Wowee, the new anime season is upon us! And I…well I didn’t really watch enough of last season to really comment on it! Oops!
Truth be told, this season I’ve really only finished Citrus. Sora yori mo tooi basho was my actual Winter 2018 front-runner, but my little sister was really enjoying Citrus and Pop Team Epic, so I made more time for those shows instead so that we could watch them together.
Even though I didn’t actually watch that much of Winter 2018, I still want to join the fun in doing a little “best of the season” countdown. Except…I didn’t watch enough to really declare a best show or best director, or even best opening. I don’t even know enough to declare a best girl. I watched enough to get a feel for, um, what some characters in some shows look like? I can’t even remember most of the names of most of these characters… but for some reason, I do remember their eyebrows. I don’t know what it is, but whenever I’m watching an anime, the first thing I notice about a character is their ‘brows.
I just love it when they’ve got those thick nubby brows instead of a simple thin arc, you know what I mean? They’re more expressive, more elegant. Think about it – don’t you dig an anime girl more when she’s got some big ass caterpillar brows up there? I’m very passionate about thick anime brows…I even have a soft spot for scruffy old man anime brows, too.
So without further ado, here is my top 10 anime eyebrows of the Winter 2018 that I felt the need to put together, for some reason.
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 myjam! 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 !