The Perfect Anime

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  I am sure we've all at one point in our lives, watched or read an anime or manga that we really felt a connection with something that spoke to us on a deeper level for whatever reason that may be. Perhaps it reminded us of an experience we had in our lives or conveyed a message we really understood or had some characters you could totally empathize with. Because of it, we ended up growing a deep attachment to the point where no matter what flaws the thing might actually have. We could easily overlook it, because well, it didn't matter. It didn't affect our experience of why we got so attached to it. And even if others did find flaws with it. We didn't care. As they didn't have the same experience that you did.
  To us, it was perfect, even if objectively speaking the perfect anime, the perfect game the perfect movie can not exist. Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to see the record breaking "Your Name" in theatres. And it absolutely blew me away. So much so, I had to watch it not twice, but three times for getting close to satisfied. And it was after I walked out of the theatre for the third time that I knew I've found my new perfect anime, except I know that critically speaking, If I call this perfect or a masterpiece or any other overly superlative adjectives. There will be those of us who would argue the semantics of describing in such a way cuz at the end of the day, it's an opinion that's subjective.
  And I don't know why this world is so look down upon when we were talking critically about something. Of course I know the film isn't perfect, the characters aren’t the deepest, some moments of it contains melodrama and I'm sure if I thought deeply about it, I can find plot holes cuz the film speaks to the heart rather than to the mind. Though, none of that actually matters me, because I felt it achieved everything it needed to. And there is so much I love about this film that I wouldn't change a single thing about it. I can't remember the last time I saw something with so much charm and beauty to it. And there's not just one single thing I could point at and say why I love this movie. The beautiful dichotomy of the lives of two star-crossed lovers loving vicariously about one another, capturing the carefree nature of adolescence like that melancholic feeling of watching a long summer’s day passing by. That dreamlike quality of longing for something that seems preordained yet lost while mixing in themes of fantasy, long-distance relationships and natural disaster somehow weaving all this into a compelling narrative. There so many elements blending together to create a piece of work that spokes me on so many levels that went beyond just breaking down characters animation writing and music. I walked out of the theatre with the same bitter-sweet joy of meeting a lost friend that you wouldn't see again for a long time. With a reignited passion of this medium that I love so much that's not one thing that you can put on a 1-10 review scale. To me, it was a masterpiece and no matter plot holes, character, writing or melodrama could take that away from me. But I know that not everyone will share the same experience I did or come to the same conclusion. There will be people who didn't appeal to, some will have gotten too caught up in the hype or simply couldn't connect to it as much for whatever reason and that's fine. No one will ever create a piece of work that would appeal to absolutely everybody, so why is it that we pretend a good review something that can objectively breakdown or make a piece of media good or not.
  Many self-proclaimed critics I've seen always hard back to the writing and characters as the absolutely backbone of what makes something good. As if there's only one specific formula to making a great show which is something I totally disagree with. Sure, there is a guide book in theory as to what makes film making and story telling which applies to majority. But we shouldn't forget what they are: a guide, not an absolute and there are exceptions to every rule. Every anime sets out to achieve something different and part of the charm of certain movies or shows is the way they are able to impress you even if it clearly has flaws, or sometimes even embracing them. We say show don't tell then along comes a monogatari series, showing us that we can craft an interesting story almost entirely through dialogue. If characters and writing were all that mattered then we wouldn't get things like the mind-blowing visual extravaganza that was “red line”. Gurren Lagann came to celebrate the cheesy horror tropes we all thought we are tired of, and the ending of EVA was such a raw, unfiltered outcry of emotion that love it or hate it has remained a topic of disscussion and resonating moment for many people to this day.
  So what is it that really makes a show mean something to us. The conclusion I've come to is that there's no single technique that portrays this but there is a common driving force I felt from all these shows: passion and communicaton.
  At the end of the day, anime is a form of art, a way for the creators to communicate to the audience in someway whether it be an idea or feeling or experience or something else. And my favourite shows are ones where this communication really resonated with me. Maybe it was a hype scene, a beautiful moment, a genius piece of writing. And I'm sure you all have your own personal examples. Which is why I feel like the best critics are people who can break down why a movie or anime appeals to them, and what aspects of it would appeal to an individual audience member rather than a blanket statement of why it's objectively good. Nothing about this is objective. So, intstead of condemning subjectivity why aren’t we embracing it. Most of my favourite ever shows had nothing to do with taking up some predetermined categories but some aspects of feeling that I really liked about it.
  Recently, I've seen an increasing people embracing the critical analysis of which is great you know there's nothing wrong with promoting a smarter way of looking at a medium. But I think in doing so, I feel we've created a community that upholds having a higher knowledge and apperciation of the inner workings behind your favourite shows more than just having fun. It is possible to embrace critical thinking while acknowledging subjectivity of it. So we might joke about it, but there's certainly no such thing as a bad taste in anime. In fact I think the worst thing you can do is either keep a close mind or alter your taste so it's more respectable. I've seen far too many people try to hide their actual taste because they think it's too mainstream or too trashy or something that isn't critically acclaimed. There's nothing wrong with your favourite anime even if it doesn't tick all the boxes of characters or writing or cinematography or if you just like it for some really stupid reason. And it's definitely nothing wrong with thinking some critically acclaimed shows are just boring as hell. If you can unashamedly say "Hey, I just really like this trashy show because it was trashy. " All the more power to you, I unashamedly hold "Love Hina" close to me because it reminds me of a time when my adolescence romanticise the concept of just finding a partner who would accept me. And every so often another show comes along that just appeals to that side of me even if I know it's absolutely trashy.
  Your taste reflect who you are as a person. Your interest are shaped by your experiences and upbringing that made you the individual you are today. So why the hell shouldn't you be pround of that. It shouldn't be about having superior taste, it shouldn't be about showing off how much knowledge you have and it definitely shouldn't be about showing how much smarter you are than other people. It should be about keeping an open mind, embracing individuality and most of all, having fun. I'm the type of guy who can be groping at the complex narrative presentation seen in Satoshi Kon's work and then arguing over which monogatari girl has the most appealing bus in the same conversation. In fact ,those were some of the most interesting conversations I've ever had with some of the most interesting people I've had the pleasure of meeting. Whatever shows hold a special place in your heart are special because that's the person you are. So don't forget that and I guess all I really want to say through all this mindless rambling without any real point I was trying to make was that I saw an animate the other day and I liked it a lot, it’s was pretty great.No, in fact it was perfect.

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