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"Not having any critical judgement about anything is the same thing as literally having no taste."
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"Digi", aka “Digi-neé” (formerly known as “Digibrony” and then "Digibro") is an internet media critic, primarily known for her critical, detail-oriented videos on both anime and the anime industry. Beyond specific reviews detailing the individual merit of specific anime series or genres, her topics of discussion include how anime is produced, how it is distributed, and how it is consumed. She calls her idiosyncratic style of analysis "Otaku Gonzo Journalism", and considers herself to be "The Human Content Machine".

She first came into prominence as a pioneer in the MLP Analysis community, and for a long time she was chiefly known for her MLP videos. She eventually lost interest in the show and retired as an MLP analyst. Nowadays, she has chosen to channel her passion for media analysis into other mediums, anime being only the most prominent. While she does examine anime she enjoys, she has also received significant attention for critical and largely negative reviews of Sword Art Online and The Asterisk War, with multiple videos dedicated to pointing out her gripes with both series at length.

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She has over ten different channels on YouTube, most of which are inactive. Her main YouTube channel can be found here, and her several other channels including Digi Does Anime and Digibro After Dark; originally these were merely places she used to upload other things like podcasts, impressions of movies and videogames she's experienced, and other stuff unrelated to her main focus, but which have been frequently used since then to house her main content. This is because her channel was taken down a number of times as a result of YouTube's flagging and content policies, which prevented her from posting videos with long-form footage of shows. Regardless of what's going on on YouTube, Digi always posts her reviews in text form on her blog, "My Sword Is Unbelievably Dull", which can be helpful to people who can't access her videos for whatever reason. Another one of her channels is Digi Bros, in which she and her younger brother Victor play games with their girlfriends. She also regularly appears on The Pro Crastinators to do podcasts with other YouTubers. Finally, she is very into music and uses her platform to share her original rap albums and music videos.

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On 19 May, 2020, she came out as a Transgender woman, and since then she has used the name Grey Collins; she was previously known by the name Conrad.

Digi was married for a couple of years to another anime YouTuber, May, and they collaborated on videos for Digi's channel as well as May's channel, Pantsu Party; they separated in fall of 2020.

You can also find the shows she's seen on MyAnimeList and follow her on Twitter.


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    Tropes appearing in Digi's videos 
  • Accentuate the Negative: The entire point of her Sword Art Online, Asterisk War and most recently Steins;Gate Zero videos.
  • AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle:
    • On numerous occasions, she's pronounced "during" by emphasizing the "ring" part. Her stated reason for doing this is that "it made the sentence flow well". One example of her You Say Tomato philosophy.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Brought up one time that she had this appearance as a child (long before she came out as trans). She let her hair grow long, which made her look feminine before she reached puberty. This is shown by her in a video with pictures of back then, because people didn't believe her, since as she described it, she later "grew a beard and got fat".
  • Berserk Button:
    • She strongly objects to any suggestion that she shouldn't think or analyse things, believing that it shouldn't be necessary to "turn her brain off"invoked to enjoy something.
    • She really doesn't like it when romantic relationships meander in romance anime. It especially drives her insane if two characters are ripe for relationship but the show either takes forever for them to start a relationship or never does. This is mostly a result of the fact that she prefers to watch characters in active and healthy relationships.
    • Hearing or even mentioning Vic Mignogna will invoke Digi's wrath, since Mignogna has a voice that really annoys her and he's ubiquitous in the world of dubbed anime.
    • Unsolicited comments trying to "correct" her pronunciation. In the Pro Crastinators Podcast episode about commenting rules, she says she wants anyone who criticizes how she pronounces a word—or assumes that she cares about pronouncing it "correctly"—to just kill themselves.
  • Blasphemous Boast: The hook of her track "Fat and Dangerous" is,
    I'm gayer than God, and I'm deader than Christ
    I'm fatter than the devil and I don't play nice
    Come fuckin' with my flow and you gon' get iced
    So don't ask me for shit, you won't get what you like
  • Completely Missing the Point:
    • People sometimes compliment her on being balanced and objective, which she feels is missing the point about her goals: She describes her style as "otaku gonzo journalism", which is all about documenting her personal, subjective reactions to the media she consumes.
    • At the same time, other commenters complain that her reviews aren't objective, which is something she never claimed to be. In some video series such as "The Asterisk War Sucks" and "Gun Gale Online", she states upfront that what the viewer is about to see is purposefully not a fair and balanced treatment of the subject.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: invoked In Digibro Googles Himself, published on May 3, 2016, Digi looks herself up to see what people have written about her. She finds her Wikitubia entry to be hilariously inaccurate, and while her TV Tropes entry is somewhat better, she still tries to set the record straight on some passages she finds misleading or incorrect. Obviously, this was all before she came out as trans. Both entries have been substantially updated since she originally made those criticisms, but surely there will always be something to correct.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Indulges in witty sarcasm from time to time. She also notes that she's a fan of Little Miss Snarker characters.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Went into one after one of her channel takedowns, even holding up two guns to her head as a dark joke.
  • Driven to Suicide: One of her responses to her channel takedown has her pretending to do this.
  • Erudite Stoner: Digi is an articulate analyst of pop culture, and also a great appreciator of weed. In the PCP episode "Drugs" she prepares for the discussion by getting as high as possible, and the first thing we hear from her is a coughing fit from taking a massive bong hit.
  • Four Point Scale: Discussed and Defied. Digi is a believer in using the full scale, and even released a VLOG on the subject regarding scoring some shows like Asterisk War, SAO, and Erased on the lower end.
  • Freak Out!: Has a positively epic one in the third part of her Sword Art Online II review when she's informed that the characters are physically incapable of logging out of the game during the tournament. With epic music from Welcome to the N.H.K. behind her she begins demanding how that makes any sense from a logical standpoint (rather than as a plot device) while the video zooms out and trainwrecks and other videos of people flipping out in front of a computer start playing in the background.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Has a few in videos but a standout is while talking about Sword Art Online II, in the sped up footage of a balloon drifting by a hospital window, she inserts a quick parody of "99 Red Balloons"
    On cool ideas you made your name
    But the canvas fell out of the frame
    The lost potential makes me sigh
    As one single dumb red balloon goes by
  • Hipster:
    • A label sometimes applied to her by others, which she denies. She may like recognized "deep" stuff like Serial Experiments Lain, but another one of her favorite shows is K-On!. And unlike a hipster, who might think It's Popular, Now It Sucks!, Digi says she'd love it if the obscure shows she likes were popular so that more people would appreciate them.
    • Another point of misunderstanding might be her statements about "the most boring taste in anime". Rather than claiming that her taste is superior, what Digi is actually bothered by is how people seem to pick favorites from the same list of universally praised shows more out of a desire to look smart than because of any unique personal appeal the show has for them. Digi would prefer to see more wierd and offbeat choices mixed in with someone's favorites chart that might tell her more about what kind of person they are.
  • Hype Aversion: Digi claims her tastes are extremely unique and specific, and firmly believes that hype does nothing but disappoint you.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: During the debate with Gigguk at Crunchyroll Expo, Digi mentioned she admires "that guy's passion for drawing a twelve-year-old's genitals". Gigguk immediately responded: "Someone clip that and post it somewhere out of context.", which she actually did herself in her "Anime YouTube Rewind" video. Context: Digi was talking about an animator for Eromanga Sensei, a show which she ironically enough loathed.
  • The Last Straw: The straw that broke the camel's back and provoked her "shittalking" video was when she clicked on a Gigguk video about why KonoSuba is funny, a subject she'd been planning to make a video about and which made her excited to see Gigguk's take on it. However, when she found that the first three minutes of the ten minute video consisted of Gigguk just talking about how she got around to watching Konosuba before saying anything about the show itself, Digi's frustration boiled over because she had already been holding it in from seeing countless other reviewers waste time in a similar manner.
  • Lennon Specs: Digi's iconic accessory is a pair of shades with perfectly round lenses, which give her a certain counterculural "cool" vibe together with the beard and fits her gonzo style of journalism. She sure isn't afraid to wear them in the dark!
  • Motor Mouth: Digi speaks at a normal rate most of the time, but when she wants to she can talk really fast. Some of her rap verses pack a huge number of syllables into a short space, and she often motormouths the intro of her patron-requested "Ranting About [X]" videos.
  • Never My Fault: Her video discussing an article written by Justin Sevakis on Anime News Network has elements of this. In it, Digi admits that while she was wrong about how Crunchyroll helps the anime industry, Digi shifts the blame about her Critical Research Failure to people like Justin for not "adjusting to the current standards of anime journalism" (Youtube videos instead of written articles), therefore making it harder for them to reach people like Digi, causing those people to neglect. Basically; she seems to say it wasn't really her own fault, it was people like Justin for not providing her the information.
  • Never Trust a Title: The title of "I WAS WRONG ABOUT CRUNCHYROLL??" makes you think the main point of the video will be the controversy over Digi-née's then-recent video, "Dear Crunchyroll: Stop." Digi takes at most a few minutes to admit that she was uninformed on a couple of points in "Dear Crunchyroll" before transitioning quickly into an essay about how older content creators for the anime fandom aren't adapting to the times. In the video she even admits that the title is mostly clickbait, meant to sucker in younger viewers who will tune in for drama, and hopefully stay and listen to the video's real message.
  • Non Sequitur: Happens constantly in I Wrote This Light Novel In Like A Day, It Sucks And I Hate It, an unofficial book she tried to write within a week as a challenge.note  Since she had to write it as fast as possible, she just wrote whatever came to her mind, leading to chapters that have nothing to do with each other and her changing the context of a scene (or what could pass as one).
  • Orphaned Series:
    • Started a series titled Random Ass Recommendations on her After Dark channel in a similar vein to the Board of Second Chances and Finish or Fail and Lying Around Watching with the focus being random shows that are recommended to her on Malgraph. The series only had one episode as she ended up cancelling the series since she had too many series about watching random anime and this one wasn't doing anything for her.
    • Although it went on for 38 episodes, on the 3rd of March 2018 she announced that she cancelled Manga Mondays. Her reasons were that it had no room to grow, as it was mostly a meme and something to put out every week, and taking time from the analytical content she is known for.
  • Please Subscribe to Our Channel: From mid-2018 onwards, she has begun asking people to support her via Patreon at the end of her videos every time. This can range from "If you like what you've seen, consider supporting me on Patreon." to "GIMME MONEY".
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • In "just shittalking other anime youtubers for like half an hour, oh god what have i done", she goes on a long, angry rant about various other reviewers whom she has a beef with, or whom she wants to criticize. Gigguk, The Canipa Effect, RCAnime, and Mother's Basement are just a few of the individuals she calls out for one thing or another: for example, she rags on Gigguk for not getting to the point in his video introductions, and complains about Mother's Basement's attempts to monetize his channel. The "weebcast" afterwards gave Digi and some of the YouTubers she criticized such as Gigguk and Mother's Basement a chance to talk at length about the impact of the video while discussing the criticisms she brought up from their perspectives, and they pretty much started off by saying that for the most part, their viewers got more angry about it than they did and they thought it was Actually Pretty Funny. Gigguk's initial response video "Don't Be Like Digibro" suggested that Digi-née was criticizing anyone whose style wasn't like hers, and that everybody should do their own thing instead of imitating someone else. In "the Artist is not Abstract", Digi clarifies that she actually wants to see people trying different styles and wasn't trying to imply that hers was the only good way to make anime videos, but that she also thinks YouTubers should learn to deal with criticism from people like her who don't like their content. After all, reviewers already make a living criticizing the work of artists who are real people and not just some kind of abstraction, so she thinks it's hypocritical to say that just because YouTubers all know each other they should treat each other with kid gloves.
    • "That Anime Snob is a fucking idot" is over fifty minutes of her listing her problems with Snob. To start with, Digi thinks he relies on instigating feuds with more popular YouTubers in order to get subscribers instead of making interesting content of his own. In particular she wants to set the record straight on what Snob has said about her, arguing how Snob uses Manipulative Editing and Quote Mine to twist her words into the opposite of what she meant and turn her into a Straw Man that he can knock down, which doesn't prove anything and which Digi thinks just makes Snob look bad in the process. Digi actually agrees with a lot of Snob's opinions and doesn't think he necessarily has bad taste in what he likes; it's more that Digi thinks Snob only seems to make the most obvious observations about those shows, and that his misguided obsession with making short and concise videos prevents him from going into any kind of depth about anything. What really makes Digi sad is that Snob could easily be concentrating all his energy on making videos about great old-school anime, but instead he wastes his time picking fights and making flawed arguments about how modern anime has gone to shit.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In her "Anime Is Getting Lazy With Its Meta" video, while discussing the "Little Sister" genre - specifically, the genre codifier for anime, Oreimo:
    Then you fast-forward to Season 2 and... What do you mean she broke up with Kuroneko and fucked his sister!? (cut to footage of Digi-née getting up and storming out) I'm done! I'm fucking done!
  • Self-Deprecation: Engages in this occasionally, like saying that "justifying these stupid emotions is hard" when speaking of her massive dislike of A1 Pictures. She also jokes about her weight and the perception that she drinks too much:
    I thought I couldn't get any bigger than 180 but baby
    I'm neckin' beers like Colt Corona, goin' crazy
    My persona ain't no gimmick, I'm in it, pushin' my limit
    Like tellin' me alcoholism ain't a joke, bitch, isn't it?
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: In her "Digi Bros Discuss" video for Yuri!!! on Ice, she (not out as trans yet) admits that she'd go gay for most of the characters in the show.
  • Sudden Name Change: Somewhere in early 2018, the name of her main channel, formerly known as "Digibro" was turned into "Otaku Gonzo Journalism". On the 11th of August however, she changed it back.
  • Take That!: On two separate occasions she has debunked the arguments of That Anime Snob. The first was in a podcast she did with Snob in 2015 where she criticized the characteristics of Snob's persona and videos. The second was a vlog in 2016 where she openly expressed her issues with Snob's videos and then debunked Snob's response to one of her vlogs.
  • You Say Tomato: Digi pronounces words however she likes, whether because of her upbringing, or because she likes her own pronunciation better than the "correct" one (he likes to say the word "niche" as 'nish' rather than 'neesh'), or because she had No Pronunciation Guide back when she started and finds it way more tedious to re-train herself than just not to care. As far as he's concerned, as long as someone understands what word she was trying to pronounce then they shouldn't complain about how she said it. She goes on an epic rant about this in the Pro Crastinators Podcast.

    Tropes Digi Discusses in her Videos 
  • Adaptation Expansion: In "K-On! - The Ultimate Adaptation", she spends 17 minutes examining how Kyo Ani turned a bland yonkoma manga into an amazing anime by adding tons of original content to make the characters and setting more three-dimensional and give the show an actual narrative, while everything based on the manga from the art to the gags is taken to a completely new level of quality. In fact, all of the best content is anime-original, while all of the worst things about the show were present in the original manga!
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: Mentioned in PCP episode "memes that need to die", with her observation that when a kid is in high school he has to follow the prescribed schedule of school whether he likes it or not, while at the same time his basic needs are provided by his parents. Therefore the kid tends to care about things that aren't part of that routine, which is why he feels such angst when a girl dumps him. When the same kid gets sent into the world as an adult, he can theoretically do wherever he wants, but in practice he needs to work for food and rent. It still kinda sucks if his girlfriend dumps him, but that's not as much stress as having to make enough money not to get kicked out of your apartment. Digi thinks it's hard for kids to have an informed opinion about a lot of real world issues when they haven't experienced that kind of responsibility and pressure yet.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: invoked In her first video on interesting anime protagonists her main point is that some of the most interesting anime protagonists are ones that the viewer knows very little about their motivations and instead comes up with their own thoughts and opinions on the character based on their actions.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: invoked In her "Why Good Anime is Hard to Make Video", she talks about how the niche following of anime is a result of the fact that people worldwide think animation is for children.
  • Animesque: In "What Is Anime? (And What Isn't?)", the subject of Anime-inspired shows like The Legend of Korra, American-inspired anime like Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Japanese-animated American shows like The Transformers, and Japanese/American co-productions like Season 2 of The Big O and how they fit in the whole swing of things regarding Anime creation and culture is brought up. Ultimately ending with her still unsure where The Transformers fits in.
  • Anvilicious: invoked In one of her vlogs, she criticizes Joker Game for being incredibly hamfisted and corny about its rather basic ideas.
  • Awesome Music: invoked In her Sword Art Online II videos she makes note of how despite of all the faults in the series she loves the soundtrack by Yuki Kajiura. She has also praised The Asterisk War's ending theme, "Waiting for the Rain", as well as the show's soundtrack proper, stating that the talents of Maaya Sakamoto and Rasmus Faber are wasted on an otherwise horrible show.
  • Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: See Relationship Writing Fumbleinvoked.
  • Better Than a Bare Bulb: Her "Anime Is Getting Lazy With Its Meta" video discusses the shallowness of the attempts modern Light Novels make at subverting popular cliches. She brings up Haruhi Suzumiya and Bakemonogatari as counterexamples to highlight the difference between actual subversion and merely telling the audience you're using a cliche while playing it straight.
  • Bile Fascination: invoked The main reason why she keeps making SAO videos even after saying she wouldn't watch season 2 is because she loves to hate the series.
  • Boring Insult: In the PCP episode about "Plebs", she tells Nate that the worst thing she can say about Sword Art Online is that it's really boring.
  • Cliché Storm: Invoked, and is her main criticism of Asterisk War. She talks about how annoying it is to see a show full of poorly done clichés, because he's bound to have seen them done far better in other shows. In fact, the final episode of her series on the show centers around Chivalry of a Failed Knight instead, simply because it has a nearly identical premise and hits a lot of the exact same points, but with way better execution.
    Digi-née: This show is just a wink and a nod away from being a shitty parody of itself.
  • Colbert Bump: invoked During her ERASED debate with Mother's Basement she mentions that the reason she likes to do exploration videos on shows that she likes is the hope that they'll get more attention.
  • Conflict Ball: She discusses how Mika's objections to Akane's methods in season 2 of Psycho-Pass seems weird and out of place, as a) it contradicts her previous characterization from season 1 (though she notes that her character had admittedly not been particularly strongly defined back then) and b) it is explicitly established that she has at this point been working as an Inspector under Akane for about one-and-half years and therefore must be familiar with her methods, so it seems strange that she would first begin to raise objections now. Overall, she considers it an ill-advised attempt to shoehorn Mika into a Ginoza-like role specifically so Akane could once again undergo an interpersonal conflict of moral ambiguity with a supporter of the Sybil Systeminvoked.
  • Critical Research Failure: invoked In her SAOII video series, she points out how Death Gun's aka the Shinkawa brothers MO of killing people is completely farcical, even inviting one of her friends who works at a hospital to explain how obtaining the muscle relaxant in question is not nearly as trivial to obtain as the show makes it out to be, even with the excuse that their father owns the hospital in question. This is because hospitals have very strict safety precautions to prevent theft and abuse of its drugs, which the show doesn't seem to acknowledge or care about at all.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Admitted doing this on her Twitter in her “Digibro VS Everybody” series, explaining that if she puts hype in her statements people will be baited into talking back, thinking she doesn’t know what he’s saying, only so that then she can give a thoughtful discussion on the topic at hand, forcing them to actually think about it themselves.
  • Crowded Cast Shot: She discusses this in her videos on Steins Gate 0. She says that the anime frequently goes out of its way to place as many named characters as possible in each scene, regardless of how little sense it makes plot-wise, to give them as much screentime as possible to please their fanbases. She says that this results in them being totally superfluous and irrelevant to what is actually going on in the scene, and could be replaced with inanimate objects or completely removed and the story wouldn't change a bit.
  • Cult Classic: invoked In one of her vlogs she talks about how many of the good anime don't start getting popular until a while after they've finished airing citing Baccano! and Revolutionary Girl Utena as examples. In fact a good number of her favorite shows are cult classics.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: invoked In a vlog on Elfen Lied she mentions that one of her biggest problems with the show was that it was so cartoonishly grimdark that she couldn't take it seriously. Also brings up similar criticisms with the author's other manga Nononono.
  • Dawson Casting: invokedWhen talking about Dragon Ball Super in her discussion of Summer 2015 shows she dropped she makes note of this trope. Particularly she talks about how she finds Masako Nozawa's voice to be unfitting for Goku as it is very clearly the voice of an old lady. Though she does mention that her voice would have worked for the original Dragon Ball in the 1980's.
  • Dead Unicorn Trope: In the PCP episode "Memes that need to die", Digi remarks that "Please notice me, senpai!" is treated as an inside joke all over the internet (for example, by PewDiePie's fans) because the female high school student crushing on her upperclassman is supposedly an anime cliché. The problem with that is that this really isn't such a common a plot; more often love interests are in the same grade, and off the top of her head Digi can't even think of an anime based on it.
  • Designated Hero: invoked This is one of her biggest complaints with Sword Art Online, as she considers Kirito to be incredibly unlikable and annoying, and hates how the show's narrative keeps propping him up.
  • Dolled-Up Installmentinvoked: In "Stop Falling For Franchises", she talks about how fans' eagerness to relive the experience of a previous game they liked enables franchises to be perpetuated past the point of quality or originality, one result being the practice of publishers taking a game that started development as an original IP and having it reworked into a new installment of an existing Cash Cow Franchise that they want to keep milking. Nintendo does it all the time, with examples like Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Kirby's Epic Yarn, and Star Fox Adventures. Even if the game is good, this dampens creativity: from Digi's perspective, if Super Mario Odyssey hadn't had Mario in it, it could have been a wildly exciting new game with its own identity instead of being absorbed into an existing franchise. This isn't even such a bad example, since people liked the game, and people like Mario, but it's funny to her that they'd create a game that plays nothing like the original Super Mario Bros. just so they can make it about Mario. A bigger pitfall is when the dolled-up installment is not embraced by the fans of the franchise they're trying to milk: Star Fox Adventures turned a lot of people off from the Star Fox franchise because it had little of the shooting or spaceship gameplay they liked from the previous games, and Digi sees no good reason that Dinosaur Planet should have been turned into a Star Fox game in the first place.
  • Dueling Shows: She notes how The Asterisk War and Chivalry of a Failed Knight were shows with pretty much identical premises and near exact character types and plot beats, and that both happened to get anime adaptations at pretty much the same time. She considers Chivalry of A Failed Knight to be noticeably better in a number of aspects, and though she hesitates to say the show is particularly great, it's still far and away better than Asterisk War just by virtue of being adequate, with Asterisk War replacing Sword Art Online as her least favorite anime.
  • Eight Deadly Words: invoked
    • This seems to be her main problem with The Asterisk War; she states that the characters are formulaic, dull, and that there doesn't seem to be a lot of thought or effort put into explaining why they act the way they do or how they became the people they are presently.
    • She brings this up in her "How to Distinguish Cute Girls Anime" video, noting that the characters in Pan de Peace! are so flat and dull that you have to be somewhat Genre Savvy to even distinguish what their personalities are, and combined with a plot where nothing really happens, this made her lose interest almost immediately. She also has this problem with Anne Happy, but to a lesser extent than Pan de Peace!, stating that while the characters in the former are at least quirky enough to immediately distinguish them from each other, they lack depth and it's easy to tune out because their characterization never goes beyond these basic quirks.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She notes that even people who liked the first arc of SAO tended to have problems with the second arc, mainly revolving around the villain, which makes her happy because it means most people seem to understand when a show just goes too far.
  • Fake Difficulty / It's Hard, So It Sucks!invoked: In one of her update videos in her Digi-née channel she complains at length about Dark Souls II and its design decisions, stating that it's difficult in mean-spirited ways that aren't fun or satisfying. In particular she complains about the enemies' tendency to track your movement, which she finds annoying. Averted for the rest of the Souls series, as she considers Bloodborne and the first Dark Souls to be some of her favorite games of all time and Difficult, but Awesome.
  • Fanservice: She says she doesn't really mind fanservice, as long as it doesn't feel forced. She makes a distinction between "diagetic" fanservice, i.e situations where it would make sense to see a character in states of undress (like the beach), and other types where the fanservice doesn't make sense and distracts from the story. See also "Steps To Building A Better Fanservice Anime".
  • Growing the Beard: invoked
    • When discussing Hunter × Hunter, she mentions the Chimera Ant Arc as the point where the series went from a solid 8/low 9 to a 10 for her.
    • In her discussion of Chivalry of the Failed Knight, she mentions that episode 4 particularly Stella's confession to Ikki is where she began to realize that it would be more than just a generic light-novel-based harem show and began to legitimately enjoy the show.
    • In her videos and vlogs about first episodes of anime, she discusses this trope, in the context of many series which people say improve later on. Her opinion is that while poor shows can have great first episodes, many good shows which people feel have weak initial episodes are actually great episodes or at least have something interesting to them to keep you watching even if the show does get better later. She claims that out of the countless anime she's seen, almost none of them which had genuinely bad first episodes actually ended up being great by the end, and that many of the problems those series eventually have can be glimpsed early on. Her only exception is Gintama, which started off with an anime-original filler episode.
  • Hitler Ate Sugar: In "On Closing Comments", where she's criticizing the prevalence of the idea that a YouTuber disabling comments on a video is some kind of crime against free speech, she cites a tweet by YouTuber ChaseFace saying he was getting so tired of reading the same ignorant comments on his videos that he felt like he'd have to stop reading them. Digi suggested just disabling comments on the most controversial videos, to which ChaseFace said something like, "I don't want to be like Anita Sarkeesian and close comments. I feel like that would be a bad thing." Digi thinks this is an example of the "Hitler Fallacy": people will say "oh, Hitler also said that, so it must be wrong." But Hitler also drove a car, and nobody would ever say that just driving a car is evil. So just because someone you think is bad did something doesn't necessarily mean that thing is also bad. Furthermore, several highly popular YouTubers like Totalbiscuit and PewDiePie have closed comments on their videos and kept forums for people to discuss their videos so that they don't have to deal with all the headaches, demonstrating that there can be legitimate reasons for closing comments.
  • Hype Backlash: invoked
    • Her video on ERASED addresses the fact that this had happened with many of its viewers after the finale. She even mentions that she had a feeling Erased was going to fall victim to this trope because to her the first episode was nothing more than a premise.
    • Joker Game ended up being a victim of this trope for her. Before the show aired she had high expectations for it due to its setting, voice cast, and the fact that Production I.G was working on it. When the first episode aired however she ended up being disappointed in the show due to its uninspired character designs, and the huge Info Dump regarding the "joker game" in the first episode.
    • In a very ironic turn of events this happened to her with Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. Despite only watching two episodes of the show when it was airing she kept making claims that it was the best anime of the Winter 2016 season, was very upset with the fact that many anime fans missed out on it, and even defended it from That Anime Snob. However upon watching the entire show she says that while the show was still really good and is definitely deserving of more attention, none of the future episodes held a candle to the first two episodes and instead of being a strong 8 or light 9 like she expected it to be, it only ended up being a strong 7 or light 8 for her.
  • Info Dump: Generally not fond of this trope as seen with her opinions on Sword Art Online, Rokka No Yuusha, and Joker Game. The only exceptions are if they are presented in a particularly over-the-top fashion like the "walking in circles" scene from Fate/Zero.
  • Informed Wrongness: invoked She criticizes Scum's Wish for constantly trying to push the idea that its main characters are horrible people when she believes they are nowhere near deserving of that label, since their actions in-story don't match up with the "scum" narrative.
  • Invincible Hero: Among other things, she says that Kirito is so overpowered and unnaturally good at everything that it drains the story of any dramatic tension. She also notes how quickly the main character from The Asterisk War works his way into this, noting how he quickly obtains the most powerful weapon the series had shown at that point in episode 2, and how he already surpasses all the best fighters in the academy at the beginning of the show.
  • It's the Same, So It Sucks: invoked
    • In one of her vlogs he discusses this criticism in the context of two different series, God of War and The Legend of Zelda. She states that she grew tired of God of War by the third game as she felt the games didn't really do enough to distinguish themselves besides generally polishing the first game's base and maybe having a few different segments every now and then. She disagrees that this is a valid complaint to apply to Zelda, as she notes that many of the games have a number of different approaches and mechanics that make them all distinct in spite of them having many of the same items, scenarios and plot structures, such as The Adventure of Link's 2D side scrolling action, Majora's Mask time limit, Wind Waker's story, visuals and overworld, Skyward Sword's motion controls, etc.
    • In her video addressing subversive shonen anime she mentions how even hardcore shonen fans have begun to revile both Bleach and Fairy Tail because both of these series never delivered anything different in their narratives during their long runs.
    • Has began to feel this way about the slew of sports anime that have come out recently claiming that her biggest issue with them is they are all formulaic and rarely bring anything new or ambitious to the table.
  • Just Here for Godzillainvoked: Discussed in "We Have Accepted Mediocrity", in which she states that people would watch the anime Expelled from Paradise because Gen Urobuchi wrote it. To give some context: she doesn't think Gen Urobuchi should waste his skills on things like this.
Digi-née: Gen Urobuchi had enough hype at the time that people actually did watch this bizarre, CG, ugly-ass, weird fucking thing that he wrote, that is the polar opposite of what I'm saying should have happened.
  • Limited Animation: In "Kill la Kill's Inventive Animation", she talks about how this show’s animation is called "bad" or attributed to budget problems by people who don’t recognize its true brilliance. In reality the whole medium of anime depends heavily on the techniques of limited animation; most action shows, even those popularly considered to be well-animated such as Hunter x Hunter or One-Punch Man, consist mostly of formulaic shots of characters talking to each other with as little movement as possible, so that animators can save time and concentrate on animating the fight scenes that represent the payoff for the audience. They will try to keep the viewer satisfied by using nice-looking character drawings even if they hardly move while talking, and letting the music and dialogue do the rest, but if you watch these shows with the sound off you realize that there are long stretches where there’s visually not a lot going on. Digi says that Kill la Kill and a lot of Trigger animation takes a completely different attitude, eschewing pretty drawings or a high number of frames in favor of making the action on screen as dynamic and full of personality as possible. Things like wild expressions, crazy camera movements, Loony Tunes-style physics gags, dramatic foreshortening, exaggerated differences between the sizes of characters, high-quality digital compositing, and gorgeous backgrounds are used to make every minute of the show exciting to watch, and support the conclusion that its style of animation is in fact both intentional and purposeful.
  • Marty Stu: invoked While she criticizes numerous aspects of Kirito and Ayato's characters, she says that the core problem with both is that they're Wish Fulfillment vehicles first and foremost, without enough consideration being given to making them actually interesting characters. She considers this particularly bad in Ayato's case, calling him a frankenstein amalgamation of pretty much every wish fullfillment trope of anime protagonists, even when many of those tropes are in direct opposition with one another and make no sense together.
  • Mood Dissonance:
    • She criticizes GATE for its complete failure to have a consistent or well-done tone, saying that the show is corny and cartoony despite its dark premise, and that the editing and directing consistently undermine scenes by robbing them of any emotional impact.
    • Has a video about this where she mentions that she doesn't mind tone shifts since that's how life works and the problem is more so how they are adapted from the manga. She even talks about how there are several shows she loves because they always change tone but treat each tone shift like a major event. She says it becomes a problem when it's unclear what the tone is supposed to be at any given moment, or if the tone shifts don't add anything to the show, like with the GATE example above.
  • Naïve Everygirl: In her No Game No Life discussion, she considers the female character “the Steph” to be like this. She doesn’t think outside of the norms she learned as a Proper Lady, so she doesn’t realize that the rules of reality go further than her personal ones.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A lot of her criticisms of Kirito's character revolve around how he makes a lot of things worse for seemingly no reason, and how the narrative doesn't seem to properly acknowledge this or punish him for his mistakes.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Pretty much the first thing that Eromanga Sensei does in the first episode is put out there that Masamune and Sagiri are not blood-related siblings. Usually what a show will do is reveal this halfway through the story so that the audience gets to be excited by the taboo before finding out it wouldn't "really" be incest, so they can have their cake and eat it too. Digi feels like the way this is usually done is a cop-out, but Eromanga Sensei is so brazen about putting it right up front that it's kind of hilarious. What Digi finds really ridiculous is that they are hardly even adopted siblings either. Masamune never really got to spend time with Sagiri as his sister before her mother died and she shut herself in her room, and she's pretty much been a stranger to him ever since. Therefore, whenever Digi teases Masamune for being a shameless siscon, she has to remind herself that these two are hardly siblings in any sense of the word: they're more like two kids who happen to share an appartment, and since there's really nothing taboo about their relationship she doesn't see why they had to be written as "siblings" in the first place. It also comes off as really weak when Masamune later denies his feelings, saying he can't get together with Sagiri because she's his sister.
  • N-Word Privileges: Discussed and defied in her song "White Nigga"; even though she's white, she doesn't feel obliged to not use the term "nigga" like other rappers do, not as a slur against black people but as a highly contextual part of the slang. An endorsement from black YouTuber NinOuh on that same track may be the closest thing she's got to "honorary" n-word priveleges. She gives the most detailed explanation of her stance on the n-word in the PCP episode "Empathy".
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: She acknowledges that not understanding why Kirito outed himself as a beater in episode 2 of SAO was a big mistake on her part, but only because it caused a lot of people to dismiss her other criticisms in her Sword Art Online: An Analytical Diatribe video. She was particularly frustrated because when she was told the actual reason why Kirito did it, she still thought it was stupid, narratively broken and it did not improve her opinion of the show at all.
  • One Mario Limit: While discussing Eromanga Sensei episode 2, Digi points out that Megumin from the show shares her nickname with Megumin from KonoSuba. Though Best Guy Ever cautions against reading too much into what could just be a coincidence, Digi notes that a character with the same name as a much more popular character who's on TV at the same time is bound to be overshadowed.
  • Off-Model:
    • In her video on KonoSuba she mentions how part of the charm in the series was the rather rough in-between animation, as well as how the different animators were allowed to draw the characters the way they wanted instead of sticking rigidly to one style.
    • On the other hand, in "We Have Accepted Mediocrity", Digi criticizes the lack of polish that goes into the character animation of most anime since the Golden Age of The '80s ended—and especially since the 2008 recession. It used to be that a good director who got his hands on a really good script or IP could obtain the kind of budget, staff, and advertising needed to take the risk and make a classic with potentially Multiple Demographic Appeal, but nowadays when Netflix teams up with Masaaki Yuasa to make DEVILMAN crybaby, they aren't willing to go all-in with their investment so that it can be properly animated and made to appeal to the Western viewership they're trying to court. 91 Days had a really ambitious concept, but Studio Shuka made it before they had developed the capacity to animate it well and it ended up looking janky. Even in Sword of the Stranger there are background extras with derpy off-model faces, and anime fans don't notice because the main character animation is slick and they've been conditioned to ignore lazy extra animation, but Digi thinks that this complacency is holding anime back from mainstream appeal. Normal people get turned off by off-model faces and lazy animation, and as long as studios keep cutting corners the market for anime will be restricted to an increasingly unprofitable niche of people who don't care about quality animation. We’re seeing a constantly multiplying number of small studios flooding the market with an increasing number of generic light novel adaptations each season—serving a niche audience willing to just gobble up more and more forgettable shows all the time—while praying that they'll sell enough to stay afloat. Anime is going nowhere right now, so what the industry really needs to do according to Digi-née is consolidate the studios, take some creative risks, and do whatever they have to do to appeal to new, more mainstream audiences.
  • Pandering to the Baseinvoked: A major criticism of hers regarding B: The Beginning is its attempt to appeal to American audiences through things that Americans like, such as Police Procedural shows like Sherlock and Production I.G's trademark 20 Minutes into the Future aesthetic. She goes on to extend this to several of the characters pandering to the usual Anime cliques as well, before jokingly adding that Kaela was included for "People with taste".
  • Pet-Peeve Trope: invoked
    • Thanks for the Mammary, to the point where she considers any scene in a show after Neon Genesis Evangelion's subversion of the concept to be the worst scene of any show it's in.
    • She really hates it when restaurants are used as the site of exposition, because she finds it incredibly dull and lazy. In her SAOII videos, she even kept a counter at the bottom and spent a good almost five minutes of the first video ranting about it.
    • Although she states that it can be a good way to start a show sometimes, she says that she dislikes it when anime open up on big flashy (and poorly choreographed/thought out) fight scenes with no context, because she claims that without any context it's very difficult to care or have any investment in what's going on.
    • Ship Tease. She prefers shows about active relationships since its makes more sense to her and she finds watching two characters who are perfect for each other never hooking up to get aggravating after a while.
  • Pigeon Holed Voice Actor: Has an entire video discussing how anime voice actors are often cast into roles with strange similarities between one another using Takehito Koyasu, Kana Hanazawa, Hiroshi Kamiya, and Keiji Fujiwara as prime examples.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: In one of her SAOII videos, she mocks author Reki Kawahara for the fact that he made two of his villains to be rapists to make them more despicable and creepy, and in an earlier video, she pointed out that such content shouldn't have been in SAO in the first place, as she feels that shows like SAO, at their core juvenile power fantasies, are fundamentally ill-equipped to tackle such a heavy and serious subject.
    [Reki Kawahara reaches into hat labeled "villains," pulls out RAPEY GUY]
    Again?
    [Hat falls and pieces of poster spill out; they all say RAPEY GUY]
  • Recycled Script: invoked One of her main criticisms of the second season of Psycho-Pass, was that a good deal of the plot and character arcs were more-or-less retreats of the ones from the first season, that, on top of this, failed to recapture many of the elements that made the latter so interesting and compelling in the first place.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: invoked In her video on anime voice actors she makes mention of how Hiroshi Kamiya has voiced two characters who were older brothers to characters voiced by Eri Kitamura.
  • invokedRelationship Writing Fumble:
    • In "Whaddya Mean, Euphonium's Not Gay??" she starts by talking about how most of the Yuri Genre anime she's seen prefer to imply lesbian romance between the characters without clearly confirming it, often subverting it in the end by pairing them off with boys. In contrast, when she first watched Sound! Euphonium she felt the anime was so clearly signalling romance between Kumiko and Reina that she was excited by the possibility that it would make them an Official Couple for a change, which is why she was confused and a little disappointed when director Naoko Yamada clarified in an interview that—despite acknowledging the Ho Yay that resulted—"I don’t think that’s depicted as yuri. I wanted to depict adolescence". She thinks the fact that the relationship comes across like that despite the director's intent is a significant fault because it needlessly confuses the audience, and makes them feel cheated when they get a less interesting outcome than they were led to expect.
    • In "Can Anime Be Too Pretty For Its Own Good?", she addresses the accusation that the show engaged in "queerbaiting" by applying Hanlon's Razor and theorizing that the Ho Yayinvoked was (largely) unintentional in the first place. What she thinks happened is that the crew at Kyoto Animation had a misguided preoccupation with making every moment of footage beautiful, so that even shots of mundane events look as if they're trying to tell the audience "look, this is important!" even when they aren't necessarily meaningful. When it comes to the big friendship moments between Kumiko and Reina—which are supposed to be platonic—the director and artists set up situations where it really looks like they're on a date instead of just having a heart-to-heart as friends, and use shots of Reina that focus so much on her radiant beauty that it seems as though we're looking at her through the eyes of Kumiko having a Love Epiphany about her friend.
  • Rule of Cool:
    • Describes this as the reason why Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress exists, and why it's silly to talk about it getting dumb at some point when it made no pretence about being anything else from the start:
    This is what TV Tropes people mean when they invoke the Rule of Cool. The rules of this universe are literally defined by what will look the coolest in animation. I'm willing to bet that there was a production meeting for this show where someone said, "We want there to be lots of big explosions of blood and gore. What can you think of which would create the biggest, most satisfying explosion of blood and gore?" "Well, what about driving a massive fucking train through a horde of zombies? Yeah, that works." "We also want to have people fighting the zombies up close and personal, but there's a limit to what we can do if those people are bound by the laws of physics and logic." "Well, if we introduce a race of super-powered zombie-human hybrids then we can pretty much animate whatever our imaginations can conjure." Now, I'm not saying that Kabaneri couldn't have possibly had a better story or more interesting characters, and still have been exactly as badass as it was...but I do have to wonder how anyone made it three episodes into this show and thought that it had any priorities other than animating cool shit.
    • Had a similar opinion on Izetta: The Last Witch which like Kabaneri she mentions isn't a masterpiece by any means but is a show that was able to coast off of cool action sequences, not taking itself terribly seriously, and being plain fun alone.
  • Seasonal Rot: invoked
    • In one of her non-anime videos on her Digi Bro After Dark channel she discusses how JonTron has gone downhill as of season 3. She thinks what people liked about JonTron's show in the first place was the intimacy and lack of artifice: he filmed himself to look as if he was really just playing videogames in his actual room, and he would always introduce a videogame by talking about his history with it, so you felt like you were there playing with him and felt invested in his over-the-top reactions. This style was particularly suited to the platform of YouTube, which thrives on a direct connection between the creator and his followers. However, as soon as he started becoming successful he wanted to start filming in a more fancy and polished style. When he started filming on a set that didn't look like someone's real room, it was as if he'd lost sight of what made his old videos entertaining.
    • Feels as if the 2003 version of Fullmetal Alchemist started falling apart in the second half when it began to focus on anime original material.
    • Has frequently talked about how the second season of Kimi ni Todoke was vastly inferior to the first season with a majority of the episodes feeling like filler and adding nothing to the story. Though she did mention that the last five episodes were actually good but not enough to save the show.
    • Based upon what she saw felt this way about the second season of Sound! Euphonium mostly coming from the fact that she felt the first season got its point across and the more episodic approach to the second season got infuriating to watch.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: invoked In a video talking about how her tastes have changed over time she mentions how Kingdom of Heaven was one of her favorite movies at one point but after viewing it with Davoo he didn't think much of it with the advent of Game of Thrones being part of it. She also talks about how many shows she used to love she doesn't think highly of anymore since newer shows have come along that are better versions of those shows or what she values changes over time.
  • Show, Don't Tell: In the first episode of Gate, the protagonist is introduced by having him say straight to the camera that he’s an otaku who cares more about his fantasy games than his job. We then see him on the train absorbed in his cell phone game, and having an Imagine Spot of being inside the game as a great warrior slaying hordes of monsters. While the imagine spot itself is nothing to write home about, it’s still a more natural method of communicating the protagonist’s obsession with his hobby, and means that the explicit statement preceding it was completely unnecessary.
  • Sleeper Hit: invoked After spending nearly fifteen minutes praising Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu in her Winter 2016 Anime podcast, she bemoans the fact that "no one's gonna bother to watch it".
  • So Bad, It's Good: invoked The reason why she loves Garzey's Wing so much.
  • The Sociopath: Calls Jibril one in her No Game No Life video, in the sense that she feels no remorse and no respect for other races she sees as having a lower status. While in other stories she could be a villain, in here the danger is removed by having her follow the demand of the protagonists.
  • So Okay, It's Average:
    • invoked Part 9 of her look at The Asterisk War she discusses how A-1 Pictures seemingly has managed to boil the idea of the "standard anime" down to a science, concluding by calling them the anime studio equivalent of McDonald's. You might know that the product they sell appeals to the Lowest Common Denominator and is definitely not made with quality in mind, but sometimes you just can't help but choose it because it is convenient and cheap to get and consuming it doesn't really require very much effort on your behalf.
    • In part 12 of her Asterisk War series, she states that this is her overall opinion on Chivalry of a Failed Knight, but she stresses that by even reaching this benchmark it is already better than the Asterisk War, which she just finds horrible, and the entirety of the video is comparing both and explaining why Chivalry is better. She also notes how the series has at least a few things going in its favor that make it at least somewhat worthwhile, notably the aversion of Last Minute Hookup by having the main couple get together by the end of episode 4, nipping any would-be harem in the bud.
    • Ultimately ended up being her opinion on Re:Zero. While there were aspects of the show she liked (Some characters such as Rem, Ram, Felt, and Wilhelm, episodes 15 and 18, and the animation direction) alongside aspects she disliked (Subaru's characterization, the White Whale arc and final arc, and the attempts at being meta) she had no strong feelings on it whatsoever. She does admit that the show isn't offensive or incompetent and that her score for the show was more a result of her finding it to be boring rather than her actually thinking its bad.
    • Generally feels this way about a lot of shows she drops. Sometimes she will drop shows that she likes or doesn't think are bad but just don't interest her to keep watching for the length of an entire series. Usually she will point out how the show is just a mediocre version of a show she likes or show she could be catching up on or how there are similar shows with better writing, characters, and visuals.
    • She has this opinion of A-1 Pictures as a whole. While she believes that due to their assembly-line procedure and frequent collaboration with other studios, they rarely make art and animation that's terrible, they don't put a whole lot of effort and substance in the shows they produce, resulting in a heavy amount of Follow the Leaderinvoked and Pandering to the Base series that don't do much to rise above their competition.
    • On DARLING in the FRANXX, Digi sees it as Trigger trying to appeal to a wider audience by partnering with A1 Pictures, downplaying their signature Refuge in Audacity, and creating a story and characters designed to be relatable to the largest possible number of people. On one hand, they succeeded at mainstream appeal: Digi's says it’s competently made, and it probably would have been her favorite show if she’d been fourteen when she saw it. At the same time, it lacks the kind of uniqueness and specificity of experience which made previous Trigger shows special. Digi says that Franxx was neither as good when it began—nor as bad when it ended—as most people thought; after initially dropping it as mediocre, she was persuaded to resume it because people were claiming it had turned into an epic train wreck, only to find that it was not even bad enough to get worked up about.
  • Subbing vs. Dubbing: invoked Has admitted on several occasions that she does not watch anime dubbed and generally dislikes English dubbed anime due to the limited talent pool of English dub voice actors, how many of the best voice actors in America only do work on cartoons and video games, and problems with scripting and translation. She admits that there are only five dubs that she likes more than the Japanese version and while there are some dubs she thinks are okay or even good, she still has to prefer them to the Japanese version to justify a watch.
  • Superlative Dubbing: invoked Only on rare occasions does Digi watch anime dubbed as she is generally not fond of English dubs. However her video on Yu Yu Hakusho reveals that she finds the dub for that show to be one of five anime dubs to surpass the Japanese audio.
  • Take Your Time: Towards the end of the "Analytical Diatribe", Digi points out that the Alfheim Arc has two premises that are at cross-purposes: on one hand it establishes that Kirito has six days to save Asuna from the villain in order to give him a clear goal and establish a sense of urgency, but on the other hand it's got the idea of letting Kirito explore a video game world in more depth and at a more relaxed pace. Digi thinks that the latter was actually a good idea (or rather, it would have been if the world of Alfheim was actually interesting), but because the show also establishes the time limit while showing us how Asuna is being sexually assaulted in captivity, it's baffling that Kirito sometimes acts like he has all the time in the world, and can afford to go on side quests like saving Leafa's tribe without knowing what the payoff will be or how much time it will take away from his rescue of Asuna.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • invoked She hates how Asuna, who she considers the best thing about SAO, was repeatedly degraded and shoved aside by the show's insistence on propping up Kirito, instead of having her contribute to potential character development for Kirito and being an actual deuteragonist who is on par with the main character.
    • invoked In a similar case to Asuna above, she finds that Kirin from The Asterisk War could have been one of the show's standout characters had she not kept her little sister complex towards Ayato and continued to accept her uncle's abusive behavior.
    • invoked In her overview of The Asterisk War, come the tournament arc she claims that the host of the tournament (who is the masked figure in the beginning of the first episode) would have been a good candidate for an overarching opponent in the tournament arc.
    • One of her problems with Re:Zero was how the show kept on introducing characters that seemed important but ended up only appearing in a handful of episodes. In particular she was annoyed with how Felt didn't appear beyond the Royal Selection, and Rem, Ram, and Wilhelm all being pushed to the side after various different points in the story.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: invoked
    • In "How to Recognize a Terrible Anime", Digi says that people often make the mistake of underrating the first episode of a good show just because the main premise doesn’t seem immediately grabbing, or isn’t fully clarified until a few episodes in. For example, Kare Kano's plot summary of two smart kids in high school who start dating doesn’t really capture what makes the show good. At the same time, people might get suckered into watching a bad show just because it has an awesome-sounding premise. Gate takes a scenario that ought to lead to some cool "what if?" exploration of sword and sorcery versus modern military power, but it has poor pacing, indecipherable tone, an annoying main character, and immediately demystifies all the monsters and fantasy soldiers by having the JSDF just mow them down in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • Laments how after episode 3, SAO completely drops the tension of the first few episodes to go on a bunch of uninteresting and pointless side stories, instead of maintaining the tension and urgency of the death game scenario, focusing on Kirito's character development, and fleshing out the setting and culture of Aincrad.
    • She also mentions how annoying it is that the series does a Genre Shift from an "Escape the MMO" to a Harem/Romance story. Part of her issue is that it means most of the ideas presented earlier on end up being wasted.
    • During the penultimate video of her Asterisk War series, she says that its tournament arc is constructed extremely poorly, missing out on several opportunities to increase tension and create actual narrative stakes (like, for example, having the guy who's obviously Ayato's sister's killer be his final opponent), not spending enough time and effort to make Priscilla and Irene good adversaries that the audience might care about, and then completely flubbing the jobbing attempt that was present with Lester, not only because Lester was never established as being a powerful or credible threat so that beating him would mean anything, but because Irene actually needed to get serious, meaning she's closer to his power level than Ayato's, and actually diminishing her threat instead of upping it.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In the "Analytical Diatribe", she talks about how despite the presence of 1,000 Beta testers in SAO, and the logical probability that the remaining 9,000 would be hardcore gamers who were willing to invest in the probably expensive Nerve Gear and wait in line to get the game before it sold out, we see far too many people who seem inexperienced with MMOs, and hardly anyone besides Kirito seems to pick up on the correct way to play. It actually shouldn't be very hard to survive in the game through careful grinding and avoiding unnecessary risks, but we frequently see people make stupid mistakes which cause them to get killed.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: invoked A lot of her criticisms for both Sword Art Online and The Asterisk War have to do with how she finds Kirito and Ayato respectively to be bland protagonists. In fact during a video on interesting anime protagonists she claims that a lot of recent anime protagonists (especially Light Novel protagonists) fall into this trope especially due to their constant tendency to explain themselves.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: invoked As a self-described "whole package" person, Digi pays as much attention to visuals in an anime as much as story and characters even if they don't make or break the show for her. Many of her videos talk about good visual effects in anime and the importance of good animation direction. A few particular discussions include:
    • When discussing Chivalry of a Failed Knight she makes mention of various shots that use cool color and lighting effects in the final episodes.
    • Praises Bones for being able to create fast-paced and fluid fight scenes in shows such as Fullmetal Alchemist and Soul Eater, in comparison to other manga adaptations put out by other studios.
  • Vocal Dissonance: One of the reasons why both Yu Yu Hakusho and Dragon Ball are shows she prefers dubbed is that she thinks the female voices or high-pitched male voices don't work for badass or muscular characters.
  • Voodoo Shark: Her view on the explanation for how Death Gun carried out his crimes, as she found the attempt at giving them a mundane way of working to be essentially impossible, needlessly complicated, and opening up some massive Plot Holes. She claims that she would have been totally okay with Death Gun using "sci-fi bullshit" to explain it, or even no explanation at all, as that would have given the character some real mystery and menace.
  • What Could Have Been: invoked In a video talking about the quality of recent anime she mentions that Madhouse founder Masao Maruyama couldn't find anyone to replace Satoshi Kon for their dream project following Kon's death.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: invoked One of her main complaints about the second half of SAO's first season is that the gratuituous quasi-rape scenes have absolutely no place in SAO, which is mostly a childish and simplistic show which doesn't have the writing chops to pull off something like that, as evidenced by how disgusting and offensive she found them.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief:
    • She has major issues with Akane's character in Scum's Wish because of this; while she will admit she is the best-developed character out of all the main cast, she believes that her character is too over-the-top to be believable in a show that's supposed to be realistic and grounded.
    • In Eromanga Sensei Every Week with Best Guy Ever, Digi and her guest are able to spend hours talking about how almost every situation or occurence in the show is so implausible that they can't suspend their disbelief:
      • The teenaged protagonist Masamune somehow has the ability to juggle being a full time student, the sole caretaker for himself and his sister Sagiri, and a prolific Light Novel author, all seemingly without breaking a sweat or the quality of his work suffering. Digi thinks that the logical thing for him to do would be to drop out of school, and that realistically he would probably have to.
      • Sagiri is supposedly a Hikkikomori who's been holed up in her room for about a year since her mother died, and Masamune is stated to have never caught a glimpse of her in all that time. And when Masamune does get inside Sagiri's room, it turns out that her room is nicely kept while she looks pretty and well-groomed. Based on Digi's experience with a friend who was an extreme shut-in, a hikkikomori is not just someone who hardly ever leaves their room, but rather someone who will go to such paranoid lengths to avoid encountering another person that they might rather store their urine in jars than risk being caught going to the bathroom. Many non-hiki people, Digi included, end up with Trash of the Titans after just a few days of not cleaning their rooms, so how can Sagiri keep that clean when she can't easily take out her trash and dirty laundry, or go to the bathroom and bathe herself while still never being seen by her brother? It would make more sense for her to be The Pig-Pen. Her personality and the triggers of her anxiety also seem rather inconsistent to Digi, since she switches between being very shy and awkward when she's talking in person, and being remarkably charismatic whenever she's streaming for her fans. In Digi's experience, livestreaming requires exactly the kinds of social skill and ability to conquer one's performance anxiety that Sagiri is supposed to lack. It's hard to believe that she could muster the courage to face all those people just by using a mask and a voice filter, and whereas a real hiki would never risk giving away clues that could be used to identify them by filming inside their room, Sagiri is careless enough to let Masamune notice the food tray that gives away her identity as his sister. All things considered, it just seems to Digi as if Sagiri being a hikkikomori was just an excuse by the writer to set up the scenario of the siblings not knowing they'd been working together on light novels, and she doubts that the show's going to do much with that aspect of Sagiri moving forward. Finally, Digi considers the supposed sexiness of Sagiri's artwork to be an Informed Ability, thinking it looks too cute and bland. She suggests that the makers of the anime should have asked some famous porn artist to create some really sexy artwork to be Sagiri's, so that it would stand out from the show's more cutesy character designs and it would be easier to believe that people are clammoring to buy her work.
      • Elf is characterized as Brilliant, but Lazy, but to such an extreme that Digi and Best Guy Ever have a hard time believing she has the work ethic or seriousness create something good enough to be such a successful writer. At first the show makes it look like she doesn't take writing seriously at all, telling Masamune that she treats writing as a hobby, and that if it feels like work, you're doing it wrong—a statement that drives Best Guy Ever crazy. In episode five they do what Digi thought they'd do in the first place and show that she gets serious when the chips are down, but her statement that "I take my hobbies seriously" seems like a strange excuse for her earlier statements, and she still finishes writing a whole light novel seemingly overnight, much like Masamune did earlier. There's also the fact that she's a case of Parental Abandonment who lives alone in a big house that she bought herself, begging the question of what kind of teenager's first impulse upon getting rich is to buy a house, what kind of parents would let their kid do that, and whether she could legally make that kind of purchase (though perhaps she could if her parents' names were on the lease).
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: invoked
    • In her video on ERASED, one of her problems with the show was that Satoru was voiced by a newcomer voice actor with no anime experience, while the other characters are voiced by experienced anime voice actors.
    • While talking about the first episode of Joker Game, she mentions how a minor character in the first episode was given a Japanese voice actor despite being American and talking English. Made all the more jarring when the character speaks Japanese, and he sounds more fluent in that language than his native tongue.
  • You Keep Using That Word: "Reacting to Watchmojo's Asinine Anime Deconstruction Video", "Is There Meaning In "Subverting" Shounen Tropes?", and "Madoka Magica isn't a Deconstruction" are about how annoyed she is that people bandy about the term "deconstruction" as if it means a show that's slightly different from the Lowest Common Denominatorinvoked, something that's Darker and Edgier, or a show that draws attention to the cliche it's using while still playing it straight. What Digi defines as a deconstruction is a work that commentates on the genre it is deconstructing and destroys the power fantasy aspects of it.
    • In "Is There Meaning In "Subverting" Shounen Tropes?" she talks about shonen series such as Hunter × Hunter and One-Punch Man that many people claim to be subversive or deconstructions of typical shonen series. However her stance on them is that they're straight up battle shonen series that are just better executed than most shonen in terms of subverting the audiences' expectations in comparison to series like Bleach or Fairy Tail that fail to do so. She cites Samurai Flamenco and Watchmen as actually deconstructing superheroes by extensively commenting on the history of sentai shows and superhero comics, respectively, while showing actually becoming a superhero as an unattainable fantasy (at least until Flamenco pulls a Genre Shift).
    • Mobile Suit Gundam is not a deconstruction of the Super Robot Genre, as it doesn't really address the tropes or conventions of that genre, but rather started its own genre by just trying to make robots more realistic.
    • Bakemonogatari is not a deconstruction of fanservice; it's merely lampshaded and Played for Laughs while ultimately giving you the same kind of fanservice.
    • Daily Lives of High School Boys is not a deconstruction of Slice-of-life; it's just like any other comedy series where wacky things happen in everyday life like Nichijou or Azumanga Daioh.
    • My Love Story!! is not a deconstruction of the shoujo romance just because it has a male protagonist who is not conventionally attractive; it's merely trying to put an original spin on a common plot, and Takeo basically gets to experience the same kind of romance that other protagonists do.
    • Neon Genesis Evangelion is not a deconstruction of the Super Robot Genre; it is a psychological, character-focused show that borrows a lot from robot genres, but it has little to do with super robots; if anything, it owes more to the Real Robot and military shows like Gundam. In that genre, having pilots with psychological scars and Refusal of the Call was already commonplace. In fact, the robots practically disappear towards the end of the show because they were just a vehicle for the study of the characters. An actual robot deconstruction is Martian Successor Nadesico.
    • Puella Magi Madoka Magica is not really a deconstruction of Magical Girl shows; it's just Darker and Edgier, and a lot of the things it does were already done by other magical girl shows, as she expounds upon in "Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica - What it Did and What I Thought": Cutey Honey (considered in retrospect to be an Ur-Example of the genre) was not only aimed at boys, but it contained lots of violence, nudity, and action; The original Sailor Moon manga featured Character Death, and both that series and Ojamajo Doremi are known for dealing with surprisingly dark themes; Pretty Cure began to draw the attention of Otaku audiences with its well-animated fight scenes, which may have influenced the purely otaku-oriented Lyrical Nanoha franchise, which was also pretty dark and violent. Madoka is somewhat unique in that the main heroine doesn't transform for the majority of the series, but even in this it could be compared to Cardcaptor Sakura, in which Sakura never actually transformed, but was really just putting on different outfits while using magic. There's also Revolutionary Girl Utena, since while Utena does ostensibly have a sort of transformation, the series is more about her long-term character arc and how she transforms as a person in the end. The idea of a completely tragic magical girl show has even been explored in the likes of Princess Tutu, and both that show and Utena do way more to subvert and deconstruct the magical girl genre than Madoka does. Indeed, Madoka has a lot of themes in common with other magical girl shows, and its Bittersweet Ending is actually pretty hopeful and inspiring. In her opinion, you have to be rather ignorant of the genre to think Madoka Magica is a deconstruction, and considering it as a member of rather than a rebellion against the genre allows one to see how flexible and diverse the genre can be. What really gets her goat is that Watchmojo didn't even have Utena, a genuine magical girl deconstruction, as anything more than a shout-out at the end of the video!

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