…if you expected me to actually like it without taking into consideration my tastes, you have no one to blame but yourself.
Here’s something you probably don’t know about me: I don’t really like to give out recommendations regarding what anime people should watch. Most of my blog stuff revolves around my own tastes and what I like and dislike rather than what other people should like and dislike. I’ll recommend stuff people can watch if they ask, sure, but I don’t really get into the whole “you guys NEED to watch Yamato 2199 right now because it’s my favorite anime of 2013″ or “Majestic Prince needs more love”. Not that I mind those declarations or anything considering I tend to repeat my criticisms with certain anime I don’t enjoy every week and someone needs to counterbalance the haterade. But when I do give out recommendations, it usually never goes beyond “I think everyone needs to give this a try at least once”. Because let’s be honest, not everyone’s going to enjoy Yami to Boushi to Han to Tababito.
I’m not very fond of recommendations that fall along the line of ”you have to watch this! It’s my favorite thing ever!” or whatever those Akira fans from the 90s say or just about every awful post in the Adult Swim boards. There’s a difference between calling something to my attention and being a dick who waves his taste in my face the same way Miley Cyrus waved her new look on MTV (and by the way, if you haven’t seen her latest single…don’t). I think it’s easy for a guy like me to be observant of other people’s tastes and all (well NOW it is, but let’s not go there) because what I want from anime is so different to what other people want from anime. There are people who find fun in only the serious. There are people who find fun in the over-the-top. There are people whose taste are foreign to me because they can’t explain themselves to save their life. There’s people whose tastes are either broad or strict. And then there’s me, who just wants stuff that’s fun based on my own unique criteria.
That’s why I’m amused whenever people question why I don’t like stuff like Bakemonogatari and Gurren Lagann, as well as why I HATE the phrase “it’s fun. Isn’t that enough?”, which is about as useless a defense as using the First Amendment in order to justify why racism should still exist. No guys, there’s no way in hell I’d find the repetitive meandering nature of Bakemonogatari or the generic mecha flash of Gurren Lagann entertaining (well okay it’s a little entertaining, but not to raging fanboy levels). I welcome the questions of course, because it leads to all sorts of discussions I find interesting, but I’m sticking to my views and that’s that. At the same time, I’m not going to question why somebody doesn’t like Mushishi or My Neighbor Totoro because it’s easy to see why. They don’t like their presentations. I do. It’s that simple.
Now of course, everyone has their own unique criteria for liking someone, but I think mine is a little more unique than others. So maybe that’s why I don’t mind recommending stuff I don’t dig compared to most people. You want to watch Moribito? Give it a try, you’ll probably like what that series talks about more than I do. Sure there’s stuff I won’t recommend like The Last Airbender or Dragon Crisis because there’s a limit to how much bad taste a person can have, but you don’t see me saying “Stay away from Index, Air, Angel’s Egg, and OreImo“, do you? In fact, I can’t recall a single time I’ve said on this blog “don’t watch this shit”. I really can’t stand people who say stuff like ”How can you like that? Shame on you!” I assume most people joke when they say that, as I do myself at times, but in reality it’s some of the worst crap I’ve ever seen people say and anyone who says otherwise needs to get their head examined.
At the same time though, there are anime that I think are must-watches in the community. Akira is an obvious one. Everyone should watch that at least once considering it was the anime that brought the medium over to the West. Most of the stuff by Bones have become must-watches as well like Eureka Seven and FMA even though they don’t deliver the goods as often as most people say they do. And Spirited Away did win that Oscar for a reason, just so you know. I can’t say you’ll like them of course, but they deserve a crack at the very least.
As for the Showgirls of the anime world, most people (including me) have seen Shuffle, but I’m still hesitant on wasting your life on it due to the length. Garzey’s Wing and Mars of Destruction are classic “bad” stuff though and Mad Bull 34 has a dub you need to listen to at least once. That’s about all I can say in regards to that though.
Bottom-line, I’m not saying you shouldn’t recommend I watch something. I dig recommendations fine and I’m open to trying out new things regardless of my previous history with various genres (unless you’re just recommending me something that’s the exact same as an anime I’ve already seen and disliked, like every 4-koma/LN adaptation ever). I understand you want to spread the love and all. But try not to be so obsessive about it. And especially don’t repeat your obsession either. Because nothing kills hype, excitement, and a woman’s hormones the way repetition does.
PS: I WILL watch Touch someday. I swear!