One of the stumbling blocks to critics recognizing anime is that the medium is only now breaking out of its genre jail cell. For many years anime was treated as if it was a genre instead of a medium of storytelling, such as film or television. Shows like “Attack On Titan” and movies like “Your Name,” have broken out into the mainstream in ways that were reminiscent of “Dragon Ball Z” or Studio Ghibli movies but, unfortunately, that doesn’t do much for the medium as a whole. Critics often look at those breakout hits as the exception to their rule, that anime is another name for childish cartoons rather than a disproving of it. The more shows and movies that break out and become popular outside the fandom, the more critics will watch them and be forced to judge them the way they judge western animated films and television shows.