Last week, Yumeka and Froggykun discussed of about liking bad anime, which got me thinking: What makes a bad show? Last year, I shared my thoughts on what makes a good Anime. However, the other side of the quality scale is a bit more controversial. (Image Source)
To me, I usually view everything in a lenient manner. I believe that every show has its flaws that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable As a result, I don’t rate things harshly compared to other people who give out mostly bad scores and grades unless I didn’t like it.
People have different views on what makes a bad show because people have different tastes and reviews are highly subjective. However, there are different kinds of “bad” in my opinion than just “bad.” Here are the various kinds of bad that I recognize:
- Flawed – Flawed Anime in my opinion is a show, which one or more areas have problems. This can consist of story, setting, the animation, characters, etc. that had the potential, but never got realized. A good example of this is Angel Beats, which I rated a C because off it’s pacing issues and the questionable singing from Girls Dead Monster. However, it’s not bad enough to deter my enjoyment, as the melodrama was good. In comparison, the Second Season of Nogizaka Haruka and the specials had a lot of flaws that made the show boring and annoying to watch. From this, flawed shows aren’t necessarily good or bad, but depend mostly on how the viewer conveys it. Because of this, I feel that it’s rare to view a show completely flawless.
- Not my Taste – I admit that not everyone has the same tastes, thus they view a show in a certain genre bad. One of the well-known and controversial examples of this is a shouen and mecha fan hating moe shows because they think that it’s killing Mecha/Action anime. Ironically, this is a narrow view considering that these types of shows still exist, However, disliking a show because it doesn’t fit their taste is understandable considering that people enjoy things that they like
- So Bad it’s Good – This is a weird spectrum of bad where the show has a terribly executed story, terrible acting, horrible special effects, etc., but somehow becomes an enjoyable experience for the wrong reasons. Some shows that have this quality is the infamous Mars of Destruction and Boku no Pico. Both shows have a bad score, but somehow people still like. Another example of this is the first episode of Haruhi, which parodied a terribly made film, but still enjoyable mainly because of Mikuru.
- So Bad it’s Horrible – This is the highest spectrum of badness which a show doesn’t have any redeeming qualities whatsoever. I haven’t watch any show that is absolutely terrible, so I won’t list any.
Liking Bad Anime
In my opinion, I don’t see why liking bad Anime should bother anyone considering that opinions are subjective. Sure, there will always be people criticizing a person about their bad taste for Anime because they like X show, which he/she doesn’t like. However, berating people who are talking about a particular show they like is bad for the fandom in my opinion. I have seen this with Sword Art Online and Guilty Crown, which are considered the most controversial shows in the fandom because of its polarity factor. Because of this reason, people are afraid to discuss about these shows in a serious manner without facing harsh criticism. Because of this, I feel that people should respect others’ opinions rather than berating fans of a particular show.
The Big Question: Is Anime Getting Worse?
This question has been asked numerous times and I think answering it here will be perfect. In an editorial written by Marow from Anime Viking, he argues that Anime is not getting worse and people just lack perspective. I agree with him because trends change over time. Sure, most fans in the west seem to enjoy older shows because it matched the tastes of western audience such as action and violence. On the other hand, people have to realize that Anime is made for a Japanese audience and you can’t necessarily judge a show properly until it finishes. If one says that today’s Anime sucks and refuse to watch any, they will be missing out shows like Madoka, Steins;Gate, Bakamonogatari, etc, which have interesting plot and drama.
The bottom line is that people need to have an open mind when watching Anime. Sure, there will be a good number of very flawed Anime in a given season, but it doesn’t mean that there won’t be any good ones. If one has that mindset, they will miss out on the good stuff.
So here are some questions to discuss about: Do you think it’s okay to like flawed Anime? Also, do you belive that Anime is getting worse or they just lack perspective? Feel free to share your thoughts about bad Anime and some that you may like.