No matter where you go on the internet, there’s someone talking sh*t about
- Claiming it’s the worst anime of all time.
- Explaining why it’s so bad and doesn’t deserve the hype.
- Or how this or that ruined it in the first season.
And so many other “reasons” for why
It’s interesting because when you actually look at the facts, and shove opinions to the side, you have to wonder – why doesn’t the hate “add up”?
If it’s really so bad, then why is it one of the most successful shows of the LAST decade. Not to mention the most famous
There’s a reason for that, and I’ll get into it now.
This Is Why
SAO Gets So Much Hate:
1. The “bandwagon” effect
“The bandwagon effect is a phenomenon whereby the rate of uptake of beliefs, ideas, fads and trends increases the more that they have already been adopted by others.” – Wikipedia
You can argue about this all day, but the facts are there in black and white.
Most people, especially these days jump on the bandwagon because it’s “acceptable” to bash and hate on
In fact it’s so acceptable you have people hate
This is even more true for teenagers and the “younger” fans in the community.
The type who troll, are sensitive, and act on impulse.
SAO is one of the most influential and successful
And the light novels (where the
I say all that to say this: success breeds haters, but in
Opinions are fine, but numbers don’t lie. Unlike people
How does an
- or almost 8/10.
Something isn’t adding up. The worst
In fact – NO
2. Ego on steroids
Remember how I mentioned a lot of
I’ve met, seen and dealt with an infinite amount of trolls and fans who “hate” for no reason other than to make you feel bad, to make themselves feel better.
The type of fans who will say whatever to stroke their egos at the expense of your own happiness and self esteem.
If everyone is hating an
Fighting back when it seems like the unconventional thing to do makes you a target, an enemy.
The backlash that comes from that isn’t worth it in most people’s eyes. So they avoid it out of fear.
That’s how it always works.
Conventional opinions will always attack the unconventional because it challenges the norm, and threatens traditional or so called “correct” ways of thinking.
3. It’s too popular for its own good
When you combine the ridiculous amounts of hate for
You can’t go anywhere in the
It’s so normal to hate on
Defending SAO usually evokes these kinds of reactions:
- “You have no taste.”
- “You’re stupid”.
- “You’re a loser”.
That’s how sensitive and bias people have gotten over the topic of
The ratings aren’t bad (there’s MUCH worse), and the sales, which matters, makes most
But that won’t change people’s “dead set” opinions on why
And why you must be deranged or stupid for thinking
The “hate” is exaggerated
So many people wouldn’t
And yet the sales figures don’t lie. Neither does the overall success of the
I’ll be the first to say it’s not my “best
It’s a little sheepish, and I’m tired of seeing it at this point.
You don’t have to like it, but I’m speaking of everyone else who’s hating for the sake of it.