We anibloggers like to do episodics and other kinds of periodical reviews of anime that we watch. In these reviews, we cannot help but give our opinions the content of the show in question after watching it, which basically what a review is. But I ask you: isn’t it pointless for us to start thinking about a show after we have watched it?
I’ll give an example: Puella Magi Madoka Magica. I read many, many blogs every week, when it was still airing, that discuss Madoka Magica so religiously that I found most of them to get to the point of being trite and ridiculous, in terms of speculation, assumptions and plain fanboying/fangirling. It has gone on like this for the entire series starting from that infamous episode 3. However, after the show ended, people started to get more “level-headed” and tried to review the show holding back on the praise and stuff. You will rarely find a full review of Madoka that has the spirit of those ecstasy-loaded episodics. Most of them just try their best to find flaws as not to sound like those “hated” Madoka fans, and it shows on their writing. (I think I’ll write more about this in another post.)
The point is, the blogosphere miss the point when people do retrospectives. It like judging the meal a day after eating it. The experience that comes from eating the food will be absent when you just think about it the next day, and it cheapens the overall value of the meal. Get what I’m saying here?
Anime that entertains will sell, no matter where the entertainment value comes from. Success built upon the very basics of storytelling, characters, action, romance, sex and/or moments of tension and unease in the part of the audience is success in entertainment still. Though it is quite one-sided that we don’t see the flaws in what we watch, it is proof that we enjoy what we see on our screens, and that, I think, is the most important thing about anime, or entertainment in general.
However, the question still remains: when should we judge what we watch?