Realism to me seems like dangerous measure for judging anime and one that I think is prone to bias, arbitrariness and misuse. Is there such as thing as the truly realistic anime? Is there truly a universal set of criteria for defining what constitutes realism or is just what one chooses to make of the idea(l)? Should the final judgement of an anime be heavily weighted towards it’s supposed emphasis on realism?
I don’t know for sure, but if it were me doing so then I think almost every anime ever made would probably get a 1/10 and an immediate dismissal if I were to grade heavily on the basis of absolute realism and it’s portrayal therein.