The difference between good anime critics and bad anime critics has little to do with skill.
It has to do with perseverance.
Bad critics quit. Good critics keep going.
That’s the short story to it.
What Good Anime Critics Do
Good anime critics practice. They take time in their evaluations, crafting and editing a piece until it’s just right. They spend hours of their time watching anime.
Good anime critics take criticism on the chin and say “thank you” to helpful feedback; they listen to both the external and internal voices that drive them and they use it all to make their work better.
They’re resigned to the fact that first drafts suck and that the true mark of a champion is a commitment to the craft. It’s not about writing in spurts of inspiration. It’s about doing the work, day-in and day-out.
Good anime critics can do this, because they believe in what they’re doing. They understand this is more than a profession or hobby. It’s a calling, a vocation.
Good anime critics aren’t perfectionists, but they’ve learned the discipline of publicizing, of putting their work out there for the world to see.
What Bad Anime Critics Don’t Do
Bad anime critics don’t understand this, which is precisely what makes them bad anime critics. They presume their reviews have achieved a certain level of excellence, so they are often closed off to editing or revaluation. They can seem haughty, prideful, and arrogant.
But really, it’s laziness and fear (mostly fear).
Why don’t they edit? Why don’t they write ahead? Why do they give into the myth of the overnight genius? Because they’re afraid of putting the work in and failing. As a result, their work is scattered and disconnected, not nearly as good as they think.
A lot of decent anime critics think they’re great. I used to be one of those people. Stubborn and pig-headed, I didn’t want to change. I didn’t want to grow. But I wasn’t good.
A good anime critic is humble. Regardless of skill, they’re committed to seeing the critiquing process through to completion. No matter how grueling or hard, they will critique. And they will get better.
So what can you, the anime fan with something to say, do?
Make A Choice
Choose to be different. Keep going when others do not. Go the extra mile that most will not take. Be amazing by persevering.
Take the crap job that pays nothing. Offer to be someone’s understudy or apprentice. Put the hours in, pay your dues. It will pay off. But you will have to work.
Don’t coast on talent alone. Let it remind you of the responsibility you have to honor your gift. And if you’re not that good, well here’s the good news: you can get better.
You can outlast those who are lucky and out-work those who are lazy.
This all begins with humility. Which really means a willingness to listen and change. To do the work and become great at anime critiquing
If you do this, if you take the time to make your work great by never settling for good enough, it will make all the difference. So start persevering today.
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