This isn’t just me being contrary, although that can be fun from time to time. No, this is a tag post that is going around and challenging bloggers to share their unpopular opinions. Is this really a good idea?
The Unpopular Opinions Tag
It would appear that we live in an age where people don’t know quite how to react when someone says they don’t like something that they hold dear. So, maybe this will be a good thing. It’s time to get used to the fact that not everyone likes or hates the same things. I know I’ve had moments of shock where someone has said something bad about one of my favourite shows, but rather than attacking them, I channelled this energy into celebrating the thing that I loved. So, if anything I say in this post makes you angry or sad, well, that wasn’t the intention. As I said, it’s all right to like different things. It’s actually encouraged!
This post is one of those delightful tag posts that I have shoehorned into my Sunday Sevens format. I love getting these nominations and plan on completing more (I do have a bit of a backlog to get through). So, I should thank Pinkie from Pinkie’s Paradise for the nomination for this one. There doesn’t appear to be any rules, but everything seems fairly self-explanatory. Anyhow, brace yourself for some of my unpopular opinions.
7. A Popular Series that I Don’t Like
Have you ever found yourself finishing a series and just being absolutely shocked at how terrible it was? Sure, probably. Well, what if you then tried to see what others thought and there was no one that felt the same way. It’s a little surprising, to say the least. This happened to me with SSSS. Gridman. I enjoyed the first couple of episodes, but then it started to fall into a cycle. Big kaiju would appear, Gridman struggled to defeat it, one of the allies joined in and made Gridman stronger, Gridman pulls an unseen attack out of nowhere and wins. At first, I was questioning whether they were really going to keep pulling a Deus ex Machina in every episode and they did. The most infuriating one was in the final episode when Gridman remembered that he had a “Fixer beam” and magically fixed everything.
Now, I don’t know if this is because I never watched Power Rangers or any show like that, but this was utterly infuriating. It never felt like any victory was earnt. There were some things I liked about the show, but the removal of any tension or stakes just made it boring. I gave this series a two out of ten on MAL!
6. A Series Everybody Hates that I Love
I had a quick look through my MAL scores and there isn’t anything quite as drastic in rating variance as SSSS. Gridman. This is probably the one with the largest variance and that is My First Girlfriend is a Gal. It’s just ten episodes long and follows a student who is trying to date a “Gal” because he believes, or his friends told him, that it will improve his chances of losing his virginity. It’s got loads of fan-service, which is fine by me. However, the real strength of this series was the story and how it managed to connect to my teenage years. There was so much that resonated with my experiences that I fell in love with the series and the characters.
5. A Love Triangle where the Person Ended up with the Person You Didn’t Like
It’s not over yet, as the second season of Re:Zero is currently airing, but after watching the first season I have to object to Subaru’s judgement. I loved this series and found Subaru to be fairly interesting if not entirely likeable. Rem, however, is a treasure and the way she supported Subaru made it that much harder that they couldn’t be together. There was an episode in which Rem asked him to run away with her, but he couldn’t because he loved Emilia. Pretty much nothing else happened in the episode, but it was one of the more compelling episodes I’ve ever seen. This love triangle is far from over, but I still want to yell at Subaru every time I think about it.
4. A Popular Genre that You Hardly Watch
I don’t watch a lot of Romance or Slice of Life shows. The one notable exception that I can think of is Fruits Basket and I’m completely hooked on it. That said, it’s very unlikely that I will go out of my way to watch anything else. I like fantasy, science fiction, and horror. There’s more than enough life going on all around me, I don’t need to sit down and watch more of it. I also feel like romance is fine, but it should be an element in a series and not the defining thing.
3. A Beloved Character You Don’t Like
I would never have thought that Ken Kanaki from Tokyo Ghoul would be the nineteenth ranked character on MAL. My only guess is that a lot of that comes from the manga readers. I watched the first season and really enjoyed it. The second season not so much and then I had no idea what was going on in the third season for most of it. Ken really was a terribly dull character who only seemed to be moved forward by things happening around him. He had no drive or direction of his own.
2. A Popular Trope You’re Tired of Seeing
This will possibly make me sound like a monster, but characters can’t keep coming back to life for no reason and can the heroes stop making friends with the enemies. Most of this comes from my watching of One Piece. Firstly, I loved One Piece, but I remember watching the Skypeia arc and they made out that almost everyone was going to die which was insane, however, at the end of the fight, everyone just got up and carried on. There was no reason for them to not be dead. I can’t stand that they just all magically survive. Then, on top of that, I remember Franky’s first appearance in One Piece and I still can’t get over how they treated Usopp and still all became friends. Maybe, I hold a grudge for too long, but I still find Franky annoying and it’s mostly because of that.
1. A Movie or Show Adaptation You Prefer More than the Manga
Highschool of the Dead is my absolute favourite anime. It’s also my favourite manga… Basically, I just love this story and all the characters involved. The anime is a pretty faithful adaptation of the manga, although each of them has their own strengths. As you might expect, the manga has a little more detail and more backstory. The anime, however, took some of the slower scenes and turned them up to eleven. The most notable one is when Takashi and Rei found the others fighting zombies on a bridge. In the manga, they bumped into them walking along the street and there were no zombies. It’s great when an animation studio builds on the manga and makes it better, especially when it’s something that I already love.
Well, there you have it. I’m not sure how popular or unpopular those opinions are. My natural assumption is that everyone will instantly agree with me, but then we saw how that went with SSSS. Gridman… Anyhow, let’s keep this going as I shall now pass this on in the form of some nominations. These bloggers have some opinions and that’s for sure.
- Yomu at Umai Yomu Anime Blog
- Dewbond at Shallow Dives in Anime
- InfiniteZenith at The Infinite Zenith
- Ashley Capes at The Review Heap
- Dez Polycarpe at SAE With a K
I’d love to hear your thoughts on my unpopular opinions and hopefully, there’s someone out there that feels the same way I did about SSSS. Gridman. Possibly not, but I can dream. Thanks, again for reading.
Other posts in the series
- Once a Geek! (The Geeky Childhood Tag)
- Chronicling the Otaku Author! (Blogger Recognition Award)
- Well, this is Neat! (Real Neat Blog Award)
- How Bizarre! (Mystery Blogger Award)
- Grab your Shades! (The Sunshine Blogger Award)
- Length Matters! (Give it a Light Novel Title)
- Anime Favorites A-Z Challenge
- My Unpopular Anime Opinions (The Unpopular Opinions Tag)
- Even More Dazzling Radiance! (The Sunshine Blogger Award)
- Length Really Matters! (Give it a Light Novel Title 2)
- Twenty Questions!? (Let’s Blog Award)
- Friends to the End! (The Bubble Tag)
- Putting Me in Anime! (The Kore Wa Watashi Blog Award)