The amount of anime out there steadily increases every season along with the length of to-be-watched lists. We’re only getting older and more busy.
And in such a climate where we have access to limited amounts of freetime and have to be mindful of opportunity costs, anime series which are considered to be average at best are actually the worst off.
Think about it. If a show is widely and critically acclaimed then most viewers will probably pick it up to stay in the loop and to see what’s all the fuss about. At the very least, some viewers will loosely follow the series and attempt to learn the characters’ names so they can chime in with a snappy comment or two whenever a meme or thought-provoking tweet inevitably pops up in anitwitter.
On the other hand, some viewers will pick up series that are considered to be, well, less than spectacular just to see if it is as dreadful as people claim. And even if that does turn out to be case, some amount of pleasure can be had via mockery to an extent.
But what about average shows? The ones that aren’t too offensive yet are deemed to be forgettable and run-of-the-mill?
Unlike “good” shows, which can attract audiences on account of being considered to be of quality, and “bad” shows, which can draw in viewers for the opposite reasons, “average” shows seem to toe the line with weaker incentives overall. There’s probably less to be made fun of, for starters, which is what I primarily consider to be the main draw of “bad” shows. And why should you take a risk and watch a series that’s only considered to be average when you could watch a show with a more positive reception?
Well, the thing is all of these categories are very subjective. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, as they say. And a series that someone else thought as mediocre could be your next masterpiece (please don’t overuse the word, by the way. You don’t have to call a series a masterpiece to generate interest).
So I guess this more of a public service announcement in which I’m telling you to not blindly follow people’s opinions on shows. We all have different tastes, after all. But blocking other people’s takes on shows isn’t really the answer, either. Maybe you dismissed a show as being subpar but popular opinion convinced you to check it out and it turns out you love it now.
Ah, this post is all over the place in regards to listening or ignoring other people’s thoughts on anime. I’m undermining myself and anibloggers and anime critics and anitubers by saying this, but the bottom line is you really have to toe the line between considering other individual’s thoughts and forming your own opinion. Who knows? Maybe that show everyone writes off as being only average will turn out better than you had originally thought.