Unpopular Opinions – Tag Post

Admittedly, ‘unpopular opinion’ posts are not exactly my wheelhouse but I’ll try because I’m keen to take on the challenge!

Having said that, I suspect that if you’re seeking some saltiness here then I may well disappoint… I tend not to watch/seek/finish things I don’t like. Still, as I’ve already said, I wanna give this a shot, especially since it’s been too long since I’ve finished a tag post and I’m way behind on a few of them.

Thanks to IER for tagging me – check out Curtis’ answers too, especially the part on Blade Runner and Deckard.


Popular Series I Don’t Like

Immediately I found this harder than I thought!

I know plenty of shows that are or were very popular, and of course we all do, but with the ones that don’t appeal to me, I’ve rarely tried them out…and thus I don’t know what they’re really all about.

Wait!

I think I could use Death Note here. I didn’t watch a whole lot, so it’s impossible for me to attempt any kind of thoughts on the quality, but I can say why I set it aside: basically, too much screen time for Light and not enough Ryuk and the world of the Shinigami 😀

Popular Movie I Like, but Everyone Seems to Hate

Mary and the Witch’s Flower is not precisely ‘hated’ but I think it represented a disappointment for a lot of folks.

And I know the film didn’t meet the expectations I myself had built up for it, but it’s pretty unfair of me to judge a new studio against Ghibli. Still, I enjoyed the movie a fair bit – I mean, it’s not in my top ten, but I certainly don’t consider it to be a failure or anything dramatic like that.

It was sometimes exciting, other times endearing and always bright and vivid even where it wasn’t distinctive.  

Love Triangle where the Character Didn’t End up with the Character I Wanted (Spoiler)

Maybe Kids on the Slope for this one… but only for part of the series.

And I hope I can quickly explain what I mean. Basically, Ritsuko likes Sentaro for most of the anime, and so while I feel bad for our pianist Kaoru (who kinda pines for her during these episodes), I wanted her to be happy. I wanted Sentaro to sort of truly ‘see’ Ritsuko, but things don’t quite take that path.

Yet it seems that everyone does end up happy by the of the story, maybe it’s just that the narrative sets things up to make two of the trio appear as kinda ‘fated’, which is maybe a bit of a tell, huh?

Popular Genre you Hardly Watch

If you’ve visited The Review Heap a few times, you’ve probably noted that Romance is an easy target for me since I haven’t reviewed much at all… and it could indeed be my choice here, but I think I’ll pivot to Sports 🙂

I know Slam Dunk a little and I love Haikyu!! – firstly, for the reasons that I enjoy most shounen anime, but perhaps beyond that, because I play indoor volleyball and there’s plenty of realism mixed in with the drama.

Still, I’m not very familiar with sports-themed anime, and tend not to seek it out, rather than having any kinda specific dislike of the sub-genre.

Beloved Character you Don’t Like

I’m not sure if Rintarou Okabe is ‘beloved’ or just well-known?

But here we go – I’m including him here as someone I warmed to, rather than someone I didn’t care for at all.

At the beginning, Okabe’s insecurities led to so much over-acting and posturing on his part, that it was nearly enough for me to stop watching… but he did change and so I kept going. And I’m glad I did, because I ended up catching a great show and it was nice to see some character development.

And yeah, I know – I turned this into a positive answer somehow 😀

Popular Show or Series I Can’t Get Into

Ah, now I’m on firmer footing!

I do a series of ‘Abandoned’ posts here on the blog that seem to fit this question nicely, and so I have plenty of options choose from… lemme just browse a moment, here we go. For this one, I’ll quickly mention a darling of the 2019 line up, The Rising of the Shield Hero.

So, what happened?

Well, in a way there’s not much of a story. Back in November I remember almost finishing episode one… but I didn’t. Maybe I was worn out on Portal Fantasy at the time, or I didn’t have the energy for a double ep, but 8 months later I still haven’t gone back to this series and I can’t quite put my finger on why.

Perhaps because it seemed like a lot of classic tropes but no little extra thing that made me sit up?

Popular Show or Movie I Have No Interest in Seeing

I could probably fill this section with a few options, I think.

Generally, if a series has 100+ episodes or more, I will never get around to such an anime. And I guess it’s not just the impressive time commitment that I can’t handle, but my suspicion that the shows will have poor or non-existent endings, due to the nature of their endlessness.

To be specific, however, I’ll mention something far shorter: the Neon Genesis rebuilds.

I definitely understand the urge to refine and improve something you’ve made in the past, but I’ve yet to give these films a shot and probably won’t. I understand that the storylines diverge… but the first Evangelion series is complete enough for me, even with that bitterly polarising ending.

Popular Show or Movie I Prefer Over the Book

Ah, I can finally sneak some Studio Ghibli into this list, with Howls’ Moving Castle.

Here, as promised, I’m landing on the side of the film… just. Ultimately, I think it’s kinda unfair to compare two starkly contrasting art forms, but it has to be done 😀

For me, there are many fun and also interesting differences between the two texts, and the movie tends to be about trimming out and combining elements in terms of narrative and character, but omits pretty much all the satirical elements that really make Dian Wynne Jones’ book fantastic.

In exchange, there’s Joe Hishashi’s beautiful score and the vibrant colours and Miyazaki’s comforting direction, along with a stellar example of CGI integration in a film that has now (suddenly?) been delighting audiences for fifteen years.


And done!

*wipes brow*

That was tough – but I appreciated the struggle and now I’d like throw to the Otaku Author and Lita Kino if they’re not too swamped.

And of course, if you’re reading this and you wanna jump in, lemme know as I’d be keen to take a look!

16 thoughts on “Unpopular Opinions – Tag Post

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  2. Haha! What are the chances?

    I tend to avoid longer series too unless I’m already watching them. I say that but I am almost 600 episodes into One Piece… It’s hard to start one when you know it will take up all your time rather than watching a handful of other shows.

    I really enjoyed Shield Hero. It does some pretty interesting things and I enjoyed the fantasy world-building efforts.

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    • Wow, 600 episodes, that’s huge, nice!
      Some anime are endurance races, and then there are ‘sprints’ for OVAs, right? 😀

      (Ever since that other abandoned post from last year, I’ve kept ‘Rising…’ on my list, just in case.)

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      • I’ve taken a bit of a break from One Piece and will continue again in the near future, but it really is a mammoth undertaking. The sheer size of the story and world-building is fascinating and obviously something I’d love to replicate.

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  3. Nicely done! (Btw, I loved Mary and the Witch’s Flower! Nor do I consider it wrong to compare the work against that of Studio Ghibli–after all, Studio Ponoc was founded and largely staffed by defectors from Ghibli after it announced an end to active production in 2014. In fact, when I reviewed the movie, I specifically compared workmanship between the two studios: https://anotheranimereview.com/2018/01/20/short-review-of-mary-and-the-witchs-flower/).

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  4. I really like Mary and the Witch’s Flower, too. I heard people say that it was just a typical Ghibli-like production, but I found the protagonist very endearing. It perfectly reflects how a child feels about their insecurities, like Mary and her red hair.

    I liked the Shinigami more than the humans in Death Note, too. Ryuk and Rem needed their own spin-off series.

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  5. Very interesting list. I do find Death Note to be overrated even though I used to like it when I was a teenager. That series isn’t as deep as people think it is and it’s not even the best Takeshi Obata work (**cough** Hikaru no Go! **cough**) I’ve seen. Okay, I did give Mary and the Witch’s Flower an average review which I still own up to it. I didn’t think it was a bad movie and Mary was certainly a good character. I didn’t like it as much as Modest Heroes as far as Ponoc’s works are concerned so far.

    I’m with you when it comes to the Rebuild movies of EVA. They don’t look interesting even though the animation is an improvement over the original series.

    Wow, I keep forgetting that Howl’s Moving Castle was based on a book.

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    • I’m looking forward to comparing the two one day!

      I hadn’t noticed that about ‘Howl’s…’ until I did some reading after watching it the first time, and then immediately tracked down a copy. Quite different, but still very satisfying I thought.

      Years after first seeing the movie, I noticed a tiny credit in the opening sequence, to Jones, which I thought could have taken up a touch more real-estate on the screen 🙂

      As much as I enjoyed ‘Mary…’ I think I give the edge to ‘Modest Heroes’ too. Still super-keen to see what they come up with next too.

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      • That would be a great post comparing both.

        I see. I’m sure not many people knew it was based on a book. It should be a good read though.

        Interesting point. You would think they would bring more attention to it in the credits.

        Nice! It’s cool we can agree on that with Modest Heroes. I know we’ve joked about how we’re “doppelgangers” since we’ve reviewed and had similar opinions for a lot of the same anime series or movies, but it’s totally fine if you really liked Mary and the Witch’s Flower. I do want to see more works from Ponoc.

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