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OBLIGATORY PSA: The opinions presented below on these series are not necessarily my own, I am attempting to objectively look at these series and compare them to others. This is my own personal opinion, you are welcome to disagree and argue with me, but remember keep it civil and PG-13.


I noticed a something that I feel to be a trend with several popular series that have come out in recent time. These shows are loved by some and hated by others, sometimes to the point of calling them some of the worst anime there is. But how can that be? How can so many people like a certain anime and others hate it so much? We all have series coming to mind, SAO, Akame ga Kill, Naruto and the like. Some people swear by them, others at them and I was wondering how it could be so split in half. Then I noticed something and the rest of this is, what I believe, to be the reasoning. (More than people just not seeing eye to eye.)

First things first, these anime all had one thing in common, good concepts, and arguable execution. When I first heard SAO's concept I thought it was an amazing, albeit far-fetched, idea. The show held so much promise and the first few episodes did nothing to disappoint. But we all know, whether we have watched it or not, people have problems with this show, a lot of them. Noticing this I decided to take a step back, not consider what I already knew about SAO and take a look. What I found surprised me. The first thing many people have a problem with is how jumpy the SAO arc was, first Kirito was an all powerful bodyguard, then a detective, then a dark prince who saved everyone? It wasn't consistent, which was honestly expected when you see how the books were written, but an anime has to stand on its own. That's an argument for another day. I can't defend the SAO arc, because honestly it should have followed the books but what about the much bigger problem people had? You guessed it, the ALO arc.

The ALO arc is considered by many to one of the worst points of the show, but was it actually that bad? I don't think so. Remove from your mind all you know about the SAO arc and imagine ALO was a stand alone tragedy/romance anime. If you didn't know about SAO would it have been that bad? Guy wants girl, can't because of dickhead, other girl happens to like him. Standard but not horrible. “But you can't cut off part of show to judge the rest.” I hear you saying. And that is my point exactly! If you consider it what it is, a part to a whole, it isn't as good. Like the cake part of a cupcake. What do we call this? Disappointment. This is what I think causes the hatred these series get.

Think about it, Akame ga Kill had great characters, a cool concept, seemed good. But then it disappointed many for reasons I can't go into because spoilers but if you've seen it, you know. Sword Art Online was the same way, good idea but only average execution. I think the level of production (writing basically) for the shows doesn't live up to the stature they attained. So, that's my thoughts on the matter but I want to know what you guys think. Is it possible to be hurt by popularity? Tell me your opinions in the comments below.
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I honestly don't think this came out to well but I hope you like it.
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I think it all depends on how people are willing to look at an anime.
SAO gives you a good concept, with great characters and great artwork. With Season 1, I feel that I can safely say that most people were extremely happy with how things worked out!
I think its when the second season came out, that a lot of people began to get upset. Its almost like that they were happy with the initial finished product. It was so good, why try and milk it for more?

Fans will always get attached to such works, and by adding characters/seasons in an attempt to drag something out for longer, which can end up lowering the overall quality of the show as a direct knock on effect. When the quality begins to suffer, that is when people begin to lose faith in the show.
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Another negative effect of popularity could be the rush to release more episodes before the source material is ready. I will use Akame ga Kill as a prime example as it fits perfectly. Originally it followed the source material quite accurately making a lot of people happy as it had a fair amount of support as a manga but once it became popular at least in western society it ended up rushing out past the source material making quite a lot of people platinum mad. I am in no way stating that source material is god and must be followed 100% of the time but if an anime starts based off of source material it must continue to at least loosely follow it or fans will begin to hate. This seems rather longwinded and I am not sure if I am getting anything across anymore so I will end this blurb here.
Posted 11/5/15
I think the main problem here is the popularity itself. I have many friends who refuse to watch Death Note and Attack on Titan simply because they are overrated.
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