How A Blue Ribbon Destroyed A Character's Reputation.
Let's talk about Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (a.k.a. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?), but most just shorten it to "Danmachi". More specifically, let's talk about how people have reacted to this series and one of the main female leads, Hestia.
If, by chance, you have not been watching this series, please drop what you're doing and go do so. Anyone who loves watching anime and games meet in a beautiful fusion will love this series. That might not be the best definition to sum up the series, but you should have a general sense of what the episode is like after the first episode.
Now, on to the main topic (possible spoilers ahead). As many of you know, one of the main female leads of this series is a young-looking goddess named Hestia. She's energetic, cheerful, and all-around a fun character to watch interact with both gods and humans alike. To me, she's never crossed the line into being categorized as annoying, even when she's being supremely overprotective, clingy, or jealous of the main character, Bell. She might toe the line, but more often than not, she's getting a good laugh out of me.
Here's the thing: People hate Hestia. No, no no. You don't understand.
They. HATE. Her.
Why? In a word: Overexposure.
Somehow, for whatever reason, fans went nuts over Hestia's outfit. Between cosplayers, fan art, and the sudden urge to put blue ribbons on ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, people just started pumping out Hestia-related material in droves, over-saturating the anime fandom into... well... getting sick of seeing her. While the character herself isn't annoying and the anime itself is fine, people just got tired of seeing that blue ribbon (and most often the entire outfit) put on everyone and everything.
That's it. That's all the reason that was needed to turn against a character, and in some cases the entire series.
While I understand how excessive fan obsession can turn people against the object of that obsession, I think it's a better to keep a clear mind about these types of things. Don't let your perception of a series or character be tainted by overexposure, especially the overexposure of something as silly as a blue ribbon.
If you do, you might just miss out on a really great anime, and that's not something I'd wish on any fan.
...Though sometimes it might not be too bad of an idea to tell some of these fans to stop...