/v/ logic is you play video games for gameplay first and foremost. Everything else is just a bonus.
So is /a/ logic you watch anime for the animation first, and just hope the rest is good too?
No, there's more to anime than animation, it's a combination of many elements. It is possible to enjoy a show just for the animation, but it's not the be-all-end-all when judging a show.
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>Hyouka has a good animation, but doesn't stop it from being a boring piece of shit.
I personally appreciate visual style above all else, even though plot/direction are a close 2nd. It's why Masaaki Yuasa's works are my personal favorites. A combination of wonderfully directed visuals and story.
I'd like to say that someone saying a visual medium isn't first and foremost about the visuals doesn't understand the craft, but /a/ would tear me apart.
No, it's even stupider. You watch it for reaction images and individual frames that look nice as screencaps.
You also watch it for the plot, but not because you think the plot is any good. You only care about the plot inasmuch as its inconsistencies and failures give you fodder for complaining,
I (>>120430881) completely agree. However, to me it looks like most of the daytime /a/ does not share this opinion. If a show has some plot inconsistencies (accidental or intentional), it will be always called shit every time it is brought up, no matter what kind or redeeming qualities it may have.
I like to delude myself into thinking that this is just a vocal minority, but it fits all too well into this "no fun allowed" paradigm /a/ has been following in the recent years.