Inquiring Minds Want To Know #39: Most Overrated Anime

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I do believe this week’s question is going to get me into trouble, and I so carefully avoided answering this on Twitter, though at some point I was going to make a top 5 post about this so I guess now is as good a time as any to wade into this one. Thanks Tommy for the question and remember if you want to ask me anything please just complete the survey below or use the link in the sidebar.

Question: What is the most overrated anime? From Tommy

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Generally speaking, I’m not a huge fan of calling things overrated. If people like them, they like them, whether I agree or not is another story. I am aware my tastes don’t match everyone’s and some things I like are pretty weird and some thing I don’t like are actually quite good. That said, I know that when I was first asked this question on Twitter the answer that immediately sprang to mind was ‘Your Name’.

Kimi no na wa is ranked second on MAL and has a score of 9.16. Now, I will agree that this movie is really beautiful. Like gorgeous. Just look at the sky. It is dazzling. But everything else about the movie is… well, ordinary. The characters don’t get fleshed out anywhere near enough, the overall plot is pretty basic, and there seems to be a lot of scenes in there just because rather than because they advance either the plot or the characters.

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I remember how excited I was when I found out Your Name was going to be on Anime Lab to view for members for a short period. I’d heard so many amazing reviews about it and there was this endless hype about how it was the best movie ever (at least best anime movie) and I remember watching it and just kind of feeling unmoved. I didn’t hated it. My review  did point out that this movie was fine but that I didn’t really click with either of the lead characters and didn’t really like some of the plot devices, but that it was a movie worth watching. And it is – a movie worth watching. Should it actually be ranked second on MAL though?

Well, clearly the MAL users who have rated it believe so. So while I disagree and feel it might be a little bit over-inflated and potentially overrated, I don’t really have an issue with this one sitting so high up. Then again, I feel a lot of shows when they come out get a wave of praise that gradually dilutes as time passes and there are plenty of popular shows that I just don’t really get the appeal of. Also plenty of popular shows I love.

Okay, at some point I will get around to that top 5 list of overrated anime and I’ll limit myself to anime series rather than movies, but for now, I think Your Name is probably the anime that I feel most captures the idea of being overrated.

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It’s Day 4 on the challenge and I’m really struggling with this one. Most Overrated Anime. Mostly I don’t like using the phrase overrated because I fully belive that everyone is entitled to their opinion and if a lot of people like something, they like it for a reason. Even if it doesn’t do much for me.

But, I am going to answer this challenge because I made an agreement with myself that I would answer the questions even if I ended up giving multiple answers. That said, I’m going to slightly reinterpret the question here and make it my most overrated anime. An anime I love, that I recommend to others, that I thoroughly enjoy, but I know it really isn’t very good from any kind of objective view point.

My most overrated anime would have to be Bleach.

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The story is stretched out too far, the cast expands to ridiculous levels, pretty much everyone is protected by plot armour and by the end of the third season you pretty much know the writer is not going to commit to actually doing any irreversible damage to anyone or anything of consequence. Random power ups happen because they do, characters don’t use their powers when they’d probably solve the problem, everyone talks to much during fights and fights go on too long.

Pretty much any criticism you could throw at an anime could be thrown at Bleach and it is hard to actually argue against most of those criticisms. That doesn’t stop it being awesome to watch but given how highly I might rank it on a list of favourite anime I’d have to admit that for what it actually does I’ve probably overrated it.

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