You say Bleach was good for 1/3rd of it's run, proceding to state that you knew FT was shit since FF. Which started well past the 1/3rd mark (chapter 256 = post Time-Skip, which I'll just use as the starting point for this arc). This was almost halfway through the Manga (46% done), so you seem to think FT had the longer and better run technically.
you knew FT was shit since FF. Which started well past the 1/3rd mark (chapter 256 = post Time-Skip, which I'll just use as the starting point for this arc)
since FF. Which started well past the 1/3rd mark
… lol wut http://fairytail.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_of_Fairy_Tail_arc
The arc was only 1/5 to 1/4 of the show. I think you confused Fighting Festival for Grand Magic games bud.
I read plenty of garbage stuff to understand what makes something objectively bad and/appreciate the works that are crafted well with techniques, and author-input. Same thing with people who like analyzing The Room, and understanding why certain movies can objectively be shit.
And no, I didn't have any real expectations of it. It fails on the very basic element of telling a story using drawings. Most people aren't going to talk about it because most people don't really care, or even know what FT fundamentally gets wrong.
FT is fundamentally shit. There is not a single thing it does right. People just have low-expectations, and will let some of the most basic stuff, that FT gets wrong in every way possible, slide.
I kind of agree.
Even though most people recognize its flaws, it still of stuns me when people say it was good until the timeskip. Like… really? Fairy Tail was never really good at its best, only intriguing. I don't know how people really read through it without having to consciously let everything slide. I guess it's the Superhero movie syndrome, where the design/"flavor" makes it easier to forgive any shortcomings.
Natsu as a character was intriguing in the first chapter, but then he quickly devolved pretty much when Erza came into the show (Natsu became a shonen protaganist robot).
The series still had potential, but started to show really serious cracks in Phantom Lord. Tower of Heaven was good (in comparison, that is), then the show became full fledged shit afterwards.
So you're looking at a series that was 90% pure shit, and 10% not shit (with most of that 10% in the beginning, the rest sprinkled throughout). But it was never fully good for any meaningfully sustained period of time.