With the rise of many obnoxious fan bases that support the popular anime, this development does not surprise me.
I also think it’s due to the fact that many fans including myself are going through the “what should I watch the next” phase.
This obviously refers to more veteran fans of the medium. These are the fans that have seen most of what is considered “Popular” and want something different.
I hope you get out something from this. While you read the article ask yourself which do I prefer to watch Hidden Gems or Popular Mainstream anime.
Defining each topic thing is important before actually any discussion can occur.
It’s very difficult to define what is a popular anime. Because popularity is subjective and hard to quantify. So I have created certain criteria to decide what is and what is not considered popular anime.
I do admit that the criteria might seem arbitrary.
So here is what I have come up with. For this and other categories of anime I have used myanimelist as point of reference.
Also, keep in mind that an anime could be considered popular if not all of the critera are met. These are just certain characteristics that popular anime share. Most anime will share a combination of these things but not all of them.
What is Considered Popular?
This is a big indicator of what is popular right now.
If the series is readily available on most streaming sites to watch.
If it’s something you think about it when anime comes to mind.
Pros of Popular Anime:
The quality of the show is “usually” good.
Afterall how could a show that everyone likes have bad quality? This has never happened before.
All jokes aside if an anime is popular expect high production values and good content. I personally not a fan of One Punch Man. Despite this irregularity, I can’t deny that One Punch Man has high production values and great content. If you watch popular anime you may not like the story but you cannot deny it’s quality.
Cons of Popular Anime:
Not to go too deep into this but in anime there is an expression called the big three. The big three are the three biggest anime today. Those words alone can create toxic arguments among these fanbases. The debate for this alone has pissed off fans for decades.
Spoliers are everywhere
With popular anime you need to be up to date on the series or stay out the internet for awhile. It can be assumed that once a episode comes out people will discuss it immedately. So if you hate spoilers then you need to watch every new episode for your favorite series.The spoliers may come as facebook posts, discussions in forums, and even the title of youtube videos. Fair warning a popular show requires dedication.
Many popular anime fall into the genre of Shounens. One of the biggest characteristcs of shounen is that they are lengthy I am talking over 300 episodes long.
This could lead to you getting stuck on just watching this one series by itself therby ignoring everything else. You may even fall into the trap of only watching shows similar to the popular one that you just finished. Because you are only watching anime of this type you miss out of watching other anime.
Should you watch Popular Anime?
I mean why not they are popular for a reason. Some of the most ground breaking series are popular. Akira changed the anime landscape forever and it’s a popular series.
I know that when people say the word popular it has a negative connotation. Who cares, watch what you want if you enjoy regardless of it’s popularity.
My only request is that you do not neglect the less popular shows and do not join the group of fans who are obnoxious obsessed with the popular series. Also please check out all kinds of anime besides the popular shows.
What is a Hidden Gem:
If the anime has a small social media presence.
If the anime was once popular but has fallen into obscurity
Pros of Hidden Gems:
There is something satisfying with bringing something unknown to the mainstream. When you know it is due to your actions that now everyone is learning about this series. This is something that I take pride in when I find an obscure show and talk about it.
Cons of Hidden Gems:
Unfortunately, hidden gem do not have a huge demand when compared to more popular titles which is why many studios have to canceled shows or never made a second season.
The anime is obscure in the eyes of the world
You may not find any online groups dedicated to the series or people in generic groups that have watched the show.
Should You Watch Hidden Gem Anime:
But now I want to hear from you. What do you think about Hidden Gem anime? Is it worth people’s time?
What is your reason to watch or avoid hidden gem anime?
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