Super popular opinions that you will love

Disclaimer borrowed from Aria who was gracious enough to think that I have unpopular opinions: The title warned you what this is about already, so if you don’t want internet arguments, you should head to a different post. Also, there are vague spoilers in the love triangle bit (and large spoilers in the alternate answer) – but if I told you what series they were for, then it wouldn’t be much of a surprise now, would it?

Though I do need to be clear. I’m not convinced that I have unpopular opinions. It’s more that I have different opinions that most people don’t share.

Yes. That is a way to say that I may have unpopular opinions.

A Popular Anime You Don’t Like

If we’re going to hit, let’s hit hard. I don’t like Death Note.

There is a certain brand of misanthropy that attracts intelligent people. It’s the kind that you see in shows like The Sopranos or Game of Thrones. People seem to confuse mean-spiritedness with being cool.

Light is not interesting. He’s an angsty teenager who we are supposed to find interesting or maybe even endearing in how he wants to make a better world through murder.

I can’t watch more than three episodes of him whinging before I’m done. And L is just every “eccentric but brilliant” detective from every show I’ve already seen.

It’s not compelling. It’s not even intriguing. It’s dull with a side of dull with a dash of mediocre.

An Anime Everyone Hates But I Love

I have fewer of these than you might think. It’s more often that I love a show that no one has watched. I have two go tos for this one. The first is an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo that is called Kaze no Yojimbo. The animation in this show is actively bad. I mean like late 90s adventure game bad. We often get close-ups of their faces so all the animators have to do is move their lips.

That said, I’m a sucker for a good hard-boiled detective story, and Kaze no Yojimbo has echoes of one of the best — Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

My second choice for this is Argentosoma. It’s a mecha show which relies on the strength of the two main leads. A tortured man-child whose girlfriend died after he was a jerk to her, and an actual child who befriends an Iron Giant-style robot. These two characters carry the show for me.

A Love Triangle Where They Didn’t End Up With Who I Wanted

Let me introduce you to a little show called NANA. It’s about two girls named Nana. One is a streetwise rocker girl, and the other is an ingenue who is torn between a sweet boy who worships the ground she walks on and a jackass who doesn’t give a shit about her.

So this is a 00s josei, and I’ll give you one guess who she ends up with. Yes. The asshole. Because they always pick the asshole.

I gave up on Nana after that.

A Popular Genre You Hardly Watch

Would you believe that I’ve never seen Naruto or My Hero Academia? I’ve watched a little bit of Bleach and Attack on Titan.

If it’s a show with a teenage boy going “I need to be stronger” then generally I’m out. It’s not that I don’t like them, but, normally, I don’t watch them. There are a few that I like such as Yuyu Hakusho or Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple, but those are generally the exception and not the rule.

A Beloved Character I Dislike

I don’t have a good answer for this one. I rarely dislike characters. It’s much more common that I dislike shows.

A Popular Anime I Can’t Get Into/Not Interested in Watching Over the Manga

So this is another one that I don’t have a good answer to. Or at least I’ve used most of my good answers in other places.

Nominating:

Lynn Sheridan

Blubbyweb 

KS Blogs 

XenoDude 

Blerdy Otaku

9 thoughts on “Super popular opinions that you will love

  1. That was a great post. It’s been so fascinating seeing people post their unpopular opinions. I had a blast when I was tagged earlier for that post. I do find Death Note to be overrated nowadays. Personally, I find Takeshi Obata’s earlier work Hikaru no Go to be so much better even though it’s in a completely different genre. Don’t feel bad about My Hero Academia because I still haven’t seen it either. I’m not big into a ton of Shonen works anyway.

  2. *Spoilers for NANA* I’m right there with you on NANA. Her reasons for leaving Nobu for Takumi were insanely stupid. He can still have his career and support her and the baby. Plus, they have all of their friends who would be more than willing to help when needed. They’ve done it plenty of times before. But nope, she’s rather be with a more successful dude who has a long track record of treating her like trash. They were such a sweet couple, and Nobu loved her with all of his heart. It broke my heart that they didn’t end up together.

    Reminds me a lot of A Wind Skimming the River’s Surface where the main character fell head over heels for a guy who was really great but she didn’t want to ‘end up like her sister’ who had married a guy that didn’t have a notable job and wasn’t well off. So she went off and married some businessman and left the other guy behind. When she returned to the town later, it was clear her marriage was on the rocks, and her sister had a very happy and loving family. Meanwhile, the guy she fell in love with was happily married and had a kid of his own. She had to lament on her life decisions, and at the end it’s heavily implied that her son was actually the son of the guy she fell in love with, but couldn’t tell him because she didn’t want to ruin anything (which is a little messed up in its own right.)

    It’s very much a tragic romance type story, and the main character is basically as stupid as Hachi, if not moreso, but I’m much more angry at Hachi considering NANA is much longer than A Wind Skimming the River’s Surface, so I got a lot more attached to the characters in involved in their stories.

    As for Death Note, I don’t like it as much as I used to, but I still enjoy it for the most part. Light used to get WAY too much credit and being hailed as a genius when, as early as episode two, he shows what an impulsive idiot he actually is. People can say he was just corrupted by power all they want, but that was quite the quick 180 for someone who was supposedly good, and it doesn’t take long at all to lose any bit of sympathy you have for the guy. Granted, you’re not supposed to side with Light anyway, but that just makes it all the more frustrating that it takes a ridiculous amount of time to finally catch him. I like L, but yeah the ‘quirky genius/detective’ trope is basically thrown into the spotlight when his successor is literally just L only younger and with white hair. It’s definitely an overrated series, but I still hold a candle for it, for whatever reason lol

    Great post! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. I agree with you on Death Note. I don’t like the technique where they attempt to make one character seem brilliant by claiming another character is just really smart but writing them as stupid. I blogged about this a bit once. The female FBI agent who was supposed to be the best the FBI had being easily conned into giving her name to Light after he all but confessed to being the killer. Turned me off completely.

    I disagree with you on Nana. Nana O got exactly who she wanted, someone who would take care of her without ever making any strong emotional demands. Which is why she didn’t go with Nobuo, the guy who worshipped her. Someone who loved her that much might want something in return that she couldn’t give – the same reason she lost her last boyfriend.

    She was *perfect* for the slot. (I’ve known plenty of women just like her.) A helpless and passive woman who just happens to be extremely pretty. There isn’t anything evil or malign about her. She’s really cute and adorable and super needy. It is why she got the nickname “puppy.” The fact that she annoyed me so made her character great.

    I kind of liked Nobuo. Nobuo was better off without her. She’d soon take him for granted and he’d be putting all the effort into the relationship while she coasted.

    Actually, so was Nana K who’d turned into a controlling and overprotective parent towards her. Never liked “Hachi” very much as a person but as a character, she was marvelously flawed.

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