Fanbases truly are a wonderful thing. They help to make a show bigger and better, and if a majority of them voice their opinions on something they can invoke change in a show, game or other form of entertainment for the better. It’s a great way to also share content that you create out of love for the medium with the rest of the world, like music or fan art for example. Probably one of the biggest and best examples of fanbases working together would be with the creation of conventions, central hubs of entertainment held over the course of a weekend where fans from across the board go to hang out, buy cool stuff and check out panels hosted by voice actors, YouTubers and artists just to name a few.
Specifically looking into the anime fanbases however, it’s not all roses like it might first seem. There tends to be a lot of infighting between specific ‘groups’ in the anime community, and I don’t just mean fighting over whether or not #TeamChitoge or #TeamOnodera is best girl from Nisekoi either. Its Chitoge by the way, but that’s beside the point.
Come at me Onodera fanboys.
I’m talking more about the fights between ‘anime elitists’ and ‘casual anime :insertinsultingderogatorytermhere:’, the fights between whether or not SAO is a bad anime or not, deciding that all Shōnen are worthless and crap because “they have too many episodes” and so on and so forth. Most of the time when I either watch or read about this stuff I:
1. Normally laugh my butt off at how ridiculous this all is.
2. Sit there in confusion as to why people start defending these things like they’re their children and/or have to resort to insults.
I totally get if people have differing opinions on certain things, I even don’t personally like SAO either. I think it had a strong start, but by about halfway through, possibly even just before then, season one it just started rushing through the story waaaaaay too much and I honestly got sick and tired of the show. However, I won’t start calling someone a :blankidyblankblank: just because they think it’s the best anime ever made.
If it’s a friend of mine I might jokingly say that, but we all know that we’re just mucking about. I wouldn’t go out of my way to start sending death threats to a random person because of it.
Choosing what is better between dub or sub is another major problem that our community has. One side saying that we should just stick with dubs because it’s our own native language, this is taking into account that Japanese isn’t your first language of course, and that they can still listen to the show if they’re doing other things while watching the show. Subs on the other hand are true, to a point, to the original and that dub actors can’t match a particular tone of a character so it ruins them. I won’t dig deep into this, it’s a whole other can of worms that I’d rather not open too much, but I can see both viewpoints. Again though, there is still no reason at all to insult someone over…what audio choice they use to watch a show, movie or program?
In all honesty, it sounds stupid even having to say that. People can get angry over the weirdest things sometimes.
Finally onto Shōnen anime, and we can throw the manga in there as well. I can understand why people might dislike them for their length, quite a few of them have overly long filler episodes and/or arcs that really aren’t needed.
Cough, cough Naruto Shippuden, cough, cough.
I’m sorry bud, but its true.
But the people who complain about, not dislike, the stories really confuse me. Shōnen are meant to just be fun, over the top shows and the action is an added bonus to that. They’re not meant to have deep dramatic stories that question your existence or turn your brain into scrambled eggs why you try and figure out what you just experienced. They’re forms of entertainment made for Japanese children and teenagers, boys to be exact and give them basic role models to look up to. Once again, I’m not fussed if you like it personally or not but there is no need to insult people over their like or love of Shōnen anime and/or manga.
Of course in the end, all of this can be mirrored and said about people who like SAO or Shōnen or both. Don’t go stuffing these shows, or manga, or light novels, or games or whatever down people’s throats 24/7, especially if they dislike it. Its clearly quite obvious why people who don’t normally act like that start raging at you for doing this. You were straight up asking for trouble, plain and simple. Instead, understand where the other person’s viewand/orstandpoint to what you like is and respect it.
In the end, people just need to seriously chill out over certain things. Just take a break, grab yourself a cool drink or some awesome food and do something that YOU personally enjoy doing. Don’t have a go at others over what they like or dislike, don’t stuff what you like down other’s throats and most importantly; just have fun. We’re all in this community because we either like or love this form of entertainment, so let’s start showing that instead of infighting over the smallest trivial things all the time.
Of course however, there is nothing wrong with a bit of friendly banter here and there i.e. your waifu is trash.
What do you guys think about all of this? Do you agree or disagree with my viewpoints? I’d love to hear what you all think about this in the comments below.