Misconceptions about objectivity, criticism, taste and personal preference.

I got into a discussion about my last post on how I criticize MAL ratings on shows and how they do not apply any critical thinking when rating (of course not all of them) thus deeming their opinion as invalid or less worthy.

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When I say something is shit, I mean that in a personal way. While I can still use arguments to persuade you, in the end there is no objective evidence I can show you, because statements like “it’s shit(bad)” are based on values.

So we first have to share these values in order to come to the same conclusion.

There are no objective values however, so again I have to persuade you to accept my values.
We do that all the time, our values are usually inter-subjective meaning that many people share the same subjective values and thus together we have some sort of “objective” consensus.
We can even use facts to back up our values, but in the end no one has to accept them.
When you have a set of inter-subjective values you can derive “context objective” qualities about something.

 

When applied to anime lets say – Realism is a positive value (aka good). Therefor if a show has realism in it, it is objectively good in that department.

However if you don’t accept the statement “Realism is a positive value” then this does not logically follow.

Now of course people who hold this value can point out all sorts of facts like “unrealistic portrayals lead to misguidance and can’t teach the viewer important information, it makes them delusional and ultimately harms them in the long run unless they apply critical thinking to these kinds of escapism shows”. But however well you articulate your argument, even if you could show empirical evidence to how escapism anime (or anything) leads to long term unhappiness no on has to accept those values and apply them to their life.

This might all sound very futile to reviewers and the likes, since whatever they do, you cannot change the minds of those who aren’t willing or able. However, reviewers have no obligation to persuade all people. All reviewers have to do is review. This means apply a critical eye to a show, analyze it and evaluate it. The reader/viewer then takes the parts that persuaded him or her and might object to the rest.

So what are my core points here? 

  1. First reviews aren’t objective.  They are context objective in the sense that the reviewer has certain values which he or she should be communicating to their audience  and then based on these values can judge the quality of a show.
  2. Secondly critical thinking is the ability to scrutinize something based on your knowledge and position it in the larger text, question it and don’t accept it right away without evaluating it first.
  3. And lastly, I can trash talk what I like, if you disagree I am willing to engage in a debate but don’t say I can’t point out my opinion just because it isn’t “objective”. See the framework I am talking in and take what you want out of it :>

I will make a post in the future about how I rate anime and what I look for in them. But not today.

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MAL and Bad Taste

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On Hummingbird someone posted the recent ratings for all airing Spring shows based on MAL uservotes. Here is a link.

And here is the list, I also took the time and ordered them from lowest to highest score.

#32 Kenzen Robo Daimidaler Score 5.93
#31 Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers Score 6.11
#30 Kamigami no Asobi Score 6.81
#29 Blade & Soul Score 6.84
#28 M3 ~Sono Kuroki Hagane~ Score 6.87
#27 Selector Infected WIXOSS Score 6.93
#26 Kiniro no Corda: Blue♪Sky Score 6.94
#25 Seikoku no Dragonar Score 6.98
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#24 Captain Earth Score 7.13
#23 Soul Eater Not! Score 7.18
#22 Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka? Is the Order a rabbit? Score 7.29
#21 Hitsugi no Chaika Score 7.37
#20 Akuma no Riddle Score 7.40
#19 Baby Steps Score 7.47
#18 Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii Score 7.55
#17 Sidonia no Kishi Score 7.56
#16 Gokukoku no Brynhildr Score 7.56
#15 Break Blade (TV) Score 7.58,
#16 Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin Score 7.59
#13 Mekakucity Actors Score 7.69
#12 Ping Pong the Animation Score 7.73
#11 Date A Live II Score 7.75
#10 Black Bullet Score 7.79
#9 Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd Season Score 7.81
#8 Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou Score 7.83
#7 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Score 7.92
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#6 Isshuukan Friends Score 8.03
#5 Haikyuu!! Score 8.27
#4 No Game No Life Score 8.53
#3 Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Score 8.59
#2 Fairy Tail (2014) Score 8.75
#1 Mushishi Zoku Shou Score 8.90

Okay first the obvious. Second season shows always get good/better scores (unless they really suck) because all the fans are continue watching it while the people who hated the first season don’t and thus don’t vote bad scores. So no wonder Mushishi2 has a higher score than the first one. Same is true for Fairy Tail, Love Live and DAL.

Secondly. Marvel Disk Wars is fucking shit, no wonder it has #31.

However now to the parts that piss me off.

Akuma no Riddle is #20 and scores better than: Wixoss, Captain Earth and Chaika.

Okay neither Captain Earth nor Chaika are outstanding anime. (Though both are also waaaaay better than Soul Eater Not!)

But Akuma no Riddle is the fucking worst shit of the season.

I mean look at this shit. Scissors fall from the sky (closed!) and cut throw 4cm thick ropes. That is fucking impossible! Not that it is the only retarded thing about the show, but seriously – Alone for that it deserves not more than a 2/10.

Next thing that pisses me off. Wixoss is fucking low? It’s #27? What the fuck? I mean I can see why people might not like it, but it is fucking better than most of this seasons shit. It is certainly better than DAL and DAL is #11 (granted it is second season).

Also No Game No Life #4? Are you kidding me? I mean I like the show kinda, but it is fucking bad! The show makes no sense. They don’t even bother with rules they just make shit up and rely on comedy instead of actual strategies or realistic people. It’s fucking 5/10 at best. Same for Mahouka which is far more serious but also far more generic (5/10).

It is just frustrating to see how people have no taste and vote for stuff that is obvious fanservice, pandering and wish fulfillment. I colored the ones that I feel are way too high in the list red and the ones I thought are too low green. I of course will also give you an actual list and actual scores when I am finished with the shows.

Oh and the list is missing Kanojo ga Flag. So I add it here:

#25.5 Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara Score 7.01

Censorship helps plot!

This probably doesn’t make sense at first glance but let me explain.

As a guy who is aroused by drawn pictures of  naked girls, watching ecchi with plot can sometimes be hard. And no I don’t just mean hard down there, but hard to focus on what is going on.

See, when something important is presented and in the next moment or the moment before some boobs, or asses were shown with the clear intention to arouse you, then you kinda think “screw this shit I wanna see more tits and asses! Fuck this talking man!“, which ultimately kills your attention to what is actually going on.

A horrible example of ruined plot was Yosuga no Sora for me, which wasn’t even bad from what I can tell, but the constant nudity and sex just really was my main focus when watching the show, so much so, that I basically rushed through all the actual plot and hoped for some more sex or nudity.

This here, as frustrating as it is, actually saves the show for me.

[HorribleSubs] Brynhildr in the Darkness - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_15.18_[2014.05.06_22.09.55]

If instead they would have shown tits, I am pretty sure I would have said “screw the  plot more tits please!” and would have watched the show entirely for the fanservice and nothing else.

 

Well sure Brynhildr isn’t a master piece or anything. But it actually has plot and I want to know what will happen next. Thanks to the censorship I can focus on the talking, without fearing my dick will take over my brain and I will blank out anything that isn’t female shaped and naked.

 

But what do you think? Does censorship help you focus on the actual stuff than on the fanservice, or are you not affected in the first place? Maybe you hate censorship in any case, or don’t care about the plot at all. Tell me!