No matter how much you love these anime you have to admit the attention they received was more than most of the other anime you’ve enjoyed just as much, if not more. Here are 3 in particular I believe fit the bill for being overrated. Once again, as I mentioned in my overrated fantasy books list, a thing has to be highly rated before it can be overrated. I’m not saying these are bad, just that how good they are does not match up to the praise and hype they received.
3 – Spirited Away
Being one of the first anime films to be shown in even mainstream western cinemas people acclaim this Hayou Miyazaki film as one of the best anime ever made. However, though still being very good, for anyone who has watched the other Gibli films (Grave of the Fireflies, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa and the Valley of The Wind) you can see how because of its exposure to the west the praise of this film has been highly exaggerated.
2 – Sword Art Online
For every genre of media there is one example that is raised above the rest despite being just as generic. In the cyber punk (or gaming) genre, of Accel World, Log Horizon and the .Hack series none got as much hype and as big of a following as Sword Art Online. Was it that much better than all of these other series, not really, then why? Because fucking Harem BS that’s why and fans just love choosing their favorite heroine to jack off to.
1 – Puella Magica Madoka
I’ve heard a lot of things about this anime; that it’s the best ever; that it’s unique and gripping but to be honest out of every other anime I’ve watched this has been riding the hype train the most. Sure, it’s darkish for how child-friendly they designed the characters but this skewed ratio is nowhere near that of Now and Then, Here and There or Bokurano. This anime has been braised as subverting the magical girl genre when it should really be praised for popularizing the subversion of that genre. Has no one here seen Earth Girl Arguna? Well there you go.
What anime do you think have been overrated? List them down in the comment section unless it’s Pokemon, Dragonball Z or the BIG THREE… it doesn’t suit the theme of the title and there’s no need to point out the obvious (I mean SAO is already on there :P).