One of the strangest anime of the season has been Pop Team Epic. People either love it or absolutely hate it. Over on Twitter (heyfollowmeifyouwantwinkwink), all the anime folks seem to love Pop Team Epic and sing its praises every week. Everything I’ve seen about the show on my WordPress Reader, however, has been the exact opposite. I’ve seen people saying that it’s absolute garbage, that it’s the worst anime of the season, that’s it’s the worst anime ever, etc. Just a whooooole lot of trash talk.
Which like, yikes! You’re allowed to not like something, but isn’t all the hate a bit much?
Do I want to watch it? Not really, no.
Did I hate watching the episodes I did watch? I did kinda hate it, yeah.
Did it feel like a waste of my time? Yeah, I’d rather watch the pretty Antarctica show.
Does all this mean it’s objectively the worst show ever? No!
A show like Pop Team Epic obviously isn’t for everyone, and it clearly isn’t trying to water its wackiness down to be more palatable. In fact, I almost think that the creators would be happy to read about so many people hating it…this seems like the sort of anime that takes pride in how un-digestible it is.
There were some bits in the show that made me laugh, but I’m not really interested in watching entire twenty-minute episodes of weird meta-skits. I could probably handle reading the actual comics, since I could take its wackiness at my own pace, but the anime’s a bit too in-your-face for me. I just don’t have the attention span. But deciding that it’s the worst thing ever just because I didn’t like it wouldn’t be fair to the show or to the people fervently enjoying it. Which brings me to my main point…
Just because you don’t like something, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad! You can dislike something personally while still appreciating it for what it is. I don’t “get” Pop Team Epic, but I can see what it’s going for and how that could totally be someone else’s bag. It does have a unique balls-to-the-wallsness that I’ve never seen before, so even though it felt like my brain was melting while I watched it, I can’t really bring myself to haaaate it like some other people do.
To be fair, though, I did write a whole thing about how I really really didn’t like Darling in the Franxx not that long ago. After watching the first two episodes and seeing a few screenshots here and there, I can see that it is, in fact, very well directed and very pretty. This isn’t a shoddy production by any means, and there’s a lot of talent involved in the animation department. But I just…don’t like it. The story feels forced, and the characters (especially ZeroTwo) feel forced, too. Also, my gay ass doesn’t feel like watching a show about girl/boy exclusive pairs with a tired theme about gender roles.
Does that mean I think it’s the worst thing ever made and that everyone watching it must be a big dumb idiot?
Of course not! It’s just not my jam! Simple as that!
I mean, I still think it’s kind of garbage, but y’know what they say, one man’s trash…
Obviously, people’s anime opinions aren’t That Deep, and there are more important things to worry about then some one else’s cathartic hate-posts about anime. Still, it’s frustrating at times to read a review that’s just, “this is dumb and I hate it.” Tell me why! Tell me if you think there’s anything positive about it at all! And if it’s a relatively popular anime, try and challenge yourself by finding out why people like it in the first place!
Anyways, I’m gonna go back to watching through the hot mess that is Citrus and try to sort through my feelings about it so I can write something coherent on the subject. じゃあね !