In the eyes of the observer, there are many ways in which your perspective can influence how you feel about a show, and that can ultimately dictate your viewing experience. What you see is dependant on how you see things, thus it can very much vary between individuals.
I think the most obvious reason for the differences in opinions simply stem from these different perspectives. What one individual sees may not necessarily be what another ends up seeing. Which is why no one opinion is necessarily superior to the other. Some shows may bother you, annoy you and dare I say even disgust you. Yet that very same show may be of immense satisfaction to someone else. Can you fault them for that?
The basis here is that every individual has their own reasons for liking or disliking a show. Today, I’ll take a look at the various types of audiences and their perspectives, and show how it might influence their level of enjoyment. Let’s read a little more.
***Do take note that things get satirical from here on out***
Every one of us has our own personal preferences. Depending on what we prefer, naturally our own disposition toward something changes. If you love action and detest horror, then it’s a given that you’ll enjoy One Punch Man a lot more than you might have enjoyed Another. We’re all at the mercy of our own interests and preferences, and that’s why sometimes we just can’t help but be prejudiced in our appreciation for anime.
Opinion level: Background noise
The Emotionally Attached
Ah yes, the emotionally attached. The ones that try to look deeper into meanings and cling onto any sentimental notion they can find. They’re soppy people, they are, and they’ll be moved by every little thing. By putting themselves into the shoes of the various characters, they’ll immerse themselves in the emotions at play. They’re passionate about their stuff, that’s for sure.
Opinion level: Loud, almost hysterical, with traces of sobbing
There’s always that one person that reads up on every little news and information about that upcoming show. They watched all the promotional videos, and even read the manga just so they could know what to expect from the anime. Now that they’re all super hyped up and are expecting only great things from the anime, they decide to tune in, only to find out that it wasn’t worth the hype. Let this be a lesson folks. Expecting too much can sometimes negatively affect your enjoyment of something.
Opinion level: Grunts of utter disappointment
The Easily Influenced
These people are the followers. The minions whose souls have been sold to the majority. They latch themselves onto any popular opinion and make it their own. Did they like Tokyo Ghoul? Pfft, the manga was better. Did they like JoJo? They’ve never watched it, but they love it! The opinions of others clearly mean more to these people than the show itself, so you can bet your dollar that they’ll love any show that you and your friends talk about. Well, as long they don’t find out that you’re amongst the minority.
Opinion level: Has no own opinion
You best be wary around these people. You can never truly know what they’re feeling. If they’re happy, they might just decide to watch all the fillers of Naruto and Shippuden and love every bit of it. You’ll have a great time sharing your opinions of anything with them, and you’ll probably be wondering why they aren’t already your best friend. But if they’re moody, then it doesn’t matter how epic a show is, for they wouldn’t like that art style anyways. Long story short, mood influences your appreciation of shows.
Opinion level: Highly unstable
These self-serving little angels scrutinise everything using their lofty moral standards. Oreimo might be a decent show, but since it had incestuous themes, you’ll still be deemed a degenerate for enjoying it. You best bet that they will report anyone who would dare proclaim that a thousand-year-old loli is waifu material. These guys won’t even allow fiction to stand in the way of their virtues. So make sure you don’t get caught watching One Piece around them. After all, it is a show that glorifies pirates, pillaging and plundering, and that’s just not right!
Opinion level: Obnoxious
These lot are the most critical ones of the bunch. They’ll find anything they can to bash on a show, but they’ll also find anything they can to compliment that show. They’re an intelligent lot these guys, and they’ll do anything to show off their intellect. As long as logic permits them to, they’ll definitely enjoy the show.
Opinion level: You hate to say it, but they talk sense
Phew, that was fun. Hopefully I succeeded in showing the various types of audiences and their perspectives. Ultimately, I wanted to show that opinions are simply two sides of the same coin. This post serves as a plea for the respect and understanding of all forms of opinions. Well, maybe not the ones that are toxic.
Thanks for reading! I tried to give this post a humorous tone to make things more entertaining. Believe me when I say that this wasn’t meant to offend anyone. So let me just apologise right now if anyone were to take offence. Maybe I’m not that funny after all…
Let me know how you feel!