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Old 2009-06-21, 00:20   Link #252
Join Date: Dec 2003
Age: 36
Originally Posted by Reckoner View Post
Well you make it sound logical, but then I thought to myself....

Yeah, as the saying goes... "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Yes, you can look at it this way.

But then what determines greatness? When someone comes up to me and gives me a movie saying "It's a great American classic!" What does that actually mean? Because with your logic, we could consider just about anything to be great.
EXACTLY!!! "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

What matters most in entertainment isn't whether or not "it's Good (TM)", it's whether or not you enjoy it! What people think of as "greatness" is only a way of encapsulating what people have agreed, over time, remain as enjoyable, worthwhile shows. So, when watching anime, you shouldn't focus on "greatness", but simply on whether or not you enjoy it. If that enjoyability holds up for many people over future generations, then it people will call it "a classic". It's only a way of qualifying and quantifying the factors that seem to contribute to mass enjoyment of a work. But even if you enjoy a show that isn't eventually considered "Great" by the majority, it doesn't change a thing about the enjoyment you feel in that moment. Enjoying a show is, really, all that matters, and understanding what it is that caused you to enjoy (or not enjoy) that thing helps us find other things we'll like.

(And yes, see also above. )
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