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Hee hee. That's ok. That was the point of the joke. Pick the worst way to write a review and go for it. XD
Just got your comment on Serial Experiments Lain. It was a poised and well-intentioned one, for which I'll give you props.
Of course, a review is very much impacted by subjective bias. That's what they're for -- they're basically people writing down what they thought and felt about something. Now, there does come the difference between a good and a bad review, and I do have to say that I do not think my review of Lain is bad. To say that I might not "have what it takes to truly appreciate challenging entertainment" borders on knee-jerk partisanship. (I mean, it's clear you were a bit...offended by what I wrote).
If you read my review a little more carefully, you'll see that I praise Lain for pretty much the same things many people do -- interesting, groundbreaking themes (which I have, in fact, recognized while watching the anime) and an experimental style that's quite effective. So why didn't I give the anime a score of 8 or 9? One of the reasons -- one that any reviewer should never forget for its simplicity -- is that I simply did not like it. Of course, as with classic literature, that does not really mean anything. But in my review, I do point out why I didn't like it. I did not like the anime because I thought it was slow, experimental to the point of being self-indulgent, difficult to follow, and unpalatable. Basically, I did not think it executed its themes well. For what it offered back to me (the themes), I had to suffer through more than I thought it was worth.
To me, there just comes a point where complexity stops being superior and just becomes not-good storytelling. I did not think Lain told its story or its themes very well -- judging not only by my own reaction but by the reaction of many other anime viewers just as intelligent as me. Of course, there will be just as many intelligent people who will say otherwise -- who will say that the anime told its story and themes very well. But they have their own justifications. No one is absolutely right, and I think attacking someone else's tastes or intelligence over a different opinion will not settle the issue.
With my score, I am NOT disparaging the anime and flinging it among the ranks of something like Aishiteruze Baby. The world of anime is too vast for there to be a single objective scale of grading. I simply wrote my review for the sake of putting my thoughts about it down. Does my review have its weaknesses? Of course it does; no effort is absent of weaknesses. This also goes for Serial Experiments Lain. It just comes down to how well a viewer takes to an anime's strengths and to its weaknesses. For me, the anime's strengths could not unequivocally outweigh it weaknesses.
The fact that a number of intelligent people now have spoken up for this anime in spite of this review attests to the anime's power and complexity. Variance in opinion can only illuminate this anime further, which I take to be a good thing.
In reference to your comment on my sayonara zetsubou sensei review, I am neither ashamed nor embarrassed by it for one simple reason: it was an APRIL FOOLS JOKE. I also like to think of myself as a serious anime critic, but for april fools I'm up for having a bit of fun.
I'm really glad I'm not the only one who thinks Free! is just moe with shirtless guys pandering to the female audience. It seems like everyone is fangirling about it, but I'm pretty sure it's just fanservice for girls. XD
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