I was It's fun to get some jabs in. Same for the "shutting your brain off" part.
A viewer generally doesn't decide to just not invest in a show. I give every show I watch the respect it deserves until it comes to a conclusion, as you'd see if you looked at my posts about Punchline.
There's a difference between not wanting to do something, and having no reason to do something.
I will blame the anime. The job of an anime, first and foremost, is to entertain. If it fails to do that, then it's not the fault of the viewer, it's the fault of the anime. Even if it did not intend to cater to that audience, I won't excuse it, because excusing mistakes is not part of my review process.
I enjoyed the show, up until they introduced a drama that was empty. It didn't ever make me want to look around and see if there was reason, as it should have done, because it gave me no reason to do so. There was no hook to reach for.
It's crazy to say, but I really doubt there was anything there, because they never made it seem like there was more behind it all. They just had some kids being dramatic for the sake of it, and there was nothing more.
Why not? I watched the same show you did. I have my own impressions. The whole point of these season summaries is that I give my impression.
Did my impressions cause harm? Did I overstep some boundaries? No, I watched a show and brought up it's flaws.
Everyone has a right to an opinion, and luckily enough, I am a part of that everyone.
The start of a show should create your attitude and perception. With the first season, I never felt like the show was anything different to another generic show. It was a good generic show, but it was par of course.
With the second season, as I mentioned before, I tried to look for why some people think the first season was something special. And in the confusion of figuring out who is who, and wondering why the characters seem different to what I remember, I didn't see anything else.
And I have nothing to back you up with. Zoku was a cute show with some bad drama thrown in.
And I do. Yui is a pretty great character at least. She does some dumb stuff sometimes though, but all the others do too.
It was airing. I tend to watch most of the anime that airs in a season. The first season was good, but nothing special, and with Zoku, I could find what that special thing was. Maybe it just made me overly attentive to the bad things~
I shouldn't have to spend my time rewatching or re-experiencing something I've already watched. There was more than just Zoku airing. I'd rather see the new.
I judge shows as a standalone. If a sequel comes out so long after the original, and it doesn't stand alone, then that's the anime messing up.
I remember the characters. Hachi is the stubborn guy who is a bit masochistic. Yukino is the stereotypical smart girl who gets cute date scenes. The both of them have the "we have fakes" thing going on, which sometimes starts drama. Yui is the closest to normal of the group. She's a bit dumb, and doesn't have good decision making, but she tries.
The three of them make an awkward group who want to get along, but can't, because muh opinions.
They present this in season two very well. They introduce Hachiman's character, and there's a whole arc dedicated to "hey audience! This guy is misguided! Make sure you remember! ... Do you remember? Just in case... This guy is misguided!"
The problem there is that his behaviour would have been fine at the start of the story, when it was just a contest to solve cases or whatever the start up plot was, but now there are people who don't like him doing it, so he can't.
I know some of the characters are nice enough to depend on someone, but I just remember them as the bullies from season one. I'm not sure what happened to lead them from having minimum awareness of Hachiman to having heart-to-hearts.
But it could have stopped at the end of the previous arc, and then had the next season dedicated to this drama, instead of stopping so abruptly.
I can see the drama, and I know what's going on. There are enough in-your-face moments to push that home.
I just don't understand when the drama started, or why it's happening. They were fine until they suddenly decided to be more awkward than usual. So when watching, it just feels like the show wrapped up the student council thing, forgot it had more episodes, and quickly started a drama that had no real reason to start.
It felt like the end of an episode, but not the end of a season.
I shouldn't need to. The show aired and finished, and there were many problems. Even if my questions get answered, my experience with the show as it was airing ended on a bad note, and I don't do follow-up reviews.
The show may have wanted to raise questions, but it was handled abysmally.
There are other shows to care for, that are currently airing, and that I need to keep up with (14 shows at the minimum) so until a further season comes about, Oregairu is off my radar.