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.