It's not meant to be serious, nor would it be meant for you if you treated it seriously.
Happy Tree Friends is generally considered a controversial anime due to its depiction of explicit violence and gore, and especially due to fact that the sufferers are a group of cute baby animals. Many people may say it's not fun to watch and think the people who like it must be sick but, for me, it's not the violence depicted down there that attracted me most, though sure the violence is "cool" for me. There's something more to be truly appreciated; that said, it's its pure innovation in terms of the tragic deaths of those animals that are creative and enjoyable as an animated art form.
It's definitely pretty normal that every person has to seek some sort of excitement to release themselves from the boredom of repetitive and fast-paced daily life. So, in this case, a guy who really loves this show a lot sure can be sick, but those who simply enjoy the show for a change and who watch it for occasional fun may not be.
For instance, I don't like Kill Bill that much as others do. The reason is, it lacks pace and story, though it's violent and gory. Happy Tree Friends doesn't have story either but on the other hand, it's really creative. Almost every episode has something new to offer you. The styles of deaths happen to each animal varies. The highly dramatic sequences are really hard to mount even for those Hollywood directors. But hey, thanks to the nature of this series - namely cartoon, the idea's really come true.
Despite some less impressive episodes, this show is on the whole impressive. Though you might get bored watching it all day long, and sure you will if you're still "normal", occasionally watching it for a change can bring some real fun.
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