>Neon Genesis Evangelion is a deconstruction of shounen
>One Punch Man is a satire of shounen
>Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a parody of mahou shoujo
Is a defensive cult a sign that an anime is bad, or merely a consequence of being popular?
Hunter X Hunter has nothing to do with monthly girls.
>Is a defensive cult a sign that an anime is bad, or merely a consequence of being popular?
Debatable. A better question, however, might be: "Is an unrelated image in the OP a sign that a thread is bad, or merely a consequence of OP being a fag?"
>>Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a parody of mahou shoujo
Parodies are usually funny.
>>Neon Genesis Evangelion is a deconstruction of shone
>>One Punch Man is a satire of shone
More like a satire of the superhero genre
As far as I can tell, the average /a/non who watched it did so without really paying any fucking attention. Then some time passed and their whimsical halfassed interpretations, warped perceptions of the "good old days" and kneejerk emotional reactions overrode any understanding of the facts about the show that they managed to notice.
Add to that the shitty atmosphere of petty, quasi-tribal elitistic contrarianism and we're here.
Self-insertion haremshit with robots, people think it's deep because its omits a few setting details
Gintama with a capeshit coat of paint
MS made for creepy otaku instead of girls
It's a consequence of a show being good/different and the cult wanting to feel superior to every other fandom.
NGE: the pussy MC is nothing new. Amuro broke down plenty of times in Gundam and loss of innocence is a standard theme in everything. It's different and it's not afraid to piss off it's audience.
One Punch Man is an accessible action-comedy. Satire implies it has a point beyond a meme and a few decent laughs.
PMMM just has a dark atmosphere. The show is still mahou shoujo at its core with some nice twists.