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    I often wonder about that myself. The definition I try to rely on is "Okay, I like the idea that this author is trying to do on paper. But the way the way it works in the final story ends up sucking." It is about analyzing how the author realizes their intentions. Just because the author tried doing something on purpose does not mean you can't think they could have done it better. And don't feel that you need to elevate yourself to an imaginary standard. Analyze what you can understand and ask questions if you have them. If you didn't catch something the author was trying to do, it means either one of two things. They were cleverly subtle about it, or they didn't properly convey it at all. Be honest with yourself as a fan and have an open perspective in hearing out someone who might disagree in a conversation. That's all you can do, and stories are supposed immerse us into understanding it, not force us.
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    My main issue with Fishman Island is having so much time dedicated to such fodder villains that are only meant to the diet Arlong Pirates and the fights being boring token "look at this random cool new move I can do from the timeskip with no foreshadowing". Everything else was pretty good. Aside from not seeing the Fishman Karate Dojo and a pirate ship as famous as the Flying Dutchman being wasted on Vander Decken IX. Punk Hazard is mainly fine aside from spending way to little time on the fire side and Smoker looking pathetic. Zou is good, but I can't call it a great arc because it is literally JUST about build-up. There's nothing actually enthralling about the arc itself aside from the flashbacks and Raizou protection reveal. And I still think the Straw Hats found their first Road Poneglyph way too conveniently. Robin's archeological skills should have been tested more. Totland is a mixed bag, but I would say more positive things about it than negative ones.
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    I actually don't think Marineford was that good in the first place. But that's a discussion for another time.

    Binge reading experiences always have to be taken into account, of course. But that can only mend so much of the experience's flaws,
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    My view of the series hasn't really wavered at all over the timeskip. Sure, Oda's noticeably trying some new things and isn't always pulling them off well, but I'm still greatly enjoying it. A lot of it I think is the fact that I don't hold the pre-timeskip arcs in a significantly brighter light. I don't like Punk Hazard but I also don't like Skypiea (which isn't a very common opinion around here) and Thriller Bark is also pretty iffy to me. So for me OP has always been up and down but ultimately enjoyable throughout.
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    Nope. It only makes me appreciate the things I really like that much more and learn from/amusingly mock what I find to be flawed. I don't analyze to find reasons to hate, I analyze because a series is able to hook me in somehow and I want to enjoy any possible quality or depth in literal/figurative technique there might be hints of. Especially since I want to be a comic writer and learn as much as I can before I start my own series.

    But there is a fine line between somebody agonizing over the most minor flaws ever and having unrealistic expectations for the author, and somebody who reacts appropriately to different levels of grievances and sets standards for the author based on their established quality and the genre/demographic they're operating in.

    I criticize to know why I love what I love and hate what I hate. Otherwise I feel like I'm taking entertainment for granted and selling myself short on how to spend my free time.
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    Disappointing, but expected the more and more I think about it. I will go into more detail tomorrow.
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    Well, he had help beating Cracker too.

    Something to consider is that although Cracker and Katakuri may be stronger than Doflamingo overall, I'd strongly bet on Doflamingo being the most durable of the three. Cracker hides behind his biscuits and Katakuri dodges attacks, so while Luffy needed help dealing enough damage to Doflamingo, he was able to work on beating Cracker and Katakuri by exploiting other weaknesses and then being able to deal enough damage of his own to subdue them.
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    Marvel movies could learn a thing or two from their own damn comics lol. Seriously, it feels like Marvel Studios is selling themselves out by focusing so much on shallow one-time villains and comedy subverting their serious scenes. There needs to be more balance.

    And you're welcome! I really like Shigaraki's design too. Specifically the hands. While some of my favorite comic characters wear costumes, I love seeing new characters use attire that isn't spandex for masks/suits. That facepalm look is so ironically cool lol.
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    I know you are in season 2. Season 2 ends with the League of Villains getting a couple new recruits.

    Shigaraki hates how people live peacefully while others are dying and how they don't know how vulnerable they really are by relying on All-Might. So yeah, what you said.

    Did you catch the glimpse of Shigaraki looming over a bloody pool of two adults or something like that? I take that to mean his parents are dead.
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