(that was not a spoiler btw, I realised after posting it that it could sound like one)
Well, I've not had time to follow the discussion recently, I've only skimmed the last pages, so I'm not confident I can judge fairly... but one thing I noticed, it seems the discussion has gotten to a point where it's going in circles and everyone is taking extreme positions, when the truth probably (at least in my opinion) lies somewhere in the middle, as it so often does. I think you and Thess are doing two different things. S/he is judging Shoko with brutal honesty (something I'd want for myself if I were the one being judged btw), while you're looking at why it happened... both has merit in its own right, but these are definitely two different angles.
What I will say is, looking around the net, Shoko has definitely gained a lot of haters overall, you're right about that. I don't want to unfairly judge anyone in particular though, as I just haven't kept up well enough to have a reasoned opinion on where people stand.
I've realised however that the writing has set her up for all of this, so the viewer reaction is expected. Not sure why yet. The writers seem to very clearly be going for this reaction from the get-go, judging by the drama CD's, the voting, the emphasis on her not having much in the way of qualifications or suitable traits or how obviously vapid her supporters were. And they're very aware how people feel about this sort of behaviour. I'm guessing/hoping there's a reason other than cheap drama
Well, I wanted to try Hyouka and Natsuiro Kiseki but didn't find the time. I ended up watching only Evol and AKB0048- which you should probably give a shot, if you haven't yet... it has some undefined (insane..!?) element that makes it oddly enjoyable, I thought... How about you? Anything really good I passed over?
Hey! Just wanted to pop in and say how much I enjoy reading your Aquarion related posts (preferably without sounding cheesy :P)
And I totally know what you mean, the demonisation of Zessica that's been going around reminds me of Sayaka haters too. Though I could partially understand disliking Sayaka for throwing her life away this easily, the worst Zessica did was make Mikono's "love" for Amata look pathetic... While everyone else acts worse than her. Odd. That said, Sayaka is more dear to me personally..