Before I write today’s review, I want to share a comment I recently posted, because it is relevant to all of my reviews – and I would rather have a URL to point to than to type this out over and over. Once again, someone complained that my reviews are not “objective,” which almost invariably means that I publicly stated my dislike for something they like. This is my response:
I honestly don’t know why you believe reviews are in any way objective. *All* reviews are merely one person’s opinion of anything.
I imagine that many reviewers pretend to have objectivity in their reviews, but they haven’t any, really. All reviews are based on a reviewer’s knowledge and opinion and colored with their personal bias. If I pretended to objectivity, it would only be a ridiculous facade – and ultimately would render my reviews useless. Instead, I’m up front about my bias on anything and you can use that to judge whether a particular anime/manga/novel might be to your liking more easily. If you like what I don’t, go for series I dislike and you should be fine.
If you’re actually objecting to me publicly stating that I dislike something you like – well, then I’m very sorry but I can’t help you there. Feel free to start a blog of your own that praises the things I dislike. That’s the nice thing about the Internet – it’s a pretty open forum for opinion.
And, of course, you are under no obligation to read this blog, just as I am under no obligation to change my opinions or pretend to an objectivity I don’t have, to soothe the people who like the things I do not. Feel free to get these books/manga/anime on your own and form your own opinions so you don’t have to read mine.
I spend a lot of time thinking deeply and widely about what is, *objectively speaking,* comic books and cartoons. If the idea that I disagree with you is so absolutely dreadful that you cannot stand it, I sincerely think you’re taking this all too seriously. But…that is only my opinion.