Originally Posted by Scootăloo
Regardless of the definition of mediocre, helsing is by all accounts, a bad anime. As in, not good.
Gintama is immensely popular both here and in japan, the difference between it and Naruto/bleach is that it's not sensationalized to the extreme. It also happens to be considerably more intelligent in its humor and writing.
Who said anything about panty shots though? There's an abundance of shows out there with nary a pantsu in sight. Although that's a horrible point when talking about Naruto/Bleach since every episode has some amount of fan service in it.
People change when they grow up, you'll realize that once you've reached that point. I grew out of Harem/slice of life animes because I got a horrible case of deja vu whenever I watched them. I'm not against watching them though, in fact I'm watching Chuu-2 on the other monitor as we speak. The fact that I enjoyed them doesn't mean most of them aren't bad though. Low production values, poor writing and shoddy voice work are commonplace in the average high school drama show.
Gintama is immensely popular if you're already an anime watcher. Naruto and Bleach have aired all across the world, and are the most-watched animes ever made. Maybe Gintama is better when analysed, but it doesn't appeal to children the way those two do.
Stating that people change as they grow up, which is exactly what my previous point was, doesn't help your arguement in the slightest. First you said you think all the slice of life etc. animes are horrible (wait, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF K-ON!!) and now you're saying that you're watching Chuu-2 right now. Calling an anime that you enjoy bad is contradictory; if it appeals to you, and you say it's unappealing, that's a lie. I hardly see any shoddy voice work unless you're watching poorly-done english dubs, poor writing is the same. Sure there's a couple bad animes out there, of course there are (School Days i'm pointing a finger at you) but that hardly means all of them are bad.