The definition of the term "Overrated" is: "If something or someone is overrated, that person or thing is considered to be better or more important than they really are" - dictionary.cambridge.org And if there's any word used to describe an anime, the most used one would be "Overrated", whether or not it deserves that description or not. We give this term to the anime that has lots and lots of hype... ...and we've come to accept this as a bad thing... Is it?
The term Overrated in anime
Here are some shows that are classified as "Overrated" (by a fair amount of viewers): - Death Note - Sword Art Online - Attack On Titan - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Naruto (Shippuden) Notice now that all of these anime are all on the top 10 board of the most POPULAR anime (counted in amount of people watching/watched) on MyAnimeList.net, and (with the exception of Naruto) four of them are even on the top 5 (klick here for the entire list)! These anime aren't necessarily bad, on the contrary, they are actually good (subjectively of course, I like them all)! Look at Death Note, the most fan-favoured anime of all time! Look at FMA:B, the currently highest ranked anime on MAL! Why has it come down so that the term "Overrated" is considered bad when it represents something very good in several cases as these when weirdly, a large amount of people seem to label them "Overrated". I don't have the answer, you guys can debate that in the comment-section and come up with a conclusion :)
I do believe that anime-elitists takes this oppertunity to bash on the great animes mentioned. In other words, it's their oppertunity to bring hate to "Overrated" anime. Then, regular people and viewers like us have simply adjusted ourselves to their standards and it's become a word of despise. I want that term to change the community's impact, by tying it to positive reactions rather than negative ones. I want the term to be a situational term for a specific reason! By definition, "Overrated" anime has the ability to attract a bigger audience as it naturally has a bigger audience, so these show's are then the ones we should use as Introductory-anime who are new to this medium of entertainment and media! So, Overrated show's should be able to create new anime-fans? :O
So, here's my question to you:
Is the term "Overrated" overrated?
And is Overrated necessarily bad? Comment, answer, discuss and conclude in the comments below! Now, this card is a part of my spin-off series to the original "Why anime?" collection, where smaller and "quicker" posts around anime and what comes with it is brought up. So make sure you check out and follow the "Quick Why anime?" collection for more posts! :D
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