The ridiculous hatred against Iris
by, 14th July 2012 at 01:37 AM (6041 Views)
Frankly, from reading around, all the complaints about how Iris "doesn't work toward her goals" sounds like people who can't get over the fact that the writers aren't devoting fifty bajillion episode to "character development" (in bracket because decent character development is the results of the events of the main plot, and happen concurrently with them, not something you put the main plot on hold for, and (generally) not the main plot itself. IE, not something you devote an episode to).
...BECAUSE THEY DECIDED TO WRITE A STORY THAT'S NOT BULLCRAP MOVING AT A FREAKING SNAIL PACE (see: everything between Kanto and BW.).
The sort of character development these people are looking for is just a slightly more sophisticated form of filler, ie a way for the writers to take three or four years to tell a story they could tell in one or two.
Could be wrong about the anime itself; three generations of the aforesaid snail-paced bullcrap have first driven me out then killed any interest I might ever have had in going back in (yes, your lauded DP did that, because it was still snail-paced). Even if BW actually sound like watchable.
Am definitely certain a very large number of Iris haters would write horribly neverending stories and think that's proper storytelling.