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"Not having any critical judgement about anything is the same thing as literally having no taste."
Digibro, "Turn Your Brain Off"
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"Digibro" (a.k.a. The Human Content Machine, formerly Digibrony, real name Conrad Collins) is an internet media critic, primarily known for his critical, detail-oriented videos on both the anime and anime industry. Beyond specific reviews detailing the individual merit of specific anime series or genres, his topics of discussion include how anime is produced, how it is distributed, and how it is consumed. He calls his idiosyncratic style of analysis "Otaku Gonzo Journalism".

He first came into prominence as a pioneer in the MLP Analysis community, and for a long time he was chiefly known for his MLP videos. He eventually lost interest in the show and retired as an MLP analyst. Nowadays, he has chosen to channel his passion for media analysis into other mediums, anime being only the most prominent. While he does analyse anime he enjoys, he 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 his gripes with both series at length.

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

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    Tropes appearing in Digi's Videos 
  • Accentuate the Negative: The entire point of his Sword Art Online and more recently his Asterisk War videos.
  • Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable:
    • On numerous occasions, he's pronounced "during" by emphasizing the "ring" part. His stated reason for doing this is that "it made the sentence flow well".
    • He also pronounces niche like 'nish' because he prefers the way it sounds.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Brought up one time that he had this appearance as a child. He let his hair grow long, which made him look feminine before he reached puberty. This is shown by him in a video with pictures of back then, because people didn't believe him, since as he descibed it, he later "grew a beard and got fat".
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: The broad appeal of his channel is how deep and sophisticated his analysis is.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He strongly objects to any suggestion that he shouldn't think or analyse things, believing that it shouldn't be necessary to "turn his brain off"invoked to enjoy something.
    • He really doesn't like it when romantic relationships meander in romance anime. It especially drives him 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 he prefers to watch characters in active and healthy relationships.
  • Blasphemous Boast: The hook of his 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 him on being balanced and objective, which he feels is missing the point about his goals: He describes his style as "otaku gonzo journalism", which is all about documenting his personal, subjective reactions to the media he consumes. In some video series such as "The Asterisk War Sucks" and "Gun Gale Online", he 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 himself up to see what people have written about him. He finds his Wikitubia entry to be hilariously inaccurate, and while his TV Tropes entry is somewhat better, he still tries to set the record straight on some passages he finds misleading or incorrect. Both entries have been substantially updated since he originally made those criticisms, but surely there will always be something to correct.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Indulges in witty sarcasm from time to time. He also notes that he's a fan of Little Miss Snarker characters.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Went into one after one of his channel takedowns, even holding up two guns to his head as a dark joke.
  • Driven to Suicide: One of his responses to his channel takedown has him pretending to do this.
  • 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 his Sword Art Online II review when he'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 him he 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, he 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
  • It Makes Sense in Context: During the debate with Gigguk at Crunchyroll Expo, Digi mentioned he admires "that guy's passion for drawing a twelve-year olds genitals". Gigguk immediately responded: "Someone clip that and post it somewhere out of context.", which he actually did himself in his "Anime Youtube Rewind" video. Context: Digi was talking about an animator for Eromanga Sensei, a show which he ironically enough loathed.
  • The Last Straw: The straw that broke the camel's back and provoked his "shittalking" video was when he clicked on a Gigguk video about why KonoSuba is funny, a subject he'd been planning to make a video about and which made him excited to see Gigguk's take on it. However, when he found that the first three minutes of the ten minute video consisted of Gigguk just talking about how he got around to watching Konosuba before even beginning his analysis, Digi's frustration boiled over because 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 him a certain counterculural "cool" vibe together with the beard and fits his gonzo style of journalism. He sure isn't afraid to wear them in the dark!
  • 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 Digibro's then-recent video, "Dear Crunchyroll: Stop." Digi takes at most a few minutes to admit that he 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 he 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 he tried to write within a week as a challengenote . Since he had to write it as fast as possible, he just wrote whatever came to his mind, leading to chapters that have nothing to do with each other and him changing the context of a scene (or what could pass as one).
  • Not So Different: In spite of their feud, he does admit that he and That Anime Snob generally agree on what makes good writing and that he does enjoy most of the shows that Snob likes.
  • Orphaned Series:
    • Started a series titled Random Ass Recommendations on his 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 him on Malgraph. The series only had one episode as he ended up cancelling the series since he had too many series about watching random anime and this one wasn't doing anything for him.
    • Although it went on for 38 episodes, on the 3rd of March 2018 he announced that he cancelled Manga Mondays. His reasons were that it had no room to grow, as it was mostly a meme and something to put out every week, not allowing for the in-depth analysis he's known for, while at the same time, he wanted to improve upon his content.
  • Pet the Dog: When describing the flaws of the Asterisk War series, specifically the main character's Unwanted Harem, he pointed out that even Kirito ended up getting past the 'dorky, afraid of being intimate' stereotype. He even bumped up SAO's rating by .5 on the premise that it could be salvageable, whereas Asterisk War isn't.
  • Please Subscribe to Our Channel: From mid-2018 onwards, he has begun asking people to support him via Patreon at the end of his 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", he goes on a long, angry rant about various other reviewers whom he has a beef with, or whom he wants to criticize. Gigguk, The Canipa Effect, RCAnime, and Mother's Basement are just a few of the individuals he calls out for one thing or another: for example, he 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 he criticized such as Gigguk and Mother's Basement a chance to talk at length about the impact of the video while discussing the criticisms he 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 Digibro was criticizing anyone whose style wasn't like his, and that everybody should do their own thing instead of imitating someone else. In "the Artist is not Abstract", Digi clarifies that he actually wants to see people trying different styles and wasn't trying to imply that his was the only good way to make anime videos, but that he also thinks YouTubers should learn to deal with criticism from people like him 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 he 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 him listing his 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 he wants to set the record straight on what Snob has said about him, arguing how Snob uses Manipulative Editing and Quote Mine to twist his words into the opposite of what he meant and turn him 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 he 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 his "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 he broke up with Kuroneko and fucked his sister!? (cut to footage of Digibro 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 his massive dislike of A1 Pictures. He also jokes about his weight and the perception that he 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 his "Digi Bros Discuss" video for Yuri!!! on Ice, he admits that he'd go gay for most of the characters in the show.
  • Sudden Name Change: Somewhere in early 2018, the name of his main channel, formerly known as "Digibro" was turned into "Otaku Gonzo Journalism". On the 11th of August however, he changed it back.
  • Take That!: On two separate occasions he has debunked the arguments of That Anime Snob. The first was in a podcast he did with Snob in 2015 where he criticized the characteristics of Snob's persona and videos. The second was a vlog in 2016 where he openly expressed his issues with Snob's videos and then debunked Snob's response to one of his vlogs.

    Tropes Digi Discusses in his Videos 
  • Adaptation Expansion: In "K-On! - The Ultimate Adaptation", he 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!
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: invoked In his first video on interesting anime protagonists his 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 his "Why Good Anime is Hard to Make Video", he talks about how the niche following of anime is a result of the fact that people worldwide think animation is for children.
  • Anvilicious: invoked In one of his vlogs, he criticizes Joker Game for being incredibly hamfisted and corny about its rather basic ideas.
  • Awesome Music: invoked In his Sword Art Online II videos he makes note of how despite of all the faults in the series he loves the soundtrack by Yuki Kajiura. He 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: His "Anime Is Getting Lazy With Its Meta" video discusses the shallowness of the attempts modern Light Novels make at subverting popular cliches. He 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 he keeps making SAO videos even after saying he wouldn't watch season 2 is because he loves to hate the series.
  • Cliché Storm: Invoked, and is his main criticism of Asterisk War. He 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.
    Digibro: This show is just a wink and a nod away from being a shitty parody of itself.
  • Colbert Bump: invoked During his ERASED debate with Mother's Basement he mentions that the reason he likes to do analysis videos on shows that he likes is the hope that they'll get more attention.
  • Conflict Ball: He 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 he 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, he 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 his SAOII video series, he points out how Death Gun's aka the Shinkawa brothers MO of killing people is completely farcical, even inviting one of his 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 his Twitter in his “Digibro VS Everybody” series, explaining that if he puts hype in his statements people will be baited into talking back, thinking he doesn’t know what he’s saying, only so that then he can give a thoughtful discussion on the topic at hand, forcing them to actually think about it themselves.
  • Cult Classic: invoked In one of his vlogs he 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 his favorite shows are cult classics.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: invoked In a vlog on Elfen Lied he mentions that one of his biggest problems with the show was that it was so cartoonishly grimdark that he 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 his discussion of Summer 2015 shows he dropped he makes note of this trope. Particularly he talks about how he finds Masako Nozawa's voice to be unfitting for Goku as it is very clearly the voice of an old lady. Though he does mention that her voice would have worked for the original Dragon Ball in the 1980's.
  • Designated Hero: invoked This is one of his biggest complaints with Sword Art Online, as he considers Kirito to be incredibly unlikable and annoying, and hates how the show's narrative keeps propping him up.
  • Dethroning Moment of Suck: invoked Usually the shows that he hates have one moment that stand out from the rest in terms of how much they offend him.
    • Most notably is Sugou's Attempted Rape of Asuna in the Alfheim Arc of Sword Art Online. Digi mentions that this was the moment that ultimately caused him to hate the show because of how tastelessly the scene was presented and how a rape scene shouldn't be included in a show like Sword Art Online that's meant to be a power fantasy for young teenagers.
    • Episode 5 of Psycho-Pass 2 as a whole was another noteworthy one for him. Digi proclaims this as the worst episode of the show due to the plotholes in Kamui's plan, how none of the ideas presented in the episode adhered to science-fiction being pure science-fantasy, and how it ultimately ended up being forced shock value.
  • Dolled-Up Installmentinvoked: In "Stop Falling For Franchises", he 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 him that they'd create a game that plays nothing like the original Super Mario 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 Sar 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: He 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. He considers Chivalry of A Failed Knight to be noticeably better in a number of aspects, and though he 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 his least favorite anime.
  • Eight Deadly Words: invoked This seems to be his main problem with The Asterisk War; he states that the characters are formulaic, dull, and that there doesn't seem to be a lot of thought or effort put into why they act they way do or how they became the people they are presently.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He 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 him 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 his update videos in his Digi Bros channel he 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 he complains about the enemies' tendency to track your movement, which he finds annoying. Averted for the rest of the Souls series, as he considers Bloodborne and the first Dark Souls to be some of his favorite games of all time and Difficult, but Awesome.
  • Fanservice: He says he doesn't really mind fanservice, as long as it doesn't feel forced. He 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, he mentions the Chimera Ant Arc as the point where the series went from a solid 8/low 9 to a 10 for him.
    • In his discussion on Chivalry of the Failed Knight, he mentions that episode 4 particularly Stella's confession to Ikki is where he began to realize that it would be more than just a generic light novel adaptation and began to legitimately enjoy the show.
    • In his videos and vlogs about first episodes of anime, he discusses this trope, in the context of many series which people say improve later on. His 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. He claims that out of the countless anime he'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. His only exception is Gintama, which started off with an anime-original filler episode.
  • Hitler Ate Sugar: In "On Closing Comments", where he's criticizing the prevalence of the idea that a YouTuber disabling comments on a video is some kind of crime against free speech, he 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
    • His video on ERASED addresses the fact that this had happened with many of its viewers after the finale. He even mentions that he had a feeling Erased was going to fall victim to this trope because to him the first episode was nothing more than a premise.
    • Joker Game ended up being a victim of this trope for him. Before the show aired he 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 he 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 him with Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. Despite only watching two episodes of the show when it was airing he 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 he 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 he expected it to be, it only ended up being a strong 7 or light 8 for him.
  • Info Dump: Generally not fond of this trope as seen with his 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 He criticizes Scum's Wish for constantly trying to push the idea that its main characters are horrible people when he 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, he says that Kirito is so overpowered and unnaturally good at everything that it drains the story of any dramatic tension. He 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 his vlogs he discusses this criticism in the context of two different series, God of War and The Legend of Zelda. He states that he grew tired of God of War by the third game as he 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. He disagrees that this is a valid complaint to apply to Zelda, as he 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 his video addressing subversive shonen anime he 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 his biggest issue with the 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 he states that people would watch the anime Expelled from Paradise because Gen Urobuchi wrote it. To give some context: he doesn't think Gen Urobuchi should waste his skills on things like this.
Digibro: 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", he praises the cartoony limited animation of Kill la Kill as a brilliant and deliberate stylistic choice, and says that people who criticize the "animation quality" are missing the point because they don't understand it was intentional.
  • Marty Stu: invoked While he criticizes numerous aspects of Kirito and Ayato's characters, he 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. He 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:
    • He 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 he mentions that he doesn't mind tone shifts since that's how life works and the problem is more so how they are adapted from the manga. He even talks about how there are several shows he loves because they always change tone but treat each tone shift like a major event. He 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 his No Game No Life analysis, he 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.
  • Never Live It Down: invoked He acknowledges that not understanding why Kirito outed himself as a beater in episode 2 of SAO was a big mistake on his part, but only because it caused a lot of people to dismiss his other criticisms in his Sword Art Online: An Analytical Diatribe video. He was particularly frustrated because when he was told the actual reason why Kirito did it, he still thought it was stupid, narratively broken and it did not improve his opinion of the show at all.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A lot of his 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, he has to remind himself 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 he 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.
  • 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 BestGuyEver 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 his discussion on Konosuba he 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 stuck with an increasingly small number of 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 Digibro is consolidate the studios, take some creative risks, and do whatever they have to do to appeal to newer, more mainstream audiences.
  • Pet-Peeve Trope: invoked
    • Thanks for the Mammary, to the point where he 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.
    • Although not directly a trope, he really hates it when restaurants are used as the site of exposition, because he finds it incredibly dull and lazy. In his SAOII videos, he even kept a counter at the bottom and spent a good almost five minutes of the first video ranting about it.
    • Although he states that it can be a good way to start a show sometimes, he says that he dislikes it when anime open up on big flashy (and poorly choreographed/thought out) fight scenes with no context, because he claims that without any context it's very difficult to care or have any investment in what's going on.
    • Ship Tease. He prefers shows about active relationships since its makes more sense to him and he 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 his SAOII videos, he 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, he pointed out that such content shouldn't have been in SAO in the first place, as he 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 spills, they all say RAPEY GUY*
  • Recycled Script: invoked One of his 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 his video on anime voice actors he 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??" he starts by talking about how most of the Yuri Genre anime he'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 he first watched Sound! Euphonium he felt the anime was so strongly implying romance between Kumiko and Reina that he was excited by the possibility that they intended to make them an Official Couple, so that he 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". He thinks the fact that it comes across like that anyway is a significant fault because it confuses the audience and encourages hype for something that isn't there, which only leads to disappointment.
    • In "Can Anime Be Too Pretty For Its Own Good?", he 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 he 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 pretense about being dumb 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 he 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 his non-anime videos on his Digi Bro After Dark channel he discusses how JonTron has gone downhill as of season 3. He 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, and when he started filming on a set it was as if he had 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 he did mention that the last five episodes were actually good but not enough to save the show.
    • Based upon what he saw felt this way about the second season of Sound! Euphonium mostly coming from the fact that he 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 his tastes have changed over time he mentions how Kingdom of Heaven was one of his 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. He also talks about how many shows he used to love he doesn't think highly of anymore since newer shows have come along that are better versions of those shows or what he values changes over time.
  • Sleeper Hit: invoked After spending nearly fifteen minutes praising Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu in his Winter 2016 Anime podcast, he bemoans the fact that "no one's gonna bother to watch it".
  • So Bad, It's Good: invoked The reason why he loves Garzey's Wing so much.
  • The Sociopath: Calls Jibril one in his No Game No Life analysis, 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 his look at The Asterisk War he 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 his Asterisk War series, he states that this is his overall opinion on Chivalry of a Failed Knight, but he stresses that by even reaching this benchmark it is already better than the Asterisk War, which he just finds So Bad, It's Horribleinvoked, and the entirety of the video is comparing both and explaining why Chivalry is better. He 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 his opinion on Re:Zero. While there were aspects of the show he liked (Some characters such as Rem, Ram, Felt, and Wilhelm, episodes 15 and 18, and the animation direction) alongside aspects he disliked (Subaru's characterization, the White Whale arc and final arc, and the attempts at being meta) he had no strong feelings on it whatsoever. He does admit that the show isn't offensive or incompetent and that his score for the show was more a result of him finding it to be boring rather than him actually thinking its bad.
    • Generally feels this way about a lot of shows he drops. Sometimes he will drop shows that he likes or doesn't think are bad but just don't interest him to keep watching for the length of an entire series. Usually he will point out how the show is just a mediocre version of a show he likes or show he could be catching up on or how there are similar shows with better writing, characters, and visuals.
    • He has this opinion of A-1 Pictures as a whole. While he 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.
  • Subbing vs. Dubbing: invoked Has admitted on several occasions that he 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. He admits that there are only five dubs that he likes more than the Japanese version and while there are some dubs he thinks are okay or even good, he 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 he is generally not fond of English dubs. However his video on YuYu Hakusho reveals that he finds the dub for that show to be one of five anime dubs to surpass the Japanese audio.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • invoked He hates how Asuna, who he 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, he 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 his overview of The Asterisk War, come the tournament arc he 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 his 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 he 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
    • 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 focusing on Kirito's character development and fleshing out the setting and culture of Aincrad.
    • He also mentions how annoying it is that the series does a Genre Shift from a "Escape the MMO" to a Harem/Romance story. Part of his issue is that it means most of the ideas presented earlier on end up being wasted.
    • During the penultimate video of his Asterisk War series, he 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.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: invoked A lot of his criticisms for both Sword Art Online and The Asterisk War have to do with how he finds Kirito and Ayato respectively to be bland protagonists. In fact during a video on interesting anime protagonists he 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 him. Many of his videos feature discussions on good visual effects in anime and the importance of good animation direction. A few particular discussions include.
    • When discussing Chivalry of a Failed Knight he makes mention of various shots that use cool lighting effects in the final episodes.
    • Praises Bones for being able to create 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 YuYu Hakusho and Dragon Ball are shows he prefers dubbed is that he thinks the female voices or high-pitched male voices don't work for badass or muscular characters.
  • Voodoo Shark: His view on the explanation for how Death Gun carried out his crimes, as he found the attempt at giving them a mundane way of working to be essentially impossible, needlessly complicated, and opening up some massive Plot Holes. He claims that he 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 he 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 his 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 he found them.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief:
    • He has major issues with Akane's character in Scum's Wish because of this; while he will admit she is the best-developed character out of all the main cast, he 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 BestGuyEver, Digi and his 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 thinks considered, it just seems to Digi as if Sagiri being a hikkikomori was just an excuse by the writer to set up the plot situation of the siblings not knowing they'd been working together on light novels, and he doubts that the show's going to do much with that aspect of Sagiri moving forward. Finally, he considers the supposed sexiness of her artwork to be an Informed Ability, as it looks too cute and bland to him. He 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 BestGuyEver 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 BestGuyEver 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 his video on ERASED one of his problems with the show was how Satoru was voiced by a newcomer voice actor with no anime experience while the other characters are voiced by standard anime voice actors.
    • While talking about the first episode of Joker Game, he mentions how a minor character in the first episode despite being American and talking English was given a Japanese voice actor. Made all the more jarring when the character speaks Japanese and he sounds more fluent in that language rather 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 he 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?" he 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 his 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. He 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 he 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 his 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 his 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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