general(ask me my favorite film directors, and I’d throw out three or four people off the top of my head who at least got their start in animation), but I can’t say I’m real crazy about the direction American animation seems to be headed in. There’s some good stuff out there… TMNT, Korra and Ben 10 Omniverse are three I’m enjoying right now. But looking at the quality stuff that has been cancelled or had its run cut short, it’s a little depressing on the whole.
I keep hoping maybe Korra can start changing the impression people have of animation, and maybe series like Green Lantern the Animated Series, Generator Rex, Thundercats or Symbionic Titan will just be allowed to find their audience instead of needing toy sales to stay afloat. I’m not someone who hates the current Marvel stuff, because I can appreciate it for what it is and the audience it’s targeting(plus I grew up in a time when Spidey, His Amazing Friends, Captain America and a few others had to get saved by a friggin’ DOG, so my standards are different)… but I’d also love to see cartoons able to tell more complex stories. That doesn’t mean go dark for the sake of being dark, but just allowing for mature storytelling.
"If you hate it so much, just ignore it."
for starters, criticism isn’t hate, and if you ignore something problematic then it scoots under the radar and people just start to accept it as the norm
problematic things need to be pointed out so your fave thing can be bettered through it.
it doesn’t mean you hate it. If anything it means you love it so much you want it to be better than it is because it’s capable of so much more.
I agree with this to an extent, provided the criticism is warranted and is legitimate critique. And I don’t just mean comments along the line of “This is so stupid, why would you like this?” either. I’ve seen a few instances where people will say they dislike a series because they wanted it to go in a different direction tonally, and I think that’s more a matter of taste.
Plus, good critique should always examine the work as a whole, and not just pick out the negative elements. And, if the attempt is to better something, it’s always a good idea to point out how those improvements can be made. If I’m critiquing a novel manuscript and I think one of the supporting characters isn’t developed properly, I’ll throw out suggestions on how that character could be more involved and opportunities, even small ones, that could show a little more depth. Doing that fosters discussion rather than the virtual shouting matches that happen so much of the time.