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“I found the romance somewhat lacking”, “the animation in this scene was horrible”, “good god what were they thinking while making this”, etc.
Sometimes, when you’re listening to a person’s opinion on a particular subject (say, a certain anime or maybe manga/VN), this person seems to go on long tangents about how a certain aspect of the story didn’t meet their expectations and continue by picking apart other qualities that the writers did wrong in their eyes, and seem to have more to say about the negative aspects than the positive aspects of the story. Jesus, this person must FRIGGIN’. HATE. THIS ANIME.
And then you realize: “No, wait… what? This person likes this anime? Not just like, it’s their favorite? Well hell, how the heck was I suppose to know that when they kept on talking down on it!”
Sometimes it just ends up being that way. A series that you love will definitely end up being the one you’re most passionate about — and you’re going to be passionate about it when it comes to both its good and negative qualities. But, in the overall scheme of things (for opinionated people that are passionate about storytelling and the like), the negative aspects usually gloss over the positive aspects when analyzing the quality of the series, because without those aspects, their lovable series could have been even better. They rant about them because those negative aspects are an unwanted poison that found a way into their beloved story, and they want vengeance.
Melodramatics aside, it always leaves room for more discussion and a more interesting read than a bunch of crap that praises the living hell out of anything and everything related to it, especially when many people share the same love for that series but always go into a “praise the god” circlejerk (i.e. Clannad; love the series, yet hate how much the anime fandom for it devolves into “best anime EVAR” tangents with no real substance). It’s fine for a comedy or slice-of-life, sure, but when it’s heavily story-based, it’s much more apparent that the negative aspects are just as much a part of the lore as the positive aspects. This is often ignored, and diehard fans tend to tell the critic to “shut up” so they could proceed to share more of their fanfic ideas and discuss how “awesome ^_^” the series is. And then there’s the “hurrr, if you hate it so much why don’t you stop watching it” FanDumb cliché.
Are you kidding me?
“Negative aspects go Akarin~!”
Anyways, being passionate about a certain series doesn’t always mean praising every aspect of it — doing so may not even give you the feeling of doing the positive parts justice — and feeling disappointed with certain parts should come with it, or at least acknowledging certain parts that feel pointless and underplayed. Or else it’s just blind fanboy-ism and nothing more (it’s not always the case, but when you refuse to acknowledge any negative aspect by mindlessly shooting all critiques down, then yeah). Perfection doesn’t exist, as the pros cannot exist without the cons. Even with series that are seemingly perfect (*cough*Cardcaptor Sakura*cough*), if you dig far enough, there may be some negative aspects that you’ve never noticed before. For series that aim for mature themes, depth, and symbolism, these cons may be much more easier to find.
So…yeah. The next time you read one of Wahfuu’s reviews (say, Rewrite) note that he loves the VN, but tends to go on tangents about aspects he didn’t like. Not because he hates the story, but because he likes it and his passion is flowing out through his tangents. *insert awesome shounen hand gestures* Unless, ya’ know, he says he hates it.
Because when someone says they hate a series, they most likely hate it.