The Traditional Catholic Weeb Speaks: A Reply To Torch’s Anime List

Sometimes, the best place for inspiration when it comes to my blog posts is Twitter. Although the site has become a political cesspool in the wake of the 2020 Presidential Election Race, with angry Democrats and Republicans spewing insults, conspiracy theories and other illogical crap at each other, there has been times when good can come out of it. Recently, it’s come to my attention that my Traditional Catholic Weeb’s Corner has been severely neglected when it comes to anime-related posts. It’s mostly become at this point, a haven for personal recollections of mine as well as the occasional “blog award”. My mind immediately turned towards this category when I came across a tweet by a user with the handle @Torch_bb12, which asked people to name one thing that they disliked about a particular show. The full tweet can be seen here: https://twitter.com/Torch_bb12/status/1282193330105798657

As seen in the above gif, there were several shows that I was distinctly familiar with – Digimon, Evangelion, and Sword Art Online, to name just a few. Seeing these brought me back to the time when my earlier Anime Reviews were terse, and often times of rushed quality. Some of them were even lacking when it came to describing what I liked and disliked about each show. It then dawned on me: rather than respond individually to each thread featuring a show I was familiar with, I would address them in this week’s blog post. With that in mind, sit back and enjoy my brief run-through about what I disliked about some of the anime I’ve seen on this list.

ENTRY #1: KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War' season 2 proves itself as one of this year's top  anime series – North Texas Daily

Released in 2019, I had the pleasure of watching this anime back in February. It follows the daily exploits of two high school council members, Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane, as they engage in the greatest game known to man: not confessing their love to each other. But perhaps the thing that everyone remembers from this show is the pink-haired goofball (and, as my best friend would put it, “Best Mom”), Chika Fujiwara. Anyways, what’s the worst thing coming from this show? In my opinion, probably the repetitiveness of it. Until the last three episodes it’s more or less the same shtick, teasing the viewer with putting Kaguya and Miyuki into situations where it will look like they’re going to expose their hidden feelings, only to tug our strings and go about from there. I’ll admit; it gets old after a while.

ENTRY #2: ATTACK ON TITAN

Attack on Titan animation studio to be changed

Perhaps the most familiar anime of the 2010s is none other than Wit Studio‘s war epic, Attack On Titan, whose final season was released just recently. Ask anyone what they think about when anime is brought up, and this show will probably come out of their mouth. Better yet, take a shot every time you see someone cosplaying a character from this series at any anime convention, and you’ll probably end up with a hangover before the first hour hits. This show is praised by practically everyone for its visuals, action, characters and the music. I’m not going to argue the facts; the music is amazing and definitely fits the bill for this kind of show; and A Slap On Titan, a YouTube parody series based on this franchise, is one of the funniest takes I’ve seen on this serious-oriented show. However, I think this show is grossly overrated because of how cliché the plot overview is. It’s not like there’s no other war story that matches the intensity of Attack On Titan – oh wait, there actually are.

ENTRY #3: RE:ZERO – STARTING LIFE IN ANOTHER WORLD

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - 15 - Anime Evo

Finally, we get to a show that I’ve reviewed before: Re:Zero. In the aforementioned review I’ve said that the ending sequence order was very jittery, and that’s about the only thing I found I disliked about this show. But after looking through the Twitter thread, I’ve found something else to rave about: whenever people hate on this show just because Rem got rejected by Subaru. I can’t stress this enough: JUST BECAUSE REM/SUBARU DIDN’T HAPPEN DOESN’T GIVE YOU A LEGITIMATE REASON TO HATE ON EMILIA. For more information why I think the reaction to her confession getting slighted is overrated, please see my ninth Navem Eos on justifying Subaru and Emilia’s relationship.

ENTRY #4: BOKU NO HERO ACADEMIA

Amazon.com: Skinhub 12" x 17" Boku no Hero Academia My Hero Academia Anime  Poster: Posters & Prints

Truth be told, the only reason why I haven’t written an Anime Review for this show yet is because I haven’t watched the entire anime from start to finish (season 4, I know you’re looking at me right now). Not to mention, I also think Boku No Hero Academia is another series which is highly overrated. Seeing Izuku Midoriya jump from a complete zero to hero is something that I’ve seen replicated quite often, and I fail to see how his character differs compared to someone like Naruto, Hercules from the eponymous 1997 Disney film, or Daniel LaRusso from The Karate Kid.

ENTRY #5: STEINS;GATE

Steins;gate back to the future crossover (not mine) : steinsgate

Trying to find something to nitpick about Steins;Gate is difficult, because overall I enjoyed it and have good memories about watching it with my best friend one week before Anime North 2018 (also, at Anime North 2016). Add to the fact also that I enjoy time travel series in general; what could go wrong? Well, the one thing I wasn’t too keen on with this show is the heavy information intake presented in this show; unless you take down notes on every little detail in this show, you’re going to get seriously lost. And trust me, all the little things – the truth behind CERN, the John Titor fiasco, and the logic behind Steins;Gate are absolutely necessary in order for you to figure out what the heck is going on. Most people I know complained about the slow pacing in the first twelve episodes, but I find that to be a very minor inconvenience.

ENTRY #6: TOKYO GHOUL

What order to watch Tokyo Ghoul: Best order for anime and live-action films  – HITC

Nope, too much cannibalism. Not touching this within a ten foot pole.

ENTRY #7: DARLING IN THE FRANXX(X)

Watch DARLING in the FRANXX | Prime Video

Also not touching this show within a ten foot pole. Not only is it a complete ripoff of a vastly superior series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, but everything about the show is just stupid. From the architecture of the robot piloting control system (for the love of God don’t Google it), the bland romance, the soundtrack, and the nonsensical plot which gets destroyed within the last few episodes and doesn’t make sense at all, I’m baffled at how anyone could even like this anime or call it a masterpiece. Also, Zero Two sucks. Shoutout to Gigguk for his comprehensively condensed summary of the show.

ENTRY #8: BLEACH

Bleach Anniversary Event Confirms Rukia Surprise

The fact that Rukia Kuchiki exists. End of story.

ENTRY #9: SWORD ART ONLINE

Sword Art Online' to get Netflix Live Action Treatment From 'Altered  Carbon' Creator

Arguably one of the most hated anime series in existence, Sword Art Online has seen every insult aimed towards its story, characters, and the fanbase. I will concede, however, that there are some merit to these claims; insofar as I’m concerned, Sword Art Online is not a masterpiece in its own right. Personally for me the Alfheim arc of the first season (that’s episodes 15-25) is one of the worst anime arcs I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I honestly feel that this arc should not have existed because it downplayed the premise of the much superior first half of the show. Cut the entire Alfheim arc from season 1 of this show, and I’m certain that all the issues related to story pacing and character would be solved to some degree or another. In spite of all this, I’ll be the first to say that there’s no reason for me to hate on Sword Art Online as an entirety – there are plenty of other installments to it, and from what I’ve seen with Sword Art Online II last summer, it’s definitely a step up in improvement from its predecessor.

ENTRY #10: ONE PUNCH MAN

Readers of my blog are aware that I think the second season of One Punch Man is a total letdown. But if there’s anything I can nitpick about the first season, there’s two major ones: the disturbing inclusion of Puri-Puri Man and the predictable execution of the battles between Saitama and the villain. Take, for example, the Deep Sea King arc – an entire squadron of S-Class heroes are obliterated by said opponent, rendering the entire town helpless at his wrath. Only then does Saitama appear and deliver the final blow. Probably the only entertaining battle in this series was the final one between Saitama, other heroes and Boros; and even that one had to be dragged out in order to accomplish the feat. While the action was pretty tame and expectable, it was nice to see Saitama get some complex character treatment.

ENTRY #11: LOVE LIVE: SCHOOL IDOL PROJECT

Nico Nico Nii

Create meme "niko niko ni anime, nico nico ni, nico nico nii" - Pictures -  Meme-arsenal.com

I retract that. I like Love Live in general: the music is entertaining, the characters are cute and it’s full of amazing lessons. Probably the worst thing that could have come from this series was how in some episodes, they put too much emphasis on the awkwardly mixed CGI dance sequences and music instead of the plot. In the case of the former, the mix of CGI and 2D animation was just straight up creepy and slow. The musical component of this show interfering with the plot becomes more blatant especially in the second season, when at times the show jumps ahead to the conclusion after μ’s finishes their performance, setting up for an awkward finish which begs the question of how they won those votes in so many ways.

ENTRY #12: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION

Neon Genesis Evangelion' Ending, Explained: Not the End We Expected -  Thrillist

Neon Genesis Evangelion is my all-time favorite anime, and a show that I think highly about. Regardless of the fact, the last two episodes are the only things that I absolutely dislike about this series. I get it, there’s context behind why the story is poorly animated and nonsensical: Gainax was bleeding money and in order to save their resources (and Hideki Anno’s sanity, probably) they had to rush the ending and use storyboard cliparts to convey the conclusion. Sure, you could say that “quality over quantity is what matters”, but the problem is the quality of the story in the last two episodes sucked. It made no sense when pieced together with what happened prior, with Shinji having killed off Kaworu to set the stage for SEELE’s final assault. You know it’s bad even when Shinji’s English voice actor doesn’t have any idea about what’s going on and rants about it. All I can say is thank God for End of Evangelion – the greatest anime movie of all time.

ENTRY #13: KIMI NO NA WA

Kimi no Na wa Taki Tachibana Mitsuha Miyamizu 2160×1920 – Kawaii Mobile

I’m not going to spoil much about this anime since I am planning to make a review about it in the near future, so I’ll keep this section short and refrain from expounding my opinion on it. Probably the dumbest thing from this flick is what Taki does after discovering the truth behind Mitsuha’s demise. Basically, if you drink a 3-year-old cup of saliva-generated sake (kuchikamizake) stored away on top of a mountain shrine, you can go back to the past and prevent one particular disaster – in this case, Mitsuha’s death when the comet strikes her hometown of Itomori. If you’re concerned about food poisoning, fear not! Taki comes out ok from all this, baffling science. Bearing this in mind, excuse me while I proceed to find some really old kuchikamizake; I’m going to prevent the ecclesiastical disaster known as the Second Vatican Council from existing.

ENTRY #14: POKEMON

Pokemon S01E01 Pokemon, I Choose You - video dailymotion

I’m gonna be straight up – I am not a Pokemon kid. I didn’t really play the games that much, nor did I religiously watch the anime. But I do know that the anime itself is probably, if not, one of the most overrated pieces of Japanese culture that has ever hit North American soil. The story is repetitive, clunky and flat out inconclusive. The fact that after all these years, Ash Ketchum is still 10 years old, still hasn’t caught all Pokemon, and has gone through multiple incarnations of female crew members is truly facepalm-worthy. I can understand if he was part of the Looney Tunes or South Park that he needs to keep his childlike appearance and inconclusive storyline, but for a show where he wants to become the ultimate Pokemon master? Sorry, that doesn’t fly well.

ENTRY #15: DIGIMON ADVENTURE

Animes: Digimon Adventure 01 (Audio Latino)

Digimon Adventure was the first anime I reviewed on this blog, and was also the first anime I’ve watched since I started my journey into anime. It is a show I hold very close to my heart, and have many good things to say about – the show alone saved my sanity in my second year of university. However, episode 12 of the series wasn’t that great; it’s what you would call a “filler episode”. In that episode, Takeru and his Digimon partner, Patamon, visit a village of baby Digimon only to get into a fight with their caretaker, Elecmon – who accuses them of being invaders. Thanks to Takeru’s intervention and his quick resolution skills, the conflict between the two parties is resolved and everyone else lives happily ever after. In other words, the episode contributed… absolutely nothing, and I remember skipping this episode during my initial run because of how out-of-place it was. In fact, the gap between when I watched this episode and the episode after it, which pitted seasonal villain Devimon’s downfall, was five months apart. Five months was how long it took before I got back to it, can you believe that?

ENTRY #16: LOVE, CHUUNIBYOU AND OTHER DELUSIONS

Final 8

Love, Chuunibyou and Other Delusions is the most recent episodic anime I’ve reviewed on this blog. I watched this anime over a year ago, and if there’s one word to describe it, it’s boring. The action was pointless and brought the story nowhere, the romance was average and quite frankly, it got to a point where dealing with Rikka Takanashi’s grip on reality was annoying. I’d rather read what notorious comic illustrator Jack Chick has to say about the Catholic Church than hear Rikka explain “muh Tyrant’s Eye is magic”.

ENTRY #17: K-ON

Synopsis] K-On! | Anime Holy Place

Everyone in my Twitter circle seems to love KyoAni’s musical anime, K-On. I don’t. In fact, I couldn’t even get through the first fifteen seconds of the opening theme. Plus, I’ve already watched Love Live and I think that’s enough for me when it comes to cute girls playing musical instruments.

ENTRY #18: PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA

Crunchyroll - FEATURE: "Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion" Movie Review

Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a show with a great lesson in avoiding materialism. But when I watched the third movie in the Madoka Magica installment, Rebellion, I was left baffled beyond belief. Whereas in the original story, Homura comes to accept Madoka’s sacrifice and the end of the cycle of grief experienced by magical girls, Rebellion has Homura go into an existential crisis, and literally proceeds to screw up the canonicity of the timeline by separating Madoka’s godhood – thus denying her happiness, and changing the story. As a result, Homura goes from a decent character into someone who belongs into a psychiatric ward. As someone who considered her my waifu, I didn’t like how they straight up pulled through with that shtick.

ENTRY #19: KONOSUBA

Konosuba Finally Has An English Dub, And Here's Where You Can Watch It -  GameSpot

Not gonna lie, Konosuba is pretty funny and a great parody take on the typical isekai show with subversions of tropes galore, religious warfare and plenty of funny Kazuma faces for every situation to fill up your reaction images folder. But I didn’t particularly like episode 9 with a horny Kazuma trying to get some nice wet dreams thanks to a succubus service. That episode sucked and was a complete waste of time when it could have been used to further the quartet’s quest to defeat the Demon King which, by the way, still has yet to be concluded as of November 2020. Maybe I’m being impatient and should just stick to reading the light novel if I want to speed up the process.

ENTRY #20: RISING OF THE SHIELD HERO

The Rising of the Shield Hero Forum Avatar | Profile Photo - ID: 181900 -  Avatar Abyss

Kinema Citrus’ adaptation of the light novel series Rising Of The Shield Hero seems non-objectionable at a first glance. It’s simply a story about an angry man named Naofumi Iwatani who teams up with a fox named Raphtalia and a chicken named Filo to clear the name of the Shield Hero and restore order in Melromarc. At the same time, he has to avoid getting into conflict with the other three Heroes as well as with his arch-nemesis, Myne B***h and King Aultcray Trash. It’s all fun and games until B***h deceives Naofumi through a false rape accusation immediately in the first episode – and from there, everyone loses their minds. Unlike Sword Art Online where it was hated simply because the plot and characters “sucked”, Rising Of The Shield Hero got dragged into a controversy, with angry SJWs belittling the show for things like its alleged glorification of slavery and the aforementioned rape accusation. Honestly, this show really doesn’t deserve that kind of treatment, and I was shocked when I learned that too when I was watching this series while the Super Bowl was going on.

ENTRY #21: THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA

The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya English Version Announced

As with the case for Chuunibyou, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (ironically, also made by KyoAni) fails at being a satisfying flick. From when I last saw it, it was boring. All we get is a montage of Haruhi dragging Kyon, Mikuru, Nagato and Itsuki around to ensure that “thy will be done” and nothing else. Speaking of which, I didn’t drag that line from the Lord’s Prayer out of context as Haruhi is literally portrayed as God. If anything this series could make for a good analysis on Thomistic principles on the existence of God.

CONCLUSION

There you have it, a couple of my assessments on Torch’s “Name one thing you dislike” list. As much as I’d love to explore other anime from this list, keep in mind that if I haven’t seen the anime, I wouldn’t be able to put my opinion down for fear of incorrect representation. That’s why popular shows like Death Note, One Piece or Full Metal Alchemist were not included in this post. Hopefully, once I get the chance to look into these shows, I may revisit this subject; maybe even include some other anime that I’ve previously reviewed but were not included in Torch’s list. Until then though, I hope you enjoyed reading this post – and let me know what you think about some of my opinions regarding these flicks!

7 thoughts on “The Traditional Catholic Weeb Speaks: A Reply To Torch’s Anime List

  1. Very fascinating list. Your Name was a movie I thought was good, but not even close to Shinkai’s best as he went more mainstream and rehashed stuff from his older movies. I do agree with various series being overrated. Digimon was the better show than Pokemon and this is coming from a guy who used to like both as a kid. Yeah, I heard about the cannibalism stuff from Tokyo Ghoul and that creeped me out.

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    1. Thanks Osprey! Very true, Digimon >>>>> Pokemon and that’s no contest – and I have to thank Gigguk again for expounding the truth about what Tokyo Ghoul is about! The only people I can envision would like Tokyo Ghoul are probably the ones that enjoy “Friday the 13th” or something like that.

      I most agree with you that Your Name does have its flaws, and is definitely not as perfect as people think it is. I won’t say much about it, as I prefer to leave it until my review on it 😉 To this date I’ve only seen 3 Shinkai movies (“Weathering with You”, “Your Name” and “5cm per second”) and I’m sure there will be something from his collection that will evoke a feeling better than Your Name. Don’t get me wrong, I like it because of its Back To The Future-esque integration of time travel in the second half, but there were a couple of things it could have handled better.

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      1. You’re welcome. That is so true about Digimon. I could see that making sense for Tokyo Ghoul. I was surprised with all the references going on like this one British rapper named Scarlxrd who has a song that samples dialogue from that anime and even wears a similar mask that the main character wears.

        Thanks. I look forward to your review of that movie. I was curious what else you’ve seen of Shinkai. That was a fascinating concept, but I wished some things improved.

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  2. You haven’t seen Fullmetal Alchemist (2003), or Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood? I can’t recommend the former, since it was suggested that I avoid it due to the fact that it outpaced the manga and went in a completely different direction from Arakawa’s story. But FMA: Brotherhood I can and will happily recommend. It’s a great series and, if you get the chance, definitely take the time to watch it.

    By the way, have you seen Kabaneri no Koutetsujou (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)?

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    1. Hi Caroline! Apologies for the super late reply. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve heard plenty of good things about FMA: Brotherhood myself from friends, but I’ve just never had the time to check it out; the few things I know about it are that the opening theme song is pretty hype (I had the pleasure of listening to a cover of it at Anime North back in 2016). Hopefully soon I can get the opportunity to check it out in full!

      In reply to your second query – I’m afraid I haven’t seen Kabaneri No Koutetsujou. From a glance though, it looks like Attack On Titan but with zombies 😅 Ironically enough it’s made by the same studio as the latter.

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      1. No worries! And yes, the intro song “Again” by Yui is *HYPE*. Several of the following intro themes are as well, along with a couple of exit themes. If you keep an eye on my site, you’ll be able to listen to several of them soon. 😉

        I’ve heard Kabaneri compared to AoT, but since I haven’t seen the latter, I can’t say whether or not it’s a clone (though I have heard it has got a brighter in tone than AoT). I *do* know that WIT Studios produced it on its own, without relying on any manga. The books came *after* the anime, which is highly unusual as I understand things. It’s first season is twelve episodes and the follow-up movie is three episodes, so it’s easy to catch up on. Definitely recommended!

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      2. Oh that’s not too bad, very manageable indeed. Don’t feel too bad about not having caught up on AoT yourself – it took me 6 years after seeing the first episode before I finally finished the first season alone! 😂 Honestly though I wouldn’t know though myself as well until I see the first few episodes.

        You’re right though, typically what I’ve heard is that it’s manga first, then the anime; which makes sense. That’ll make an interesting one for the manga .vs. anime debates though… 🤔

        And thanks for the heads-up; I’ll be looking forward to your post on such in the coming weeks! 👍

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