ToLoveRu is good
Well, I haven’t updated in quite some time (again). Reasons for this are multitudinous: I have once again returned to reading; I watched some movies; I watched well-written serial dramas; I met with my friends; and finally, I finished watching ToLoveRu (yes, I watched until the end of the 26th episode).
In case some are blinking, yes, you’ve got it right: I finished ToLoveRu. I even believe it was good (despite the bad encoding, and, consequently, subbing). The previous statement may incite some animal rage among some (it may already have ignited most, all right), but I’m not one to write without qualification.
Allow me to breach the field of ethics; while I’m not a philosopher, I do recognize that ethics is the field of philosophy that attempts to answer the question of anything being right or wrong, good or bad.
In this path, allow me to cite Immanuel Kant, as I assume he would have more gravity than I would ever have (especially after watching ToLoveRu).
Kant, in his opening lines for the Grounding of the Metaphysics of Morals, states that there is nothing that is good without qualification except that of a perfectly good will.
He is, of course, exactly right. (Much as I attempted to debunk that statement, that treatise of his is still read, analyzed, quoted, cited, and used in general despite being in existence for more than 200 years, and I cannot exempt myself from seeing the genius of his treatises.)
What some of us believe to be ‘absolute’ goods such as bravery, courage, intelligence, wit, and the like are only all the more hateful when blessed upon a very villainous and perfidious man. Hannibal Lecter, to many, is scarier than any thug in other movies because he possesses the intelligence that everyone wishes for; yet he uses this powerful intelligence for evil. (He is the most memorable villain, after all.)
Having established that, ToLoveRu is good. It is not good with regard to popular consensus; neither is it good with critical criteria. It is, however, good inasmuch as a fanservice anime can be good: it provides a plethora of compromising positions, a hesitant lead, and voluptuous vixens (note the ‘s’) who would do anything just to be with the kindly but indecisive lead. It even has tentacles!
I’m sure in certain other qualifications ToLoveRu is also excellent. It may not cater to even just the tastes of the popular masses (I myself hated the latter episodes), but there are some qualifications that make it, as a series, good.
(This is merely a mental exercise, however. I myself notice the faults of the series. Since I’ve been watching serial dramas lately, I highly recommend watching Mad Men: it’s a very haunting series. When the protagonist muses about the idea of a tomorrow and I remained firmly seated with my eyes focused on the computer screen, I simply knew that the series I was watching was nothing short of excellent. It seems I’m not the only one with that opinion: Mad Men won Golden Globes AND Emmys the previous year, and was one of the first cable shows to win awards that it did.)