One thing that has been bothering me for sometime now is the fact that many people throw around the word cliche at every oppurtunity that they get. While I think that it is understandable as to why people dislike them I think that the one place that this shouldn't be expressed is in a review for a show. The reason for this being that in order for something to be cliched, someone has to have seen the source material that it is being compared to. This being said, a review that is supposed to rate the merits of a show shouldn't lessen the rating do to comparisons to other shows, since it's not possible to know if the person reading the review has seen the other shows. For example somebody might say that Angel Beats gets a lower score because it reminds them of the Meloncholy of Haruhi Suzimiya, the problem with this logic is that someone reading the review might have never seen Haruhi and thus not know the reference. This might deter somebody from the show just because the rating is lower thus counter acting the whole point of reviewing something which is to give an objective opinon of something so that someone else can make the decision to watch it based of the contents of the show itself. I see shows that remind me of other shows that can arguably be said to have "done something better" but honestly that makes me want to watch a show more. Although Air, Kanon, And Clannad are all basically the same show with some variations, I loved them all because of that and never while watching one thought "This was done better in one of the other ones, meaning this show is worse." I just think that if people watched animes with a more wide angled lens and enjoyed the show for what it was and not what it compares to people would honestly have a more positve viewing experience. Since i watch shows with this mentality I actually have rated a lot of shows highly because I always find an endearing character to like in every show.
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