I have no idea what their stance is. Last year, when Ore no Imouto was the big craze, all of their reviewers didn't write anything about it at all. There was also the leaked epsiode fiasco with their streaming, which then got cancelled. Then a month ago, one of their reviewers writes an incredibly positive review, as if to make up for their shunning it for so long. They're a weird bunch.
You'd think that its different tack would mean that, but Carlo Santos is an anti-otaku, ant-moe, righteous ranter master of the time. Recently he called the 2nd Eden of the East movie virtual perfection and that all otaku should wake up. He comes across very high-strung and offensive. He only talks positively about SHAFT and anti-otaku shows. He's one weird character. He seems to be their call guy for controversial material.
I know it's just one place on the Net, but when there's not many places to find decent info in the West, there's bound to be reasonable traffic there. And several companies do streaming via them, so they matter in some way. Hence my anger at such a bitter, cringe-worthy review. My mentor who is normally immune to anything said it was the most painful review he had ever read and had insulted/misrepresented the online anime community in the West.
Yeah, a review like that has absolutely no business as a commercial review, as you state. It would be different if this was just a recreational blogger - like you or me - giving our personal opinion on something, but for a site like ANN, people need to be held to a higher/tighter standard than this.
Those grades are largely unfathomable too. A D for story is incredibly harsh. And C for music is simply silly. I admit this isn't Kajura's best work, but still...
Edit: One other thing, though, if it is ANN's desire to kill off Fate/Zero in the west, I'm truly at a lost to understand why. Of the more high profile one/two-cour anime shows to air in 2011, Fate/Zero strikes me as one of the easiest to market to a mainstream North American audience. Its lack of cutesy moe is actually a strength in that regard. I think there's very little, if anything, in Fate/Zero that would offend feminist perspectives, or would make it seem too "girly" to some potential male viewers.
I swear at times Charlotte felt like a dashing cavalier from 300 years ago. I think that's intentional though since Rose of Versailles was a major trigger in French culture becoming popular in Japan. I think that's why Charlotte was the one character that didn't cop any nationalism jokes/cheap shots. I think the show's big flaws were complete lack of story and not resolving the harem. I almost wonder if they tried to leave the door open to go back there. It really feels like it should have been two seasons.
I intend to get to that soon. MAL had hacking issues for awhile, so I actively avoided the site for awhile. It's probably save now, though. So I'll probably start updating my MAL soon. Will inform you once I'm done that.
Btw did you happen to have a list or database detailing what you've watched and like overall? Because I remember you saying you were willing to try some old-school series but I couldn't make any suggestions since I didn't know what you've watched.
It didn't help I'd just finished watching Infinite Stratos ep1 then. It was okay - I know it's medium-grade material at best, that service, cliches and tropes are coming. But...the nationalistic rhetoric in that episode was disgusting. The way Ichika and Cecilia were pitted against each other seemed merely to use Cecilia as a tool for otaku to take a swipe at Westerners. The amount of nationalism in anime ticks me off. So it goes both ways.
China is hardly a country with morals. Blatantly ignoring copyright laws, environmental disgrace, human rights disgrace, a fairly disposable system for anyone that's medium-class citizen or lower. But it's not like other countries in the world haven't done those things either. I don't have much respect for China but I have enough sense to respect they're a powerful nation and disrespecting them is foolhardy and a way for the East to stir up more anti-West sentiment. And I have enough sense to distinguish the difference between a cruel government and people that have to make do since they can't change the system, similar to America suffering under Bush Jr - didn't take that as an excuse to take a swipe at Americans.
Yeah, my life until I hit university sucked. The eternal scapegoat at school for skin colour and high marks. The target of violence of a sociopathic father who hated the fact I wasn't a typical male and almost killed me. I could very easily have hated the world and done something evil. But what's hate going to achieve and what legacy would it leave behind? I'd rather do some good in the world, try and promote understand/appreciation of others/difference and prevent evil being inflicted on others. It's a major reason why I come off as being opinionated and strong-minded. I am somewhat cynical and jaded - but I try not to show it too much. No one likes someone who curses the world or society - especially Australians. It's hard being a responsible adult at times when ignorance predominates and the majority disagrees. But I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I took the easy way out on those issues.