For myself and for a lot of people watching anime was among the best memories of their childhoods. In my case Gundam Wing, Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Beyblade, Medabots, Flint the Time Detective, Dinozaurs, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Outlaw Star and Shinzo. I don’t like any of these shows any more (apart from Medabots but Medabots Damashii is only OK) and with the internet has come contact with other people, often a bad thing in my life. As with any entertainment what is usually supposed to be a nice escape from the real world is too often an overrated offering with nasty fans fighting over stupid things and lowbrow, disposable, prolefeed bread and circuses distraction with endless prequels, sequels, reboots and remakes.
The amount of scare quotes used in the anime community is annoying as heck. I’ll refer you to this post I made if you don’t know what postmodern (philosophy) is.
When somebody likes an anime its fans treat this as being because the anime itself is well made. When somebody doesn’t like an anime however it’s somehow their fault; if it’s a lowbrow anime the fans’ attitude is ”You just need to switch off your brain” while if it’s a highbrow anime the fans say ”You just don’t get it” and then don’t bother to explain what it is you supposedly don’t get. Either way it’s your fault for not liking the anime. Can’t the fans consider the possibility that actually their anime isn’t that great and their standards are too low?
Sub v Dub
Anime fans go furious about the whole sub v dub debate but I don’t even see the point of it. The animation, plot (usually), character development etc. stay the same. It isn’t even a zero sum game either; DVDs or whatever people watch now have enough room for both of them. I really don’t understand the constant need of people to pit one thing against another.
Crummy Reviews on IMDB
Almost all of the reviews of anime on IMDB are just comments with a star rating. 2 line uninformative posts often saying ”BEST ANIME EVER 10/10!” Reviews this short and lacking insight aren’t worth the time it takes to type and post them.
These people are so annoying that even people who don’t mind yaoi (on a moral level) can’t stand them either. If they stuck to YAOI anime that wouldn’t be so bad but they don’t. They dogpile an anime fanbase, wreck it with their fanaticism and then move on to another fanbase. (Not just the first video in the playlist, please watch his whole playlist.)
For goodness sake, the majority of manga listed on anime planet were yaoi or shonen-ai. That a genre so full of mindless hedonism is so popular is sickening.
If a young male character so much as does one nice thing for another young male character then they’ll treat this as evidence that they’re gay in their fanfictions and images. Old men and women don’t get the same treatment because motivated reasoning.
This is kind of a dead horse by now with what a doing they get from elitists but I’ll go ahead anyway. A lot of anime are nothing more than hot women and action and so people watch it and go ”Yeah! Hot women and action!!111!!!!” and have a fanatical love of the anime although it has nothing else going for it, another disposable, forgettable anime that’s way overhyped.
The vast majority of anime is lowbrow fare for children; there are very few highbrow anime so really there’s nothing to be an elitist about. For all their criticising lowbrow anime for being bad, which it often is, I haven’t seen a good highbrow anime, not one (though in the late 00s Serial Experiments Lain was my joint favourite anime along with Chaos; Head. Nowadays I think Lain and Chaos;Head are OK.) Shonen fans can be idiotic a lot of the time but that’s no excuse to bash them so much or brand anyone not agreeing with you a shonen fan. A lot of the time when elitists praise a highbrow anime they think that because it’s confusing it has depth when really it’s just confusing. The psychologising late in the Evangelion TV series was there because of a lack of money and no other reason. They needed to reuse footage so they got all psychological and the fanboys then think that it means Evangelion actually was a smart show so it makes them feel smart so it ended up being the most overhyped anime ever.
Roriconfan/That Anime Snob and his cronies
At some point you’ve seen so many trees that you just have to admit you’re in a forest. Roriconfan on the other hand, instead of just admitting he doesn’t like anime and finding something else to do, seems to feel the need to keep reviewing anime and giving a bad rating to most of them. His nastiness got him banned from myanimelist and youtube as well as comment banned from anime planet. Instead of accepting his well deserved punishment he started another youtube channel and had his attack dogs do his dirty work on anime planet. One of them asking me ”Can you tell who you mean by snobs?” (I had said on my anime panet profile* that I don’t like snobby anime fans and I wasn’t referring to him specifically but the fact that his crony thought I was is evidence of how many people don’t like roriconfan and rightly so with his smug atheism on top of anime snobbery) and another going ”Yeah snobs like you” the sort of lazy, tu quoque rubbish that doesn’t debunk the accusation I had made that I’d expect from fanatics in a political argument or new atheists (like roriconfan) in a religion argument, not from people on a website about escapist entertainment, man people take anime far too seriously**. He is the Chris-chan of anime fandom; he gets knocked down but he gets up again but he doesn’t fix what knocked him down in the first place (himself) so he just gets knocked down again. Someone give him the Todd speech from Bojack Horseman.
Whether it’s the alt right using anime memes to spread their vile outlook or pointless politicising by socially liberal types (like this article, ha! She says she tries to be objective but then uses the term sex-negativity which is a liberal framing term) politics helps to ruin yet another thing.
* Ow, I was even worse for complaining then than I am now.
** Speaking of being insulted I didn’t appreciate Bennett the Sage asking in I think it was a 2013 podcast of his ”Who’s the motherfucker that keeps saying Oh I hate this show?”. Sage, nobody was saying they didn’t like the show, I was saying it wasn’t as good as it used to be but I know now what hell so called Channel Awesome were going through at the time so it’s not so bad. Still, don’t call people that, especially when they never called you a name. As for Todd in the Shadows saying to somebody who was surprised that some song made it into a video of his about the best something or other that ”You suck!” well that was just nasty and do I think he was talking about me.
Man, the anime community. Y’all need stoicism.
Hmm, this rarely updated, rarely viewed blog is now 5 years old. Yay, I guess.