Do you feel the need to call something poorly written after just sitting down to the latest episode of your favourite anime. Is the inner critic in you boiling to the surface and ready to lash out with a vengeance at the hapless writers who have made series x unintentionally hilarious. Whoaaaaa Stop! Yeah come back here for a second and think it over before clicking the post button on your latest rant about series x and follow these fews simple and easy steps to make sure you aren’t jumping the gun.
Step 1. Ask yourself what you really think the true intentions of the writers were when penning the storyline for an episode
Step 2. Take a look at the execution of the episode itself and then try and connect it to the intention you came up with. Hopefully your impression of the intentions are based on what the events of an episode that preceeded it or a summary of what the show was supposed to be about in an announcement regarding it’s production dictated. If not skip to step 7.
Step 3. Now ask yourself what your expectations for the episode were.
Step 4. If what you truly feel (based on hard evidence) was the intention of the writers when penning an episode does not match it’s execution that you witnessed then go ahead and post that comment. However if it does and your expecations instead do not match the execution, then head to step 5.
Step 5. Now ask yourself whether you are confusing the intention of the writer with your own expectations (as defined in Step 4) when looking at the execution of the episode.
Step 6. Do you now feel that perhaps what you are about to call poorly written is not and in fact the reality is that your own conjured up expectations were not met and this is why you think you were upset with the writing? If the answer is yes then head to Step 7. If the answer is no then head to Step 8.
Step 7. Make a note of that in your critique and spare the writers the undeserved scorn for what was actually your own indescretion.
Step 8. Make a note or hint that you considered the possibility in publishing your article.
By following these simple steps, misjudgement and self-confusion can be avoided. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.